Payer

By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2016
Digital health and digital therapeutics will produce a tremendous amount of data, which could be the key to getting them reimbursed by payers, according to panelists at BIO 2016 last week. UCSF Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research Kathryn Phillips led a panel that included Rowan Chapman, managing director of new business ventures at GE Ventures; Evidation Health CEO Deborah...
By Jonah Comstock May 25, 2016
Wellth, a Brooklyn-based digital health company focused on improving patient adherence by paying people to make healthier choices, has raised $2 million. AXA Strategic Ventures (ASV), the venture arm of the multinational insurance firm AXA, led the round. B-Fore Capital, I2BF Venture Capital, Beta Bridge Ventures and AltaIR Capital also contributed. “We are seeing a lot of interest for our...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2016
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurer covering Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, has announced the 10 organizations that it will support financially in launching or developing telemedicine initiatives. The insurer first announced the program, which offers $3 million to non-profit organizations and government entities for "innovative programs using telemedicine to improve access...
By Jonah Comstock May 18, 2016
Aliso Viego, California-based Sentrian's remote patient monitoring program has been in a pilot with COPD patients at Anthem subsidiary CareMore for about six months, Sentrian founder and Chief Medical Officer Jack Kriendler told attendees at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Minneapolis this week. The results are encouraging. [Ed note: To learn more about CareMore's remote...
By Aditi Pai May 17, 2016
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has set limits on the monetary value of incentives that employers offer to employees and their spouses to convince them to contribute specific health information to a wellness program, according to the commission's final rules released this week. The rules take effect at the start of 2017. The final rules explain how employers that offer wellness...
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...