Pittsburgh-based Highmark has entered into an settlement with Ria Well being, a telehealth supplier specializing in alcohol use dysfunction remedy.
By the partnership, Highmark members will have the ability to entry Ria Well being’s staff of physicians and coaches just about. The San Francisco, California-based firm provides a personalised digital program that features medication-assisted remedy and digital instruments for psychosocial assist. Its purpose is to assist folks change their relationship with alcohol.
“Alcohol use dysfunction has traditionally low remedy charges and the stigma related to getting care inhibits many individuals,” mentioned Tom Nix, CEO of Ria Well being, in an e mail. “Offering a telehealth-delivered program that’s clinically efficient and doesn’t disrupt the member’s work, household and neighborhood commitments removes the stigma for a lot of remedy seekers.”
Claims information from Highmark reveals that greater than 41,000 of its roughly 5.6 million members have been recognized with alcohol use dysfunction in 2019. This quantity has possible grown in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. In truth, a research printed in JAMA Community Open final yr reveals that the frequency of alcohol consumption jumped 14% from 2019 to 2020.
“Telemedicine has been unquestionably useful to affected person care since its inception, however to a big diploma these advantages have remained unrealized for these requiring specialised remedy for substance points,” mentioned Demetrios Marousis, director of behavioral well being at Highmark, in a information launch. “Ria Well being is just not solely providing another however, in doing so, creating remedy accessibility.”
Additional, Ria Well being will work with Highmark to extend consciousness about remedy choices for an array of consuming objectives, starting from decreasing dangerous consuming to stopping fully. To measure success, the corporate and insurer will leverage numerous metrics, akin to HEDIS and the WHO Alcohol Danger Rating.
Although there are different firms providing digital look after dependancy, like Workit Well being and Eleanor Well being, Ria Well being focuses solely on alcohol use dysfunction.
“…by being slim and deep, we are able to concentrate on offering the most effective affected person expertise and outcomes for AUD,” mentioned Ria Well being’s Nix. “Assist-seeking behaviors are additionally proven to be stymied by stigma. Having a single-focused method appeals to the member who could expertise stigma round a multi-modality ‘dependancy remedy.’”
Ria Well being presently has contracts with a number of worker help applications and nationwide payers, together with Anthem and Optum. Additionally it is working with well being techniques and digital major care suppliers, Nix mentioned.
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