Timely specialist consultation for CenCal Alliance Medicaid patients with AristaMD

July 18, 2017


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 18, 2017 – AristaMD, innovative provider of the cloud-based eConsult Platform for primary care physicians and specialists, today announced its partnership with Central California Alliance for Health to expand specialty care access through primary care-specialist collaboration via eConsults – while also reducing specialist referrals – for Medi-Cal Managed Care members in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties.

“With increased pressure from predicted Medicaid cuts, organizations are looking for a proven way of delivering affordable, timely specialist care to the underserved, ensuring better health individually, as well as for the population overall,” said Kathleen Myers, MD, FACEP. “We’re working with Central California Alliance for Health to empower primary care physicians to access specialist care within their local office, removing barriers to care such as long distance travel for patients, which typically requires more time off from work and costly child care.”

The partnership enables local providers to leverage AristaMD’s eConsult Platform, which offers 200+ evidence-based clinical work-up checklists, the ability to conduct eConsults with AristaMD’s board-certified, national panel of contractedspecialists covering 35 specialty and subspecialty areas, as well as analytics to optimize care collaboration and specialty referral triage.

Added Myers, “The key to thriving in the new value-based care world is quantifiable results in patient outcomes and clinical efficiencies – not smoke-and-mirror promises. We take that commitment seriously. Based on data collected on every completed AristaMD eConsult, PCPs indicate that 85 percent of eConsults significantly impact their care plans. Furthermore, those PCPs indicate that eConsults replace the need for a specialist visit 65 percent of the time. This reduction in referrals allows those most in need of specialty care to gain faster access to in person care. That’s a substantial improvement in care delivery – and a real reduction in costs.”

About Central California Alliance for Health

The Alliance is an award-winning regional non-profit health plan, established in 1996, with over 21 years of successful operation. Using the State’s County Organized Health System (COHS) model, they currently serve 355,643 members in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties. They work in partnership with their contracted providers to promote prevention, early detection and effective treatment, and improve access to quality health care for those they serve. This results in the delivery of innovative community-based health care services, better medical outcomes and cost savings. For more information, visit www.ccah-alliance.org.

About AristaMD

AristaMD, innovative provider of the cloud-based eConsult Platform for primary care physicians and specialists, transforms the delivery of care by empowering primary care physicians (PCPs) with evidence-based clinical work-up checklists, eConsults, an expert national panel of specialists and usability insights to optimize care collaboration and specialty referral triage while ensuring fully documented care transitions. Leveraging proven clinical guidelines, developed at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the physician-designed solution enables greater patient access to efficient, specialty care via the PCP with eConsult or, when appropriate, with referrals to in-person specialist care. Designed to seamlessly integrate into clinical workflows, the scalable platform allows payers and providers to quickly and cost-effectively launch specialist eConsults using their own specialists or those provided by AristaMD’s contracted panel of board-certified specialists. Committed to driving better health outcomes, AristaMD partners with healthcare stakeholders to ensure their success in the transition to value-based care. For more information, visit www.aristamd.com or connect with us @AristaMD.