What You Should Know:
- MedArrive, the leading mobile-integrated care provider, today announced a unique collaboration with Heartbeat Health, the largest tech-enabled virtual cardiology company in the U.S. which leverages data, device connectivity, and clinicians to deliver 24/7 on-demand cardiovascular services.
- The partnership brings yet another level of important care services into the home for health plans using MedArrive, especially those that serve Medicaid beneficiaries.
Drastic Improvements in On-Demand Cardiovascular Services
Collectively, the U.S. spends more than $320 billion – or 15 percent of the total health expenditure – treating or managing cardiovascular disease (CVD). More than one in four Medicaid beneficiaries have some form of CVD, rates that are often much higher than in other populations. People on Medicaid also have high rates of the common risk factors that contribute to CVD, including hypertension and high cholesterol.
By partnering with Heartbeat Health, MedArrive can support health plans members with existing CVD or connect those at-risk with a cardiologist in a moment of need from the comfort of their home. The Heartbeat Health integration also supports a number of other use cases that are important to health plans. For members with chronic heart failure or who are enrolled in a case management program, MedArrive field providers can coordinate care with Heartbeat Health cardiologists and the health plan case management teams to assist with medication titration or to assess potential new symptoms. The integrated approach holds significant importance for engaging underserved populations, such as those residing in rural regions or economically disadvantaged urban areas, where accessing cardiology care presents greater challenges.
“Heart disease may be the number-one killer of all people in our country, but in the intricate web of health disparities, the vulnerability of individuals on Medicaid to heart disease is an undeniable fact. They face a perfect storm of limited access to quality healthcare, socioeconomic challenges, and systemic inequalities that amplifies their risk,” said MedArrive Co-founder and CEO Dan Trigub. “Health plans that are serious about both addressing social factors that influence health and reducing costs have an ally in MedArrive. Collaborations like ours with Heartbeat Health weave together compassion with more comprehensive and accessible care to ensure that no heart is left behind.”
Access to cardiologists is significantly limited, especially as Baby Boomers continue to age, creating ever-increasing demand on an existing shortage. Compounding the issue is that Medicaid beneficiaries often have fewer available options than commercially insured individuals. Moving forward, MedArrive and Heartbeat Health plan to engage health plans who are interested in both improving health outcomes and lowering the costs associated with heart disease.
MedArrive provides a variety of longitudinal care management programs that are white-labeled on behalf of health plans. Using its vast field-provider network of highly trained and skilled paramedics, EMTs and other healthcare professionals, MedArrive brings a wide array of important care services into the homes of pre-identified health plans members, including diagnostics, health assessments and other preventive health measures. These field providers also close crucial care gaps and address social care needs like transportation, mobility or nutrition assistance. If higher-acuity care is needed, field providers can connect members with physician-led telehealth services, which now includes cardiologists.