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NEW YORK— In­surer Cigna Corp. an­nounced an ac­count­able care ef­fort with the Weill Cor­nell Physi­cian Or­ga­ni­za­tion, New York, that will em­ploy reg­is­tered nurses to co­or­di­nate pa­tient care. The ef­fort in­cludes 71 Weill Cor­nell pri­ma­rycare doc­tors and their pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The physi­cian or­ga­ni­za­tion will man­age pa­tient care us­ing nurse co­or­di­na­tors and pa­tient data from Bloom­field, Conn.-based Cigna, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Cigna also will en­roll pa­tients into its pro­grams that ad­dress health risks such as stress and smok­ing. “We be­lieve that ini­tia­tives such as this will help trans­form the way medicine is prac­ticed in the United States—from a sys­tem that’s fo­cused mainly on treat­ing ill­ness and re­ward­ing physi­cians for vol­ume to one that’s pa­tient-cen­tered and em­pha­sizes pre­ven­tion and pri­mary care,” Dr. Alan Muney, Cigna’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, said in the re­lease. In De­cem­ber, Cigna and a New Jersey independent physi­cians or­ga­ni­za­tion, Part­ners in Care Corp., an­nounced they had formed an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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