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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,...
By MHN Staff April 14, 2016
As we do every quarter, MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q1 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories. This section is on payer-related digital health news. Skip ahead using these links to read Q1 roundups focused on providers, pharma, M&A and funding. Public payers HS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced at the tail end of the quarter that Medicare will cover the Diabetes Prevention...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2016
CMS has announced a new expanded initiative for bringing value-based repayment to primary care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care program introduced in 2012, but will expand the program to a larger number of practices and includes some tweaks to the model.  “Strengthening primary care is critical to an effective health care system,” said...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2016
While large hospitals and health systems launch many of the pilots and implementations of digital health in their specialist care wings, primary care is still the first step on most patients' healthcare journeys. And the same move to value based care that is creating opportunities for so many health tech companies, can place an undue burden on independent primary care providers. “If you want to...
By Aditi Pai April 6, 2016
Minneapolis-based tech-savvy payer Bright Health has raised $80 million in a round led by Bessemer Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from Flare Capital Partners. Bright Health is led by a team of experienced healthcare executives. The company’s CEO Bob Sheehy was previously the CEO of UnitedHealthcare. Kyle Rolfing, Bright Health’s president, is the...
By Aditi Pai April 5, 2016
Remote monitoring joint venture MedWand announced today at the HxRefactored event in Boston that a payer in Wisconsin has already filled an order for its device, which is still just a prototype. MedWand is a partnership between direct primary care company MedLion and engineering design firm Cypher Scientific. MedWand debuted its remote diagnostic device of the same name, at CES earlier this year...
By Aditi Pai March 29, 2016
The percentage of Humana employees in a low-risk range for chronic conditions, who were also engaged in HumanaVitality, the payer’s employee wellness offering, increased by 24.4 percent, according to The HumanaVitality Impact Study. The study is a retrospective of healthcare usage and claims data for 8,000 members over three years. Humana only included members who were with the program for at...
By Jonah Comstock March 28, 2016
Piggybacking on a Wall Street Journal story about how Castlight Health uses health data to drive healthcare savings for employers, The New York Times editorial board called Sunday for federal protections that would prevent employers from hiring or firing based on an employee's health data. "[A] group of legal scholars has called for federal legislation that would bar companies from hiring or...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2016
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that Medicare will cover the Diabetes Prevention Program, including digital versions like Omada Health’s. This marks the first time a preventative model from a CMS Innovation Center has been expanded into the Medicare program. “This program has been shown to reduce health care costs and help prevent diabetes, and is one that Medicare, employers and...