Dec 11, 2019
First Choice Health Expands Access with Innovative, On-Demand Virtual Care Solution from 98point6
New telehealth offering to employers will provide affordable 24/7 access, personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment for members
Seattle – December 11, 2019 – First Choice Health (FCH), a leading provider-owned healthcare administrator in the Northwest, has announced the integration of 98point6, an on-demand primary care service that conveniently delivers personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients. The virtual platform provides FCH’s self-funded employer customers with unparalleled access to immediate, high-quality care, allowing the company to meet members exactly where they are.
FCH’s offering of 98point6’s solution comes as the Seattle-based company continues to drive forward high-touch solutions focused on accessibility and convenience. Aligned with the broader demand from consumers for innovative health and behavioral care solutions, the text and chat-based 98point6 platform offers a unique experience for members that want a virtual visit.
“Like 98point6, First Choice Health is focused on expanding access of quality medical care, from helping those who are the hardest to reach due to their location or schedules and delivering earlier medical interventions that reduce costs and increase employee satisfaction,” First Choice Health CEO and President Jaja Okigwe said. “First Choice Health employees self-tested the 98point6 platform over this past year and we’re confident that with its on-demand primary care services, we can help our members easily access quality care.”
“98point6 is deeply committed to delivering quality care that meets the on-demand needs of individuals today,” said Robbie Cape, CEO and co-founder of 98point6. “We’re excited to have a regional partner in First Choice Health that shares our foundational belief that increasing access to care leads to better health and long-term wellbeing.”
98point6 offers on-demand primary care delivered by board-certified physicians via an easy-to-use mobile app. Its subscription-based service means clients can get diagnosis and treatment or simply consult on a health issue 24/7 from any location, so whether they are at home, at work or traveling, immediate care is always available.
First Choice Health’s announcement follows the launch of another innovative telehealth technology that is improving behavioral health access in the workplace for the more than 600 FCH clients using its standalone Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The embedded service is offered through online counseling partner BetterHelp, connecting FCH EAP clients to the world’s largest online behavioral health network.
FCH represents the largest independent preferred provider network across eight states (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota), with more than 100,000 providers, 2,400 facilities and 362 hospitals in the network. Learn more about First Choice Health and its offerings at www.fchn.com.
Access to 98point6 for First Choice Health members begins January 1, 2020.
About First Choice Health
First Choice Health follows a forward-thinking approach to traditional health care insurance, offering unparalleled access to providers, expert benefits administration, and an Employee Assistance Program, supporting members in every step of their health care journeys. Built by hospitals and physicians from the ground up, the provider-owned FCH focuses on flexible health care administration and cost containment, giving employers of all sizes the opportunity to build a care management plan to suit their unique health care needs. FCH’s advanced population health metrics provide employers with practical data that inform decision-making, while its growing provider network delivers the medical resources needed to take action. Originating as a provider network in 1985, First Choice Health has grown to serve all of Washington and the Northwestern U.S., including Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. FCH, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., offers multiple lines of service including health plan administration, medical management, and employee assistance programs. For more information, visit First Choice online at www.myfch.com
Founded in 2015, 98point6 is pioneering a new approach to primary care. By pairing AI and machine learning with board-certified physicians, our vision is to make primary care more accessible and affordable leading to better health. We meet consumers where they are by offering private, text-based diagnosis and treatment via a mobile app. For employers and health plans, 98point6 increases primary care utilization among those not actively or appropriately engaged in their health—enabling earlier medical intervention and reducing overall cost of care. For more information about 98point6, visit www.98point6.com.
Kyle Wall / Aaron Blank / Natalie Engler of The Fearey Group for First Choice Health
FCH@feareygroup.com / (206) 343-1543