Texas Health Resources, Texas Health Physicians Group and Cigna Start Accountable Care Program in Dallas-Fort Worth|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Cigna (NYSE: CI), Texas Health Resources and Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) have launched a collaborative accountable care initiative to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination and achieve the “triple aim” of improved health, affordability and patient experience. The program, effective January 1, is Cigna's fifth accountable care initiative in North Texas. The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to enhance the overall well-being of the population through a coordinated approach to all aspects of health.
“THPG’s physicians and clinical team already deliver quality, patient-centered care that helps our patients live healthy and productive lives, said Shawn Parsley, D.O., president of Texas Health Physicians Group. “We’re pleased to join Cigna in this partnership because the addition of immediate access to care coordinators will provide our patients with the resources they need to manage and improve their chronic conditions.”
This collaborative approach is aimed at accomplishing the same population health goals as accountable care organizations (ACOs). It will benefit more than 17,000 individuals covered by a Cigna health plan who receive care from approximately 250 THPG primary care physicians. Patients who currently receive care from a THPG primary care physician will automatically receive the benefits of the program. Program benefits also will be available to any future Cigna customers who get care from a THPG primary care physician.
“Cigna has a strong track record of collaborating with North Texas physician practices to reshape the health care delivery system,” said LaMonte Thomas, Cigna's president and general manager for North Texas and Oklahoma. “We believe that when we reward doctors for results, rather than for volume of care, we’re helping to create a health care system that produces value for patients, physicians and employers.”
Under the program, THPG physicians will monitor and coordinate all aspects of an individual’s medical care to proactively manage interventions and improve overall well-being. Critical to the program’s benefits are care coordinators who help patients with chronic conditions or other health challenges navigate the health care system. The care coordinators are aligned with a team of Cigna case managers to ensure a high degree of collaboration between the physicians and Cigna; this will ultimately provide a better experience for the individual.
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