Blue Shield of California bringing Wellvolution program to Medi-Cal plans

Blue Shield of California is bringing its Wellvolution program to Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

Blue Shield's Promise Health Plan, the insurer's Medicaid managed care organization, is making the four-pillar digital health program available to its members, according to an announcement released Monday. Through Wellvolution, members can access lifestyle and mental health supports that can be tailored to fit their personal needs.

The program was created in collaboration with Solera Health and offers app-based programs in four key areas: disease prevention, chronic condition reversal, mental health support and tobacco cessation. 

"Wellvolution's lifestyle-medicine apps empower our Medi-Cal members to improve both their physical and mental health," said James Cruz, M.D., chief medical officer of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, in the release. "Wellvolution improves access to care, which we know helps to close healthcare gaps for our members."

Offerings within the Wellvolution umbrella include a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved diabetes prevention program, which runs for 12 months. The program provides eligible members with personalized coaching, a Fitbit and a digital scale.

Members with diabetes and other chronic conditions will be able to use an app-based condition reversal program, and another app in the program provides on-demand access to tools and exercises to address stress and improve mental well-being.

In addition, Wellvolution includes nicotine replacement therapy and other offerings to help members stop smoking and manage cravings.

The platform also offers general fitness options for members through its Everyday Fitness component, such as on-demand workout videos and a library of nutritious meal options.

"We are pleased to extend our relationship with Blue Shield of California to offer their Medi-Cal members these easily accessible digital health programs to help them get and stay healthy," said Mary Langowski, CEO of Solera Health, in the release.