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New Approach to Kidney Care Available to Minnesotans on Allina Health | Aetna Plans with Evergreen Nephrology

The collaboration provides access to Evergreen’s unique kidney care model for Minnesotans with chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease

St. Louis Park, Minn.Jan. 2, 2024  — Allina Health | Aetna, a Minnesota-based health insurance plan, is teaming up with Evergreen Nephrology, an organization specializing in kidney care, to provide innovative care for Allina Health | Aetna Medicare members with chronic and end-stage kidney disease.

Through this collaboration with Evergreen Nephrology, Allina Health | Aetna members will have access to a multi-dimensional approach to kidney care that goes beyond physical health to address holistic needs.

“This type of value-based arrangement means our health plans will be able to provide even more support to our members who need kidney care services,” Mike Lenz, Allina Health | Aetna Vice President of Network Management said. “Evergreen is at the forefront of patient-centric kidney care, and we’re extremely excited to be a part of it.”

Evergreen works closely with nephrologists to provide personalized care plans to help improve the outcomes and quality of life for patients by:

  • Delaying disease progression
  • Shifting care to the home
  • Addressing social determinants of health

“Evergreen‘s approach ensures that each patient we see receives care that is tailored to meet their specific needs,” Scott Lloyd, Chief Development and Strategy Officer for Evergreen Nephrology said. “Kidney care is our passion, and together with Allina Health | Aetna, we can expand care to more Minnesotans, giving them a new perspective on their health.”

“I can attest to the comprehensive support Evergreen has provided our physicians and staff to address patient needs beyond their physical health. Importantly, this is also a care model that coordinates the efforts of all the team members under the supervision of a nephrologist,” said nephrologist Kyle Onan, DO, with Kidney Specialists of Minnesota, a local practice partnering with Evergreen. “This new partnership will allow us to bring additional services to Allina Health | Aetna member patients, providing them with the personalized care they deserve.”

About Allina Health | Aetna

Allina Health | Aetna is a unique health plan owned by Allina Health and Aetna®, a CVS Health® company. Allina Health | Aetna delivers empowered health insurance solutions that coordinate quality coverage and care around the needs of each member. We do this through health plans that connect Minnesota's best doctors,* specialists* and care facilities* to the coverage and benefits they need in order to provide the most effective care.* The result is an easier, more accessible and more valuable health insurance solution for Minnesotans. Learn more at and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Evergreen Nephrology

Evergreen Nephrology takes a patient-centric approach to kidney care. In collaboration with nephrologist and payor partners, Evergreen fosters a holistic-care experience for individuals living with chronic kidney disease by empowering them through shared decision making to take an active role in their own health. With over 700 provider partners across 17 states, Evergreen is making personalized, physician-led care the national standard for kidney care.

About Kidney Specialists of Minnesota

Kidney Specialists of Minnesota (KSM) has been a leader in the field of nephrology since 1978, serving patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. They take pride in bringing state-of-the-art nephrology care to multiple outreach clinics as well. KSM’s 24 physicians and eight advanced practice providers specialize in the care of patients with renal disease including dialysis and vascular access management, transplantation, and clinical research. All KSM physicians are board certified in nephrology and seek to provide the highest level of care to all of our patients throughout their journey with kidney disease.


*FOR BEST CARE FACILITIES SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report. Best Hospitals in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Accessed September 28, 2023.

*FOR BEST CARE FACILITIES SOURCE: Allina Health. 3 Allina Health Hospitals Awarded 5 Stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. August 21, 2023. Accessed September 28, 2023.

*FOR BEST DOCTORS AND SPECIALISTS SOURCE: Allina Health. Meet our 2023 Top Doctors by MPLS.St.Paul Magazine. Accessed September 28, 2023.

*FOR BEST DOCTORS AND SPECIALISTS SOURCE: Allina Health. 2023 Top Doctors: Rising Stars by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Accessed September 28, 2023.

*FOR MOST EFFECTIVE CARE SOURCE: Allina Health. 8 Allina Health Hospitals Earned Awards from the American Heart Association. July 26, 2023. Accessed September 28, 2023.


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