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Kiska Workman
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MEDIA: 713-442-5332
10/16/2007
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Cigna Healthcare of Texas and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Announce Alliance


KelseyCare Powered by CIGNA Brings Quality, Cost-Effective Product to the Houston Area
 
CIGNA HealthCare of Texas and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic announced today they are joining forces to offer a new health benefit option to Houston employers. KelseyCare Powered by CIGNA is a fully-insured health maintenance organization (HMO) product that gives businesses the ability to offer their employees a quality, lower cost benefit option. This new benefit option expands access to health care for smaller companies and increases the array of benefit plans available to companies in the Houston area through the exclusive use of the Kelsey-Seybold network for physicians, clinics and affiliated hospitals.
 
"We know employers in Houston are looking for new ways to improve the health and well-being of their employees now and over the long-term while moderating costs," said David Toomey, president of CIGNA HealthCare of Texas. "Our collaboration with Kelsey-Seybold is focused on health improvement and the wellness of members, while helping to create cost-efficiencies and savings for employers. We are excited to work with Kelsey-Seybold on this initiative and provide Houston companies with cost efficient health benefit options that can improve the health of their employees."
 
"Our work with CIGNA marks an exciting new venture stemming from CIGNA's longstanding expertise in the Houston area," adds Dr. Spencer Berthelsen, chief executive officer for Kelsey-Seybold. "Employers can benefit from the efficiencies of Kelsey-Seybold's group practice model, early and aggressive intervention on disease, and focus on evidence-based medicine, while simultaneously maximizing savings via CIGNA's robust hospital network."
 
The new benefit plan design features CIGNA HealthCare's administrative simplicity, health advocacy programs that engage employees in wellness efforts and help them manage chronic conditions and provides access to the company's mycigna.com member portal. Customers also gain the ability to receive in-network care from more than 300 Kelsey-Seybold physicians at 18 clinic locations throughout the greater Houston area and several affiliated hospitals.
 
KelseyCare Powered by CIGNA, which had previously been available only for self-insured customers, will become available for fully insured plans effective January 1. Houston companies may also select from one of CIGNA's more expansive provider network options.

About Kelsey-Seybold

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 450 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 23​​ locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 16 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for three consecutive years and is the only 5-out-of-5-star rated plan in Texas.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.