The Practitioner Connection
The right help at the right time!
ACCESS TO OUTPATIENT CARE
Cigna offers Crisis Stabilization, Intermediate and Routine access to service to our participants. As a network provider you have the opportunity to elect to participate in Cigna's Crisis Stabilization and Intermediate specialty access levels in addition to offering Routine services. To learn more about the access levels and the responsibilities and benefits of participation please read the following article.
IDENTIFYING BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a relatively common disorder seen in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings. It is important to consider the diagnosis of BPD or a rule out diagnosis in a differential diagnosis, when symptoms might suggest this. If someone has a BPD as well as co-occurring conditions it is important to develop a treatment plan not just for the primary diagnosis but for all co-occurring condition(s).
CIGNA MEDICARE ACCESSSM
Cigna Medicare Access plans will have new features and an expanded service area beginning January 1, 2009. Plans will be offered to employer groups nationwide, as well as directly to individuals, in over 1,500 counties in the 28 states. Read the following article, for more information.
EAP ASSISTANCE WITH WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS
The Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can offer support and services during the difficult downsizing process. Read the following article to learn about some of the services available under EAP.
TWO NEW INITIATIVES
Preliminary indications from two related pilot programs, undertaken in early 2008, suggest we are simultaneously delivering better care outcomes for the people we serve, while increasing facility satisfaction with Cigna service. The Intensive Care Management program improves clinical outcomes by focusing attention on those with complex clinical needs. The Fast Certification program reduces unnecessary administrative burden from the utilization management process for inpatient admissions.
INSURANCE IDENTIFICATION CARDS
Insurance Identification (ID) Cards can provide to practitioners a wealth of information regarding a participant’s benefits. It is recommended that practitioners keep a copy of the ID card, front and back, in the participant’s file.
The Cigna's 2008 Level of Care Guidelines for Behavioral Health have been posted online. Read this article to learn about some of the updates and much more!
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