BridgeHealth has partnered with WebPT to add prehab and rehab physical therapy support for members faced with the impact of a planned surgery and the added burden created by COVID-19.

Through the WebPT Networks program, Denver-based BridgeHealth will provide members access to flexible physical therapy solutions – Flex-PT – at no additional cost to its plan sponsors and their members through December 31, 2020, it announces in a news release.

“Physical therapy is an important tool for musculoskeletal health, and an essential step for both pre- and post-surgery care as patients prepare for and recover from orthopedic and spine-related surgeries. COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on members’ ability to access brick and mortar facilities for elective surgeries and their related prehab and rehab services – creating a delay in member care.

“This partnership is an important advancement in our desire to reduce fragmentation and thus improve the healthcare experience for members who may need surgery to resolve a musculoskeletal condition.”

— Jamie Hall, president of BridgeHealth

BridgeHealth’s Flex-PT solution aims to leverage WebPT’s broad network to connect members with a physical therapist in their state who offers both in-person clinical care, as well as online virtual care.

“Together with BridgeHealth, we can connect members who need physical therapy with local, virtually accessible physical therapy practices – improving those members’ ability to adhere to their PT programs and, ultimately, enhancing their clinical outcomes,” Nancy Ham, CEO of Phoenix-headquartered WebPT, comments in the release.

Once a BridgeHealth member receives a referral, he or she receives an initial assessment and a licensed physical therapist develops a personalized exercise program that may be delivered in clinic or as a home exercise program (HEP). Members may use WebPT’s patient-facing mobile app, which lets them access their HEPs – complete with HD videos and a secure two-way messaging portal – anywhere, anytime, right from their phones.

Additionally, by allowing telehealth visits for any or all visits, members can get timely treatment in a reduced-risk environment, resulting in greater care continuity, less administrative hassle, and better health outcomes. Plus, where geographically feasible, in-clinic visits still allow for high touch-care should members need or desire it, the release explains.

[Source(s): BridgeHealth, Business Wire]