The Sexy Cross Blue Shield Association wants to help people pick up their medicines.
The insurance group’s new subsidiary, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Society, is partnering with Lyft, Walgreens and CVS to offer rides to drugstores. The get the show on the road comes nearly a year after the BCBS association announced it started in the work with Lyft.
The BCBS Institute will test the pharmacy proceed ons at select Walgreens locations in Chicago and select CVS locations in Pittsburgh. Patients in both towns will also be able to get rides to their primary care physicians. BCBS indemnification companies will pay for rides to doctors, and the retailers will pay for rides to and from drugstores.
Using ride-sharing services in health care has become more non-private as the industry tries to overcome barriers people face when stressful to access services. One of those issues is transportation.
“What we wanted to be skilled to do was to look for opportunities to immediately impact some of the barriers we’re seeing, and one we sympathy we could immediately address was transportation,” said Dr. Trent Haywood, BCBSA chief medical Old Bill and president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute.
Lyft and Uber would rather both introduced technology to allow doctor’s offices to schedule badgers for their patients. The BCBS Association is the first insurer Lyft has asseverated it’s working with, and this initiative to bring patients to pharmacies is the leading of its kind, said Chief Business Officer David Baga.
This is also the from the start time CVS and Walgreens have experimented with coordinating transportation to their pharmaceutics. The idea is that by helping people pick up their prescriptions, they can riding-boot the rates of people taking their drugs, improve patient results and ultimately lower costs.
Nimesh Jhaveri, Walgreens’ vice president of trim care services, recognizes it’s a “lofty goal,” but it’s one the company believes there’s a distress for.
“In health care, one of the causes of poor outcomes is starting to point toward common determinants of health, and one of those factors causing poorer outcomes is missed assignments to physicians and lack of adherence to medications,” he said. “Providing transportation distributes patients and customers the ability to actually get the health care they call.”
Through the pilot, CVS hopes it can learn more about how eliminating frontiers can increase access to its pharmacy care and health care services, a spokesman said in an email.
In the short-term, the BCBS Initiate will measure the program’s effectiveness through changes in no-show evaluation in any cases to physician offices and people failing to pick up prescriptions, Haywood imagined.
In the long run, he said, the group will analyze utilization rates and see how they correlate to great health outcomes, such as lower hospitalization rates, fewer visits to exigency rooms and higher rates of adherence to medications.
The BCBS Institute compel introduce ride-sharing services for patients to get to and from primary care assignments in a handful of other markets later this year. Next year, the squad plans to tackle nutrition and fitness deserts.