NEW YORK, November 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AbleTo, Inc., the leading provider of innovative behavioral telehealth solutions proven to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs, added a new tool for its customers and providers to better connect patients to high-quality, evidence-based treatment and improve overall care. Nationwide, case managers from Aetna and other health plans are using the AbleTo Care Coordination Platform to streamline referrals and improve coordination of care.
The AbleTo Care Coordination Platform is fully integrated into Aetna’s EHR resulting in:
- Referrals: Easy referrals to improve access to care.
- Speeding follow-up: Improved visualization of the patient’s treatment progress and care coordination activities.
- Better outcomes: Health plans receive clinical case summaries which allow for better understanding of patient’s needs.
“Reducing costs and improving outcomes for patients with comorbid medical and behavioral health conditions means that we must find the most effective and efficient ways to ease the sharing of information between AbleTo Therapists and coaches, referring nurses, and PCPs and medical specialists,” said Jason Goodhand, VP of Product at AbleTo.
Bridging the Behavioral and Medical Care Gap
AbleTo Chief Clinical Officer Aimee Peters believes that care is still too siloed between behavioral and medical health. “Of patients with chronic diseases, like cardiac illness and diabetes, one in four may also suffer from mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and stress. AbleTo is focused on this intersection and has demonstrated proven results.” AbleTo’s Aetna Cardiac Program graduates saw 31% fewer hospital admissions, and a reduction in depression (54%), anxiety (45%), and stress (43%). source
“There is an important need to close the care coordination gap in order to improve outcomes for patients like these. Case managers need to know their patient’s progress, results, and important support that is needed to help them maintain the gains that they made.”
Research shows that care coordination is central to patient engagement. According to research published in Health Affairs, “communicating well with patients who have serious illnesses or chronic conditions and helping patients manage their care at home can be instrumental in avoiding complications and improving outcomes.”
Intervention Reduces Depression, Stress and Anxiety Among High-Risk Medical Populations
New York, NY – April 21, 2015 – AbleTo, Inc., the nation’s leading digital behavioral change company, announced today that its abstract submission has been accepted as a presentation to be included in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) annual meeting taking place on June 5-6, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
According to the American Diabetes Association, the cost of diabetes to the American healthcare system in 2014 was $245 billion. As a result of increased inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy costs, the cost of care for an individual with diabetes is nearly $13,700 per year.
To combat these skyrocketing costs, AbleTo’s diabetes program focuses on the person rather than the disease by treating the underlying behavioral health issues, such as depression, stress, or anxiety, that are twice as likely to occur in patients with diabetes. AbleTo’s program helps address and overcome these critical barriers to behavior change and as a result leads to improved medical and mental health.
“The healthcare system has made great strides in diagnosing and treating diabetes, but we often forget that the mental health of a patient is sometimes just as important as the diagnosis itself,” said, Dr. Reena Pande, Chief Medical Officer, AbleTo. “Our presentation at the 2015 American Diabetes Association annual meeting will closely examine how AbleTo’s remotely-delivered behavioral therapy intervention can break down emotional barriers standing between patients and a happier, healthier and more productive life.”
“Type 2 diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans and prevalence is on the rise. Far too often, it leads to increased depression and poor self-care, resulting in higher medical utilization and cost,” said, Aimee Peters, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer, AbleTo. “Being selected to present our findings at the 2015 American Diabetes Association annual meeting validates the work that we do at AbleTo and the premise that remote delivery of behavioral interventions works.”
AbleTo’s abstract is based on a retrospective, observational cohort study of 392 consecutive graduates of AbleTo’s Diabetes program. The study utilized the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21) administered at the initial consultation and again at the conclusion of the program to determine patients’ Vaseline and program-end behavioral health outcomes. Full results of the study will be released at the 2015 ADA annual meeting in June.
A similar study, co-authored by AbleTo and Aetna, was recently published in the February edition of the peer-reviewed journal, The American Journal of Managed Care. The study demonstrated the impact of leveraging remote behavioral health interventions among patients who recently suffered a cardiac event on medical utilization and healthcare costs. In that study, participants of AbleTo’s cardiac program experienced nearly one-third fewer hospitalizations and nearly 50% fewer total hospitalization days, which the six months following the program, resulted in an overall savings in the cost of care.
About AbleTo, Inc.
AbleTo, Inc. (“able to”) is a population health management company focused on supporting high-cost populations, such as those with heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and more. AbleTo’s programs are administered by a therapist/coach team, and provide a proven solution to make people happier, healthier and more productive. The company’s eight-week, evidence-based behavior change programs engage individuals and help them make measurable, lasting changes that improve their medical and behavioral health. For more information visit www.ableto.com.
Addition of AbleTo programs expands on FEP’s commitment to innovative benefits that improve patient outcomes while reining in costs.
Washington – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Government-wide Service Benefit Plan, also known as the Federal Employee Program® (FEP), is partnering with AbleTo, Inc., the nation’s largest remote behavioral change therapy company, to offer certain federal employees access to innovative programs that will empower FEP members to live healthier lives.
AbleTo behavioral change therapies are delivered via phone and video consulting programs to people who are experiencing significant medical events to help them make lifestyle changes to live healthier lives. In addition to providing a full range of comprehensive benefits –medical, dental and vision – to federal workers, FEP will now be able to offer AbleTo’s Cardiac, Diabetes, Momentum (postpartum), Renew (pain management) and General Depression programs to participating members of the FEP Program in Washington and Alaska, in its initial phase. In the coming months, federal workers in additional states will have access to these programs.
Delivered by phone or secure video link, AbleTo’s programs help individuals to make meaningful life changes and have delivered exceptional results including a 50-65 percent reduction in the rate of depression (avg.) among graduates of all programs. The programs also promote exceptional levels of patient engagement, consistent quality and lower healthcare costs.
“FEP is a leader among the health plans available to federal workers and in the healthcare industry as a whole. We are always looking for ways to provide our members with new and inventive ways to help them reach their health goals,” said William A. Breskin, vice president, government programs for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “By offering these timely and targeted programs, FEP will be able to better empower members to help lower stress, depression and anxiety associated with some challenging health conditions.”
FEP’s commitment to rewarding quality care and improving outcomes also is demonstrated by providing federal employees access to the same state-of-the-art programs that BCBS companies provide to 86 of the Fortune 100 companies. This broad portfolio of care programs includes accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, pay-for-performance programs, episode-based payment programs and programs that leverage technology to provide the high quality of care for which FEP and BCBS companies are known.
These programs focus on coordinating patient care to keep chronic conditions in check, and have been shown to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, hospital admissions and readmissions, and other costly and unneeded medical interventions. The addition of AbleTo’s state-of-the- art remote behavioral change therapy will allow federal workers to benefit even more from the FEP’s commitment to providing them broad benefits at affordable prices.
“FEP covers federal employees, and their families, and AbleTo is honored to have the opportunity to help them overcome adversity and maximize their health potential,” said Michael Laskoff, Founder and CEO of AbleTo.
AbleTo has received funding from BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, a corporate venture fund which includes 24 BlueCross and BlueShield companies.
About the Federal Employee Program
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Federal Employee Program administers the Government-wide Service Benefit Plan, which has been part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program since its inception in 1960. The Service Benefit Plan covers more than 5.3 million federal employees, retirees and their families. For more than 50 years, FEP has kept premiums affordable while providing comprehensive benefits and state-of-the-art programs to its members. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association works with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to administer the Service Benefit Plan on behalf of the 37 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information about the Service Benefit Plan, please visit www.fepblue.org.
About AbleTo, Inc.
AbleTo, Inc. (“able to”) is a population health management company focused on supporting high-cost populations, such as those with heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and more. AbleTo’s programs are administered by a therapist/coach team, and provide a proven solution to make people happier, healthier and more productive. The company’s eight-week, evidence-based behavior change programs engage individuals and help them make measurable, lasting changes that improve their medical and behavioral health. For more information, visit www.ableto.com.
New York, NY – September 2, 2014 – AbleTo, Inc., a targeted population health management company providing behavioral change interventions to high-intensity medical populations, announced today; its new Chief Technology Officer, Christopher Benjamin.
“Christopher uniquely combines tremendous depth of programming, database, design and integration experience with extraordinary state-of-the-art knowledge,” said Michael Laskoff, AbleTo’s Founder and CEO. “As Senior Programmer, Christopher brought best-practice disciplines to our development effort; in his new role as Chief Technology Officer, he will have primary responsibility for all aspects of AbleTo’s technology infrastructure, data integrity and security, as well as core development.”
“I joined AbleTo because I saw the impactful work they were doing to make positive, lasting changes in people’s lives,” said Benjamin. “I’m excited to bring my diverse skill set to AbleTo and be a part of an organization that puts people on a path to happier, healthier and more productive lives.”
Christopher Benjamin joins AbleTo after almost 20 years in the web development and design industry. After working with music labels Def Jam and Island Records, Benjamin co-founded Fearless Concepts, a design, coding and operations company that worked with such notable clients as LL Cool J, The Killers, Janet Jackson, New Line Cinema, NBC Universal, Comedy Central, Ubisoft and many more. Benjamin’s multi-faceted experience brings a fresh perspective, bringing cutting edge technology and healthcare together.
About AbleTo, Inc.
AbleTo, Inc. (“able to”) is a population health management company focused on supporting high-cost populations, such as those with heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and more. AbleTo provides a proven solution to make people happier, healthier and more productive. The company’s eight-week, evidence-based behavior change programs engage individuals and help them make measurable, lasting changes that improve their medical and behavioral health. For more information visit www.ableto.com.
NEW YORK, NY – (Marketwired – July 23, 2014) – AbleTo, Inc., an innovative population health management company providing behavioral change interventions to high-cost populations, today announced that it has received certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for seven verification services for provider credentialing.
The NCQA Credentials Verification Organization (CVO) certification process is a quality-assessment program that reviews organizations that verify providers’ credentials. The voluntary review process evaluates an organization’s management of such functions as data collection, verification operations, and the process used to continuously improve services.
“The NCQA Certification further validates the high quality of AbleTo’s 50-state, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) network,” said Michael Laskoff, AbleTo’s CEO. “In addition, the certification underscores AbleTo’s commitment to providing health plans a seamless way to integrate AbleTo’s services. Health plans and plan sponsors recognize the NCQA’s exacting standards and have reacted very positively to AbleTo’s certification.”
The certification process includes rigorous onsite evaluations conducted by a team of health care professionals and certified credential specialists. A national oversight committee of providers analyzes the team’s findings and determines certification based on the CVO’s compliance with NCQA standards.
The NCQA has certified AbleTo for the following credentials verification services: application processing, education and training, license to practice, malpractice claims history, Medicare and Medicaid sanctions, ongoing monitoring of sanctions, and work history.
“Achieving CVO certification from NCQA demonstrates that AbleTo has the systems, process and personnel in place to thoroughly and accurately verify providers’ credentials and help health plan clients meet their accreditation goals,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, president of NCQA.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers. For more information, visit www.ncqa.org.
About AbleTo, Inc.
AbleTo, Inc. (“able to”) is a population health management company focused on supporting high-cost populations, such as those with heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and more. AbleTo provides a proven solution to make people happier, healthier, and more productive. The company’s eight-week, evidence-based behavior change programs engage individuals and help them make measurable, lasting changes that improve their medical and emotional health. For more information, visit www.ableto.com
NEW YORK, NY – April 1, 2014 – AbleTo, Inc., the leading provider of remotely delivered, data-driven behavior intervention and therapy pro-grams for high-cost medical populations, announced that Julie Donahue has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development.
“Julie has an impressive track record of growing businesses at the early stages and turning them into industry game changers,” said Michael Laskoff, AbleTo’s founder and CEO. “Throughout her career, Julie has helped companies embrace new thinking that has brought about strategically and financially valuable innovation.”
“After 12 rewarding years at IBM, I look forward to using my skills and experience to help people who’ve experienced a life changing medical event by enabling them to make meaningful, behav-ioral changes in their lives,” said Donahue.”AbleTo’s platform positively impacts a patient’s medical health while reducing financial burdens for health plans and plan sponsors.”
Julie Donahue is an experienced leader who drives revenue growth in both entrepreneurial and enterprise settings. Over the course of her career, Julie served in a number of senior roles in IBM’s financial, global strategy, security, and health care service areas in the U.S., Mexico, China and most recently Canada. Julie also served as senior vice president of Mainspring (purchased by IBM), led two start-ups and worked at Dun & Bradstreet and Cullinet Software. She has a BS in Economics from University of Pennsylvania.
AbleTo recently announced that it closed a $6 million Series B financing round led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. Tom Hawes, Sandbox Industries managing director, joined the company’s board of directors. .406 Ventures, which led AbleTo’s Series A just in May 2013, also participated in the round.
AbleTo (“able to”) works with health plans and employers to help individuals overcome emotional challenges brought on by medical events and life transitions. The company’s eight-week, evidence-based behavior change programs use a proven, best practice approach to help participants make measurable, lasting improvements in physical and mental health, leading to fewer unnecessary medical visits and reduced health care expenditures. All services are delivered remotely and securely using a video link or telephone. AbleTo is a privately held company based in New York, NY. For more information, please visit www.ableto.com.
NEW YORK, NY – March 18, 2014 – AbleTo, Inc., the leading provider of remotely delivered, behavior interventions for high-cost medical populations, announced that it closed a $6 million Series B financing led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. Tom Hawes, Sandbox Industries managing director, will join the company’s board of directors. .406 Ventures, which led AbleTo’s Series A just 10 months ago, also participated in the round.
“Over the past year, health plans have increasingly recognized AbleTo’s success identifying, engaging and delivering behavioral interventions that measurably improve a patient’s health while materially reducing the cost of care,” explained AbleTo CEO Michael Laskoff. “This has created exciting new opportunities, which the additional capital will allow us to pursue. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements over the coming months.”
Sandbox Industries Managing Director Tom Hawes added, “AbleTo’s behavioral interventions positively impact a patient’s state of mind and medical health while reducing financial burdens for health plans and plan sponsors. Sandbox Industries and Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners look forward to working with the company as it extends its offerings to a growing list of health plans.”
“In a short period of time, the company has built an outstanding team, expanded to all 50 states, added world class customers and achieved significant revenue,” said Liam Donohue, co-founder and general partner of .406 Ventures. “We have increasing conviction that AbleTo is uniquely positioned to play an increasingly important role in the evolving healthcare landscape. It is great to be part of company that so clearly improves a patient’s life and has such clear financial benefit – it’s a win-win.”
AbleTo (“able to”) works with health plans and employers to help individuals overcome emotional challenges brought on by medical events and life transitions. The Company’s eight-week, evidence-based behavior change programs use a proven, best practice approach to help participants make measurable, lasting improvements in physical and mental health, leading to fewer unnecessary medical visits and reduced healthcare expenditures. All services are delivered remotely and securely using a video link or telephone. AbleTo is a privately held company based in New York, NY; it completed a Series A financing round with .406 Ventures in May 2013. For more information, please visit www.ableto.com.
About .406 Ventures
.406 Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in innovative information technology and services companies founded by the finest entrepreneurs. .406 Ventures is led by a veteran team of industry entrepreneurs, operators and investors who apply real-world experience, deep industry knowledge and networks, and strong company-building skills to create value for entrepreneurs and investing partners. .406 Ventures is typically the lead, first institutional investor, in early-stage and de novo investments in healthcare IT and services, IT Security, Big Data, and cloud software companies. For more information, please visit www.406ventures.com.
About BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, L.P.
BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, L.P. is a $305 million corporate venture fund licensed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The fund invests in promising emerging companies of strategic relevance to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, please visit www.bcbsvp.com.
About Sandbox Industries
Sandbox Industries is a Chicago-based venture capital firm focused on bridging the gap between large, successful corporations and innovative emerging companies. Sandbox, founded in 2003, exclusively manages the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Fund. For more information, please visit www.sandboxindustries.com.
NEW YORK, NY – February 11, 2014 – AbleTo, Inc., the leading provider of remotely delivered, behavior change programs for lowering the cost of care associated with high utilization medical populations, announced that two new executives have joined the management team. Gerry Libertelli and Tom Brennan have assumed the roles of Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.
“Both Gerry and Tom have been highly successful entrepreneurs and each, in his respected discipline, brings a depth of professional experience that will help AbleTo manage rapid growth in the year ahead,” said Michael Laskoff, AbleTo’s CEO.
Libertelli states, “I am very excited by the opportunity to combine my passion for innovative technology with AbleTo’s mission-driven healthcare goals.” Brennan adds, “AbleTo has already established a strong set of business systems, and I look forward to further developing them in order to meet the challenges of rapid growth.”
About Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan is an accomplished startup executive with over twenty years of experience building and growing cloud-based businesses. He was a co-founder of and chief financial officer at OpenAir (acquired by NetSuite), a SaaS pioneer. Tom was also CFO at Visible Measures and CEO of Goshido. He has a BA in economics from the College of Holy Cross and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
About Gerry Libertelli
Gerry Libertelli is an Information Technology entrepreneur and innovator with more than two decades of experience deploying systems and software in startup environments. He was the founder and CEO of G. Triad Development and ReadyTechs, acquired by Computer Horizons (CHRZ) of Mountain Lakes, NJ and Computer Design and Integration of Teterboro NJ, respectively. Gerry has also been Technologist In Residence at General Catalyst Partners; he has a BA in political science from Seton Hall University.
AbleTo (“able to”) works with health plans and employers to help individuals overcome emotional challenges brought on by medical events and life transitions. The Company’s eight-week, evidence-based behavior change programs use a proven, best practice approach to help participants make measurable, lasting improvements in physical and mental health, leading to fewer unnecessary medical visits and reduced healthcare expenditures. All services are delivered remotely and securely using a video link or telephone. AbleTo is a privately held company based in New York, NY; it completed a Series A financing round with .406 Ventures in May of 2013. For more information, please visit www.ableto.com.