A sign for Aetna insurance is seen in Hartford, Conn. in this Feb. 9, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, file)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Health insurer Aetna Inc. plans to give some primary care doctors an extra monthly payment to help them manage care better under a concept that aims to improve patient health and cut down on expensive hospital stays or emergency room visits.

The Hartford, Conn., company said Monday it will pay doctors in practices that qualify as patient-centered medical homes an extra $2 to $3 per member per month. The practices must be recognized as medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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