Cigna forms new health care alliance in California


Cigna forms new health care alliance in California

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Insurer Cigna and Good Samaritan Health System, which includes Regional Medical Center of San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Santa Clara County IPA (SCCIPA), have entered into an alliance to offer new health plans in Santa Clara County.

The health plans will be available starting January 1, 2018. The alliance also includes Pacific Partners Management Services (PPMSI), and both PPMSI and SCCIPA participate in the value-based Cigna Collaborative Care program. The Good Samaritan Health System hospitals and Pacific Partners are both subsidiaries of HCA Healthcare.

"By aligning Good Samaritan Health with a customized network of primary care doctors, specialists and hospitals, we’re creating a new kind of collaborative care initiative to offer Santa Clara County customers," said Peter Welch, president for Cigna's Northern California market.

"Together we can help affiliated providers deliver measurably better care quality at a more affordable price by improving health care outcomes through the greater use of evidence-based best medical practices and more closely connecting the delivery of care for customers in need of acute treatment."

The alliance will be governed by a joint operating committee comprising representatives from Cigna, Good Samaritan and SCCIPA.

Joseph DeSchryver, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, said: "Together with Cigna and SCCIPA, we can develop health plans that achieve our common goals - better health and affordability, and a better experience for our patients. When providers and payers work collaboratively, we can achieve better value for employers and individuals, greater quality in health care and stronger, healthier communities."

The Santa Clara County alliance is Cigna's fourth local alliance arrangement in California. The company also has local arrangements in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

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