BLOG — Testing: Community Health Plans and COVID-19

Stock image of a COVID-19 nasal swab being inserted into a sterile container held by a hand wearing a blue glove.The COVID-19 public health crisis continues to exert extreme pressures on all facets of our health care system. Steady infection rates and inadequate test supplies are only further straining our ability to diagnose, track and contain COVID-19.

The nonprofit members of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) are innovating with their provider partners to increase testing access and capabilities in their communities. For example:

Additionally, members are deploying innovations in treatment and flexible tools, enhanced telehealth options and personal protection equipment developments for frontline medical workers. And numerous plans, including AvMedHarvard Pilgrim Health CareHealth Alliance Plan (HAP) and Security Health Plan are offering early prescription refills and 90-day supplies of maintenance medications.

ACHP members are ingrained in the communities they serve. Through testing access and other thoughtful approaches, they’re working to secure the health and safety of members every day.

Additional information on efforts of ACHP plans and their affiliated systems during this public health crisis is available here.