SOURCE: Solera Health

Solera Health

November 10, 2015 11:00 ET

Solera Health Partners With Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Provide National Diabetes Prevention Program to All Colorado Members

Health Community Integrator to Provide ACA Preventive Medical Benefits Delivered Through a Network of Local Program Providers

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Nov 10, 2015) - Solera Health, Inc., a technology-enabled health community integrator for evidence-based chronic disease prevention, today announced that it has partnered with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to administer its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to its entire Anthem membership in Colorado.

Anthem offers a DPP recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help members throughout Colorado to lower their risk of diabetes and enable employers to take charge of diabetes-related health care costs. The program is part of the evidence-based National DPP led by the CDC and supported by the American Medical Association (AMA). Anthem members can now refer themselves to the program after completing a risk assessment or can be recommended by their doctor.

Anthem's yearlong DPP program offers lifestyle health coaching and weekly classes to teach members the skills needed to lose weight, become more physically active and manage stress as part of their daily life. Through the Solera partnership, Anthem members will be able to take classes at community locations, participating employer sites or entirely online through Solera's network of DPP providers. The program is based on a National Institutes of Health trial that demonstrated participants under age 60 reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, while participants over 60 reduced their risk by 71 percent.

"Currently 86 million Americans are living with prediabetes and more than three quarters of these individuals are not even aware of their conditions and associated consequences," said Mike Ramseier, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado. "Working with Solera, we now have an integrated approach for arming our at-risk Colorado members with the necessary DPP services and tools to proactively prevent and manage chronic conditions via potentially lifesaving lifestyle modifications."

Anthem's DPP is covered in full as a preventative care benefit for members enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant plans. Non-ACA compliant plans, such as grandfathered individual or small group plans that were purchased on or before March 23, 2010, may cover preventative care with a member co-pay on some plan designs.

"Solera Health is pleased to align with Anthem to empower at-risk members in Colorado with simple, easy access to the most appropriate community or digital resources for preventive health," said Brenda Schmidt, founder and CEO of Solera Health. "Prediabetes is a serious and growing medical problem in our country. We are proud to work with a forward-thinking organization like Anthem to make its DPP program a success by streamlining the process of DPP referral, consumer choice, member engagement and reimbursement."

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado is available at www.Anthem.com.

About Solera Health

Solera Health is a technology-enabled healthcare services company that provides access to lower-cost, higher access community and digital preventive health solutions through referrals from healthcare providers and health plans. Solera's proprietary SaaS platform connects a nationwide network of community organizations and digital solutions for chronic disease prevention programs with technology that manages service referrals, reimbursement and payment, aggregates data and reporting simplifying enrollment and supporting increased consumer engagement and choice.

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