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Payer roundup—Tenet, Cigna sign multiyear deal, Optum scores VA contracts

January 03, 2019 / Tina Reed

Tenet Healthcare and Cigna have entered into a multiyear agreement that allows Cigna’s members “uninterrupted” access to Tenet’s provider network. Tenet facilities will also be in-network for members of Cigna’s Medicare Advantage plans. Tenet CEO Ron Rittenmeyer said the deal reflects the health system’s commitment to compassionate care. “We believe this is the right outcome for our patients, employees and communities, and we look forward to continuing to serve Cigna members around the country today and in years to come,” he said. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded contracts to manage provider networks for its new Community Care Network, the standard contract vehicle allowing VA to purchase care for Veterans from community healthcare providers under the VA Mission Act passed earlier this year.