Cigna Corp. announced a new collaborative care agreement with Health Choice Preferred. In a press release, Cigna said the agreement covers 16,000 patients across Utah.

“This agreement with Health Choice Preferred demonstrates Cigna’s commitment to working with the healthcare community to provide better value and improved outcomes for our customers,” said Kim Bimestefer, Cigna President for the Mountain States, including Utah. “With a respected network of healthcare professionals and highly integrated care model, Health Choice Preferred is an ideal partner as we continue to improve our customers’ healthcare experience and overall well-being.”

Cigna said it now has 142 collaborative care agreements in 29 states, serving 1.6 million commercial customers encompassing about 65,000 physicians.

Health Choice Preferred is a division of Franklin, Tenn-based IASIS Healthcare. Health Choice is IASIS’ managed risk platform, covering 634,000 members in Arizona, Utah and Florida.

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