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Prestige Health Choice Remote Biometric Monitoring Program Now Available in Orlando and Surrounding Areas

Telehealth platform gives members living with congestive heart failure or uncontrolled diabetes the ability to manage their condition from home

Prestige Health Choice, a Medicaid managed care plan serving 55 of Florida’s 67 counties and a joint venture between AmeriHealth Caritas and Florida Blue, has expanded the footprint of its remote biometric monitoring program into Brevard, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Sarasota, Sumter and Wakulla counties, giving more health plan members living with congestive heart failure or uncontrolled diabetes mellitus a new way to monitor their health status.

The program, a collaboration with Vheda Health, launched in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Highlands counties in October 2017. Vheda Health sends participants a cellphone, weight scale, blood pressure monitoring cuff, and pulse oximeter to measure oxygen values. Pilot participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus also receive a blood glucose meter for daily glucose checks.

Should the health data collected from these devices be higher or lower than a pre-determined threshold, the member can work with his or her physician, Prestige Health Choice care manager and a Vheda Health coach to address any issues, with the goal of avoiding emergency department visits or hospital admissions.

“We are thrilled to see how readily this technology has been adopted by our members, particularly among those living with a complex chronic condition who require stringent medication compliance,” said Prestige Health Choice Medical Director Sandra Schwemmer, D.O. “Analysis of readmission data indicates that congestive heart failure and diabetes are responsible for a large number of 30-day hospital readmissions. Through this program, we hope to reduce the number of readmissions.”

Shameet Luhar, CEO, Vheda Health, shared Dr. Schwemmer’s enthusiasm.

“Through this simple yet highly engaging program, we are helping to eliminate participants’ psychosocial and clinical barriers to following their care plan,” said Luhar. “By providing Prestige Health Choice participants and their care teams with immediate, fact-based insights, this program is helping to reduce avoidable member hospitalizations.”

During the past 18 months, Prestige Health Choice has made a significant investment in technology-enabled solutions to help members improve disease self-management skills and achieve health goals. In addition to the Vheda Health remote biometric monitoring platform, health plan members are encouraged to take advantage of a host of telehealth videoconferencing services, mobile applications, and web-based tools to remove barriers to care and drive healthy behaviors.

About Prestige Health Choice

Prestige Health Choice is a Medicaid managed care plan serving members in 55 of Florida’s 67 counties. Prestige Health Choice’s strength is founded on its longstanding provider partnerships, particularly with federally qualified health centers and other safety-net providers. A Florida-based company, Prestige Health Choice is owned and operated by Florida True Health, a joint venture of AmeriHealth Caritas and Florida Blue.

About AmeriHealth Caritas

AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 17 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves approximately 5.6 million Medicaid, Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, behavioral health services, and other administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with 35 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations.

About Florida Blue

Florida Blue is a leader in Florida’s health care industry. Driven by its mission to help people and communities achieve better health, Florida Blue has 5 million health care members, with nearly 18 million people in 12 states served through its affiliated companies. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

About Vheda Health

Vheda Health is a leading digital health company dedicated to humanizing healthcare, through technology. Our mobile care management platform is saving health plans thousands of dollars per year by automating care plan compliance. By using the right mix of human touch and technology, Vheda Health creates more compliant member populations, ultimately reducing costs for our health plan partners. Vheda Health’s platform currently reaches 12 million lives and is growing daily.