Payer

By Jonah Comstock September 6, 2016
The problem of bias is one of the potential pitfalls of creating a healthcare price transparency tool. If the tool is offered by an insurer or a hospital, consumers might not trust that the data is fair and accurate, rather than intended to drive them to a particular provider.  Fair Health, which recently launched a new consumer-facing app in the state of Connecticut, has an advantage in this...
By Jonah Comstock September 1, 2016
NYC-based asynchronous telemedicine service Sherpaa quietly opened its doors this week to direct-to-consumer business. Previously, text message and app access to Sherpaa doctors was available only via an employer. "B2B is definitely our core right now, but we decided that after really refining our processes over the years and creating an entirely new delivery model that it was ready for prime...
By Heather Mack August 31, 2016
United Healthcare has made some updates to its Health4Me app to help make wading through health services a little less like a chore and more like spending time on any other mobile app. The updated Health4Me automatically sends care alerts to UnitedHealthcare plan participants if they are missing important medical treatments or tests. Several updates also help patients better follow treatment...
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. ...