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Cigna Medical Group: Offering Chronic Disease Self-Management through a Patient-Centered Medical Home

There's no place like home but often the experience of receiving health care is disjointed and confusing.

The Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research (CAIPER), in a unique collaboration with Cigna Medical Group, aided health professions students from Arizona's three state universities (Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University) and area colleges in providing a medical home for older adults living with chronic diseases in the community.

Health professions students placed in this pilot interprofessional clinical site address the needs of older adult patients in their care through a focus on chronic disease self-management. This approach addresses individual and population health, while reducing the cost of care, referred to as the Triple Aim, through health education and self-care strategies designed to care for chronic health conditions.

In addition to gaining experience working as a member of an interprofessional integrated primary care team, students have an opportunity to develop and co-facilitate interprofessional chronic disease self-management groups addressing conditions such as diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

CAIPER is working with Cigna to further develop this pilot interprofessional clinical site, which will serve as a model for future practice locations for health professions students placed with Cigna. CAIPER activities include: identifying administrative and clinical champions, supporting the development of interprofessional skills, sharing cutting-edge resources with clinical preceptors, and identifying and expanding opportunities for modeling interprofessional collaborative team practice. Future practice locations will likewise serve older adults living with chronic health conditions.