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Aetna’s Aexcel® designation

Recognition for excellence in specialty health care


Aexcel is our designation for high-performing doctors and doctor groups in 12 specialty areas. It’s an industry-leading initiative to help people receive a high level of care at a reasonable cost.


If you receive the Aexcel designation, you’ll have a blue star next to your name in our digital tools. This makes it easy for people to identify and choose Aexcel specialists.


Benefits of being an Aexcel doctor


  • Specialists are chosen based on national standards that are consistent with those of leading associations.
  • Patients choose you because of your Aexcel designation.
  • Aexcel designation does not affect your contract or your Aetna® reimbursement.


How we choose Aexcel specialists


The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) serves as an independent ratings examiner for Aetna. It reviews how our Aexcel program meets criteria for NCQA’a Physician Quality Certification.


NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits health care organizations. It also recognizes physicians in key clinical areas.


View the NCQA’s latest report on our compliance


We evaluate doctors in 12 specialty areas:


  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology/ENT
  • Plastic surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

Aexcel specialists meet nationally recognized standards of clinical performance and efficiency.


They are chosen on multiple factors, including:


  • Number and types of services performed
  • How often patients return to the hospital
  • Rates of health complications during hospital stays
  • Use of technology
  • Cost of services

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Legal notices

Aetna is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Aetna group of companies, including Aetna Life Insurance Company and its affiliates (Aetna).

This material is for information only and is not an offer or invitation to contract. Providers are independent contractors and are not agents of Aetna. Provider participation may change without notice. Aetna does not provide care or guarantee access to health services.

Aexcel designation is only a guide to choosing a physician. Members should confer with their existing physicians and the specialists they are selecting before making a decision. Designations have the risk of error and should not be the sole basis for selecting a doctor.

Health benefits and health insurance plans contain exclusions and limitations.

Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change.

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