Cigna, Fair­fax launch ac­count­able care ini­tia­tive

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Cigna, the Bloom­field, Conn.-based in­sur­ance com­pany, has launched what it is call­ing a “col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­count­able care” ini­tia­tive with Fair­fax (Va.) Fam­ily Prac­tice Cen­ters, a physi­cian-owned and op­er­ated med­i­cal group with more than 100 doc­tors prac­tic­ing in 12 lo­ca­tions. The ef­fort seeks to ac­com­plish the “triple aim” goals of bet­ter out­comes, lower costs and in­creased pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The re­lease also noted how col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­count­able care is Cigna’s ap­proach to ac­com­plish­ing the same pop­u­la­tion health goals as ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions and how pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal homes are the foun­da­tion of these ef­forts. Un­der the plan, which will in­clude 9,700 in­di­vid­u­als who are both cov­ered by Cigna and re­ceive care from Fair­fax Fam­ily Prac­tice physi­cians, nurses act­ing as care co­or­di­na­tors will use pa­tient-spe­cific data to iden­tify and con­tact pa­tients who may be at risk for hospi­tal read­mis­sion, or over­due for ap­point­ments, pre­scrip­tion re­fills or screen­ings, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Cigna said Fair­fax physi­cians will be com­pen­sated for care-co­or­di­na­tion ser­vices and may re­ceive pay-for­per­for­mance bonuses if qual­ity and cost tar­gets are hit.

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