Social Health Communities to Improve Outcomes and Extend Reach of Care Team
Solana Beach, CA — January 9, 2013 — Viverae Health Solutions Inc.®, the leading behavior change company improving health outcomes and the cost of care management for patients, providers, payers and employers, announced an agreement with Cenpatico ®, a managed behavioral healthcare company managing benefits for vulnerable and underserved populations, to market and implement the Viverae Health program for its Wisconsin health plan. Cenpatico’s parent company, Centene®, is based in St. Louis, with health plan operations in 18 states.
The agreement enhances Cenpatico’s ability to leverage industry-leading behavioral change tools, and continues Viverae Health’s expansion in the Medicaid market.
“We offer innovative services to our health plan members to help them lead healthier lives, and providing access to Viverae Health furthers this objective,” said Dr. Bernard Engelberg, National Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Cenpatico. “Viverae Health’s peer-to-peer social networking platform will significantly extend the reach of our care team to improve health outcomes and provide a proven self-management tool in support of our rapidly growing membership.”
Viverae Health is a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant online and mobile platform where members support each other emotionally and are motivated to attain meaningful behavioral change. The technology-enabled services offering utilizes gaming techniques coupled with the online influence of peers, family members and friends with similar conditions to empower members to achieve specific health goals.
The program includes access to peer health coaches, community managers, expert discussions, and live online meetings and group chats where members can learn and interact with guest experts to drive positive behavior change.
“Personal behavior is a significant underlying factor impacting healthcare and chronic disease, which can be positively influenced by peer interaction in Viverae Health’s communities,” said Bruce Springer, CEO of Viverae Health. “Our peer support program extends the reach of the clinician and treatment team while focusing on patient-driven behavioral change to help reduce the burden and cost of chronic conditions.”
Participating Cenpatico members can interact 24/7 with members in Viverae Health’s behavioral health communities. It is anticipated that the services agreement will expand over time to include participation in Viverae Health’s complete Social Solutioning® platform, which provides support and communities for a wide range of chronic behavioral and medical conditions including depression, diabetes, stress reduction, asthma, obesity and caregiver/family support.
Viverae Health has significant opportunity to expand with Cenpatico to serve its 17 additional health plan states, serving two million lives.
Cenpatico’s expertise lies in managing benefits for vulnerable populations. Our healthcare specialties include Behavioral Health, Foster Care, Specialty Therapy & Rehabilitation Services (STRS), Community Re-Entry, School Services and more. We have managed Medicaid and other public sector benefits since 1994; currently, we serve more than 2.3 million members across 18 states. Our headquarters are in Austin, Texas and we have local teams across the country in the markets we serve. Cenpatico is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (www.centene.com). We are committed to innovative solutions and designing programs tailored to improving functional outcomes with our members. Find us online: www.cenpatico.com
About Viverae Health Solutions, Inc.
Viverae Health is a behavioral change platform company that drives member engagement to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care. Our web and mobile-based Social Solutioning® program influences positive behavior to improve health and deliver measurable value through a patented combination of social-networking technology, evidence-based clinical principals and engaging game mechanics. For additional information visit www.onehealth.com.
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