Aetna, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions Aim To Improve Quality, Costs Of Cancer Care In Michigan

 Aetna, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions Aim To Improve Quality, Costs Of
                           Cancer Care In Michigan

-- Evidence-Based Cancer Care Program Promotes Best Practices --

PR Newswire

HARTFORD, Conn. and DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 11, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. and DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Aetna (NYSE:
ΑET) and Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions announced today an evidence-based
program designed to improve cancer care in Michigan. It is available to Aetna
network oncologists in the state who are represented by Physician Resource
Management (PRM).

This pathways initiative identifies clinical practices that improve cancer
treatment and make it more affordable.

"We're always working to make cancer care more effective for the patient,"
said Ira Klein, M.D., Aetna's lead oncology strategist and chief of staff to
the chief medical officer. "Through this joint effort we help doctors make
treatment decisions based on medical research and evidence. That leads to
better patient outcomes."

Aetna's participation in this program aligns with a collaborative approach to
cancer care that includes:

  oworking with the medical community
  oapplying evidenced-based medicine
  odelivering decision support
  ooffering incentives for the delivery of quality, cost-effective care
  osharing cost savings with participating doctors

"Our relationship with Aetna and PRM reinforces our commitment to working with
local oncologists to find effective ways to provide better care for cancer
patients," said Bonnie Kitson, vice president and general manager of Cardinal
Health Specialty Solutions.

A steering committee of state physicians has been formed to support the
program. They will continue to update evidence-based treatment plans and
supportive care plans for certain types of cancer.

"Physician engagement increases participation, improves pathway compliance and
optimizes patient care," said Dr. Philip Stella, PRM president and member of
the physician steering committee.

Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions will give Aetna network doctors
technology, tools and training to help them use the treatment pathways.
Doctors can then track the program's key clinical outcomes.

Aetna and Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions launched pathways programs in
Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia last year. A program was
introduced in Florida earlier this year.

About Aetna
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and
resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care.
Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed
health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy,
dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical
management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health
information technology services. Our customers include employer groups,
individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans,
health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor
groups and expatriates. For more information, see

About Physician Resource Management
Physician Resource Management is an innovative physician-owned organization
that manages the business of oncology by providing resources, expertise, and
customized solutions to promote quality, value, and optimal outcomes. As a
physician-directed entity, PRM's mission is to assist in improving efficiency
and success of oncology practices. PRM is focused exclusively on patient
access to care, optimal quality care and moderating the high costs of oncology
drugs for oncologists. PRM provides the leadership for pathways and payer
projects for 211 oncologists from 35 practices and 11 hospital/healthcare

About Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions
Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions provides clinical, reimbursement,
technology and distribution services that help health care professionals,
payers and pharmaceutical and biotech companies improve the quality and
cost-effectiveness of caring for patients who are managing complex diseases.
Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions helps customers alleviate day-to-day
administrative burdens, optimize business functions and partner to implement
new innovations that move their businesses forward. To learn more, visit

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $108
billion healthcare services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of
health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps
pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus
on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving
quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain,
providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations
each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical
products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In
addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying
medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest
network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early
diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal
Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the
company may be found at and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

SOURCE Cardinal Health

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