SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), Washington’s only not-for-profit health plan offering managed care to Apple Health and Medicare members, today announced an exclusive partnership with The MAVEN Project, a volunteer-based organization, to offer physicians across Washington expanded access to medical specialists. The MAVEN Project engages a wide range of physicians – retired, semi-retired primary care and specialty care physicians, as well as those currently working in industry or in active practice – to volunteer their time and expertise by providing medical consultation services to primary care providers at community health centers.
“We’re excited to partner with The MAVEN Project to ensure our community health centers have the tools that they need to best care for the people who need it most in their own communities,” said Leanne Berge, CHPW’s chief executive officer. “CHPW and The MAVEN Project share a vision for improving local access to care for low income patients, and we’re looking forward to bringing The MAVEN Project’s unique model to our network of 20 community health centers across Washington.”
CHPW’s partnership with The MAVEN Project comes at a time when 38 of the 39 counties in Washington state are experiencing physician shortages, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through this venture, CHPW doctors will have access to The MAVEN Project’s physician volunteers for doctor-to-doctor consultations through HIPAA-compliant technology.
“The MAVEN Project is thrilled to leverage its corps of seasoned physician volunteers to increase access to health care for underserved populations through a partnership with CHPW,” said Lisa Bard Levine, MD, MBA, CEO of The MAVEN Project. “Given CHPW’s broad reach, we are honored to offer provider-to-provider advisory consults, and education and mentoring services via telehealth technology to medically under-resourced communities across Washington State.”
The MAVEN Project’s ability to connect physician volunteers with primary care providers will reduce delays in patients receiving specialty care due to provider shortages. Providing medical care in a setting that is appropriate to a member’s needs is essential to patient-centered whole person care. This is especially true for chronically ill patients with more complex needs or co-morbidities; access to additional specialty advice in the primary care environment can result in improved outcomes.
“The more care can be conducted locally, the better insight a primary care provider has into their patient’s history and the better able they are to provide whole person care, rather than the traditionally siloed delivery of care that patients often experience,” Berge said.
To provide the best care for Washington’s most vulnerable communities, CHPW continuously innovates its model of care to reduce barriers to needed services. The MAVEN Partnership illustrates CHPW’s commitment to improving the health of communities across Washington by expanding local access to care. Additionally, by enabling patients to receive care in their community without having to travel to consult a specialist, the partnership has the potential to impact cost savings for the Medicaid program and other public payers.
CHPW believes continuous innovation in care delivery is key and has been directly supporting integrated care models that allow for collaboration among primary care providers and behavioral health providers for more than a decade.
CHPW recently celebrated 25 years of delivering pioneering, accessible managed care services that improve the health of communities.
Founded in 1992 by a network of community and migrant health centers in Washington State, Community Health Plan of Washington is a community-governed, local not-for-profit health plan. The mission of CHPW is to deliver accessible managed care services that meet the needs and improve the health of our communities and to make managed care participation beneficial for community-responsive providers. CHPW serves approximately 300,000 members through Medicaid and Medicare programs across the State. To learn more, visit chpw.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.
About The MAVEN Project (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network)
The MAVEN Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit health care organization that engages physicians to volunteer their clinical expertise via telehealth technology to medically under-resourced communities across the country.