Payer

By Heather Mack August 25, 2016
Pear Therapeutics, a Boston and San Francisco-based developer of digital strategies to address a broad range of mental health conditions, has released results of a study showing promising engagement with its program Thrive, which uses a smartphone app along with medication to treat patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.  Thrive offers 24/7 patient monitoring...
By Heather Mack August 24, 2016
Private health insurance company Oscar, which caught on quickly with individuals due to its tech-savvy image and simplified online offerings, has pulled out of two markets. As of this week, the firm will no longer offer individual market plans through the Affordable Care Act in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and in New Jersey beginning January 1, 2017. Citing “uncertainties in those two markets” that...
By Heather Mack August 17, 2016
California residents under Anthem Blue Cross are now able to have video visits with a Spanish-speaking doctor for non-emergency needs through a partnership with LiveHealth Online, a telemedicine company that offers its service, Cuidado Medico, to both members and non-members of Anthem. “We all know how important it is to talk to a doctor in the language in which you’re most comfortable,” Anthem...
By Jonah Comstock August 11, 2016
MDSave, a Nashville, Tennessee-based healthcare transparency company, secured a $5 million investment from Cambia Health, a holding company that owns a number of large insurance plans, MobiHealthNews has learned.  “It was a strategic investment by Cambia to help MDSave expand our portfolio of our payer services that we offer,” MDSave CEO Paul Ketchel told MobiHealthNews. “We have a partnership...
By Heather Mack August 10, 2016
Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer Humana is now offering live, online mindfulness training programs to employers via wellness provider eMindful. The partnership will enable Humana to provide eMindful’s evidence-based mindfulness programs that aim to improve well-being for employees and reduce preventable risk factors that contribute to chronic health conditions. “In the fact-based world...
By Jonah Comstock August 10, 2016
According to a new report from the National Business Group on Health, nine in 10 large employers, in states where telemedicine is legal, will make telehealth services available to their employees next year, up from seven in 10 this year. The group's annual survey of 133 large employers, who altogether cover more than 15 million Americans, was conducted in May and June 2016. It indicated that...
By Heather Mack August 2, 2016
New York health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has partnered with Boston-based Wellframe to make Wellframe's mobile platform a part of its Health Care Improvement team. Excellus’s HCI team focuses on integrating care management and quality improvement programs to close gaps in care, and the partnership with Wellframe will help Excellus to achieve those goals through its mobile app. ...
By Heather Mack July 21, 2016
Amsterdam-based Royal Philips announced today that it acquired Wellcentive, an Atlanta, Georgia-based population health management software company, for an undisclosed amount.  Once the acquisition is complete, Wellcentive and its employees will become part of Philips’ Population Health Management business group. Under that sector, Philips currently offers enterprise telehealth, home monitoring,...
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2016
Nashville-based employee wellness company Healthways has divested itself from MeYou Health, its Boston-based innovation and digital health subsidiary. Rick Lee, a serial entrepreneur who sold early digital wellness platform Healthrageous to Humana in 2013, led a group of investors, including Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors, in an $11...
By Heather Mack July 15, 2016
As we do every quarter, MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q2 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories. This section is on payer-related digital health news.  CMS and other government payer-related digital health news from Q2 The Center for Medicaid Services announced a new expanded initiative for bringing value-based repayment to primary care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)...