Cigna (NYSE: CI) and NYUPN Clinically Integrated Network, LLC, an organization comprising all clinical faculty affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center and the University Physicians Network (UPN), have launched a collaborative accountable care initiative to improve patient access to health care and enhance care coordination. The program is effective July 1, 2013.
The Collaborative accountable care initiative is Cigna's approach to accomplishing the same population health goals as accountable care organizations, or ACOs. The initiative is designed to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place, and reward health care professionals for achieving the “ triple aim” of improved health, affordability, and patient experience. The program will benefit more than 24,000 individuals covered by a Cigna health plan who receive care from more than 300 NYUPN primary care physicians.
“We are thrilled to partner with Cigna on the collaborative accountable care initiative,” said Gary Kalkut, M.D., MPH, senior vice president of network integration and associate chief clinical officer at NYU Langone Medical Center. “NYU Langone is committed to providing its patients with world-class care. We believe this collaboration presents an opportunity for our Clinically Integrated Network to coordinate care that improves outcomes, reduces costs, and enhances the patient experience across the continuum of care.”
According to Paula Marchetta, M.D., M.B.A., president of NYUPN, “The Cigna contract is our first step toward realizing the vision of the Clinically Integrated Network at NYU Langone: To set the standard for high quality, cost-efficient care of our patients. Key to the success of the CIN is the creation of a true sense of cohesiveness – not just between the hospital and our many physicians, but also with our patients."“We want to fundamentally change the health care delivery system by rewarding physicians for results,” said Dan Nicoll, M.D., Cigna’s senior medical director for New York. “A patient-centered system that’s focused on prevention and wellness, combined with the right incentives for physicians, will ultimately result in a healthier population and lower medical costs. That’s good for individuals, families, employers and doctors.”