UPDATE 12:30 p.m. ET: Cigna has announced new accountable care initiatives in several states.
In California, the agreement with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, an affiliate of Sutter Health, will include as many as 21,000 patients. Cigna's agreement with New West Physicians in Denver will cover about 7,800 patients, according to a news release from the Bloomfield, Conn.-based insurer. In Texas, the insurer reached an agreement with St. Luke's Health System Clinically Integrated Providers and Renaissance Physician Organization for an initiative that will cover 44,000 individuals. And in Vermont, Cigna's accountable care organization with Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center will cover 10,500 patients.
"It is critical that insurers and healthcare providers work more closely together to improve service to patients," Cecilia Montalvo, regional vice president of strategy and business development at PAMF and the Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health, said in a news release about the California partnership. "We believe that by partnering with Cigna, we are entering into the type of health plan-healthcare provider collaboration that will serve as a model for the future in rewarding innovation and quality of care."