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Granite Healthcare and CIGNA Launch ACO Program in New Hampshire

June 2, 2012

Cigna and the Granite Healthcare Network (GHN), a partnership among five independent charitable health care organizations in New Hampshire, have launched a collaborative accountable care initiative 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 accomplishing the same population health goals as accountable care organizations, or ACOs.

The Granite Healthcare Network comprises Concord Hospital, Elliot Health System, LRGHealthcare, Southern New Hampshire Health System and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Each member is an independent, integrated health care delivery system consisting of primary care doctors, specialists and hospitals.

Cigna’s patient-centered collaboration with GHN is believed to be the largest accountable care program in New Hampshire that links doctors, hospitals and a single health plan.

The program will benefit more than 23,000 individuals covered by a Cigna health plan who receive care from among more than 900 GHN-participating health care professionals. Individuals who are enrolled in a Cigna health plan and later choose to seek care from a GHN-participating physician will also have access to the benefits of the program.

“Cigna has been a leader in accountable care, both here in New Hampshire and throughout the country, which is why we chose Cigna as the health plan for this initiative,” said Greg Baxter, MD, chief medical officer for the Granite Healthcare Network. “We believe that this arrangement with Cigna offers the best opportunity for us to improve health care quality, lower medical costs and help our patients lead healthier and more productive lives.”

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