Sept. 5, 2017 – Care1st Health Plan Arizona (Care1st), a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) company, recently announced the launch of its Pacify mobile app pilot program. The initiative is currently available to its Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) (Medicaid) members who are expectant mothers and up to 12 months postpartum.
This innovative partnership between Pacify Health, Inc. and Care1st is the first Pacify app initiative offered by an AHCCCS (Medicaid) plan in the state. Care1st was also chosen to be the inaugural WellCare health plan to kick start this unique program.
The Pacify app is a live video chat service, available 24/7 through smartphones, that provides new mothers immediate access to certified providers including lactation consultants and nutritionists. Mothers can receive breastfeeding support as well as guidance related to any health issues their babies may be experiencing such as colic, digestion, transitioning to solid foods and more. Care1st believes that new mothers need extra support during this important time in their infant’s growth and development.
“We understand how important these early years are to both mothers and their young children when instilling healthy habits that will affect a lifetime,” said Scott Cummings, state president of Care1st. “This collaboration is exciting because it will aid us as we strive to promote the health and wellness of our members in a more interactive and modern way.”
The Pacify app also features push notifications that appear regularly on the mobile devices of registered members. These helpful alerts include health and safety tips that are beneficial to both mothers and their babies.
“The Pacify mobile app will provide immediate, cutting-edge support for new moms at the touch of a button,” said George Brandes, co-founder and chief operating officer of Pacify Health, Inc. “Care1st members will now have an unprecedented level of access to care, with video-enabled consults available even in the middle of the night and on weekends when there aren’t a lot of other options.”