Payer

By Jonah Comstock October 3, 2016
Quartet Health, a behavioral health startup that raised $40 million in a round led by Google Ventures in April, has struck a deal with Premera Blue Cross in Washington, the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest. As it has in previous payer partnerships, Quartet Health will help primary care physicians pinpoint which patients may need behavioral health support. Primary care physicians can...
By Heather Mack September 29, 2016
It should come as no shock to anyone that consumers want more from health insurers, but what exactly do they want? For starters, they need health insurers to develop new ways of interacting with them, according to a recent survey by health technology company Health Edge and market consulting company Porter Research. In an online survey of 2,500 people across the United States who had health...
By Heather Mack September 27, 2016
Beginning this fall, Aetna will combine Apple’s consumer tech offerings with its analytics-based wellness and care management programs by integrating several iOS-exclusive health initiatives. First off, the company will make the Apple Watch available to some of its large employers and individual members during open enrollment season, and will be subsidizing part of the cost. Aetna will also be...
By Jonah Comstock September 27, 2016
Cigna has greatly expanded its telehealth offerings, adding AmericanWell to its existing offering of MDLive, the companies announced this morning. While the health insurer has been offering MDLive's service to members since 2013, they will now add AmWell, branded "AmWell for Cigna" both as a standard telehealth benefit for most of its employee health plans and many of its individual plans as well...
By Heather Mack September 20, 2016
In today’s healthcare environment, insurers may see the value of digital health, but decades-old infrastructure, workflows and IT departments may be holding them back from fully embracing the technological innovations that doctors and patients want and need. And breaking through those roasblocks starts with asking the patients what they want. During the Healthcare Innovation Summit at Stanford...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2016
At the Digital Medicine Connect in Boston this week, presenters wrestled with the question of what it would take to spur wider adoption of digital therapies. With Omada CEO Sean Duffy on the panel, it’s not surprising that one common answer — more and better efficacy data — came up. But also, speakers including Vidya Raman-Tangella, head of United Healthcare’s Innovation Center of Excellence and...
By Jonah Comstock September 8, 2016
HMS Holdings, which owns a number of subsidiaries providing software tools for payers, has acquired Essette, a web-based care management platform which helps payers and providers with population health management and patient engagement. The acquisition was a cash deal and the purchase price was $20 million. “Essette is a market leader, with a demonstrated track record of supplying payers with...
By Jonah Comstock September 6, 2016
The problem of bias is one of the potential pitfalls of creating a healthcare price transparency tool. If the tool is offered by an insurer or a hospital, consumers might not trust that the data is fair and accurate, rather than intended to drive them to a particular provider.  Fair Health, which recently launched a new consumer-facing app in the state of Connecticut, has an advantage in this...
By Jonah Comstock September 1, 2016
NYC-based asynchronous telemedicine service Sherpaa quietly opened its doors this week to direct-to-consumer business. Previously, text message and app access to Sherpaa doctors was available only via an employer. "B2B is definitely our core right now, but we decided that after really refining our processes over the years and creating an entirely new delivery model that it was ready for prime...
By Heather Mack August 31, 2016
United Healthcare has made some updates to its Health4Me app to help make wading through health services a little less like a chore and more like spending time on any other mobile app. The updated Health4Me automatically sends care alerts to UnitedHealthcare plan participants if they are missing important medical treatments or tests. Several updates also help patients better follow treatment...