BLOOMFIELD, Conn., October 12, 2011 - Cigna (NYSE: CI) has received a gold award for its Bipolar Medication Adherence program at URAC's 2011 Quality Summit and Awards Program.
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health disorder characterized by cycling manic and depressive episodes that disrupt healthy, functional lives. It is the sixth leading cause of disability worldwide.
Despite recent advances in medication treatments, many patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder do not take their medication as directed. Studies show education/counseling and development of self-management strategies or behaviors will lead to the promotion of adherence, decreasing costs and patient risks.
Cigna has recognized the need to reduce this gap in care for individuals struggling with bipolar disorder. The foundation of the program includes using educational materials, health care professional collaboration and coaching, thus promoting improved quality of life and well-being.
"We're honored to receive this award and pleased that so many individuals are leading more stable lives by engaging in our programs," said Neal Cohen, vice president of operations for Cigna's behavioral health business. "Promotion, education, counseling and measurement are what make this a winning program."
URAC is a leading health care accreditation organization. The organization's Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards recognize health care management programs that demonstrate quality improvements in the health care delivered to consumers.
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