Cigna Collaborative Care Program - EvergreenHealth Partners (EHP)

Program Location: 
Kirkland, WA
Payer Type: 
Commercial
Partner Organizations: 
Northwest Physicians Network
Payers: 
Cigna
Description: 

Collaborative accountable care is Cigna's approach to accomplishing the same population health goals as accountable care organizations, or ACOs. The program will benefit nearly 3,300 individuals covered by a Cigna health plan who receive care from Northwest Physicians Network's (NPN) 150 primary care physicians. The program with NPN is Cigna's first accountable care program in the Puget Sound area and in the state of Washington. 

Critical to the program's benefits are registered nurses, employed by NPN, 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 medical group 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, such as disease management programs for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions; and lifestyle management programs, such as programs for tobacco cessation, weight management and stress management.

Payment Model: 

Cigna will compensate EvergreenHealth Partners for the medical and care coordination services it provides. Additionally, the medical group may be rewarded through a “pay for value” structure if it meets targets for improving quality and lowering medical costs.

Last updated July 2014
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