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Aetna’s work comp subsidiary has new leader

Aetna has officially named Pat Scullion to head up the Aetna Workers Compensation Access subsidiary. Scullion was formerly in a financial role at AWCA; he replaces Robyn Walsh who retired five months ago.
Scullion’s background is financial; he does have experience in workers comp from his two years at AWCA and a previous stint at First Health.
Sources indicate AWCA has been able to establish relationships with several other workers comp managed care entities, including Concentra, Ingenix, Genex, and Intracorp. The company has had more modest success in the payer sector; the Hartford is the sole insurer landed to date, although a large TPA and another payer will be moving some of their states to AWCA’s networks in the near future.
While Scullion is not a big name in the industry, his appointment will likely help AWCA reinforce its claims to be in the work comp business for the long haul.
Meanwhile, First Health’s work comp business is still without a leader. However, several sources at FH’s payer clients indicate that this may be resolved in the near future, as Coventry has several candidates under consideration.
What does this mean for you?
AWCA is working to establish itself as a worthy competitor to First Health in the network access business; for WC payers this is excellent news.

Joe Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates



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