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Quality Management & Improvement Efforts

Quality improvement strategy

We are working hard to improve the service, quality and safety of health care. One way we do this is by measuring how well we and others are doing.

We work with groups of doctors and other health professionals to make health care better.


Our clinical activities and programs are based on proven guidelines.


We give you and your doctors information and tools that may help you make decisions.

Program goals


We aim to:


  • Meet members’ health care needs
  • Measure, monitor and improve clinical care and quality of service
  • Institute company-wide initiatives to improve the safety of our members and communities
  • Make sure we obey all the rules, whether they come from plan sponsors, federal and state regulators, or accrediting groups

Program scope


We work to make your health care better by:


  • Developing policies and procedures that reflect current standards of clinical practice
  • Reviewing preventive and behavioral health services, and how care is coordinated
  • Addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health care that could negatively impact quality health care
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of our programs
  • Studying the accessibility and availability of our network providers
  • Monitoring the overuse and underuse of services for our Medicare members
  • Performing credentialing and recredentialing activities
  • Assessing member and provider satisfaction

Program outcomes


Each year, we check to see how close we are to meeting our goals. Here's what we did in 2019:


  • We collected data on a set of clinical measures called Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®1), as applicable. We shared the results with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Compass®2. The NCQA makes the results public. Each year, we use the results to set new goals and improve selected measures. As a result, performance improved on many measures.
  • We asked members and providers how satisfied they are with Aetna. To improve satisfaction, we:
    • Enhanced the website and online tools
    • Improved the accuracy of our provider directory information 
    • Improved online self-service options for members and providers
  • We surveyed members in the Aetna Case Management program. Satisfaction with the program remained high. Members told us they are more actively involved in managing their health, and the program provided valuable information3.
  • We surveyed members in the Aetna Disease Management program. Satisfaction with the program remained high. Members told us the information they learned had a positive effect on their lives4.
  • We also:
    • Improved our patient safety program to help our members make informed health choices
    • Continued using social media to provide information about patient safety
    • Provided patient safety resources to physicians on the secure provider website
    • Provided information on our Hospital Comparison Tool to help members make more informed decisions when selecting a hospital for their medical care

Your behavioral health needs are important to us


Our quality improvement program helps to improve the behavioral health care we provide to you. We want to help you feel better. Enhancing health and mental wellbeing leads to a better quality of life. There are many ways we evaluate our outcomes. We’re excited to share with you information about the progress we’re making, our current goals, and how we’re tracking our efforts. 


Here are some of the improvements and accomplishments Aetna Behavioral Health achieved in 2019:


Our plans for 2020:

  • Continued improvement of the Aetna 360 clinical care model
  • Emphasize innovation and improvement in our member and provider experiences
  • Improve our behavioral health HEDIS measure results
  • Drive and support mission-critical business and clinical programs through data visualization, analysis, and performance measurement
  • Encourage broader use of telemedicine
  • Sustain our focus on efforts to help fight the opioid epidemic
  • Evaluate our structure continuously to ensure we are best aligned to meet the needs of our members and support the goals of our organization



We take our accreditation by the NCQA seriously. It's how we show our commitment to improving your quality of care, access to care and member satisfaction.

1 HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
2 Quality Compass is a registered trademark of NCQA.
3 Based on results from the 2019 Aetna Case Management Member Satisfaction Analysis.
4 Based on results from the 2019 Aetna Disease Management Member Satisfaction Analysis.

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