Innovative resource highlights importance of applying clinical
best practices worldwide
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2014--
WellPoint, Inc., (NYSE: WLP) one of the nation’s largest health benefits
companies, today announced it has worked with Critical Measures, a
national firm supporting cross-cultural health care, to offer an
educational resource for physicians on the importance of a concerted
approach to worldwide disease.
Recent events stemming from the Ebola virus have highlighted the need
for physicians to know how to practice global medicine. Yet studies show
that little curricula exist on this emerging clinical discipline, and
many health care professionals in the U.S. have little formal training
in the area.
In a proactive effort to help physicians in its affiliated health plan
networks better understand the principles of global medicine, WellPoint
worked with Critical Measures to make available a new e-learning
resource that presents case studies and methods for applying
evidence-based guidelines in a globally connected and mobile world.
Today, more than one billion people travel internationally each year.
According to the National Institutes for Health, the need to practice
global medicine stems from two major problems: increased exposure to
diseases of foreign origin resulting from increased international
travel; and the tendency to treat diseases sharing the same symptoms as
having a domestic origin when they could have stemmed from a foreign
WellPoint is pleased to offer Critical Measures’ Viewpoints: Clinical
Competence in a Globally Mobile World, an online resource developed
with the input of Dr. Patricia Walker and Dr. William Stauffer, two
nationally renowned medical specialists on immigrant health and
infectious diseases. The course offers six interactive, cross-cultural
patient case studies. Although each patient has similar symptoms – such
as fever and flu-like conditions – the diagnoses are radically
different. Through this online training resource, physicians are
educated about how diseases of foreign origin could potentially affect a
patient’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Viewpoints is the first continuing medical education (CME)
accredited e-learning program in the U.S. on the subject of global
medicine. It is accredited by the University of Minnesota's Continuing
Medical Education Program and offers six hours of credit in Category One
CME from the American Medical Association.
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a
forward-thinking company like WellPoint,” said David Hunt, president and
CEO of Critical Measures. “They saw the need for this program long
before the current concerns about Ebola appeared in the news. Now
WellPoint affiliated health plan members can benefit from their
physicians’ new knowledge and skills.”
Physicians in WellPoint’s affiliated health plan networks can access the
online course via the provider portals on the respective health plan
“We’ve always been committed to promoting optimal care for our members,
and in our increasingly connected world that means recognizing the
importance of a global perspective on evidence-based, clinical
approaches to illness, whether here in the U.S. or abroad,” said Sam
Nussbaum, MD, and EVP and chief medical officer for WellPoint. “We
embrace this opportunity to help educate health care professionals on
how best to do that in the context of our extended global community.”
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint is working to transform health care with trusted and caring
solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and
services that give their members access to the care they need. With
nearly 69 million people served by its affiliated companies, including
more than 37 million enrolled in its family of health plans, WellPoint
is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. WellPoint
companies serve members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; and
as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensees for Colorado, Connecticut,
Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in
the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue
Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and
surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield
licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding
the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In
most of these service areas, WellPoint does business as Anthem Blue
Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the
New York service areas). It also serves customers in other states
through its Amerigroup, CareMore and UniCare subsidiaries. To find out
more about WellPoint, go to wellpoint.com.
About Critical Measures, LLC.
Critical Measures is a national, management consulting and training
organization that specializes in cross-cultural health care. Critical
Measures has worked with leading American hospitals and health plans on
issues of racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of medical care,
language access for Limited English Proficient and deaf and hard of
hearing patients and medical disparities resulting from globally mobile
populations. Articles on its work have appeared in Health Affairs,
the AMA News, Managed HealthCare Executive, the Hispanic
Business Journal and Frontiers, the official magazine of the
American College of Health Care Executives. In 2013, Critical Measures
was selected by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of America as its
primary vendor for cultural competence consulting and training services.
Visit Critical Measures online at: www.cmelearning.com
Source: WellPoint, Inc.
David Hunt, 612-746-1375