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In the News: A Partnership Aimed at Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Blue Shield of California welcomes Virta Health into its provider network to conquer diabetes with broader resources.
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Angie Kalousek-Ebrahimi, Senior Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California Senior Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Angie Kalousek-Ebrahimi was recently interviewed by MedCity News about broadening the plan’s network by partnering with Virta Health. The move makes access to care simpler as members can go direct to Virta, an in-network provider, for diabetic services.

Here are excerpts from the article:

“The way we think about this expansion is it’s more about offering new points of access,” Kalousek-Ebrahimi said. “We have one point of access through Wellvolution … We wanted to have another option, another sort of direct relationship with Virta. Some members want to go to the mall, some members want a stand-alone boutique.”

“Many of [our providers] are so busy that they just don’t have the bandwidth or the tools or the technology to do all of the different things that Virta can do, specifically for diabetes,” Kalousek-Ebrahimi stated. “Educating the provider population to refer their members to the Virta program is another really important goal that we have.”

Read the full article here.

For more information, visit: Blue Shield of California | Virta Health.