SOURCE: New York Business Group on Health

November 10, 2010 17:15 ET

New York Business Group on Health Honors CIGNA for Outstanding Health Care Value

CIGNA Recognized With Prestigious eValue8 Performance Award for New York Metropolitan Area

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) -  The New York Business Group on Health (NYBGH), a non-profit coalition of 175 employers, today honored CIGNA (NYSE: CI) for outstanding performance in providing high quality and high value health care solutions in the New York metropolitan area. 

The NYBGH awarded CIGNA the 2010 eValue8™ Performance Award for the New York metropolitan area. CIGNA was the only health plan in the New York metropolitan area to earn this award. eValue8 is a nationally-recognized health care purchasing and quality improvement assessment process developed by the National Business Coalition on Health to help purchasers buy health care products and services. The inaugural award was presented today at the NYBGH's annual meeting in New York City.

CIGNA earned the highest total score in the New York area market in the seven categories used to assess health plan performance including consumer engagement, plan profile, provider measurement, pharmaceutical management, prevention and health promotion, chronic disease management and behavioral health.

"We are thrilled to recognize and honor CIGNA for providing outstanding health care value to employers and other purchases in the New York area," said Laurel Pickering, Executive Director, New York Business Group on Health. "CIGNA's commitment to working with employers is second to none and clearly demonstrates their dedication to helping transform the health care system and improve the health of their members. We congratulate CIGNA on earning this award."

"eValue8 is a rigorous validation process that helps drive continued improvement and better value in our health care system," said Dr. Jeffrey Kang, CIGNA chief medical officer. "We are very pleased to be recognized as the highest-performing health service company by the New York Business Group on Health, and honored to work with employers here to innovate and foster healthy change that improves quality and reduces costs." 

About CIGNA

CIGNA (NYSE: CI) is a global health service and financial company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. CIGNA Corporation's operating subsidiaries in the United States provide an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance. CIGNA offers products and services in over 27 countries and jurisdictions and has approximately 60 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about CIGNA, visit www.cigna.com.

About the New York Business Group on Health

The New York Business Group on Health (NYBGH) is an employer-driven coalition dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare, locally and nationally. The NYBGH is a not-for-profit coalition of 175 employers, unions, health plans, providers and other healthcare organizations operating in NY, NJ and CT. Since 1982, NYBGH has been leveraging the power of healthcare purchasers to drive healthcare reform and aid employers in their quest for value in the healthcare system. For more information, visit www.nybgh.org

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