Health care notes: Envision unit teams with Lyft

Envision Healthcare subsidiary American Medical Response is partnering with Lyft to integrate the ride-sharing platform into its services.

The alliance with Lyft will be built into AMR’s operations in 42 states where the venture — which handles more than 4.5 million transports annually — does business. It will focus on non-emergency service and look to take the place of programs offered by hospitals, clinics or insurance companies that use taxi vouchers or other transportation incentives to get patients to and from appointments. In addition to better tracking and controlling costs, the companies say their partnership will lower the number of missed follow-ups and help improve providers’ quality measures.

“We are looking forward to working with American Medical Response as an on-demand transportation partner,” said Gyre Renwick, head of healthcare partnerships at Lyft. “This opportunity to extend our services to the healthcare community allows us to align with AMR’s mission of making a difference by caring for people in need.”


The Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network and Humana are teaming up to coordinate care for 4,000 Humana Medicare Advantage members in the Nashville and Jackson markets.

The four-year agreement is VHAN’s first value-based care arrangement for a Medicare Advantage plan. The entities will pool their population health tools for their insurance plan members and look to contain costs.

VHAN is home to more than 4,000 clinicians at 56 hospitals who care for more than 130,000 people through alliances with multiple insurers.

“We have carefully chosen partners, like Humana, who share our vision for strong, healthy communities and who provide valuable support to help make our vision a reality,” said Mark Cianciolo, VHAN’s executive director. “We are looking forward to the valuable insights and the best practices that will come from our work together caring for Medicare Advantage patients.”


CarePayment, the patient financial engagement company that recently relocated its headquarters to Nashville, has struck a deal to offer its services to clients of a medical equipment company owned by private-equity giant Blackstone.

California-based Apria Healthcare Group providers home respiratory therapy, wound therapy, nutrition therapy and other medical equipment to more than 1.8 million people annually. CEO Dan Starck said many of his customers will put to good use CarePayment’s tools to pay medical expenses over time and without interest.

“People expect to have financing options when buying a house, car, furniture and other household necessities,” CarePayment CEO Craig Hodges said in a statement. “Why should it be any different when it comes to tending to our health? No one should have to choose between their healthcare and putting a roof over their head or food on their table.”


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