3 payers partner with Bicycle Health to offer virtual opioid use treatment services

Three payers are partnering with Boston-based Bicycle Health to offer opioid use treatments under Medicaid managed care plans. 

McLaren Health Plan in Michigan, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Arizona and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas will offer the virtual drug treatment program to 8 million total members, according to a March 28 press release.

The March 28 press release also includes Molina Healthcare Michigan within the new partnership, but a Molina spokeperson said in an April 5 email to Becker's, "We have checked with our Michigan plan and we have no agreement with Bicycle Health mentioned in their post."

All Bicycle Health services are provided through the company's mobile application. Patients have a medical provider, therapist and recovery coach who work with them through recovery, and they receive support from regional teams of case managers and clinical support specialists. 

Services covered by Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield include: 

  • Medication management: Providers will perform an assessment over video call and prescribe suboxone for opioid use disorder when appropriate.
  • Behavioral health: Behavioral health clinicians will deliver individual and group psychotherapy, and providers will offer medical care for behavioral conditions when appropriate. 
  • Support groups.
  • Care coordination: Clinical support specialists available through chat, phone and video calling to help patients navigate treatment, referrals and life changes.

Bicycle Health is available to patients in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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