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Clover Health is partnering with MedArrive to deliver COVID-19 in-home vaccines to its Medicare Advantage members.
MedArrive’s platform serves payers and providers who can use it to send emergency medical service (EMS) providers to patients’ homes to perform basic clinical services. If necessary, home providers can virtually call on the patient’s physician for additional monitoring.
As an insurance provider for the elderly, some of Clover’s members are housebound and may find it difficult to get vaccinated themselves. The company has partnered with MedArrive to begin sending its network of EMS providers to members’ homes for immunization.
The program kicks off in New Jersey, according to the announcement.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Even now, as more than 75% of adults in the United States have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, new cases are on the rise. In fact, the United States is reporting the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases since the peak last winter, according to data from the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention.
This creates problems for the unvaccinated elderly, who are at increased risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death, according to the CDC.
But beyond the risk that unvaccinated seniors could put themselves at risk by delaying getting the vaccine, there is the burden they would place on the U.S. health care system if they got sick and needed care. For example, between June and August, $ 5.7 billion was spent on hospital care for unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The KFF says that despite the high cost of developing and administering vaccines, the injections will ultimately save the health system money by avoiding costly hospital admissions.
The partnership between Clover Health and MedArrive aims to combat these risks by providing patients with the care they need at home.
“Many Clover members have disabilities or face other challenges that may prevent them from leaving their homes, even to obtain life-saving medical care like the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Kumar Dharmarajan, deputy chief medical officer. of Clover Health, said in a report.
“This service allows our most vulnerable members to get essential care in the fastest and most convenient way possible, which we believe will ultimately improve their quality of life, reduce hospitalizations and reduce costs. health care costs. “
THE BIGGEST TREND
Clover manages care for Medicare beneficiaries in 11 states, including Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont .
Last year the company became public after completing a merger with the ad hoc acquisition company Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. III.
Around the same time it hit public markets, Clover announced it was teaming up with Walmart to bring MA plans to Georgia. The deal marked Walmart’s first foray into insurance.
But this summer, when Clover announced plans to expand its geographic footprint, the company also announced it was ending its partnership with the retail giant. In its announcement, Clover said there would be no material change in the benefits of these plans or any disruption in service.
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