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Arizona Heart Institute Physicians Awarded Aetna Aexcel-Designation

10/1/2011 1:00:00 AM

Recognized for clinical performance and efficiency in general surgery, cardiology, vascular surgery

PHOENIX (Sept. 27, 2011) – Arizona Heart Institute physicians have been named by Aetna as top performers for specialties in general surgery, cardiology and vascular surgery. Aexcel® is a designation within Aetna’s Performance Network which identifies physicians in 12 specialties who have met certain clinical performance and efficiency standards.

In order to receive Aexcel designation, physicians must meet a certain minimum patient volume and pass clinical performance criteria to be considered. All physicians are evaluated using five categories of measure. Additionally, specialists are identified as a participant in Aetna’s network who managed at least 20 episodes of care for Aetna members over the past three years.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized as top performers in these clinical specialty areas at Arizona Heart Institute,” said Dr. Mark Kestner, chief medical officer, Abrazo Health Care. “These particular categories speak volumes to our patients who seek high-level medical care for general surgery, cardiology and vascular surgery needs.”

Aetna determines Aexcel-designated physicians by closely reviewing hospital readmission and health complications rates, outcomes, cost for service, and number and types of services performed, in addition to age, gender, chronic disease risk, insurance type and year service was paid. The evaluation standards are measurable and trustworthy and are recognized by leading medical associations.

Aexcel status lasts for two years. Learn more at Physicians listed with a blue star next to their name are Aexcel-designated.

About Arizona Heart Institute
Arizona Heart Institute (AHI), an affiliate of Abrazo Medical Group, is among the world’s leading providers of cardiovascular care. Founded in 1971, AHI has earned its reputation for excellence by creating a state-of-the-art facility that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel disease. Through dedication, education and innovation, AHI is leading the effort to eliminate cardiovascular disease and discovering new ways to save lives along the way. For more information, please visit

About Abrazo Health Care
As the second largest health care system in Arizona, Abrazo Health Care’s mission is to help people achieve health for life. The Abrazo system includes five acute care hospitals: Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; one cardiovascular hospital: Arizona Heart Hospital; one freestanding dedicated cardiovascular outpatient facility: Arizona Heart Institute, and has 1,029 licensed beds. In addition the system consists of two health plans: Phoenix Health Plan, and Abrazo Advantage, serving nine counties in the state; School-Based Health Centers; and Abrazo Medical Group with 84 employed primary care and specialty physicians in 20 Valley locations. Visit for more information.

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