Insurer Cigna and Partners in Care, a New Jersey independent physicians organization, announced they have launched an accountable care organization.
Cigna, Partners in Care announce ACO launch
Accountable care, a payment model that links quality performance and cost control to reimbursement, has emerged in the private market as federal officials have adopted ACOs under Medicare. The accountable care organization launched by Cigna and New Brunswick, N.J.-based Partners in Care, is expected to include 160 physician practices with 360 doctors and roughly 14,000 Cigna enrollees, according to a news release. Physicians may earn performance payments based on quality improvement and cost control, the news release said.
Care coordinators for Partners in Care will use data provided by Cigna to help manage care for patients who leave the hospital or need other support, such as follow-up visits, according to the release.
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