Health insurer Aetna and Texas-based health care services company Tenet Healthcare, have entered into a new multi-year agreement that enables Aetna customers to access Tenet's facilities and physicians.

Under this agreement, which took effect 1 January 2011, members of Aetna commercial and Medicare Advantage health plans will be able to continue receiving covered health care services from Tenet facilities and physicians.

The agreement includes all of Tenet’s 49 hospitals and 81 freestanding diagnostic imaging centers and ambulatory surgery centers nationwide. It also includes access to Tenet Physicians, which contracts for nearly 500 physicians employed by various Tenet subsidiaries.

Tenet chief operating officer Stephen Newman said that the Tenet will continue to work closely together to provide Aetna members access to quality health care at lower costs through multiple types of innovative network benefit solutions.

Aetna national networks and contracting services head Carl King said Tenet’s facilities and its affiliated doctors have been integral parts of Aetna’s networks for many years.

"We’re glad that our members will continue to access their quality health care services," King said.

Tenet Healthcare subsidiaries and affiliates own and operate acute care hospitals and related ancillary health care businesses.