To provide better coordination of care, CIGNA and Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced on June 10th that they have launched a "patient-centered medical home" pilot program. Among the goals of the program are the further enhancement of the coordination of care and the improvement of care quality for patients covered by a CIGNA plan.
The program is focused on individuals who receive care from Dartmouth-Hitchcock primary care physicians practicing in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Currently, approximately 19,000 CIGNA members access care from a Dartmouth-Hitchcock primary care physician.
The program is among the first medical home pilots being established by private-sector health service companies and will be an ongoing initiative. The first evaluation of program results will take place after the program has been operational for at least 12 months.