As of Friday, nearly 55% of the US population was fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Despite getting off to a strong start, the country is now lagging behind several other countries in vaccination rates on this number.
Much of the problem with the modest rise in vaccination rates in the US is widespread skepticism, often fueled by misinformation campaigns. To some extent, however, the seemingly stalled progress is also linked to a growing population of hard-to-reach people at home.
From 2011 to 2019, the population of housebound adults was constant at around 5%, according to a recent study by researchers from Mount Sinai. In 2020, the number rose to about 13%, with an estimated 4.2 million adults classified as homebound.
To move the needle and better reach seniors in their homes, Clover Health (Nasdaq: CLOV) announced a collaboration with MedArrive, an emerging healthcare logistics and services platform led by Dan Trigub, former head of Uber Health .
As part of the partnership, Clover will work with MedArrive to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at home to Clovers Medicare Advantage (MA) members. Efforts will initially begin in New Jersey.
“Many Clover members have disabilities or other challenges that can make it difficult for them to leave their homes, even to get life-saving medical care like the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Kumar Dharmarajan, deputy chief medical officer of Clover Health in a statement. “This service enables our most vulnerable members to get basic medical care as quickly and conveniently as possible, which we believe will ultimately improve their quality of life, reduce hospital admissions and lower healthcare costs.”
Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Clover is a next generation insurance company operating in both the MA and direct contract landscapes. In each of these programs, Clover offers additional basic services and comprehensive home care, the latter being provided through the “Clover Home Care” program.
MedArrive officially launched in December 2020 with $ 4.5 million seed funding.
“Our core belief is that clinical care is moving away from the traditional four walls of a clinic or hospital and more and more care is being delivered to the home,” Trigub, CEO of MedArrive, told Home Health Care News at Die Zeit. “And to be honest, [care] must, given the environment in which we are with the pandemic. “
MedArrive received additional investment from SCAN Health Plan in August.
MedArrive has more than 50,000 field service providers, including EMS experts, in its national network. Offerings include complex condition monitoring, transitional care, readmission prevention, vaccinations, drug administration and more.
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“We strive to help as many Medicare beneficiaries across the country as possible break down healthcare barriers by meeting them where they are and coordinating care with the care teams they already know and trust “Said Trigub in a statement. “We are excited to partner with Clover because we believe in their approach to promoting equity in healthcare and the way they use coordinated primary care to improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs for their members. “