Payer

By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
American Well announced a new enterprise telehealth service at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference in Minneapolis this morning. The new service, called the Exchange, will allow payers and providers who use white-labelled American Well telehealth services to offer their care to one another.  “We typically work with large health insurance companies and large health systems and...
By Jonah Comstock May 16, 2016
UnitedHealthcare has been offering video visits through Doctor on Demand and American Well for nearly six months now, since the start of the year. At a panel at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Minneapolis, representatives from all three companies reported on their experiences with the partnership and also shared some thoughts about the future of telemedicine. Karen Scott,...
By Aditi Pai May 16, 2016
Highmark, a Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated payer, has announced a collaboration with connected behavioral health company Quartet Health. Highmark will initially roll out the program for members in Western Pennsylvania. “Physical and mental health go hand-in-hand, but recent studies have highlighted difficulties in coordinating treatment of both,” Highmark Health Plan President Deborah Rice-...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2016
Mobile healthcare payment startup Simplee has raised $20 million in a round led by Social Capital. American Express contributed as a strategic investor and existing investors 83North and Heritage Group also participated in the round. The round more than doubles the company's funding, bringing it up to $36 million to date. "We define ourselves as a fintech player that operates in healthcare," CEO...
By Jonah Comstock May 10, 2016
Amino, a San Francisco-based startup that uses claims data to help consumers choose a doctor, announced today that it now has access to Medicare claims data and has been certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create new healthcare quality measures focused on the healthcare consumer experience. The company uses a database of billions of patient-doctor interactions to match...
By Aditi Pai May 10, 2016
Livongo, the mobile-enabled diabetes management company, has raised a strategic investment from Humana to support the company’s growth. Update: Humana invested $5 million in Livongo. Prior to this investment, Livongo has raised at least $82.5 million to date. Just last month, the company announced a $44.5 million raise. Existing investors include Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, Cowen Private...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2016
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its 1,425-page Managed Care Final Rule, a long-awaited update to CMS bylaws which, according to CMS, “aligns key rules with those of other health insurance coverage programs, modernizes how states purchase managed care for beneficiaries, and strengthens the consumer experience and key consumer protections.” In part, the rule opens the door...
By Jonah Comstock April 21, 2016
Provata Health, an Oregon-based digital health company focused on employee wellness, published findings from a multi-year study showing that Provata's Healthy Team Healthy U program reduced weight, high blood pressure, poor sleep quality, and stress among a large, diverse employee population. The study was published in the journal "Frontiers in Public Health". The health program is a 12-session...
By Aditi Pai April 21, 2016
Humana has launched an Apple Watch-enabled version of its existing mail order pharmacy app, called the Humana Pharmacy App. The iPhone version of the Humana Pharmacy app allows users to refill prescription by scanning a barcode, take a picture of the pill bottle to switch to Humana pharmacy or watch a video about the medication, update communication preferences, and manage prescriptions....
By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2016
Amy McDonough, Vice President and General Manager at Fitbit Wellness, testified before a congressional hearing last week in a session entitled “Innovations in Health Care: Exploring Free-Market Solutions for a Healthy Workforce”. The hearing itself was somewhat scattered in terms of its focus, as the representatives took every opportunity to defend or take potshots at the Affordable Care Act,...