WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CIGNA earned the top honor in the Disability Case Management Program category at the First Annual Case in Point Platinum Awards, created by publisher Dorland Health. CIGNA's entry featured Disability HealthCare Connect®, the company’s integrated medical and disability program.
“CIGNA's nurse case managers work directly with our customers to help them improve their health and assist in their return to work efforts,” said Beth Chiappetta, vice president, expert resources for CIGNA, who accepted the award. “We are pleased to be recognized for our case management program excellence.”
As described in the award submission, CIGNA believes coordinating disability and medical case management can help improve and maintain employee health, prevent and reduce costly medical and work absences, and helps employees return to work quickly and safely. In fact, according to a 2007 CIGNA study, individuals covered by CIGNA's integrated medical and disability programs who have taken a short-term disability leave are more likely to return to work. The study showed marked improvement in return-to-work rates for CIGNA customers on disability of at least five percent and up to 37 percent, compared to others in non-integrated, disability-only plans.
CIGNA's award submission also demonstrated the direct customer impact of integrating disability and healthcare benefits through the story of customer Mark Evans, who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. Through his employer-provided CIGNA disability insurance and the innovative case management services it offered, he was able to resume many activities of daily living and secure a work-at-home arrangement. Mark’s story can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/cignatv.
Platinum Award entries were judged by a panel of experts from the clinical and business sectors of health care. Also serving as judges were the staff of Case in Point magazine and Case in Point Weekly. Entries were evaluated based on the proven track record and success of their programs.
Dorland Health publishes Case In Point, the official magazine of the Case Management Society of America, the Case Management Resource Guide, Case In Point Weekly, industry webinars, award programs, special reports, and offers continuing education certifications.
CIGNA (NYSE:CI), a global health service company, is dedicated to helping people improve their health, well being and sense of security. CIGNA Corporation's operating subsidiaries provide an integrated suite of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance, to approximately 46 million people throughout the United States and around the world. The disability insurance policy covering Mark Evans’ claim was underwritten by CIGNA operating subsidiary Life Insurance Company of North America. To learn more about CIGNA, visit www.cigna.com. To sign up for email alerts or an RSS feed of company news, log on to http://newsroom.cigna.com/rss/. Also, follow us on Twitter: @cigna and visit CIGNA’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cignatv
Jim Angstadt, 215-761-8748
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