Cigna Collaborative Accountable Care (CAC) Program - Banner Health Network

Program Location: 
Phoenix, AZ
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In October 2012, Cigna and Banner Health Network (BHN) joined to launch a collaborative accountable care initiative to expand patient access to health care, improve care coordination, and achieve the "triple aim" of improved health outcomes (quality), lower total medical costs and increased patient satisfaction.  The program will benefit more than 20,000 individuals covered by a Cigna health plan who receive care from among approximately 2,600 doctors affiliated with BHN in Arizona.  Under the program, Banner Health Network doctors monitor and coordinate all aspects of an individual's medical care. Patients continue to go to their current physician and automatically receive benefits of the program.

Critical to the program's benefits are registered nurses, employed by the medical groups, who serve as clinical care coordinators and help patients with chronic conditions or other health challenges navigate the health care system. The care coordinators are aligned with a team of Cigna case managers to ensure a high degree of collaboration between the physician practices and Cigna that ultimately results in a better experience for the individual. The care coordinators will enhance care by using patient-specific data from Cigna to help identify patients being discharged from the hospital who might be at risk for readmission, as well as patients who may be overdue for important health screenings or who may have skipped a prescription refill. The care coordinators are part of the physician-led care team that helps patients get the follow-up care or screenings they need, identifies potential complications related to medications and helps prevent chronic conditions from worsening. Care coordinators can also help patients schedule appointments, provide health education and refer patients to Cigna's clinical support programs that may be available as part of their employee benefits plan. Examples include disease management programs for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions, and lifestyle management programs for tobacco cessation, weight management and stress management.

Payment Model: 

Cigna will compensate the Banner Health physicians for the medical and care coordination services they provide. Additionally, they will be rewarded through a “pay for value” structure for meeting targets for improving quality and lowering medical costs.

Last updated April 2014
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