Cigna, Fairfax launch accountable care initiative
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.