Aetna, Piedmont reach agreement
by Clay Neely
Piedmont Healthcare reached agreement with Aetna/Coventry for a new three-year contract Friday.
Under the agreement, Aetna/Coventry members will continue to receive covered benefits, at in-network rates, from five hospitals within Piedmont Healthcare (Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Piedmont Henry Hospital) and the affiliated outpatient centers/services.
Members also will have access to the more than 1,000 physicians in the Piedmont Physicians Group, Piedmont Heart Institute and Piedmont Clinic. “Throughout negotiations, we remained committed to ensuring our patients who are members of the Aetna and Coventry insurance networks continue to have access to Piedmont’s high quality health-care services through choice of our physicians and hospitals,” said Greg Hurst, chief operating officer for Piedmont Healthcare. “Aetna is very happy that we were able to reach a resolution,” said Walter Cherniak Jr., Aetna/Coventry public relations spokesman for the Southeast United States. “We’re glad that we were able to combine both Aetna and Coventry members under one deal as we continue to integrate our health plans and network. We’re also pleased we were able to avoid disruption for our Atlanta-area members.”
The Aetna and Coventry contracts with Piedmont were both due to expire Jan. 31. This new agreement covers both Aetna and Coventry members. Both Piedmont and Aetna have fought high-profile contract battles in the past. In 2011, Piedmont and Aetna reached a last minute deal for their previous three-year contract, which was set to expire at the end of January.