SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Magellan Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN) today announced that Accountable Cardiac Care of Mississippi (ACCOM), a venture between Magellan Health and Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi (CANM), has formed a collaboration to enhance cardiovascular health with an innovative care model driven by clinical best practices for Blue Cross & Blue Shield members in northeast Mississippi. ACCOM was formed to contract with health plans, existing accountable care organizations, and other risk-bearing healthcare entities for the purpose of improving patient care, cost, and quality in Mississippi.
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in Mississippi, accounting for over one-third of all deaths in the state. In addition, Mississippi’s cardiovascular disease mortality rate remains the highest in the nation.
“As we continue to implement innovative ways to care for those who need it most, we are excited to deliver quality data and analytics, as well as access to national clinical experts, expertise in optimizing outcomes through evidence-based care, as well as care integration tools,” said Gus Giraldo, president of commercial markets for Magellan Health. “Through this collaboration with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, we will be able to help providers proactively manage the care of their patients to help improve quality while reducing cost.”
“We felt it was important to form ACCOM as we continue to look at ways to improve the cost, quality, outcomes and patient experience for our cardiac patients, especially those at high risk,” said Dr. Roger A. Williams, president of Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi.
“We are committed to improving the health of all Mississippians, especially those who are faced with cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Tom Fenter, chief medical officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “This innovative care model is an ideal complement to our Blue Primary Care approach to providing patient-centered care designed to engage individuals in managing their risk factors, preventing complications and improving overall quality of life. We are positively impacting the health and wellbeing of our community one person at a time.”
About Magellan Health: Magellan Health, Inc. is a leader in managing the fastest growing, most complex areas of health, including special populations, complete pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Magellan supports innovative ways of accessing better health through technology, while remaining focused on the critical personal relationships that are necessary to achieve a healthy, vibrant life. Magellan's customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, labor unions, various military and governmental agencies and third-party administrators. For more information, visit MagellanHealth.com.
About Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi: Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi (CANM) can trace its roots back over twenty years to the internists that formed Internal Medicine Associates of Tupelo in 1976. CANM doctors were also responsible for opening north Mississippi’s first Cardiac Catheterization Lab in February 1981, as well as many other accomplishments along the way. Today, CANM boasts 20 full time cardiology specialists, who together cover the continuum of modern cardiac care. Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi has sought to establish a broad based network of outpatient clinics throughout North Mississippi from which we may help identify, diagnose and treat high risk individuals. Learn more at www.canm.com.
About Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, a mutual insurance company, is working to transform the delivery of healthcare and health for Mississippians through partnerships with physicians and providers, employers, members and communities across the state. The Company has earned a position as Mississippi’s health and wellness leader and is one of 36 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that are members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more, visit www.bcbsms.com.