Cigna, Integrated Independent Physicians Network roll out collaborative care agreement

Cigna and Orlando, Fla.-based Integrated Independent Physicians Network partnered April 1 to improve quality and access to care and lower costs for 7,000 Cigna beneficiaries.

The partnership is part of Cigna Collaborative Care, a value-based care model similar to an accountable care organization.

"This program gives us valuable data and insights that can help integrate our approach to patient care," George White, MD, president of the IP Network, said in a statement. "When physicians and health insurers are on the same team, real health improvement occurs."

The program involves registered nurse clinical care coordinators from the IP Network, who help patients navigate the healthcare system and manage chronic conditions. These coordinators are part of a physician-led care team and provide a link to a team of Cigna case managers. The IP Network will be compensated on a fee-for-service basis for the care it provides, but it will have an additional opportunity to earn rewards by meeting quality and cost goals.

 

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