Aetna, a CVS Health company, partners with leading digital addiction care provider Workit Health to provide services for its members in select states.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 12, 2019
Workit Health, the nation’s leading provider of digital addiction care, including telemedicine for opioid use disorder, is now an in-network provider with Aetna Behavioral Health. Workit Health’s online addiction care program offers therapy and medication management from licensed clinicians in California and Michigan.
On a pilot basis, fully insured Aetna members in California and Michigan can now receive treatment from Workit Health’s web and phone apps, including therapy from licensed counselors and a personalized curriculum of evidence-based interactive courses, without a referral. For example, Aetna members who are struggling with addiction such as opioid use disorder can sign up by phone or the app, subject to standard cost sharing, to have access to Workit Health’s Clinic program, which offers low-barrier buprenorphine via telemedicine after a single in-person visit to a Workit clinic or a clinic recommended by Workit. Recovery groups, video clinician visits and drug testing are all completed in Workit Health’s apps.
”The Workit Health team looks forward to delivering results for Aetna members,” says Workit Health’s Co-CEO, Lisa McLaughlin. “We’re proud that Aetna has recognized our commitment to providing better outcomes at lower costs for its members.”
“More than 130 people die of opioid overdose per day, so time is of the essence in expanding access to clinically-proven digital addiction care like Workit Health,” says Robin McIntosh, Workit Health’s Co-CEO. “Health plans play a vital role in improving access to quality addiction care via telehealth, and we’re proud Aetna is giving their members more options at their moment of readiness to get help.”
“We are committed to easy access to evidence-based care for our members suffering from addiction,” said Cara McNulty, DPA, President, Aetna Behavioral Health. “Workit Health allows us to continue to expand the digital solutions we provide to our members, which remove barriers to care and help members receive high-quality care more conveniently. We look forward to working with Workit Health on this pilot.”
Overdose is a leading cause of accidental death in the United States, but many high-cost treatment programs don’t use evidence-based therapy or medication to treat addiction. Workit Health has been the industry leader in expanding access to quality addiction care via telemedicine since 2015. The company was founded by two experienced founders in long-term recovery, and has been working with national clinical experts and organizations since its foundation, including Itai Danovitch, MD, the Commissioner of California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Both the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have awarded Workit Health grants.
Workit Health’s Clinic program launched as a direct response to the opioid crisis, and offers two of the three FDA-approved medications to treat opioid addiction via telehealth. After a single in-person visit, members continue buprenorphine care via video visits with a clinician and a licensed care team. After success in Michigan and Northern California, Workit Health launched an additional clinic in Bakersfield, California. Workit Health partners with a diverse group of large self-insured employers, providers, and payers to bring quality addiction care to those who need it most.
About Workit Health
Workit Health is a Joint Commission-accredited B-Corporation offering online, on-demand evidence-based addiction treatment including telemedicine medication for opioid use disorder. We partner with healthcare organizations to deliver an innovative digital health solution that blends the best of human-centered design, technology, and science. Through our mobile and web apps, members meet with clinicians and counselors, join recovery groups, and complete self-set recovery goals. Our interactive curriculum of online courses keep members on track in the comfort of home. We offer 24/7 recovery that fits into daily life, designed by experts. For more information, visit https://www.workithealth.com.