Cigna rolls out 2 new collaborative care arrangements in Chicago

Cigna is teaming up with two Chicago area physician groups, Alexian Brothers Clinically Integrated Network and Midwest Center for Women's HealthCare, on collaborative care programs that are similar to accountable care organizations.

Through Cigna Collaborative Care, the value-based programs use incentives to drive providers to improve health, affordability and the patient experience. Specifically, the program with Midwest Center for Women's HealthCare will focus on reducing unnecessary cesarean deliveries and avoidable complications while increasing necessary vaccinations. The Alexian Brothers program will focus on monitoring and coordinating medical care for 3,240 patients.

"Cigna first began our collaborative care program back in 2008 and have used key learnings from those early efforts to build a successful program that now encompasses more than 134 physician practices in 29 states," Peter McCauley Sr., MD, regional medical executive for Cigna's Northeast region, which includes the Midwest, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to expand this program to small physician groups and specialty care practices, including OB/GYN groups like Midwest Center for Women's HealthCare."

Under the programs, the physician networks will be compensated for care provided with the opportunity to earn additional incentives for meeting quality and cost benchmarks.


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