Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Best Doctors, Inc.® announced today a strategic alliance that will offer Aetna Medicare Advantage participants in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) access to the medical expertise of Best Doctors’ highest-ranked five percent of medical experts in the world. Best Doctors’ medical experts will work collaboratively with participants’ treating physicians to find or help confirm the correct diagnoses and most effective treatment plans. Eligible participants can voluntarily contact Best Doctors anytime they face medical uncertainty – whether it concerns minor surgery or a serious illness, like cancer or heart disease. Best Doctors works with the best five percent of doctors from its physician database, audited and certified by Gallup®, who are medical experts in more than 400 subspecialties. “We believe that our collaboration with Best Doctors can help deliver access to the highest-quality care and empower our members,” said Randall Krakauer, M.D., FACP, FACR, Aetna’s national Medicare medical director. “Aetna already has many of the top health care providers in the country in our existing network. By facilitating communications with some of the most renowned physicians in the industry, dedicated treating physicians will receive collaborative support to help deliver the best possible care to their patients. We also believe that eligible TRS participants will value the ability to quickly and conveniently receive an expert second opinion about their health and treatment options.” Best Doctors addresses some of the most challenging gaps in today’s overburdened health care system. Best Doctors helps confirm that patients get the correct diagnosis through a unique, virtual process that includes an initial, detailed phone conversation with the participant, thorough collection of medical records, and a comprehensive review of available clinical information. Importantly, Best Doctors’ expert physicians take the time to ask pertinent questions and carefully examine relevant case data.