Accountable care organizations are popping up left and right throughout the nation. As of late 2011, Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act that created a number of policies affecting physicians, patients, hospitals, and various healthcare workers. The primary goal of healthcare ACO’s are to improve the quality, efficiency, and overall workflow of the healthcare industry.

Cigna is an influential insurance company that is actively involved in the research and development of technologies that can change the way healthcare is delivered to patients everywhere. Accordingly, Cigna has extended their degree of coverage to benefit a larger population of patients and physicians. Statistics indicate that Cigna’s “triple aim” in their approach on Accountable Care Organizations has now affected 17 states, 270,000 Cigna customers, and 4,000 physicians.

Cigna’s “triple aim” effort has a goal of increasing quality, affordability, and even patient satisfaction. All of these are crucial aspects to deliver the best medical services possible. Quality can be measured in clinical and administrative outcomes, while affordability and patient satisfaction really just go hand in hand in the long term.

Cigna has kept the Affordable Care Act in mind when developing their ACO technology that they expect to grow exponentially by 2014. Cigna wants to break down barriers through implementing policies like payment reform and collaboration with healthcare organizations. This effort has the capability of enriching PCMH and ACO models that stimulate progress in the ACO structure to produce desired benefits.

The changes Cigna is implementing in medical facilities throughout the nation are associated with information aggregation, clinical consultation, and even communication between providers and third parties to speed up the delivery of medical services. This technology also is a pivotal aspect in monitoring the clinical aspects of each patient to ensure the very best services rendered across the board. Cigna has taken the lead in their Accountable Care Organization through showing diplomacy in care coordination and preventative health measures that observe trends in health eliminate risks and errors.

Cigna has now established excellent healthcare policies to improve the quality of medical services for patients and physicians in many states, such as Texas, New York, and Virginia, among many others. According to policies implemented in the capital region of Virginia, Cigna has already collaborated with many major hospitals to increase their scope of practice, which has already affected 8,000 patients statewide. These ACO’s are some of the most influential Accountable Care Organizations that are solely focused on patient –centered.

As Accountable Care Organizations are still proving to be a complicated transition in national healthcare, Cigna’s efforts have already improved the best outcome for patients in regards to cost and experience. The patients who are already experiencing the benefits of this new infrastructure are those with chronic health conditions that require constant medical care and analysis to produce the best possible result for their condition. Cigna’s CAC incentives were launched in early January 2012 with brilliant success, as it ensures a safe and secure virtual extension of the physician’s scope of practice to change the quality standards of the healthcare industry as a whole.