Cigna is asking medical groups to join the effort of decreasing opioid use by 25 percent by signing a pledge to reduce opioid prescriptions and treat opioid abuse as a chronic condition.
“Improving the quality of care and delivering better health outcomes for our customers are at the core of Cigna Collaborative Care. Adopting this pledge is an opportunity to shine a light on one of the biggest crises we face in health care today and enables us to work collaboratively with our clinical partners to find effective solutions,” Cigna Vice President Dr. Dick Salmon said.
The Cigna Collaborative Care arrangements that Cigna is asking large medical groups to participate in are in conjunction with the U.S. Surgeon General’s “Turn the Tide” pledge and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) opioid prescribing guidelines.
“It’s not enough to just sign the pledge,” Salmon said. “We’re counting on these groups to commit to taking specific actions and we will discuss results as part of our ongoing quality reviews.”
The list of pledge signees can be found on Cigna’s website.