US-based health care benefits provider Aetna and LHS Health Network have inked an agreement to form a new accountable care organisation (ACO) in a bid to enhance the coordination and delivery of patient care.

The new ACO will focus on providing better patient care to more than 20,000 Aetna members in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties.

ACO includes groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together to give coordinated care to their patients.

Aetna and LHS Health Network will also begin a new Medicare provider collaboration serving more than 2,000 Aetna Medicare members.

Aetna New Jersey president John Lawrence said that ACOs put information together in new ways to make the health care experience easier for members, while helping providers improve quality and efficiency.

"Aetna will work closely with LHS Health Network to find opportunities to share specific, useful health information."

"Aetna will work closely with LHS Health Network to find opportunities to share specific, useful health information," Lawrence added.

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"In turn, the physicians will use this information to improve care for members, close gaps in care and reduce waste.

"We are creating a loop of improved information to drive better care. By working together, we can help bring better health, better care and better cost to thousands of Aetna members beginning July 1."

The collaboration will help Aetna members get more coordinated care from the LHS Health Network, particularly for those patients with chronic or complex conditions.

In addition, members will also benefit from the improved flow of information to treating physicians in the LHS Health Network.

Furthermore, the two entities are working on implementing a Medicare provider collaboration model to support more than 2,000 Aetna Medicare Advantage members.

Under this model, Aetna nurse case managers will work closely with physicians to identify, coordinate and improve the care of these members.