*The term “dentist locations” refers to the total number of locations where each network dentist is contracted to
provide services to CIGNA Dental customers. Data is as of September 2009.
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Kind of like the “Big Bang” but better – CIGNA's DPPO
Networks Continue to Expand
We’ve gotten network growth down to a science – it’s not rocket science,
but our larger networks will save clients and customers money. We’ve
significantly expanded our DPPO networks to meet the evolving needs
of clients in all size segments and geographic locations. Larger networks
mean employees are more likely to choose an in-network dentist – and
that translates into real savings. As more employees visit in-network
dentists, the client’s net effective discount is greater because previously
out-of-network claim dollars are paid in-network. And this gives
employees two ways to save money too: network discounts and no
How big are we?
We have more than 67,000 unique dentists in the Core Network, which
translates to nearly 144,000 dentist locations*. And by year-end, we
expect an overall network growth rate of 20% compared to last year.
Average discounts in this Network are 35% for 2009. The larger Radius
Network offers the greatest access to dentists at all discount levels. We
have more than 73,000 unique dentists in the Radius Network, which
translates to nearly 157,000 dentist locations*. By December 2009, we
expect an overall network growth rate of 32% over last year. And you can
be sure our expansion efforts will continue into 2010 and beyond.
How do we do it?
Here are some reasons dentists choose to be in our networks:
Network dentists have access to our secure
internet-based platform where they can verify
eligibility, check claims status, submit claims
electronically and more. This tool also helps
them manage day-to-day operations and
increase operational efficiency