Anthem, Ascension Wisconsin Partner to Offer ACA Health Plans in 2021
September 10, 2020
- Waived cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment through December 31, 2020.
- Increased access to virtual care and waived cost-sharing for telehealth and phone visits, including those for mental health.
- Provided a one-month premium credit to members enrolled in select individual plans and fully insured employer group customers; provided a one-month 50 percent premium credit to individuals in standalone and group dental plans.
- Offered enhanced flexibility with regard to premium payments to eligible employer groups.
- Deployed C19 Explorer, a digital tool that aggregates real-time COVID-19 data to present trends and predictions for communities across the nation to assess readiness to reopen, plan next steps, and respond to potential changes. Also deployed C19 Navigator, a dashboard solution designed for Anthem employer customers to help inform workplace decisions and resource planning with employee-level data.
- VIRTUAL CARE: In the first four weeks of the pandemic, Ascension Wisconsin trained more than 400 providers on a new virtual care platform who saw more than 29,000 patients. Today there are more than 1,000 Ascension Wisconsin clinicians providing virtual care, who provided 130,000 virtual visits from March 1 - July 1.
- DRIVE-THRU TESTING: Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin opened its first COVID-19 mobile testing sites in March, and quickly expanded to more than 20 mobile testing sites across the state.
- RESPIRATORY CARE SITES: Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin launched Respiratory Care Sites across the state dedicated to care for COVID-19 suspected or confirmed patients, to offer patients with acute respiratory illnesses a controlled and safe care management environment separate from general patient populations during the pandemic. This program treats those who need immediate care but are not critically ill and need to be in the ED.
- HOME MONITORING PROGRAM: This program was created to safely and compassionately care for COVID-19 patients outside the hospital, thereby reserving hospital resources for the most critical COVID-19 cases. The program connects at-risk patients with known or suspected COVID-19 and pre-existing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic respiratory disease or diabetes to 24/7 At Home Monitoring. As of September 9, nearly 500 patients are served by this program.
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