At-home alcohol treatment covered by insurance for BlueShield of CA and Western Health Advantage members

Alcohol use disorder

Phoenix, Arizona-based Magellan Well being, a managed healthcare system, introduced final week that it’s going to provide Blue Defend of California and Western Well being Benefit members in-home entry to Ria Well being‘s alcohol use dysfunction (AUD) remedy providers. Magellan Well being works with well being plans and different managed care organizations, in addition to employers, labor unions, and with numerous army and governmental businesses and third-party directors.

Ria Well being, with headquarters in San Francisco, presents a wide range of providers starting from video chat teaching to alcohol cessation remedy entry. The platform permits customers to to maintain monitor of alcohol consumption.The aim is to have customers shift from high-risk to lower-risk conduct, not requiring them to abstain fully until they select to.

“Ria Well being remedy protocols are decided by peer reviewed scientific proof. The proof exhibits that combining remedy mixed with psychosocial assist can assist sufferers obtain efficient outcomes,” stated Tom Nix, CEO of Ria Well being, in an e-mail supplied by a consultant. “On the subject of the assist supplied by group based mostly packages or non-medical approaches our care group is neither believing nor disbelieving. That’s what we imply by philosophy agnostic.”

A medical group — which features a licensed nurse or doctor — tailors a customized plan for every Ria member. That plan can embrace remedy, teaching, and assist teams, in addition to a 15 minute weekly check-in. Moreover, Ria sends customers a Bluetooth breathalyzer that connects to the smartphone app to trace drink consumption.

“By bringing collectively Magellan’s high-touch scientific options and Ria Well being’s AUD telehealth program, we will assist our members to both cut back or cease ingesting alcohol,” stated Caroline Carney, president of behavioral well being and chief medical officer at Magellan in a information launch asserting the partnership. 

The partnership comes at an important time for folks affected by AUD. The pandemic marked an improve in alcohol consumption in the US and associated penalties on particular person well being, together with each bodily and psychological well being.

“With the dramatic improve in dangerous ingesting, which the stress of the pandemic has fueled, folks want efficient, evidence-based remedy choices greater than ever,” stated Tom Nix, CEO of Ria Well being, within the information launch. “Our program is clinically confirmed to assist folks cut back dangerous ingesting and the typical affected person exhibits a discount of their blood alcohol stage by 75 %. We might be extending these providers to Magellan Well being’s California community and reaching much more sufferers [who] need assistance.”

Ria isn’t alone in hoping to ship handy AUD remedy at dwelling and just about. Different firms embrace Alavida Well being, Lionrock Restoration, and Monument, to call a number of.

“Even earlier than the pandemic, we have been seeing the elevated want for psychological well being and dependancy providers. Now, we’re starting to be taught the true influence of the pandemic by each survey and utilization information that present will increase in problematic ingesting and medical issues of ingesting. There by no means has been a extra essential time to acknowledge and deal with alcohol use dysfunction,” Carney stated.

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