Cigna, Sequent Health Physician Partners roll out accountable care agreement

Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Sequent Health Physician Partners has teamed up with payer Cigna for its first accountable care program, which launched in January.

The aim of the new program is to improve health, affordability and patient experience for more than 8,500 Cigna members in Sequent Health's network. Specifically, the program seeks to close gaps in care like missed health screenings and prescription refills, reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, improve preventive health visits and improve follow-up care for patients transitioning out of the hospital.

This is coordinated by a physician-led care team and a care coordinator who work closely with case managers from Cigna. Together this care team is meant to help patients navigate the health system and make preventive care more accessible.

"We're excited to expand our collaborative care program further in Georgia and to be a preferred health plan for Sequent Health Physician Partners as we work together to change healthcare," Robert Hamilton, MD, Cigna's regional medical executive for Georgia, said in a statement. "By focusing on quality and value, instead of volume of services, this model will ultimately lead to a healthier population and lower medical costs, which is good for individuals, families, employers and doctors."


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