Events, Conferences, and Announcements for June 15

Announcements Noridian announces that as an added feature to the Noridian Medicare Portal (NMP), providers and suppliers who submit their redeterminations and/or reopenings through the portal will now receive the Level 1 Medicare Redetermination Notices (MRNs) via NMP. This means that if the outcome of the redetermination or reopening results in a fully favorable (payable) […]

Bimestefer and Cigna Seperate

Kim Bimestefer watches conversation during a Cigna-sponsored dinner in Cheyenne, March 15. By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society CHEYENNE – Kim Bimestefer has been removed as the President and General Manager for Cigna’s Mountain States Region, according to Cigna representatives from its Greenwood Village, Colo. office. “Cigna’s collaborative relationship with the Wyoming Medical Society remains […]

Cigna Meets with Natrona County Medical Society

The Natrona County Medical Society hosted a roundtable with Cigna representatives at the Casper Country Club on Wednesday night. After nearly an hour discussion with Casper-area doctors, Cigna opened up a panel discussion regarding cost drivers moderated by Kim Bimestefer, Mountain States President of Cigna as well as (from left) Ralph Hayes, Joe McGinley, MD, PhD, Mark […]

Cigna Hosts Provider Dinner in Cheyenne

Representatives from the Wyoming Medical Society, as well as the Cigna and the community discuss rising healthcare costs during a dinner in Cheyenne on March 15. Crowd of Business Owners, Healthcare Representatives, WMS Discuss Cost By Tom Lacock – Wyoming Medical Society CHEYENNE – A crowd of 47 physicians, employers, Cigna representatives, and representatives of the […]

Cigna To Host Meetings for Wyoming Physicians in Laramie, Natrona, and Albany Counties

  Cigna Mountain States Regional President (far right) Kim Bimestefer reacts to a comment made by Cigna’s Mark Laitos, M.D. during an event in Casper earlier this year.  Laramie, Albany, and Natrona Counties in March and April. Cigna Dinners To Feature Discussion on New Contract Amendment Cigna will host three dinners for Wyoming physicians in the […]

Walker Meets with LCMS to Discuss Cigna Reimbursements

  By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society Cigna has recently sent a series of letters to Wyoming physicians outlining cuts to provider reimbursements, effective April 1. On Thursday evening in Cheyenne the Laramie County Medical Society hosted Jesse Walker, the Wyoming State Contract Manager for Cigna, who explained the Cigna reasoning for the cuts. Walker […]

Cigna Joins Friends of the WMS Program

Kim Bimestefer, President of Cigna Mountain States, reacts to a statement made by Cigna’s Medical Director for the Mountain States region, Dr. Mark Laitos at a Natrona County Medical Society Meeting in Nov.  Cigna Holds Over 30 Percent of The Wyoming Commercial Market CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Medical Society (WMS) announced today that Cigna has become a […]

Patient Centered Medical Homes Popping Up

The Blue Cross Blue Shield PCMH model is shown above. By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society CHEYENNE – While the concept isn t new, the high profile afforded to Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) by the Affordable Care Act is. PCMHs are being embraced by practices that say they have done this work for years, […]