Cigna in the headlines: 7 recent updates

Cigna is rolling back prior authorizations and adding new AI-based offerings for members. 

Here are seven updates about the Cigna Group Becker's has reported since Aug. 16. 

  1. Cigna Healthcare removed prior authorization requirements for more than 600 medical procedures, cutting the number of prior authorizations it requires by 25 percent. Cigna will also remove preauthorization requirements for around 500 Medicare Advantage codes later this year. 
  1. Cigna was named to Forbes' 2023 list of Best Employers by State. Cigna was among the top employers in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. 
  1. Cigna Healthcare named general managers for its group employer businesses in two markets. Tim Closson was named general manager in Southern California and Kristen Maslowski was named general manager in the Midwest. 
  1. Immune checkpoint inhibitors, first launched in 2011, have greatly improved survival rates for melanoma, kidney and lung cancers, but the cost of these drugs are increasing. Evernorth, the Cigna Group's health services arm, offered three ways to help manage the costs of the drugs. 
  1. Cigna is partnering with Virgin Pulse on an individualized digital health platform for 11 million members. The platform uses AI technology and behavioral science to allow members to track their mental, physical and social health.
  1. A former Cigna market president was tapped to serve as senior vice president of client success for Collective Health, a digital employer health benefits startup.
  1. Cigna is among the payers proposing premium increases of over 20 percent for some ACA exchange plans. 

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