Blue Shield of California adding virtual diabetes care partnership

Blue Shield of California is expanding its partnership with digital diabetes reversal program Virta Health. 

According to a release shared with Becker's, Blue Shield of California is the first health plan in the state to offer Virta Health to members across multiple plans. 

Members in PPO plans and Medicare Advantage will have access to the digital nutrition therapy program. 

Virta Health was previously available to members enrolled in Wellvolution, Blue Shield California's digital health program. 

Susan Fleischman, MD, chief medical officer for Blue Shield of California, said the payer decided to expand Virta Health's availability to more members after seeing success in the Wellvolution program. 

"The health outcomes we've seen among members with diabetes who have used Virta through Wellvolution are dramatic and sustainable," Dr. Fleischman said. "Members see a real improvement in the quality of their health, life, and optimism about the future because they typically reduce or eliminate their diabetes medications with Virta." 

Virta Health has partnerships with several health plans, including Banner|Aetna and Providence Health Plan.

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