Payer

By Heather Mack February 6, 2017
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and most people are already on their way towards that fate: 99 percent of the population has at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks. In addition to being incredibly common, it’s costly – racking up $207 billion per year in medical expenditures and lost productivity. But a new study suggests workplace programs that...
By Heather Mack February 1, 2017
Chronic disease prevention and management company Solera Health has partnered with Blue Shield of California to offer Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) to commercial health plan members. Blue Shield members can access the Solera program –  which offers both digital and in-person programs through a network of 1,000 CDC- recognized DPPs, – at no extra cost through Wellvolution, Blue Shield’s...
By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2017
Denver, Colorado-based Spoke Health, a startup that makes a platform called SurgeryHub to help employees find lower prices for surgery, has launched out of stealth mode with an undisclosed round of seed funding. The round comes from a combination of angel investors, friends and family, and the managing director of a private equity fund. Spoke Health is aiming to tackle the process of healthcare...
By Heather Mack January 18, 2017
Employee wellbeing and engagement programs are becoming more of a top priority for employers, although just how to integrate them into a work culture isn’t always clear, according to a recent survey from wellness and engagement company Virgin Pulse. Among a pool of 600 human resources and benefits leaders, the survey found 78 percent of respondents believe wellbeing is a key component of their...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
Joyable, a San Francisco-based behavioral health technology startup has layed off 20 people (half its staff) and pivoted its business, with plans to refocus on its enterprise emloyee wellness offering rather than the direct-to-consumer business that has been the company's main focus up until now. Fortune broke the news. "We let a number of talented people and friends go this week," CEO Peter...
By Heather Mack January 14, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has deemed certain therapeutic continuous blood glucose meters (CGMs) as durable medical equipment and thus are eligible for coverage. It’s not all cut and dry, of course. Eligible devices must fit several definitions: they must be a class III, FDA-approved device, and they must be CGMs that measure blood glucose levels periodically by using sensors...
By Heather Mack January 13, 2017
Health Savings Account provider HSA Health Plan has partnered with Boston-based Wellable, an employer wellness company, to offer an incentive program to its members. Wellable’s digital, customizable wellness platform is built around wearable devicces and mobile apps, and through the partnership, HSA Health Plan members will be offered a Garmin vivoki. If they take at least 8,000 steps per day on...
By MHN Staff January 13, 2017
From groundbreaking legislation on chronic condition management and telemedicine to partnerships with innovative technology companies, payers made gains towards playing a larger role in digital health advancements in 2016. Previously, we rounded up all payer-related news for the first quarter, the second, and third, and here is our list of all coverage in the last quarter of 2016.   Taking...
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina-based Proactive MD, which offers onsite health management services to employers (including full direct primary care services) has acquired Charlotte, North Carolina-based Verimoov, an employee wellness and patient engagement company offering a mobile app to track employees' movement and activity. The terms of the acquisition were undisclosed. "It is our vision to...
By Jonah Comstock January 5, 2017
San Francisco-based Castlight Health, which offers consumers a personalized health shopping platform, has announced the strategic acquisition of Mountain View, California-based digital health benefits platform Jiff. Castlight will pay about $135 million in the form of 27 million Castlight shares and options issued to Jiff equity holders. The two companies are both relatively early entrants into...