Virginia Mason Partners with Carena to Provide Insurance Billing for Virtual Clinic Visits

Virtual healthcare provider Carena announced a partnership with Virginia Mason Health System to offer insurance billing to Virginia Mason Virtual Care Clinic patients insured by Regence BlueShield.

Carena is Virginia Mason’s clinical and technology partner, powering its Virtual Care Clinic. The extension of the partnership into insurance billing marks a first for Carena and makes low-cost virtual care even more accessible for the 40,000 Virginia Mason patients currently covered by Regence BlueShield.

“We are excited to kick off virtual care insurance billing with a trusted partner in our home market,” said Carena President and CEO Ralph C. Derrickson. “Empowering Regence BlueShield members to apply their insurance benefits for care delivered through Virginia Mason Virtual Clinic opens the door to superb virtual care for even more patients.”

“We have a moral imperative to make health care better, more accessible, and more affordable,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, M.D. “Our collaboration with Carena underscores our commitment to these goals and to always meeting the needs of our patients.”

Carena, a McKesson Ventures portfolio company, designs and operates virtual clinics for health systems. Seattle-based Carena has offered on-demand primary care services since 2000.

Virginia Mason is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest.

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