Clover Health and MedArrive team up for home vaccination effort
As of Friday, nearly 55% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Despite a good start, that figure now places the country behind several other countries when it comes to vaccination rates.
Much of the problem with the modest increase in vaccination rates in the United States is widespread skepticism, often fueled by disinformation campaigns. To some extent, however, the seemingly stalled progress is also linked to a growing population of hard-to-reach homebound individuals.
From 2011 to 2019, the population of adults confined to home has constantly fluctuated around 5%, According to a recent study by researchers from Mount Sinai. That reached around 13% in 2020, with around 4.2 million adults classified as housebound.
To help move the needle and better reach older people at home, Clover Health (Nasdaq: CLOV) announced it is partnering with MedArrive, a growing healthcare logistics and services platform led by Dan Trigub, the former director of Uber. Health.
Through this partnership, Clover will work with MedArrive to deliver COVID-19 home vaccines to Clover Medicare Advantage (MA) members. The effort will initially begin in New Jersey.
“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. from Clover Health. 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. “
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clover is a next generation insurance company that operates in both the MA and the outsourcing landscapes. In each of these programs, Clover also offers primary and comprehensive home care services, the latter of which are made available through its “Clover Home Care” program.
MedArrive officially launched in December 2020 with seed funding of $ 4.5 million.
“Our fundamental belief is that clinical care is moving away from the traditional four walls of a clinical setting or hospital, with more and more care being provided at home,” Trigub, CEO of MedArrive, told Home Health Care News on time. “And frankly, [care] must do so, given the environment we find ourselves in with the pandemic. “
MedArrive received additional investment from the SCAN Health Plan in August.
MedArrive has more than 50,000 providers in the field, including EMS professionals, in its national network. Its offerings include complex condition monitoring, transitional care, readmission prevention, vaccinations, medication administration and more.
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“We strive to help as many Medicare-eligible people across the country as possible overcome barriers to healthcare by meeting with them where they are and coordinating care with the healthcare teams they already know. and whom they trust, ”Trigub said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with Clover because we believe in their approach to addressing health equity and how they leverage coordinated primary care to improve health outcomes and reduce medical expenses for their members. “