Medicaid

By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2017
A new report on telemental health in Health Affairs shows that, among rural Medicare beneficiaries, use of telemedicine for mental health is growing quickly but inconsistently across the population. The piece is meant to provide perspectives for legislatures as they consider increasing Medicare coverage of telemedicine. “We found that from 2004 to 2014 there was rapid growth nationwide in...
By Heather Mack April 27, 2017
While it is impossible to call any one method of patient engagement “tried and true,” texting as a means of getting people to play an active role in their healthcare has been a successful strategy in many cases, ranging from diabetes management to depression. That’s Encino, California-based mPulse Mobile’s forte, and the company has now attracted the attention of Harvard Medical School...
By Bill Siwicki April 26, 2017
The Center for Connected Health Policy has released the fifth edition of its State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report. CCHP uncovered many notable findings in the new report. Perhaps chief among those: 48 states and Washington, D.C., provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for-service.  Specifically, 13 states reimburse for store-and-forward delivered...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2017
Fifty-two percent of Michigan Medicaid recipients own a smartphone and 64 percent own a laptop, but only 40 percent own a tablet. Those are some of the many insights from a phone survey of 900 Medicaid consumers conducted by the Michigan Public Health Institute and presented today by MPHI Health Engagement Manager James Bell III at the Pop Health Forum in Boston. “With the data we captured we’re...
By Heather Mack April 3, 2017
Healthcare communications software companies Sense Health and Voxiva have merged to form Wellpass, a messaging platform to connect payers, providers and the patients they serve. By joining forces, the two companies are blending sizable customer bases and an experience working with the complex organization structures of Medicaid programs. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed....
By Heather Mack February 13, 2017
San Francisco-based ConsejoSano, which makes a health services navigation platform for Spanish speakers in America, has raised $4.9 million in Series A funding in a round led by 7wire Ventures. Tufts Health Ventures, TOTAL Impact Capital, Wanxiang Healthcare Investments, Acumen, Oxeon Partners and Impact Engine also contributed, bringing the company’s total funding to date at $7.2 million. The...
By MobiHealthNews January 20, 2017
Healthcare wasn’t exactly priority number one in President Donald Trump’s inaugural address this morning. In fact, despite the apparently looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the only reference to healthcare in the whole speech was a vague promise, buried with two or three other vague promises, to "to free the Earth from the miseries of disease”. Whether this is a veiled promise to increase...
By Heather Mack October 5, 2016
New York-based Hometeam, a mobile-based, senior-focused home care company, announced they will begin accepting Medicaid in New York City. The new partnership will primarily focus on those who have Medicaid’s managed long-term care plans, which is about 150,000 people, but the service could also be used by the 15,000 people who are in dual managed care plans (through both Medicaid and another...
By Heather Mack July 6, 2016
Healthcare-focused mobile communications company mPulse Mobile has released the findings of a three-month study evaluating its interactive, two-way text message program with a Medicare and Medicaid plan in Southern California. The Encino, California-based mPulse teamed up with Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and sent text messages tailored to 17,000 newly enrolled IEHP members based on...
By Jonah Comstock May 31, 2016
When the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) payment model, the announcement was mired by protestations from prominent investor and Venrock partner and former White House policy advisor Dr. Bob Kocher and former National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari, who called out CMS for excluding ACOs from the initiative. On...