Molina Healthcare of California and Pyx Health Announce Partnership to Address Social Isolation
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LONG BEACH, Calif. – July 6, 2022 – Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”) today announced a partnership with Pyx Health, created to help improve behavioral health outcomes by addressing loneliness and isolation Molina members may be experiencing through responsive technology
“Reports indicate that health issues related to social isolation and loneliness have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Abbie Totten, plan president of Molina Healthcare of California. “Reconnecting members to resources through Pyx Health’s platform allows us to assist our most vulnerable populations with social supports and clinical services in real time.”
Recent studies show a 45% increase in mortality rate and 68% increase in hospitalization rate for people suffering from loneliness and social isolation in comparison to other groups.
“Vulnerable populations experiencing loneliness have a greater need for social support,” said Cindy Jordan, CEO of Pyx Health. “In fact, according to our research, Medicaid users who are lonely have a 26% higher need for social resources, such as food, safety, housing, and transportation. The Pyx Health platform helps provide critical social support through a combination of technology programmed to respond empathetically and compassionate human support for members.”
Pyx Health’s platform directly responds to the behavioral health needs of its users by detecting loneliness and social isolation and providing the critical resources necessary. The Pyx Health platform gathers screening and user engagement data that is used to understand the user’s emotional state. The data is monitored by humans which provide actionable insights to guide member care such as calling members when they have urgent needs or offering companionship at a particularly rough time that acts as a lifeline to companionship and resources.
Combining Pyx’s loneliness detection infrastructure with Molina’s demonstrated commitment to whole health outcomes will improve Molina members’ patient experience by anticipating their needs and offering support accordingly. Molina members will be able to engage with this patient platform that proactively addresses behavioral health and provides a path to healing.
About Molina Healthcare of California
Molina Healthcare of California has been providing government-funded care for over 40 years. The Company serves members through Medi-Cal, Medicare, Medicare-Medicaid (Duals) and Covered California (Marketplace). Molina’s service areas include Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Orange County, and Imperial counties. Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, served approximately 5.1 million members as of March 31, 2022. For more information about Molina Healthcare of California, visit MolinaHealthcare.com. ￼
About Pyx Health
Pyx Health offers the first loneliness and social isolation technology focused on helping the most vulnerable populations. Combining a digital platform with a Compassionate Support Center and timely human interventions, Pyx Health provides patients and healthcare providers an innovative, scalable solution that effectively addresses the nation’s critical loneliness epidemic. Pyx Health is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. More information is available at https://www.pyxhealth.com. Because no one gets better alone.
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