Raising the number of Collaborative Care arrangements in Florida to a healthy baker’s dozen as of Jan. 1, Cigna recently announced five new regional medical group agreements, extending its reach by an additional 75,000 consumers.
The news came from Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, where three of the five groups practice. Cigna stated that its goals are to close service gaps, streamline emergency room visits, optimize use of preventive health care, and refine follow-up care between hospital and homecoming.
“We’re delighted to welcome these five medical groups to Cigna Collaborative Care,” Dean Mirabella, Cigna's president for Florida markets, said. “Each one is committed to putting the patient at the center of its practice, with expanded access to care, better coordination of care, a focus on prevention, and patient education about chronic conditions and wellness. We look forward to having them join us on our journey toward a better system for the people who use, pay for or deliver health care.”
Care coordinators work closely with Cigna case managers to guarantee quality in the collaboration, utilizing R.N. clinical care coordinators to help those with chronic conditions or difficulties to steer through the system. Those professionals will assist with appointment scheduling, education, referrals and more.
The five new participants are Advantage Health Network (AHN) in Fort Lauderdale; Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization (PBACO) in Palm Beach County; Florida Hospital Medical Group in Orlando; Florida Accountable Care Services LLC In Winter Park; and Tampa Bay Integrated Healthcare Network (TBIH) in Tampa.