New York and Emeryville, Calif. - After the completion of a successful 18-month pilot, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and RelayHealth Corp. are expanding the RelayHealth webVisit service to all members of Empire's HMO plan.Beginning July 1, 2006 more than 400,000 HMO members will have access to RelayHealth's Web-enabled doctor visits. As part of the expansion agreement, Empire will also make RelayHealth available to all of its national Administrative Services Only (ASO) accounts as a new benefit.
RelayHealth webVisits enable doctors to be paid $25 for Internet-based online consultations using secure and advanced technology. More than 300 physician members of CPPN, the physician/provider managed care organization of Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan, and 3,000 of their patients have been participating in the pilot program since the fall of 2005.
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