Equip Partnership Adds Eating Disorder Support to Accolade's Trusted Partner Ecosystem
Accolade and Equip offer employers purpose-built integrations to address barriers to eating
Eating disorders, impacting nearly one in 10 Americans, are mental health illnesses with serious physical health implications and have the second highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders, following opioid addiction. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, eating disorder rates have risen dramatically, with hospital admissions doubling. Recovery from an eating disorder can take years, even decades, and can involve recurring relapses that require cycling in and out of higher levels of care at facilities that may have long waitlists for treatment availability.
"Eating disorders are underserved and complex conditions, and individuals and families often face a long and hard road to recovery," said Dr.
Equip connects each patient with a dedicated five-person, coordinated care team — including a medical physician, dietitian, therapist, peer mentor and family mentor. The team features a combination of clinical expertise and lived experience support from all racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identities — mirroring the range of individuals affected by eating disorders.
"For an illness that asks a person to fight their own brain at least six times a day, it's cruel to ask them to go through treatment alone," said
Equip's research-based model lowers costs for patients and their families while providing successful outcomes. After eight weeks of treatment, eight out of 10 patients report a reduction in eating disorder symptoms, almost three in four patients report improvements in mood, and 75% of families report feeling more confident in caring for their child.
Equip is in-network with major insurance plans and its network continues to grow. Equip's addition to Accolade's Trusted Partner Ecosystem will provide many Accolade customers with purpose-built integrations that help address barriers to eating disorder care while also raising awareness of their cost-saving, innovative virtual care model.
Launched in 2019, Accolade's Trusted Partner Ecosystem is the first in the industry to bring together multiple benefits solutions through a single front door for employers, which helps to simplify benefits and drive a more integrated experience for members. When employers work with Accolade's
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Equip is the leading virtual, evidence-based eating disorder treatment program on a mission to ensure that everyone with an eating disorder can access treatment that works. Created by clinical experts in the field and people with lived experience, Equip builds upon evidence-based treatments to empower individuals to reach lasting recovery. All Equip patients receive a dedicated care team, including a therapist, dietitian, physician, and mentors. The company operates in all 50 states and is partnered with most major health insurance plans. For more information, visit equip.health.
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