Kaia adds in-person physical therapy through partnership

As digital health companies add musculoskeletal care services to their platforms, Kaia Health is looking to do something different by bringing care into patients’ homes. The company recently struck a partnership with Luna On-Demand Physical Therapy to let patients schedule in-person appointments at their home or workplace.

Luna, which is headquartered in Menlo Park, says it has more than 1,000 licensed physical therapists.  Patients can schedule appointments with extended hours, and can continue to see the same physical therapist over time. Luna takes most major insurance plans, including Medicare, and  self-pay visits cost $125.

“Partnering with Kaia Health is consistent with our philosophy of using digital care when appropriate and as an entry point for structured, in-person MSK pain therapy according to patient need,” Luna Co-Founder and Head of Clinical Services Palak Shah said in a news release. “With Luna, Kaia Health solves accessibility issues by bringing physical therapy to members at home, on their own schedule. Delivering personalized and effective therapy in this way maximizes engagement and patient outcomes.”

The in-person visits would pair with Kaia’s digital health platform, which uses computer vision technology to help patients track their exercises through a smartphone. Kaia also offers coaching and video visits with physical therapists.

More recently, Kaia expanded into case review services. It’s looking to work more closely with healthcare providers surrounding physical therapy, such as primary care physicians and specialists. Kaia offers a data dashboard to help them follow their patients’ progress, and also pitches itself as a way to refer patients to rehab after a procedure.

Earlier this year, Kaia raised $75 million in funding, which it plans to put toward this effort. In the meantime, its competitors are also growing.

A recent funding round gave Hinge Health a $6.2 billion valuation, which it plans to put toward its musculoskeletal care platform and new hires. Other digital health companies are looking to bundle together virtual physical therapy platforms with a suite of services for chronic conditions.

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