Virgo Investment Group (“Virgo”) today announced an investment in Apricus Health, an innovative healthcare company created by a group of prominent Arizona physicians. This partnership aligns with Virgo’s focus on strategically expanding its portfolio within the health and wellness sectors.
Apricus Health was founded with the goal of transitioning healthcare practices to a value-based care model. The Apricus Health Network of primary care and specialty providers has been growing rapidly and now includes over 590 practitioners and 63 provider groups in 220 locations across Maricopa, Pinal, Coconino, and Yavapai, Arizona counties. Comprehensive services include in-office visits, telehealth, personal care navigators, remote patient monitoring and free home delivery of medications. Patients have access to quality healthcare 24/7, and the ability to choose when and how they receive care.
“We believe the time has come for the healthcare industry to accelerate its adoption of the next wave of innovation such as telehealth, care navigation and connected care technology in a value-based setting to improve healthcare access and the patient experience,” said Pooja Goel, managing director overseeing the healthcare portfolio at Virgo Investment Group. “Apricus Health integrates innovative technology alongside high-touch service to improve healthcare outcomes and we expect to see the company continue to grow across Arizona and beyond.”
Apricus Health has a special focus on Senior Health Management and has developed a unique care model where each senior is assigned a dedicated team which includes a care navigator to help them traverse the complexity of healthcare and address their social determinants of health. Patients with chronic conditions are given remote monitoring devices and enrolled in a proactive chronic care management program, leading to improved outcomes and lower hospitalizations and healthcare spending.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently awarded Apricus Health approval to operate a Direct Contracting Entity (DCE), a cutting-edge value-based care model that adds Benefit Enhancements and Benefit Engagement incentives for Medicare patients. Implementation is underway now and full operations start April 1, 2021. Apricus Health plans to extend its participation in DCE programs in other states in 2022.
“The demand for convenient care either at home or near home that’s focused on managing chronic conditions and keeping patients healthy is growing across the country,” said Dr. Kishlay Anand, president and founder of Apricus Health. “Our partnership with Virgo provides us with the opportunity to further expand this care model to additional communities in Arizona and across the U.S.”