Payer

By Jonah Comstock June 30, 2016
Anthem Blue Cross, a BCBS plan that covers the state of California, is the first of several Anthem payers nationwide to launch a pilot with Kurbo Health to use its app and online coaching to help treat childhood obesity. The initial pilot includes 100 young patients. Anthem is also working with San Benito Medical Associates, a local provider in the California county with the highest incidence of...
By Jonah Comstock June 24, 2016
For the past decade or so, Portland, Oregon-based Zoom+ has been innovating around a simple idea: an integrated health system you can control with your phone. But developing that idea into a business has exposed CEO and cofounder Dr. Dave Sanders and his team to a number of challenges, many of which Sanders spoke about in his address at MobiHealthNews 2016 last week. The genesis of the company,...
By Brian Dolan June 17, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona-based Solera Health added another $4 million in funding from investors to help connect providers, payers and patients with diabetes prevention programs available in their area. The company announced $3 million in funding last November. Return backers BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Ventures participated in the new injection of funds as did new investor, social...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2016
Oscar Health’s step-tracking program isn’t just about improving member’s health, Holly Bui, Oscar's General Manager for California, said in a presentation at the MobiHealthNews 2016 event in San Francisco this week. It also improves members’ engagement with other offerings and helps keep a larger number of healthy people on the platform. “What we found is that step tracking is a little bit...
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...