Mutual of Omaha is providing its policyholders the Kaia Health digital MSK tool to increase access to musculoskeletal care for the senior population.
Kaia Health announced its engagement with Mutual of Omaha and its affiliated companies to provide its policyholders access to a clinically validated digital therapy program for pain management, beginning with a pilot at select companies in Indiana and Colorado throughout 2023. This is the first digital musculoskeletal (MSK) health tool that Mutual of Omaha is launching with its Medicare Supplement insurance population.
As a company owned by its policyholders, Mutual of Omaha is continuously seeking to understand and meet customer needs. MSK issues are a top priority, which is just one reason the company is leveraging technology tools that can solve critical needs for its policyholders and improve access to care.
“We are thrilled to work with Kaia Health and bring an innovative solution to support our policyholders in living healthier, pain-free lives,” says Manoj Pawar, MD, chief medical officer at Mutual of Omaha. “With over half of our population experiencing an MSK condition and difficulty accessing quality care, Kaia is addressing a critical need for us with its clinically validated digital therapy program that can be used from anywhere.”
There are over 56 million people in the US over the age of 65 (growing to 71 million by 2030), many of whom are embracing digital solutions to meet their healthcare needs. Kaia’s app and care team have been developed to address the specific needs of seniors who are experiencing chronic and/or acute MSK pain conditions, including using this digital MSK tool.
Kaia’s physical therapy-inspired program offers seniors personalized and self-directed care anytime, anywhere through a digital app and care team. With just the camera on the phone, Kaia’s advanced motion analysis technology provides real-time corrective feedback on body movements. Kaia’s program addresses both physical and psychological aspects of pain through its exercises, relaxation modules, and educational content. Seniors also have 1:1 support from licensed health coaches and board-certified physical therapists, which is critical to help them get started and use the app effectively.
“It’s an honor to partner with a world-class organization like Mutual of Omaha to expand access to MSK care,” says Nigel Ohrenstein, president of Kaia Health. “Together, we’re bringing an innovative solution to address a critical need for the senior population – driving access to high-quality, timely, and affordable care in their moment of need.”
Caption: Kaia Health’s digital assistant, Motion Coach, provides real-time feedback to help patients perform exercises correctly. Biometric assessments allow therapists and other care professionals to give them additional help and feedback. Photo: Kaia Health