Cigna Reaches One Million Customers Through 100 Care Arrangements
Cigna has reached its ambitious goal of having 100 Cigna Collaborative Care Arrangements, reaching one million customers, through arrangements with large physician groups throughout the United States. The goal, achieved last week, was completed with the addition of 11 arrangements in seven states, reported Wall Street Journal.
"We're thrilled that we've reached the milestone of 100 Cigna Collaborative Care arrangements with some of the most forward-thinking large physician groups in the country," said Alan M. Muney, M.D., Cigna's chief medical officer. "The leaders of these organizations are fully committed to collaborating with us and recognize the value of delivering better health, affordability, and experience."
Cigna Collaborative Care is aiming to improve the health of customers while holding the line on medical costs. Programs help close gaps in care such as missed prescription refills or health screenings, increasing the number of preventive health visits and reducing unnecessary use of hospital emergency rooms.
According to Cigna Corporation, the keys to success for the program include sharing useful patient information, incorporating predictive modeling, embedded care coordinators, communication and collaboration, clinical integration, and aligning incentives to performance.
Effective July 1, the newest members of Cigna Collaborative Care are Northeast Medical Group in Connecticut; Harbin Clinic and Physician Performance Network of Georgia in Georgia; Presence Health Partners in Illinois; Skylands Medical Group in New Jersey, Primary Care Partners LLC and Wellmonst Medical Associates in Tennessee; The Austin Diagnostic Clinic, St. Joseph Health Partners, and Village Family Practice in Texas; and EvergreenHealth Partners in Washington.
Currently, the arrangement program spans 27 states, reaches more than one million commercial customers, and encompasses more than 39,000 doctors.
Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes
It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition.
Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently.
In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician.
British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives.
As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today.
Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes?
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.
How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan?
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily.
Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.
Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign.
If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed?
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!