Local health care innovators partner for new service model

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ADHD Online allows users access to diagnosis and treatment options from their own computers. Courtesy ADHD Online

Grand Rapids health companies HealthBar and ADHD Online entered a partnership to provide expanded health care services to Michigan school districts and self-insured employers. 

The partnership between nursing organization HealthBar and online mental health assessment resource ADHD Online will focus on providing confidential access to ADHD-related mental health services, improving the physical and mental wellness of covered individuals and reducing overall health care costs. 

With this new capability, school districts can start developing accommodation plans for affected students right away, rather than waiting months for health care professionals to complete similar assessments.  

“Because resources are so constrained, students often have to wait to get a diagnosis — sometimes even a full school year,” said Doug Landman, vice president of business development, ADHD Online. “This partnership helps families get expert answers about ADHD and related conditions within a few days and allows schools to start developing accommodation plans right away.  We don’t think families should have to wait to get the help their student needs.  And they shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars to get that help.”

These accommodation plans also can be used to justify additional in-class resources to provide help to students and ensure a better learning environment for every student in the classroom.

The partnership will deliver further-reduced health care costs for self-insured employers by extending the savings to cover mental health care. These services will help improve employee productivity and job satisfaction and reduce mental health care claims, lost time and employee turnover.

“This collaboration with HealthBar is the first step in bridging care between our patients in person and our telehealth providers,” Landman said. “As school gets going, we expect HealthBar nurses to begin being an additional set of eyes and ears for parents who think their child may have ADHD.”

HealthBar has been working with schools by providing on-site nursing programs since its inception. The company also has a history of serving local business services with on-demand preventive medical care and consultation focused on building healthy lifestyles, improving access and lowering cost – all aspects of care that will be realized in the company’s new collaboration. 

“HealthBar and ADHD Online offer highly complementary health care services,” said Michael Lomonaco, HealthBar director of sales and marketing. “Even better, we share a commitment to make it easier for patients to receive high-quality health care.” 

The partnership will only be available to current HealthBar customers, and both companies will continue to operate independently as they begin this collaboration. 

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