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Emergency Medicine Associates announces partnership with CirrusMD

Relationship brings unlimited, immediate access to ER physicians for patients in Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C. area.

Gaithersburg, MD – Emergency Medicine Associates (EMA) – the Mid-Atlantic's largest provider of emergency medicine services – is excited to announce a partnershi with Denver-based CirrusMD to provide locally-staffed virtual care solutions to health systems, health plans, and self-insured employers in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.

With an emphasis on remote acute care, EMA and CirrusMD’s closed loop approach to staffinging and data integration helps ACOs, health systems, and payers manage their populations, improve patient access to care, and reduce unnecessary ER utilization.

"Our HIPAA compliant technology allows patients to access convenient, timely medical care with local physicians in the same way doctors address concerns for their friends and family - through secure text and video chat on their mobile device or computer," said Nick Assad, SVP of Business Development for CirrusMD.

By providing an asynchronous virtual care solution, users are able to text with an ER doctor and get a response in under 3 minutes, or switch to a video chat, with continuous care and smart referrals back into their existing healthcare network. This marks a vast improvement over the 14-day average wait to see a family practice physician in-person in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and the fragmented approach other telemedicine services use with non-local providers and disintegrated data.

"This partnership represents a great opportunity for healthcare organizations that are at-risk in the Mid-Atlantic region. As we break down barriers between patients and doctors through new delivery models, our value-based care payment structure dramatically reduces costs in the healthcare market by guiding patients to the right point of care at the right time," said Alex Mohseni, M.D. EMA's Chief Innovation Officer. "Additionally, we can impact every patient in Maryland for the better because of the state’s unique All Payer Model."

"This partnership allows health systems taking on risk to improve access and quality of care while reducing costly avoidable utilization much like health plans," said Nick Assad. "By putting their shared risk population on the platform, health systems will increase their shared savings by hitting benchmarks, while at the same time, freeing up appointments for the fee-for-service business that still exists. It’s the only way you can transition to value based payment models successfully."

To date, 75 percent of encounters are diverted from high-cost points of care, and 86 percent are resolved without the patient needing to go into a clinic. Those diversions and resolutions mean real savings for the end payer, averaging more than $400 saved for each encounter.

The service is accessible over web browsers, and iOS and Android Apps that are often white-labeled on behalf of the health system or payer.

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