Evernorth and Kaiser Permanente enter into a strategic collaboration to provide more convenient, affordable and accessible health care
- The broad agreement aims to increase convenience and expand affordable access to valuable health benefits and quality care for millions of Americans
- Kaiser Permanente Members will benefit from access to Cigna’s network of physicians and providers while traveling, and Evernorth’s extensive health services, including the industry-leading Accredo specialty pharmacy.
Bloomfield, Connecticut.And the Oakland, California.And the April 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Evernorth, the health services company Cigna Corporation, and Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading integrated healthcare organizations, announced a new five-year collaboration aimed at providing greater convenience, affordability, and expanded access to quality care for members of the community. Kaiser Permanente.
“Evernorth and Kaiser Permanente share a passion for improving health care in the United States, with an emphasis on affordable, high-quality care for their members and the communities they serve,” he said. Eric Palmer, president and CEO of Evernorth Corporation. “Together, we have the opportunity to achieve meaningful savings, while ensuring that patients expand access to the best providers of services and treatments.”
Initially, the agreement will focus on greater convenience, affordability, and access to Kaiser Permanente and its members in two areas: 1) access to the Cigna PPO provider network for Kaiser Permanente members who need urgent or emergency care and are traveling outside of Kaiser Permanente, and 2) Specialized pharmacy services. Cooperation can be extended to include additional areas during the term of the agreement.
Beginning in August, Kaiser Permanente Commercial HMO members and Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) members who need urgent care when they travel outside areas served by Kaiser Permanente will have access to Cigna’s national PPO network of more than 1 million physicians and other providers. This will greatly expand Kaiser Permanente’s ability to provide more affordable and accessible access to quality health care and services for current and future members.
“We are excited to work with Evernorth to offer our members convenient and expanded access to high-quality care as they travel, through the Cigna Provider Network,” Arthur M. SouthamMD, executive vice president of health plan operations and chief growth officer at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and hospitals. “This will provide our members with an improved experience, additional comfort, and greater confidence that if they become ill or injured while traveling, they will receive great care.”
In the area of specialty pharmacy services, the agreement seeks to provide total value and savings to Kaiser Permanente and its business plan members. Accredo, the Evernorth specialty pharmacy, will become Kaiser Permanente’s preferred outsourced pharmacy for limited distribution medications, and Evernorth’s CuraScript SD will be the preferred distributor for purchasing some other specialty products.
The broad agreement between Evernorth and Kaiser Permanente is effective immediately.
Evernorth creates and connects leading health service offerings, including benefits management, pharmacy, care solutions, insights and intelligence. Through an open approach to partnership across the healthcare landscape, we provide innovative and flexible solutions to health plans, employers, and government programs. Evernorth’s capabilities are supported by our family of companies, including Express Scripts, Express Scripts® Pharmacy, Accredo, eviCore and MDLIVE, along with Evernorth’s comprehensive platforms and solutions that advance health and drive progress for individuals and businesses. Services and services for all Evernorth solutions are provided by or through operating subsidiaries of Evernorth Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI), or third-party partners. Learn more at Evernorth.com.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are known as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care and improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.5 million members in 8 states and District of Columbia. The care of members and patients focuses on their overall health and is guided by the physicians, specialists and team of caregivers at Permanente Personal Medical Group. Our expert medical and care teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technological developments and tools to promote health, prevent disease, deliver state-of-the-art care and manage chronic disease on a world-class level. Kaiser Permanente specializes in care innovations, clinical research, health education, and community health support. For more information, go to about.kp.org
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