Four-center practice will provide primary, specialty care to Medicare Advantage customers.
PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) January 14, 2019
Cigna-HealthSpring’s Medicare Advantage (MA) customers in Philadelphia have a new option for their medical care with the addition of four Dedicated Senior Medical Centers (Dedicated) to their network, effective immediately.
ChenMed has opened Dedicated practices in the Olney, North Philadelphia, Mayfair and West Philadelphia sections of the city, providing the access to care and convenience patients expect, including walk-in appointments; extended office visits; on-site specialists, labs, X-ray, echocardiograms, ultrasounds, and medication dispensing; as well as door-to-door transportation to those who need it. These centers are now available to customers in Cigna-HealthSpring’s Achieve (HMO SNP), Advantage (HMO), Alliance (HMO), Preferred (HMO), PreferredPlus (HMO) and TotalCare (HMO SNP) plans.
Dedicated adheres to the ChenMed approach to high-touch care for Medicare-eligible seniors, that, according to the September American Journal of Managed Care, reduces hospital admissions by 50 percent; decreases health care costs by 28 percent; and improves patient use of preventive medications by up to 41 percent (see AJMC release and abstract). The peer-reviewed journal report shows that Dedicated helps MA customers, including those with major and multiple chronic conditions, enjoy more healthy days than MA customers served by standard medical practices.
“As a customer-centric organization, we continue to seek relationships with physician and hospital systems that improve customer access to high-quality care,” said Thomas Kowalczyk, Cigna-HealthSpring’s market manager in Philadelphia. “ChenMed’s approach to personalized care has shown to help their patients receive the results-driven care they need when they need it.”
Gaurov Dayal, M.D., ChenMed president, new markets and chief growth officer, said, “Our primary care physicians are able to invest substantively more time with patients, because their patient panels average just one-fifth the national average for general and family practitioners. Instead of the U.S. average of one PCP to 2,300 patients, Dedicated PCPs serve a maximum of just 400 to 450 patients. And, it’s the power of MA plans, like those offered by Cigna, that enables us to earn the trust needed to truly transform care for seniors.”
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About Dedicated and ChenMed
Dedicated operates four primary care medical practices serving seniors in diverse Philadelphia communities (Mayfair, North Philadelphia, Olney and West Philadelphia). Dedicated brings concierge-style medicine — and better health outcomes — to the neediest populations, as evidenced by a five-year report (see release; report) comparing ChenMed outcomes against quality measures reported by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The value-based care provider primarily serves seniors with low-to-moderate incomes, most of whom are managing multiple chronic conditions.
Dedicated’s (ChenMed’s) mission is to honor seniors with affordable VIP care that delivers better health. To do that, Dedicated relies on innovative technology and a talented, resourceful, and compassionate team of providers. Founded by Dr. James Chen, a Taiwanese immigrant and cancer survivor, ChenMed operates more than 50 medical centers in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Well-known ChenMed brands also include Chen Senior Medical Center and JenCare Senior Medical Center.