The Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration (ASES) Selects APS Healthcare to Implement The miSalud Healthcare Program for Mental Health Patients in Puerto Rico Based on the Integrated Total Health Management Model
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- APS Healthcare, a leading provider of specialty health care services, was selected by the Puerto Rico Government Health Insurance Plan, miSalud, to provide systematic and integrated coordination of physical and behavioral health care for beneficiaries of miSalud throughout Puerto Rico.
Through its patient-centered approach, deployment of sophisticated proprietary technology, and experience, APS Healthcare is coordinating care for over 1,400,000 beneficiaries with mental illness and other chronic physical health conditions. Integrating these services to treat both physical and mental health will improve patient outcomes and reduce unnecessary expenditures and emergency department visits.
"APS is pleased to be a part of miSalud, a program that seeks to increase access, quality services and optimize the care delivery system to improve individuals' health status while holding down health care costs," said Alexis Cardona, President APS Healthcare – Puerto Rico.
To better serve the unique requirements of the Puerto Rican population, APS Healthcare will deploy behavioral health professionals in primary care physician offices, offering patients counseling and triage services at their primary provider setting. APS also will be providing psychiatric triage at Emergency Rooms and stabilization services at its network of Evaluation and Stabilization Units through Puerto Rico, and supporting homebound services.
Consistent with APS' strategy to optimize the use of technology across all of its programs, APS is providing web based services to both beneficiaries and providers with its CareConnection® and APS Rx program platforms. APS' medication management solution will identify, assess, and target interventions to address provider prescribing patterns and adherence issues. Together these technologies will improve communications, quality of services, patient safety and cost efficiency.
"APS is committed to achieving high quality, efficient, and coordinated care and partnering with Providers and stakeholders to best meet the needs of miSalud beneficiaries," added Cardona.
About APS Healthcare
APS Healthcare, headquartered in White Plains, NY, is a leading provider of specialty healthcare solutions. APS delivers customized, integrated healthcare solutions that help people engage in behaviors that optimize their health status. By uniting all participants in the healthcare landscape – individuals, practitioners and payers – APS improves overall health and reduces total healthcare expenditures. APS Healthcare has been serving the health care needs of Puerto Ricans since 1999.
SOURCE APS Healthcare