Fresenius and Cigna expand efforts to help people living with kidney failure in USA

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Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) and Cigna have announced an expansion of their national effort to improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care for people living with kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The new agreement extends the programme through at least 2023.

The two companies started working together in 2017 and, according to a press release, have successfully reduced medical costs and avoidable hospitalisations, as well as improved patient outcomes, for Cigna customers across the USA. The programme is part of Cigna Collaborative Care—a value-based care model that uses incentives to engage healthcare providers and helps drive improved health, affordability, patient satisfaction and provider experience. The original programme with FMCNA was Cigna’s first value-based care arrangement to support kidney disease specialists and their patients.

This collaboration includes additional incentives that align healthcare reimbursement with quality performance and reduction of total care costs to deliver greater value to Cigna members. Cigna members with ESRD will continue to have access to more than 2,600 FMCNA dialysis centres and home dialysis options to help them lead fuller, more active lives.

“We are proud of our successful collaboration with Cigna to deliver more coordinated care and personalised treatments for people living with kidney disease,” said David Pollack, president of FMCNA’s Integrated Care Group. “Our growing partnership with InterWell Health, a renal network of high-performing nephrologists who are focused on value-based care, has also been a contributing factor in our ability to drive improved health outcomes and cost savings for payors like Cigna. This expanded agreement reflects our commitment to fully supporting patients with kidney disease, creating a truly integrated approach that addresses the complex needs of this vulnerable population.”

“Through this programme, we have helped Cigna customers living with renal failure improve the quality of their health and lower their health costs,” said Rajesh Davda, senior medical director at Cigna. “We are pleased to expand it to reach even more of our customers across the country. By working together to coordinate and expand access, we can help our customers get the right care in the right setting—achieving better health and lower costs, as well as improving patient satisfaction and provider experience.”

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