Payer

By Jonah Comstock October 13, 2016
Highmark, which is the fourth largest Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer in the US and covers patients in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, has tapped Denver-based Welltok to offer a rewards program to members in its Medicare Advantage Passport program.  Up until now, the Passport program has provider Highmark Medicare Advantage members with benefit information, savings opportunities and a...
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2016
App-enabled “full stack health plan” Zoom+, which offers telemedicine, walk-in clinics, and health insurance as an integrated, tech-enabled offering in the Portland, Oregon area, has launched a new feature, Zoom+Care Chat. The new feature allows Zoom+ users to get medical advice and even prescriptions via secure messaging and, ideally, will increase convenience for patients while also reducing...
By MobiHealthNews October 7, 2016
We've come to the end of the third quarter, so we at MobiHealthNews have looked into our archives and rounded up the major stories of the quarter for the hospital, pharma, and insurance sectors. Read on for provider, pharma, and payer news. Provider The third quarter of 2016 has provided a steady stream of provider news. From partnerships that blend traditional healthcare systems with digital...
By Heather Mack October 6, 2016
London-based BioBeats, which is developing a wellness solution for consumers using artificial intelligence, smartphones and wearable sensors, has completed a study on corporate stress and health with employees from financial services company BNP Paribas. A group of 560 BNP Paribas employees wore the (recently discontinued) Microsoft Band 2 to continuously measure various biometric measurements...
By Heather Mack October 5, 2016
New York-based Hometeam, a mobile-based, senior-focused home care company, announced they will begin accepting Medicaid in New York City. The new partnership will primarily focus on those who have Medicaid’s managed long-term care plans, which is about 150,000 people, but the service could also be used by the 15,000 people who are in dual managed care plans (through both Medicaid and another...
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...