Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to InnovaTel Telepsychiatry, a provider of virtual mental health care with differentiated expertise in treating complex conditions, in its acquisition by Quartet Health, a tech-enabled mental health care company that works with health plans, systems, and provider groups to deliver speed to quality care for all.
The acquisition of InnovaTel will help Quartet develop market-leading care delivery capabilities to complement its existing ecosystem of high-performing clinicians who practice in-network on behalf of health insurance plans. InnovaTel will also expand its reach to serve members of health plans and systems nationwide through this partnership. Over time, the two companies will expand their virtual care delivery capabilities to more than 30 states by the end of 2022, with an initial focus on providing timely and high-quality access to care for those with serious mental illnesses.
With a shared approach on what defines “quality mental care,” the two companies will leverage Quartet’s four measurement domains – speed to care in hours and days; a seamless patient and clinician experience; improved health outcomes; and lower costs – to develop actionable insights to measure and reward quality physician care.
As one of the nation’s leaders in virtual psychiatric care delivery, InnovaTel has 130 clinicians on staff, 51 percent of whom are prescribers, and 27 percent of whom are clinicians of color. The company’s model of working with community mental health centers to get patients in-network mental health care has improved the capacity to treat patients with mental health needs by anywhere from 5x to 10x.
Nathaniel Lacktman, partner and chair of Foley’s Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team, stated, “We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with InnovaTel the last several years. InnovaTel’s leadership has positioned the company for success not only in this transaction, but for improving mental health for patients across the country.”
“We are thrilled to come together with Quartet Health to build a comprehensive, nationwide solution to help all people – across insurance types and clinical needs – obtain timely access to high-quality care,” said Jonathan Evans, clinical psychologist and InnovaTel’s president and CEO. “We are thankful to the Foley team for their telehealth and overall healthcare industry experience that allowed us to feel confident in this deal.”
The Foley team was led by Partner Nathaniel Lacktman, with support from Senior Counsel Hannah Zaitlin and Associate Matt Deegan.
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