PORTSMOUTH, NH – PursueCare and ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care have partnered to launch an integrated telehealth addiction and mental health treatment model serving populations across ClearChoiceMD’s New England footprint. This program is being piloted in Portsmouth, NH, with the potential for future roll-out to other centers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
ClearChoiceMD has played an active role in addressing community care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering on-site testing and its own virtual care visits. The collaborative program brings a convenient and immediate addiction and mental health treatment resource into communities that have been historically underserved. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine are among the states with the highest rates of opioid-involved overdose deaths in the country.
Treatment begins with patients pre-screened on-site by ClearChoiceMD medical staff. Those in need of substance use disorder treatment and/or mental health care receive any necessary physical exams and lab work at ClearChoiceMD before transitioning into PursueCare’s integrated telehealth program. PursueCare’s peer-recovery and care coordination experts introduce the virtual Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) model to patients while helping them get started with their personalized care team via a smartphone app.
The PursueCare program begins with a virtual assessment and continues with MAT, addiction counseling, behavioral therapy, and psychiatric care through video sessions. Medications are shipped directly to patients from the company’s Joint Commission accredited pharmacy. At-home toxicology screening ensures adherence and safety.
Throughout the course of care, ClearChoiceMD medical staff collaborate with PursueCare’s treatment team to address any in-person needs that arise and confirm that overall health goals are being met.
Both companies feel they can better address the troubling rise of opioid misuse in the region by working together. “Urgent care and walk-in centers play a vital role in community access to timely treatment,” said Nick Mercadante, CEO of PursueCare. “Evidence shows these centers are a front door for addiction and mental health care. ClearChoiceMD has set itself apart as a leader in addressing local patient needs. By working together, we can rapidly, safely, and securely get more patients into the right care at the right time.”
“The recent collaboration with PursueCare has been seamless. We are excited about the partnership and the implementation of PursueCare in our urgent care centers to continue to strive in making a difference in the lives of our patients and our communities,” said Joseph Sicard, MPAS, PA-C, Director of Clinical Operations & Chief Compliance Officer ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care.
Both ClearChoiceMD and PursueCare are currently accepting new patients.
PursueCare has rapidly established itself as a leader in technology-enabled tele-MAT programs for Opioid and Substance Use Disorder. The company is currently serving patients in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, with imminent plans to expand into neighboring states. PursueCare provides partnering hospitals, health systems, community health centers, urgent and primary care centers with a transitional telehealth addiction treatment program that can be offered to patients who would otherwise not receive comprehensive services on site. Services are billed to patient insurance and come at no cost to partners. Early treatment data is promising, with 85% of patients remaining in treatment for 90 days or longer. The average time to start care is less than one day.
Our mission is to provide our communities affordable, compassionate, exceptional patient care. ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care is physician-owned and physician-led; that’s what sets us apart from other urgent care centers. This means that the business is run with patient care at the forefront. Doctors know how important exceptional, expedient care is and you will experience nothing less at our centers. ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care is dedicated to meeting all the needs of the community, from infant to elders, school to industry and everywhere in between.