Kura MD Enters Network Agreement with Coventry

Injured workers will now be able to meet with physicians specialized in workers’ compensation injuries by phone or video when their employers participate in Coventry’s telemedicine program.

According to an announcement provided to MHW, Coventry is expanding its PPO Network offering to include Telemedicine network partners such as Kura MD. This use of telemedicine will initially be through Coventry’s nurse triage service, NT24.

“Employers face rising medical expenses for their workers who can be impacted by inefficient utilization of healthcare resources when seeking care following an injury on the job,” said Kevin Hamm, Kura MD’s chief executive officer. “Kura MD’s goal is to provide injured workers greater access to medical services by offering healthcare via our virtual medical clinic. Individuals with a work related injury can access Kura MD by phone or online via secure video using a smartphone, tablet, or computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

According to the AMA more than 70% of injury claims do not require clinical intervention. Unfortunately, without an orchestrated injury triage and care model, overutilization of health services regularly occurs causing delays in access to care, and excess expenses which ultimately translate to higher claim costs for employers. Coventry sees Kura MD’s virtual medical clinic as a powerful tool to help manage these costs.

“Kura MD’s turnkey employer-based telehealth platform saves time and expense by providing injured workers with immediate access to care, avoiding costly delays and unnecessary emergency room and urgent care visits,” said Doug Sumaraga, Kura MD’s chief operating officer. Most cases can be resolved via a telemedicine visit without the employee needing an in-office visit,” he said.

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