MVP Health Care and Galileo Launch Groundbreaking Partnership to Provide Virtual Primary Care for all MVP Members
First Health Insurer in the State to Break Down Barriers and Enhance Access to 24/7 Virtual Care for Medicaid Population
Schenectady, NY — January 18, 2022 — MVP Health Care and Galileo today announced a groundbreaking partnership to offer all MVP members access to virtual comprehensive care including primary care, chronic disease management, and multispecialty health care. For the first time, MVP’s entire membership will be able to connect with a primary care physician (PCP) at any time, day or night, within minutes and without making an appointment using Galileo’s app. This first-of-its-kind offering also allows MVP’s Medicaid members virtual health care access, as they were previously regulated to see an in-person PCP.
Galileo’s highly experienced and culturally inclusive, bilingual providers can quickly address a wide range of patient needs, delivering fully integrated primary and behavioral health care, providing faster access to multispecialty care, improving chronic condition management, and avoiding unnecessary ER visits.
“Offering virtual primary is a monumental step towards creating an environment that offers our members equitable choice and convenience in their health care journey,” said MVP Health Care’s President and CEO, Chris Del Vecchio. “We know that primary care is crucial to getting and staying healthy, yet timely access to primary care can be difficult. We are so proud to provide an easy-access path to virtual care when and where our members need it, while at the same time, being the first health insurer to offer this innovative option to all MVP members including those enrolled in Medicaid.”
MVP’s partnership with Galileo is a testament to its commitment to improving patient outcomes, especially for its Medicaid enrollees. For the first time in New York State, MVP’s Medicaid members will have on-demand access to primary and specialty care that focuses on their individual needs as accessing high-quality health care can often be a serious challenge for them. Over the last 18 months, nearly 40% of MVP’s Medicaid members have not seen a PCP, often due to competing demands on time and resources, transportation challenges, and language barriers, exacerbating health care inequities.
With Galileo’s on-demand care, no appointment is necessary, shrinking wait times to access care from weeks to minutes. All MVP members can now select their virtual PCP through Galileo and can be connected to acute care, specialty care, chronic condition management, pharmacies, labs, and more 24/7, 365 in both English and Spanish.
“We built Galileo as a new gold standard in medicine — designed to improve the quality and reliability of care for complex and diverse populations, in both rural and urban communities,” said Thomas Lee, MD, founder and CEO of Galileo. “We are excited to partner with an innovative leader such as MVP and offer premium health care to their members in New York.”
MVP members can access care by visiting www.galileohealth.com/mvp.
About MVP Health Care
MVP Health Care is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health insurer caring for members in New York and Vermont. Committed to the complete well-being of our members and the communities we serve, MVP makes health insurance more convenient, more supportive, and more personal. For more information visit www.mvphealthcare.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Galileo is a modern medical group with the mission to make quality health care affordable and accessible to all. Galileo was designed from the ground-up to manage today’s diverse and complex populations through digital, clinic, office, mobile and home-based care. Operating across all 50 states, Galileo improves the quality of care while reducing costs for patients and the purchasers of health care. Founded by Thomas Lee, MD, the Harvard-trained physician and health care pioneer behind One Medical and Epocrates, Galileo is a team of innovators from health care, technology and human-centered design. For more information, visit Galileo.io and follow Galileo on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.