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Health Net rolls out $5.9 million in COVID-19 assistance for those serving Medi-Cal members

365体育投注Health Net LLC will provide $5.9 million in immediate assistance to support Medi-Cal providers impacted by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health Net’s investment will enable the expansion of telehealth capacity and capability at California safety-net clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and independent-provider practices serving the state’s most vulnerable patient population and who face increased challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

365体育投注“Medi-Cal providers have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 across the state,” said Brian Ternan, CEO of Health Net. “The ability to interact over the phone or through video not only protects vulnerable patients from face-to-face interaction, but also ensures that we’re keeping our frontline providers safe and healthy during these extraordinary times,” he said. “We are grateful for the continued partnership with the state to help protect the delivery system for our most vulnerable population.”

365体育投注Telehealth practices include live video visits, e-consultations and tele-psychiatry, which are all key tools in providing safe access and continuity of care for patients at home. This approach minimizes disruption of the health care system and helps protect providers and patients at a time when social distancing is critical to observe.

Health Net requested to use funding set aside for improving enrollee health outcomes under the California Department of Managed Health Care’s approval of Centene’s acquisition of Health Net in 2016.

“We are working together to protect the health and safety of Californians and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said DMHC Director Shelley Rouillard. “This includes making sure that Californians are able to access healthcare coverage through telehealth. This funding will help Medi-Cal providers quickly build their telehealth infrastructure, and make sure people can continue to safely access healthcare services.”

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, and the important role health centers play in serving communities across the state, Health Net is making this funding for health centers available immediately.

“Our clinics are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding provided by Health Net will enable safety-net providers to build out and leverage critical telehealth capabilities to better protect and serve our patients throughout the state,” says Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president and chief executive officer of the California Primary Care Association .

365体育投注“This situation requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. We’re grateful to see plans like Health Net expedite this funding with the support of the department.”

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