Fletcher Allen Health Care, Central Vermont Medical Center and Cigna Bring Accountable Care to Vermont

Consumers benefit from improved care coordination and greater emphasis on preventive care

Primary care doctors are rewarded for improving patient health and lowering medical costs--Program includes registered nurse clinical care coordinatorsCigna , Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) have launched a collaborative accountable care program to expand patient access to health care, improve care coordination, and achieve the "triple aim" of improved health outcomes (quality), lower total medical costs and increased patient satisfaction. Collaborative accountable care is Cigna's approach to achieving the same population health goals as accountable care organizations, or ACOs.Accountable care is a variation on the patient-centered medical home model of health care already in place at both Fletcher Allen and CVMC.

This model rewards primary care doctors for improved outcomes and reduced medical costs. Cigna's collaboration with Fletcher Allen and CVMC is one of the first patient-centered accountable care programs in Vermont involving an integrated delivery system and a health plan.The program will benefit approximately 10,500 individuals covered by a Cigna health plan in Vermont who receive care from among 144 primary care health professionals at 21 practice locations...

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