Mount Sinai Health Partners and Cigna Form New Collaborative Relationship

 – August 1, 2016 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai Health Partners and Cigna (NYSE: CI) today announced a new collaborative care relationship designed to help improve access to health care, enhance care coordination and lower costs for Mount Sinai Health Partners patients  enrolled in a Cigna health plan. Mount Sinai Health Partners is the clinically integrated network of the Mount Sinai Health System and is made up of Mount Sinai’s hospitals, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s full-time faculty, and other associated physicians.

The program is part of Cigna Collaborative Care, a value-based model that uses incentives to engage health care professionals and drive improved health, affordability and customer experience. Value-based care and population health are growing national trends representing a shift away from the historic health care model that focused on treating individual health events. These models align players in the health care system to focus on a person’s overall health and long-term outcomes.

The collaborative arrangement between Mount Sinai Health Partners and Cigna aims to close gaps in care, such as missed health screenings or prescription refills, reinforce the appropriate use of primary care doctors to increase the number of preventive health visits, and improve follow-up care for people transitioning from hospital to home.

“We are excited to provide high quality care for Cigna customers through our clinically integrated network,” said Niyum Gandhi, chief population health officer for the Mount Sinai Health System. “Mount Sinai Health Partners’ clinically integrated network is a collaboration among our primary care physicians and specialists to continuously improve the quality and effectiveness of health care services.  By partnering with like-minded payers such as Cigna, Mount Sinai Health Partners is able to drive better population health, disease management and preventative care for our patients.”

“Cigna is excited that Mount Sinai Health Partners is now one of our 150 collaborative care relationships spanning 29 states,” said Tom Martel, President, Northeast Region for Cigna. “We have seen first-hand how our collaborative care arrangements enable us to better align with physician practices to help drive better health outcomes, reduce gaps in care, and lower costs for those we serve.”

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 Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America, Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York, and their affiliates. 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 more than 90 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,000  primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2015-2016 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

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