We’re on a mission to create a new kind of care built on human connection. Advancing it means making continual investments across our full experience. Explore our progress in building a configurable social care platform that drives health outcomes.
Trust and safety
We’ve added and improved features to enable a scalable, sustainable, and safe social care platform.
We established Community Standards aligned with our core values and require Papa Pals to agree to these and other Papa guidelines, each time they accept a visit.
Background checks beyond industry standards
Manual, white glove reviews of prospective Papa Pals’ histories have been incorporated into our background check process, along with standard reporting.
Enhanced safety education
Real-time visit monitoring
Enhanced Papa Pal app location tracking allows our dedicated Visit Success team to monitor in real-time ensuring visits are filled and member expectations are met.
Detection of visit anomalies
Visits are reviewed and audited for anomalies (e.g., duration, distance) and Papa Pals can be immediately paused/suspended/banned, if needed.
We’ve added and improved features to attract and retain high-quality Papa Pals and create frictionless member experiences.
Papa Pal Advisors
We’ve established Papa Pal Advisors, a group of top-performing Papa Pals, like Lauren, to surface best practices and gather feedback.
Papa Pal Central
Papa Pals now have a one-stop-shop for all on-demand educational content that is simple to navigate and easy to refer to.
Preferred Pal scheduling
Did you know that over half of all visits are completed by “Preferred Pals”? Preferred Pals now receive push notifications when their member requests a visit so they can easily accept.
In-app health plan resources
Via our Papa Pal app resources feature, Papa Pals now have in-app access to a list of relevant health plan resources for easy member education and guidance.
Outcomes and impact
We’ve added and improved features that enable our care force to impact health outcomes and surface relevant social insights to you.
Earlier assessment of member needs
Papa now assesses members for loneliness, health status, and social needs during sign-up to enable prescriptive Papa Pal support.
Understand members’ living situation
For Papa members that live alone, 67% have trouble picking up medications. We now capture members’ “living situation” at registration to guide Papa Pal support.
Enhanced data ingestion capabilities
We’ve improved and automated file ingestion processes to allow for more flexibility in how we accept information, reducing errors and involvement of your teams.
Streamlined member risks and care gaps
When surfacing member needs to our social care navigators or your team, we’re taking care to ensure they’re accurate, impactable, and drive toward expected results.
All of this builds on the existing capabilities of the Papa platform:
A national network of empathetic Papa Pals provide in-person and telephonic companionship plus in-person assistance with everyday tasks. Papa Pals give your members the vital social support they want and need with a helping hand and an open ear, resulting in less loneliness and better health.
Social care navigation
A powerful combination of virtual navigation from social care experts and in-person support from trusted Papa Pals enables timely interventions and closed-loop care. Deepen the impact of your Papa program by adding social care navigation to your core companionship package.
“Social Care Navigation supports our team and members unlike any way we’ve seen before.”
–Vice President at Fallon Health
Reaching for Health Equity
Read Papa’s research about the impact of social support services on the overall health of DSNP members.
Rx:Human, Spring 2023
In this issue, we explore the financial and non-financial impacts of health inequity, answer your pressing questions on SDoH, and look at some of the steps the federal government is taking toward health equity.