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Compensation to Third Parties
Compensation is paid to third party brokers and insurance sales people for placing a Client's ("Client" refers to employers or other groups sponsoring a health benefit plan) insurance coverage and/or plan administration contract with Cigna. This compensation is typically in the form of a percentage of premiums collected in the case of insurance policies, or a fixed, per-employee per-month rate (in the case of self-funded plans).
Additional compensation may be paid to brokers and insurance sales people based on persistency or other non-case-specific factors, sometimes referred to as "contingent commissions." This additional compensation is not part of the regular commissions.
Reports are sent to its employer policyholders and contract-holders regarding the commission and contingent commissions paid to brokers or insurance sales people for their use in preparing their Annual Return and report (Form 5500) where required under federal law (ERISA). Upon request, we will also disclose how the client may receive more information directly from the broker or sales person regarding compensation arrangements.
The primary compensation received with respect to insurance policies is the policyholder paid insurance premium. The primary source of revenue in connection with administrative services contracts is the service fees paid by the self-insured plan sponsor and/or the plan.
We negotiate for additional revenue from some third party vendors. We negotiate the additional revenue as part of the overall structure of each vendor agreement. The nature of negotiated contracts with vendors is that they are generally based on the aggregation of all business related to the contract and are not client-specific.
Cigna retains this additional revenue for its sole and exclusive use, applying it in part to the overall cost of maintaining Client programs and other business expenses. The aggregate revenue generated from the third party vendors, including programs designed to generate cost savings for the client, allows Cigna to cover the cost of client programs and other business expenses and to offer lower premiums and administrative fees to its Clients.
Cigna may offer programs and services where a third party vendor supplies all or part of the program or services. The claim amount charged to the Client for the program or services includes both an amount to cover the vendor fees and an amount for Cigna's related and other expenses. The disease management program is an example of a vendor program where the Client may be charged more than the amount charged by the vendor for the program.
Another example can be found in the rates for pharmacy benefits negotiated with a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). The rates charged to a Client are typically expressed as a percentage discount from average wholesale price. Cigna may offer lower discounts to the Client than the discounts that Cigna is offered by the PBM. Cigna may obtain or retain all or a portion of drug manufacturer revenue that it receives from the PBM or directly from the drug manufacturer. This revenue may be based on factors including membership volume, volume of drug usage or placement of a drug on the formulary. Cigna's drug formulary changes occasionally based on clinical efficacy, net drug cost and market share considerations. Customer reimbursements will differ depending on where the drug falls in the formulary. Changes to the formulary can impact the revenue paid by drug manufacturers to Cigna or the PBM.
Cigna may also receive transition fees when it changes third party vendors. These fees are paid to Cigna by the vendor to cover implementation and related expenses such as staffing or administrative changes that Cigna incurs during the transition. Cigna may receive marketing fees or commissions from vendors for placing the business with the vendor. These may be calculated on a per-member per-month (PMPM) basis, flat rate, or on a percentage basis. Cigna may receive other compensation from its third party vendors. For example, Cigna may receive payment for the development and installation of special computer systems or programs necessary for Cigna to deliver a particular service to its Clients.
Cigna may receive performance guarantee payments if a vendor does not meet performance targets.
Cigna uses a specialized vendor to negotiate discounts for large out-of-network (OON) claims. When a large out of network claim is received, the vendor will negotiate with the provider to obtain a lower rate, or discount, to the charges. The amount for the claim charged to our Client will reflect the discounted charges and an administrative fee will be charged for providing the savings program. Similar savings programs are in place for secondary networks and to audit large, complex hospital claims.
When a third party should have been responsible for the claims incurred by a customer (as a result of an automobile accident, for example), after paying the claim, Cigna may try to obtain reimbursement from the third party source. Cigna currently pursues reimbursement using a specialized subrogation vendor. For successful efforts, a percentage of the recovery is retained by Cigna. Additionally, Cigna has priority right to reimbursement of any stop loss payments. Any excess is credited to the Client.
In most situations, Cigna processes claims directly and the claim amount collected by Cigna from the Client equals the amount paid to the provider. Where a third party manages a particular type of medical service, a portion of the claim amount paid to the third party may in turn be paid to Cigna by the third party to cover Cigna's costs of administration and other business costs. A Customer's coinsurance, deductible and lifetime maximum are calculated based on the entire claim amount including the portion retained by Cigna to cover costs.
Certain Cigna companies directly provide or arrange for the provision of covered health care services including, but not limited to Cigna Behavioral Health and Cigna HealthCare of Arizona. Their charges for providing or arranging for these services are reimbursed as claims.
In an effort to assure that high dollar claims are correctly billed and paid in accordance with industry and other applicable standards, we have extended our claims review program to include a review of select facility claims for billing and coding errors. This program is now available for all self-funded customers. Effective December 1, 2009, the Clinical Claims Review (CCR) program will be treated as a savings initiative pursuant to the Savings Initiative provision of your administrative services agreement and we will be retaining the specified fee for the savings realized.
Many of the group health insurance policies and employee health benefit plans that Cigna administers cover expenses incurred for services from health care professionals or facilities who do not participate in the Cigna health care professional network. Those policies and plans include Maximum Reimbursable Charge ("MRC") provisions that may limit the amount of an out-of-network charge that will be considered by Cigna in calculating reimbursement. The plan sponsor (your employer or other organization) may choose one of the following MRC provisions:
Under this option, a data base compiled by FAIR Health, Inc. (an independent non-profit company) is used to determine the billed charges made by health care professionals or facilities in the same geographic area for the same procedure codes using data. The maximum reimbursable amount is then determined by applying a percentile (typically the 70th or 80th percentile) of billed charges, based upon the FAIR Health, Inc. data. For example, if the plan sponsor has selected the 80th percentile, then any portion of a charge that is in excess of the 80th percentile of charges billed for the particular service in the same relative geographic area (as determined using the FAIR Health, Inc. data) will not be considered in determining reimbursement and the patient will be fully responsible for such excess.
This option uses a schedule of charges established using a methodology similar to that used by Medicare to determine allowable fees for services within a geographic market or at a particular facility. The schedule amount is then multiplied by a percentage (110%, 150% or 200%) selected by the plan sponsor to produce the MRC.
In the limited situations where a Medicare-based amount is not available (e.g., a certain type of health care professional or procedure is not covered by Medicare or charges relate to covered services for which Medicare has not established a reimbursement rate), the MRC is determined based on the lesser of:
There is no MRC with respect to services for which there is not enough charge data in a geographic area to determine a MRC charge.
Under this option, the MRC is determined based on the lesser of:
In some cases, the ACR amount will not be used and the MRC is determined based on the lesser of:
Whether the MRC I, MRC II or ACR methodology is used, the customer is responsible for all charges over the MRC amount, as well as any applicable deductible and coinsurance amounts for charges that do not exceed the MRC. The claim is also subject to all other exclusions and limitations in the applicable benefit plan.
If you are enrolled in a Cigna-administered plan, you and your authorized representatives can find the MRC for a particular procedure and geographic location by calling the 800 number on your ID card.
If you use a health care professional who is not in the Cigna network, be sure to check your plan documents to make sure that your plan covers out-of-network services. If you have a Flexible Spending Account, you may be able to use that money for out-of-network services.
Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy does not make efforts to identify or eradicate human trafficking from its direct supply chains for tangible goods that it offers for sale.
We reserve the right to make changes to the Service and our Legal Disclaimer. We encourage you to review the Service and these terms periodically for any updates or changes. Your continued access or use of the Service shall be deemed your acceptance of these Legal Disclaimers and any changes and the reasonableness of these standards for notice of changes. Use of the Service and purchases of products from the Service will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to its conflict of law provisions. You agree that any legal action or proceeding between you and Cigna will be brought exclusively in a federal or state court of competent jurisdiction sitting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.