June 6, 2018 / in News / by admin

Solera Health Founder and CEO Brenda Schmidt Named “Best MedTech CEO”
2018 MedTech Breakthrough Awards Program Recognizes Solera Leader for Innovation and Vision

Phoenix, AZ – June 6, 2018Solera Health, a leading integrated benefit network, today announced that Founder and CEO Brenda Schmidt has been recognized as the “Best MedTech CEO” by MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies, and products in the global health and medical technology market.

“It’s an honor to receive this award from MedTech Breakthrough,” said Schmidt. “When I founded Solera Health less than three years ago, I saw the need for a transformative network model to tackle chronic health issues at their roots by connecting patients, payers, and providers to proven non-medical health interventions – like medical nutrition therapy and diabetes prevention programs. We believe that getting these critical interventions paid through medical claims by payers like any other medical service is an important step in preventing and better managing chronic health conditions and lowering our national healthcare costs. This award is a validation of our work to-date, and I am excited about our plans for the future.”

The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work, and success across a range of health and medical technology categories. This year’s program attracted over 3,000 nominations from more than 12 different countries.

“We are thrilled to name Brenda Schmidt as our 2018 MedTech Breakthrough Award winner for “Best MedTech CEO” in recognition of her dedication to supporting and scaling evidence-based programs,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “It’s exciting to see the initiatives Solera Health is driving, from food insecurity to diabetes prevention. Brenda is not only a visionary healthcare entrepreneur and industry leader, she also contributes to several important organizations such as the Council for Diabetes Prevention and the Population Health Alliance. We congratulate Brenda and the Solera Health team on their successes and we look forward to seeing their future contributions to the health and medical technology field.”

Solera Health recently announced partnerships with Feeding America and the California Food is Medicine Coalition to address food insecurity, and on April 1 launched MedicareDPP.org, a national referral and selection website for the new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.

About Solera Health

Solera Health is an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraNetwork or LinkedIn.

About MedTech Breakthrough
The MedTech Breakthrough Awards program, part of the Tech Breakthrough Awards organization, is devoted to honoring excellence in medical and health related technology companies, products and people. The MedTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough MedTech companies and products in categories including Patient Engagement, mHealth, Health & Fitness, Clinical Administration, Healthcare IoT, Genomics, Medical Data, Healthcare Cybersecurity and more. For more information visit www.MedTechBreakthrough.com.

 

 

Solera Health and EVA Health Announce Partnership

May 30, 2018 / in News / by admin

Phoenix, AZ – May 30, 2018 – Solera Health, a leading integrated benefit network, today announced that Covina, CA-based EVA Health has joined its national network of diabetes prevention program (DPP) providers.

EVA Health is a local pharmacy provider that is certified to hold classes for people at risk of developing diabetes who are registered for a DPP, like the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), which was effective as of April 1 as a covered benefit for eligible Medicare beneficiaries.

The MDPP’s goal is to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes through a year-long program. The small group classes will use a standardized curriculum and will be led by a trained lifestyle coach. The program aims to improve nutrition and increased physical activity with the goal of losing a minimum of 5% body weight; this has been correlated with a 70% reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes for people over age 60.  Individuals who are successful in meeting the CDC-established weight loss and attendance goals in the first 12 months of the program can continue with ongoing maintenance in the MDPP for up to an additional year.

“We’re very excited to be part of the Solera network and have the expanded access to participants, and the administrative support, that comes with that,” said Chad Nour, CEO, EVA Health. “I’m hoping that our organization taking this step will be a catalyst for other independent pharmacies in the area to start offering the DPP as well. Pre-diabetes is a critical health inflection point. I’m passionate about helping ensure that people’s pre-diabetes doesn’t progress to a diabetes diagnosis.”

“Nearly all of Los Angeles county’s health plans now cover the diabetes prevention program – even more so when Medi-Cal adds DPP as covered service on January 1, 2019,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO, Solera Health. “We’re thrilled that residents within San Gabriel Valley can now go to a trusted, local community site for their DPP classes.”

About Solera Health

Solera Health is an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraNetwork or LinkedIn.

California Food is Medicine Coalition Selects Solera Health to Help Drive a $6M Program for the Chronically Ill

May 23, 2018 / in News / by admin

Partnership will enable medically-tailored meal interventions to be billed as health care benefits

PHOENIX, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Solera Health, a leading integrated benefit network, today announced a partnership with the California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC). The news comes on the heels of Solera’s recently announced national partnership with Feeding America to address food insecurity. In this new partnership, Solera will work with CalFIMC to strengthen, accelerate, and scale their comprehensive medically-tailored meal and medical nutrition therapy interventions (CMTM) with the goal of improving outcomes for patients with complex chronic conditions.

CalFIMC is a coalition of nonprofit, medically-tailored food and nutrition services providers. Last year, the providers came together under a $6 million California pilot program to evaluate the delivery of CMTMs to eligible chronically ill Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) members. The pilot program is testing the impact of daily, nutritious medically tailored meals and medical nutrition therapy to 1,000 Medi-Cal members with congestive heart failure or type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco and Stanford will compare their results with 4,000 matched Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are not receiving the intervention.

“The pilot’s goal is to evaluate how a CMTM intervention impacts individual health outcomes and the cost of their care, by providing medical nutrition therapy combined with twelve weeks of meals tailored to the client’s chronic conditions after a hospital discharge,” said Mark Ryle, CEO of Project Open Hand in San Francisco, one of the California organizations that makes up the CalFIMC. “Preliminary studies indicate enormous potential to improve people’s health in the long-term and save money across the state.”

“We recognize that for CMTM to be a scalable solution for health insurers we need to ensure the highest standards of client privacy, data security, and auditable tracking of services and meal provision,” continued Ryle. “Our clients deserve an infrastructure and technology platform that allows for their CMTM services to be handled like any other health care service, billed as a covered benefit. Solera Health has demonstrated its ability to meet our needs for community-delivered, non-medical services through its experience scaling the National Diabetes Prevention Program.”

“There is now industry-wide recognition of the importance of social determinants of health, but it is a challenge to scale these interventions unless they can be integrated into the healthcare ecosystem like any other clinical service,” said Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, Chief Health Officer of Solera Health. “These new  interventions must meet the rigorous program integrity, quality assurance and audit requirements for health plans to pay for healthcare-related social supports in the same way as other healthcare services.”

“On April 4, 2018 CMS finalized guidance allowing Medicare Advantage plans to expand supplemental benefits to include items and services that address social determinants of health,” continued Wadhwa.  “We’re excited to work with CalFIMC to operationalize comprehensive medically-tailored meal interventions not only to prepare for eventual state-wide coverage by Medi-Cal, but to drive adoption by Medicare Advantage plans under this new CMS guidance. We believe commercial, marketplace and Medi-Cal managed care plans will now want to offer CMTMs, knowing they can ensure these items and services are flowing through as medical claims.”

The CalFIMC initiative is modeled off an earlier study conducted in Philadelphia by Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance. The organization retroactively looked at health insurance claims for 65 chronically ill Medicaid patients who received three medically-tailored meals each day for six months. Their medical claims were compared to a control group. The study showed that the health care costs for those 65 meal recipients were on average, $12,000 less than the control group.

About the California Food is Medicine Coalition
The California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC), the leading Nutrition Services providers in the state that serve thousands of clients annually with coverage across seven counties, offers a unique, cost-effective, high-quality managed-care solution for improving health outcomes for critically-ill clients. Members include Project Open Hand, Ceres Community Project, Project Angel Food, Mama’s Kitchen, Food For Thought and Health Trust represent a California contingency of the Food Is Medicine Coalition. For more information, visit www.calfimc.org or follow us on Twitter @CalFIMC.

About Solera Health
Solera Health is an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraNetwork.

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Solera Health Named one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare

May 17, 2018 / in News / by admin

Phoenix, AZ – May 18, 2018 – Solera Health, a leading integrated benefit network, has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winners, in alphabetical order, is available here. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 1 issue.

Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare award identifies and recognizes outstanding employers who foster positive work environments. The program uses employee surveys to gather feedback and evaluate organizations across a range of different areas, including culture, leadership, working environment, role satisfaction, pay and benefits, and overall satisfaction.

Now in its eleventh year, the Best Places to Work program recognizes 150 U.S. healthcare companies and organizations for their supportive, dynamic workplaces and for empowering their employees to provide patients and clients with outstanding care, products and services.

“We’re very honored to be named a Best Place to Work,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. “Winning this award is a validation that we’re not only working hard to serve our clients and partners, but that we’re also committed to creating a great corporate culture that supports and empowers our employees to achieve our mission of helping people maintain or improve their health.”

About Solera Health

Solera Health is an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraNetwork or LinkedIn.

 

 

Solera Health Introduces MedicareDPP.org to Match Medicare Beneficiaries with Diabetes Prevention Programs

April 2, 2018 / in News / by admin

The website offers millions of at-risk older adults a simple way to access the new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program services

Phoenix, AZ – March 27, 2018 Solera Health, a leading integrated benefit network, today announced the launch of MedicareDPP.org, a national referral and selection website for the new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP). The site’s goal is to increase awareness of and participation in diabetes prevention programs by making it easy for Medicare beneficiaries to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes, and if eligible, find and participate in a local diabetes prevention program that fits their needs and preferences.

Effective as of April 1, the MDPP is a milestone in the history of Medicare. For the first time, an estimated 22 million Medicare beneficiaries at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes have access to evidence-based, diabetes prevention services at no cost. The MDPP, which aims to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes through a two-year program, is the culmination of years of work across government agencies to scale the National Diabetes Prevention Program. This has included research from the National Institutes of Health, the translation of that research into community-based programming by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the completion of the MDPP expanded model pilot and actuarial analysis by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), and now the addition of MDPP as a covered preventive service by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

MedicareDPP.org is a user-friendly portal that encourages individuals to learn more about the MDPP and verify that they meet the program qualification criteria. Once eligibility is verified, the site connects the beneficiary to Solera’s national network of non-medical, community-based MDPP suppliers that meet CDC and CMS requirements. Solera is contracted to administer the MDPP for more than 32 Medicare Advantage plans, however, the website is designed to verify eligibility and match all eligible Medicare beneficiaries with MDPP suppliers.

“The National Diabetes Prevention program can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and provide a positive financial return in 12 to 14 months,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. “Through MedicareDPP.org, we act like Match.com to find the best diabetes prevention program for Medicare members to help them live healthier lives. We are excited to work with our MDPP network partners to achieve this goal.”

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About Solera Health

Solera Health is an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented non-medical programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraNetwork or LinkedIn.

 

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U.S. Preventive Medicine and Solera Health Partner to Deliver Comprehensive Health Coaching and Nurse Based Chronic Condition Care Management Services

February 20, 2018 / in Press Releases / by admin

JACKSONVILLE, FL– and PHOENIX, AZ- February 20, 2018 – U.S. Preventive Medicine (USPM), a leader in population health management, has partnered with Solera Health, an integrated benefit network, to deliver its comprehensive health coaching and nurse based chronic condition care management services within the framework of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for Solera clients. U.S. Preventive Medicine uniquely combines innovative wellness programs focused on prevention with lifestyle management and disease/care management.

Solera connects patients, payers and physicians to a network of partners who are preventing and managing chronic disease. The company coordinates with major health plans in targeting people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and connects them with certified DPP service organizations like USPM. Solera and USPM are committed in this partnership to promote and enhance patient access, program quality, and sustainability of the National DPP to help prevent the CDC-estimated 86 million Americans with prediabetes from developing diabetes.

Ron Loeppke, MD, MPH, FACPM stated, “USPM is honored and excited to partner with Solera in the battle against diabetes. While the number of people with the disease is on the rise, it is important to recognize that the majority of type 2 diabetes cases are preventable as well as treatable and can be well managed.” Dr. Loeppke also commented, “USPM’s health coaching lifestyle management and nurse based chronic care management programs have generated significant and sustained positive clinical outcomes that have been independently validated. We share a passion for excellence in our compassion for those we are privileged to serve– to help them avert a personal health crisis, prevent a chronic illness and add not only a greater quantity of years to their life, but moreover, a higher quality of life to their years.”

“Solera Health is thrilled to enter into a strategic partnership with U.S. Preventive Medicine connecting patients with type 2 diabetes or at risk for developing type 2 diabetes with the coaching and disease management services that best meet their individual health needs and preferences,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. “We believe they are a valuable addition to our integrated benefit network based on their significant success helping populations with active participants get and stay healthier, improve their well-being and require less costly medical treatments.”

According to the CDC, prediabetes affects approximately one out of three American adults and 90% of the people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. The condition can put people at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke; the majority of which can be prevented or delayed through evidence-based lifestyle change programs and interventions. Diabetes is a growing epidemic with someone being diagnosed every 21 seconds. The total cost of diabetes and prediabetes in the U.S. is estimated to be $322 billion dollars and people with diabetes have health care costs that are 2.3 times greater than those without diabetes.

About USPM

U.S. Preventive Medicine (USPM), a leader in Population Health Management, uniquely combines innovative wellness programs with telephonic and digital lifestyle management and disease management interventions. Through USPM’s Population Health Management services, clinical analytics and proven outcomes, populations with active participants get and stay healthier, improve their wellbeing and require less medical care—resulting in lower healthcare costs. USPM delivers Population Health Management services through the combination of The Preventive Plan® wellbeing platform and live engagement with health coaches and nurses to deliver an integrated and comprehensive preventive medicine solution.

USPM utilizes precision analytics derived from claims data, a health and wellbeing assessment, biometric screenings and other sources to identify member health risks and prevalence rates. Thus, each member receives their own personalized The Preventive Plan®. This robust plan helps create sustainable behavior change through engagement techniques that include online programs and content, live health coaching and care management, and other services that when combined, address whole-person wellbeing. USPM impacts multiple domains of wellbeing for their members: including the physical, mental/emotional, social, and financial dimensions.  Additionally, members can track their progress, incentives, and other activities through their Preventive Score.

USPM has an unparalleled commitment to evidenced-based interventions. Our results are validated by an independent third party, the Intel-GE Validation Institute. USPM requires no minimums and guarantees results by putting fees at risk.  Visit http://www.uspm.com to learn more.

About Solera Health

Solera Health is an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with    community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraNetwork or LinkedIn.

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Solera Health and WellDoc Partner to Offer Health Plans and Employers a Holistic Approach to Diabetes Prevention and Management

January 17, 2018 / in Press Releases / by admin

Solera Health will integrate the BlueStar® Digital Therapeutic, a diabetes management solution, into its national network of Diabetes Prevention Program providers

Phoenix, AZ, and Columbia, MD, January 17, 2018 – Solera Health, an integrated benefit network, and WellDoc®, a leading digital therapeutic company, announced today that WellDoc’s BlueStar® digital therapeutic will join the Solera network as a diabetes management solution of choice. The partnership aligns both companies’ goals to improve the lives of those living with chronic diseases while enhancing clinical results and decreasing overall healthcare costs.

Solera Health connects patients, payers and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers delivering evidence-based prevention, coping and support services. The company’s national and scalable model of integrating highly fragmented non-medical programs and services into an integrated network helps individuals identify the “best fit” program provider based on their unique needs and preferences. Solera’s model is driving industry-leading sustained engagement and outcomes and lessening the administrative burden for payers to access a broad network of high-performing solutions providers.

“The addition of BlueStar to our network of evidence-based solution providers enables Solera to offer a broader, more comprehensive approach to diabetes prevention and management that drives sustained consumer engagement and clinical outcomes,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. “WellDoc is an ideal partner to help fill this need as BlueStar delivers impressively on both — individual commitment and clinically-validated results — as evidenced by the data we’ve seen to date.”

WellDoc’s FDA-cleared, proven digital therapeutic, BlueStar, provides real-time and timely individualized coaching and support, as well as diabetes educational tools that are actionable and personalized for each individual. WellDoc is the first digital health company to conduct randomized clinical trials that demonstrate significant clinical outcomes[1], as published in more than 30 peer-reviewed journals and posters presented at leading industry conferences. Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, recently conducted an analysis for WellDoc using the MarketScan® Research Databases. By WellDoc applying these new Truven Health findings to previous research it conducted about BlueStar’s ability to lower and control A1C, the data show that BlueStar can save on average a range of $254 to $271 per user per month.

“We’re honored to join Solera Health’s network of preferred digital therapeutic solution providers for diabetes management,” said WellDoc President and CEO Kevin McRaith. “Partnering with Solera Health is a natural next step as we continue to expand access to BlueStar via health plans, health systems and employers.”

About Solera
Solera Health is an integrated health network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraHealth or LinkedIn.

About WellDoc®

WellDoc® is a leading digital health company revolutionizing chronic disease management to help transform lives. Our groundbreaking technology is guiding individuals through the complicated journey of living with chronic diseases, with a goal of improving their health and helping them to be more balanced. We are the first digital health company based on a life science business model with a foundation that is built on randomized clinical trials that demonstrate significant clinical outcomes. We have mastered diabetes management by taking an aggressive and innovative approach that utilizes sophisticated logic and precise algorithms, and integrates the most advanced mobile technology, behavioral insight, and diabetes education for those living with type 2 diabetes.

Our FDA-cleared, proven digital therapeutic, BlueStar®, provides real-time and timely individualized coaching and support, as well as diabetes educational tools that are actionable and personal. Our clinical evidence shows a 1.7 to 2.0-point mean A1C reduction for adults living with type 2 diabetes who used BlueStar®. In November 2017, the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science (formerly Quintiles/IMS) named BlueStar the “top app” in clinical diabetes treatment. For more information, visit www.welldoc.com.

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Solera Health and Blue Mesa Health Inc. Announce Spanish-Language Diabetes Prevention Program Partnership at J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference 2018

January 10, 2018 / in Press Releases / by admin

 Partnership will increase access to the Diabetes Prevention Program to millions of Spanish-speaking patients at high-risk for type 2 diabetes.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 10, 2018 – Blue Mesa Health Inc., a US-based digital therapeutics company with offices in New York and Vancouver, BC, is pleased to announce the launch of Transformemos, a Spanish-language Diabetes Prevention Program within the Solera Health network of preventive health programs. This program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevenga el T2 (2016) Spanish-language curriculum and meets the requirements for CDC program recognition.

Blue Mesa Health Inc. (“Blue Mesa”) launched its digital Diabetes Prevention Program (“DPP”) Transform in 2015 to the U.S. enterprise payer market. The program is designed to address the problem of rising chronic disease-related health costs in the U.S., where one-half of all individuals are either prediabetic or diabetic. Blue Mesa’s personalized diabetes prevention program includes digital learning modules, home health monitoring via wireless scales and activity trackers combined with remote health coaching and group social support to guide participants through a clinically validated 16-week program followed by ongoing maintenance sessions. The goal of the program is for participants to lose 5-7% of their body weight which is correlated with a 58% reduction in progression to type 2 diabetes.

“We launched the Transformemos program in 2017 in a limited fashion to learn how to best meet the needs of individuals whose primary language is Spanish. We have received very positive feedback on our immersive approach” said Blue Mesa Health Inc. CEO, Curtis Duggan. “The user experience is completely in Spanish — program enrollment, the digital app, health coaching, the social support group, and the lesson curriculum. We are excited to scale this with health plans within the Solera network, many of which have significant Spanish-speaking populations.”

“We are excited to include Transformemos in our network of high-performing DPP providers that allows us to offer a Spanish-language solution to our health plan and employer clients,” added Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. “There is a significant need for a culturally-competent Spanish-language lifestyle change program that effectively meets the needs of diverse populations at-high risk for type 2 diabetes.”

According to the CDC, over their lifetime more than 50% of Hispanic adults are expected to develop type 2 diabetes, and Hispanic people are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanics. The CDC developed the Prevenga el T2 curriculum, released in early 2016, to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking adults with a culturally competent adaptation of the Prevent T2 curriculum. Information on the Prevenga el T2 curriculum is available at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/lifestyle-program/t2/t2materiales.html

About Blue Mesa Health Inc.
Blue Mesa is a digital therapeutics company with headquarters in New York, NY and Vancouver, BC. Blue Mesa provides a digital therapeutics program in the USA and Canada based on the CDC’s landmark National Diabetes Prevention Program. In the United States, employers, health plans, accountable care organizations, hospital systems are recognizing the return on investment provided by culturally tailored and digitally delivered preventive health programs. Blue Mesa has raised Series AA funding from Nimbus Synergies Inc., Pallasite Ventures, Stanley Park Ventures Inc., publicly traded technology firm Mobio Technologies Inc. and other US investors. Bluemesahealth.com

About Solera Health Inc.
Solera Health is a personalized prevention network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with a new class of non-clinical healthcare providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, please visit: www.soleranetwork.com.

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Solera Health Expands Its Board of Directors with the Addition of Healthcare Industry Leader Mary Langowski

December 13, 2017 / in Press Releases / by admin

Former CVS Health Executive Brings Extensive Market Development Experience to the Role

PHOENIX, AZ- December 13, 2017Solera Health today announced the appointment of healthcare industry veteran Mary Langowski as an independent director to the company’s board, effective immediately. Mary joins an existing team of experienced healthcare executives who believe Solera’s business model can positively impact healthcare costs and quality.

Founded in 2015, Solera Health has built a new market category as a preventive benefits manager connecting patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers delivering non-medical prevention, coping and support services. Today, Solera is successfully consolidating highly fragmented community and digital programs and services into a high-performing integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase patient engagement while lowering associated costs.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mary to our board of directors, a group which plays such a vital role in defining Solera’s roadmap for extending the reach and outcomes of our unique business model,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO, Solera Health. “I value her rich background in identifying and expanding new market opportunities to drive growth as Solera expands and scales our capabilities to address some of our nation’s biggest health challenges.”

Mary brings deep industry experience to the Solera board which spans the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Prior to her most recent role as CEO of healthcare business consultancy Rising Tide, she served as the executive vice president for strategy and corporate development at CVS Health, where she helped facilitate the organization’s evolution to a healthcare company and managed its growth strategy, with a focus on identifying and expanding enterprise opportunities to new markets, acquisition strategies and investment initiatives. The role also involved leading the company’s government and public affairs teams at the state and federal level, positioning the organization for success with policymakers and healthcare stakeholders.

Prior to CVS Health, Mary served as the chair of the Health Care practice at international law firm DLA Piper, and in senior roles in the state and federal government.

“I am excited to join Solera’s board of directors at such a pivotal time in the company’s evolution and am looking forward to working with the executive management team to broaden the influence and impact of their offering,” said Mary Langowski. “Chronic disease is changing the nature of healthcare and the needs of patients. Solera is in a unique position to transform the way we engage with these individuals in order to keep them healthy.”

About Solera Health
Solera Health is a preventive care benefits manager that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraHealth or LinkedIn.

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Scaling the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Underserved Areas Through Pharmacies

November 30, 2017 / in Press Releases / by admin

Washington, DCNovember 30, 2017 – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation today announced it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build infrastructure within community pharmacies that will expand access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program’s (National DPP) evidence-based lifestyle change program designed to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among adults with prediabetes.

The APhA Foundation, in partnership with The Kroger Co. and Solera Health, was selected by the CDC to implement Project IMPACT: Diabetes Prevention, an innovative program that will deliver the National DPP curriculum to at least 7,500 at-risk adults in underserved communities in the United States over the next five years.

Project IMPACT: Diabetes Prevention, a collaborative effort of the APhA Foundation, The Kroger Co., and Solera Health in cooperation with the CDC, will capitalize on the strengths of each partner to build infrastructure that will optimize delivery of the National DPP’s lifestyle change program. Pharmacists, dietitians, and technicians within highly accessible Kroger pharmacy locations will be trained to deliver the CDC recognized National DPP lifestyle change program curriculum to at-risk adults. Solera Health will support community outreach efforts and provide digital technology solutions that will help facilitate delivery of the program. The innovative, hybrid model of care that will be delivered through Project IMPACT: Diabetes Prevention will include a combination of face-to-face, telehealth, and digital technology solutions that will allow providers to tailor the program to meet the needs of the participants and help them successfully complete the diabetes prevention program.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create infrastructure within highly accessible community pharmacies to deliver evidence-based diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs to the people who need it the most”, said Benjamin Bluml, RPh Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation of the APhA Foundation. “Working with our partners, The Kroger Co. and Solera Health, we will deliver an innovative model of diabetes prevention care, tailored to meet the needs of the participants, that we believe will help people lead healthier lives.”

“More than one out of every three American adults has prediabetes and most are largely unaware. We believe that Kroger is uniquely positioned to connect with people in our communities and offer a personalized solution proven to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes,” said Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Pharmacy and The Little Clinic. “Through the support of our partners, we will use a novel approach to reach more people, create better engagement, and improve outcomes.”

“Solera Health is thrilled to join forces with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, the CDC and Kroger as we work collectively to expand access to the National DPP,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO, Solera Health. “Our technology platform was purposefully built to connect people with diverse backgrounds and resources, including underserved populations with the National DPP’s lifestyle change program that best meets their unique needs and preferences to prevent type 2 diabetes. With Project IMPACT: Diabetes Prevention, multi-modal delivery of the program will increase access which should have a substantial and positive impact on patient engagement and outcomes.”

About the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. works to design solutions to medication use problems in America. The APhA Foundation is affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association, the oldest and largest national professional society of pharmacists in the United States established in 1852. The APhA Foundation’s mission is to improve health by inspiring philanthropy, research and innovation that advances pharmacists’ patient care services.

About The Kroger Co.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritSM. We are 443,000 associates who serve eight and a half million customers every day in 2,792 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 782 convenience stores, 311 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,453 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

About Solera Health

Solera Health is a preventive care benefits manager that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the “best fit” program provider based on each individual’s unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraHealth or LinkedIn.

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