Newsroom | 06 September 2012

Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care Gives Cigna the Gold

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Amy Turkington
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·         Cigna Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is top-performing plan in Coalition's health plan score card
·         Rankings based on eValue8TM results in the Lehigh Valley and eastern Pennsylvania
 
Blue Bell, Pa., - Sept. 6, 2012 - The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care (LVBCHC) has named Cigna's Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan a "Gold" plan in their first-ever health plan score card, released to the Coalition's health care purchaser members in late August.  Cigna PPO is the top-performing plan in the score card. 
 
The Coalition developed the LVBCHC Health Plan Score Card to report on health plan performance. The designation is based on each health plan's eValue8 scores in the Lehigh Valley and eastern Pennsylvania market areas and in comparison to national eValue8 benchmarks. The Coalition assigned a gold, silver or bronze plan designation based on results in each of seven eValue8 modules as well as overall performance. Cigna earned six gold designations and one silver designation. Scores reflect the plans' responses as of February 2012. Gold designation indicates a market leader. 
 
"The goal of our health plan score card is to give our members an "apples to apples" comparison of health plan performance they can use when they are making purchasing decisions," said Tom Croyle, president of the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care. "The report goes beyond looking at just costs and networks and incorporates measurement across multiple categories to gauge overall value. Cigna's PPO plan is one of the leading plans in our market."     
 
"These kinds of reports help us to identify areas where we are performing well, and also areas where we need to focus for improvement," said Vince Sobocinski, president and general manager for Cigna in Pennsylvania. "Our goal is to be a trusted partner to our employer clients in helping to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve." 
 
eValue8 was created by business coalitions and employers to measure and evaluate health plan performance. eValue8 asks health plans probing questions about how they manage critical processes that control costs, reduce and eliminate waste, ensure patient safety, close gaps in care and improve health and health care.
 
Health plans provide detail on how they educate, engage and incent consumers to promote health and manage disease, as well as measure and pay providers. Plans and purchasers receive objective scores enabling comparison of plans against regional and national benchmarks and a roadmap for improvement. eValue8 enables payers of health care to become active purchasers, setting expectations and goals that will fundamentally improve the value of their health care dollar and health of their employees.
 
About Cigna
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 71 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
 
About Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care
The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care is a multi-state, membership alliance of employers striving to provide the finest health care coverage possible for their employees, in the most economical fashion. The Coalition's mission is to improve the delivery, cost and quality of health care in our communities through: Collective employer action; Quality and data initiatives; Value based purchasing; and By providing forums for the exchange of information, ideas and resources. The Coalition is also a member of the National Business Coalition on Health, the National Quality Forum and The Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit www.lvbchc.com.