Carriers might be getting more serious about marrying two hot health insurance concepts — private exchanges and accountable care organizations.

Aetna Chairman Mark Bertolini gave the exchange-ACO hybrid concept buzz this week during a first-quarter earnings call.

Bertolini said Aetna plans to bolt private exchanges onto its ACO models, and give individuals and small groups the ability to use the exchanges to shop for bundles of health care services from multiple provider systems.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.