- Improved access to care
- Increased emphasis on preventive care
- Greater care coordination and patient engagement
- Better management of chronic illness (or chronic diseases)
- Lower hospital readmissions
- Reduced health care costs through alignment of payment with improved outcomes, quality and value.
Care coordinators can also help patients schedule appointments, provide health education and inform patients about SMG’s clinical programs (Freedom from Smoking Program, weight management, Behavioral Health Program, or the Diabetes Live Well Program) as well as Cigna’s health, wellness and chronic condition management programs available to them through their employer’s health plan.Cigna will compensate Summit Medical Group physicians for the medical and care coordination services they provide. Additionally, SMG physicians may be rewarded through a “pay for performance” structure if they meet targets for improving quality and lowering medical costs. This newest initiative in New Jersey builds on Cigna's and SMG's commitment to change the health care delivery system from one that focuses on paying for volume to a system that rewards value and quality of outcomes. Cigna is now engaged in 42 collaborative accountable care initiatives in 18 states, encompassing more than 390,000 Cigna customers and more than 5,500 primary care physicians. Cigna launched its first collaborative accountable care program in 2008 and its goal is to have 100 of them in place with one million customers by the end of 2014. Summit Medical Group has launched similar initiatives with other major insurance carriers in New Jersey. About Summit Medical Group Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG maintains a 42-acre healthcare campus in Berkeley Heights and 20 additional practice locations in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Millburn, Short Hills, Springfield, New Providence, Warren, and Westfield. As an East Coast premier multispecialty group, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more, visit www.summitmedicalgroup.com. About Cigna Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 71 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.