The AHCCCS insurer manages the care for 156,000 Medicaid patients and expects the agreement will expand its provider network, enhance services and better meet the care needs of its culturally diverse members.
Using Equality Health’s proprietary CareEmpower platform to manage patient health information and a network of doctors trained to adhere to a culture care training model, Care1st Health Plan’s State President Scott Cummings said this about the new agreement,
We’re proud to partner with Equality Health in order to provide more innovative and cultural competent services while utilizing an advanced technology platform that will enhance how we access healthcare data. Overall, we believe this will help promote greater health outcomes for our members.
By uncovering barriers to care through patient surveys, Equality Health can connect patients to community organizations prepared to offer services including food, transportation and housing.
Hugh Lytle, founder and CEO of Equality Health explains,
Care coordination is a key piece of our overall goal to change the current standard in healthcare. More than simply addressing people’s basic medical needs, we need to find solutions for challenges with language and health literacy as well as cultural and social factors that have created these large health disparities for a growing portion of our society. We need to treat the whole patient and we believe this is a major step in that direction.
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