Papa Launches Applications To Handle Well being-Associated Social Wants, Enhance Star Rankings


Papa, a companion care firm, introduced two new applications Monday that can help well being plans’ objectives with social drivers of well being (SDOH) and Medicare Star Rankings.

Miami-based Papa works with payers and pairs older adults and households with companions known as Papa Buddies, who will help with loneliness, meal prep, errands and family duties. The corporate additionally has a distant group of social care navigators, who can help with social points the affected person is experiencing. This group contains social employees, registered nurses, case managers and dietitians. 

Papa’s new SDOH Navigation program addresses social considerations like housing insecurity, meals insecurity, house and environmental security, transportation entry, entry to care, medical monetary insecurity and group engagement. When a affected person joins Papa, they’ll begin with a social wants screener that identifies what challenges they’ve. Well being plan prospects may also ship member data, and Papa Buddies will establish social wants within the house as nicely. Utilizing these information sources, the corporate will be capable to join sufferers to the help they require, whether or not that be transportation to an appointment, connecting them to group sources or serving to with paperwork.

“You possibly can’t simply establish the necessity, after which present the referral to a service or a profit,” stated Kelsey McNamara, senior director of analysis at Papa, in an interview. “You actually must be there to grasp what boundaries are getting in the way in which of that observe by means of. Everyone’s circumstance is exclusive. And so you want to present that customized help that may meet individuals the place they’re, you could perceive their boundaries and actually give you the options which might be going to make sense for the scenario that they’re in.”

Papa additionally launched its Star Enhancement program to assist Medicare Benefit plans enhance their CMS Star Rankings. This system focuses on annual wellness visits, in-home assessments, well being immunizations and preventive screenings, like most cancers screenings and diabetic eye exams. The well being plan will ship member-level information to Papa to assist the corporate perceive sufferers’ gaps. The social care navigators will attain out to these members and resolve these care gaps. The corporate can schedule care visits for sufferers and assist them with transportation to these visits.

“Lots of that is actually necessary for these hard-to-engage and hard-to-reach populations, individuals who have disabilities, who even simply getting from the car parking zone into the physician’s appointment is usually a actual problem,” McNamara stated. “So having that help there may be so necessary. It’s actually this closed-loop system of addressing particular stars-related care gaps.”

Well being plans can select so as to add these applications to Papa’s core providing for an additional price. They’ll obtain member-level reporting on sufferers’ wants and their enhancements.

The launch of those applications comes at a time when well being plans are going through modifications to CMS Star Rankings. CMS additionally has a stronger deal with well being fairness and created a 10-year well being fairness framework in 2022 that goals to enhance the gathering of knowledge on well being disparities and improve entry to healthcare, amongst different issues.

“With the pandemic, there’s been a better emphasis on well being fairness and actually addressing the basis reason behind well being wants, which are typically social,” McNamara stated. “I feel the previous few years, everyone has actually talked about social drivers of well being and the impacts there. Individuals began to do issues about it, however the actuality is individuals haven’t made a lot progress and there’s a lot to do. So the truth that we’re seeing directives from regulatory our bodies like CMS round well being fairness and SDOH is admittedly making it clear that that is an crucial for well being plans that they should spend money on.”

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