The Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance has partnered with Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna, a global health insurance company, in a new population health initiative. The project aims to “improve quality, affordability, and patient experience for approximately 40,000 individuals who are covered by a Cigna health plan and receive care from BSWQA physicians.”
The partnership is part of Cigna Collaborative Care, which “improves health outcomes using population health strategies” like care coordination, data analytics, and provider engagement. The initiative will include the BSWQA’s accountable care organization, which consists of more than 5,000 primary and specialty care physicians, 48 hospitals, facilities, and healthcare stakeholders.
According to BSWH, the new collaboration will “create a more seamless experience for patients.” It plans to do so by matching a patient with a primary care doctor; coordinating services with a care team; sharing electronic health record data securely to provide collaborative higher-level care; and aligning incentives for physicians so that they’re rewarded for improving healthcare quality and efficiencies conducive to medical cost savings.
Cliff Fullerton, president of BSWQA, said in a statement: “[We look] forward to working with Cigna to advance population health initiatives that are already proving to change health care for the better. We continue to evolve the way we manage the health of patient populations and create a more nuanced care model that can be tailored to the specific needs of the Cigna customer. We are confident in our abilities to bring value through quality and efficiency improvements that will ultimately reduce costs, enrich the lives of members and benefit the communities we serve.”