Payer

By Brian Dolan July 8, 2015
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) Yesterday the state of Delaware became the 29th among these United States to have a telehealth parity law hit its books. Coincidentally, a few representatives in Congress also re-introduced a nationwide telehealth parity law similar to one the group put forward last year. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill into law after it unanimously passed both houses of...
By Brian Dolan July 3, 2015
After weeks of rumors, this morning health insurance company Aetna announced that it is acquiring rival Humana for $36 billion in cash and stock. The news follows smaller health insurance company Centene's $6.3 billion plan to acquire health insurance company Health Net, which would make that company the biggest private administrator of Medicaid programs in the US. Aetna's absorption of Humana...
By Aditi Pai June 29, 2015
San Francisco-based Wildflower Health has raised $5 million in a round led by Easton Capital and Hatteras Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Cambia Health Solutions and HealthTech Capital. The company has raised at least $6.7 million to date. Wildflower Health offers an app, called Due Date Plus, which helps pregnant women track their symptoms, monitor key milestones,...
By Jonah Comstock June 25, 2015
Video doctor visits have the potential to help many different kinds of patients, but elderly patients, who are sometimes homebound or have trouble driving, would seem like a natural fit -- including the more than 50 million Americans on Medicare. However, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use video visit technology, owing mostly to a...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2015
Personalized medicine was a hot topic at the BIO conference in Philadelphia, but in a session on digital health and patient engagement, payer and provider panelists also talked about how, in order to really drive medication and treatment adherence, patient engagement also has to be personalized. "You have to understand what are they worried about, what are their fears, what are they trying to do...
By Jonah Comstock June 9, 2015
In the past 10 years, healthcare reforms and new technology have managed to slow the growth of healthcare spending in the United States, but not to halt it or reverse the trend, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute (HRI). And much of that comes from cost-sharing measures that put more responsibility on employees to pay their own way. HRI's 2016 Behind...
By Jonah Comstock June 9, 2015
New York-based behavioral health startup AbilTo has raised $12 million in third round funding led by HLM Venture Partners. Existing investors BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, .406 Ventures and Sandbox Industries all contributed to the round as well. Yumin Choi, a partner at HLM, will join AbilTo's board. AbilTo is focused on identifying and remotely treating mental health co-morbidities...
By Aditi Pai June 9, 2015
Boston-based digital health startup Gain Life has launched its first offering, ManUp Health, which is an online weight loss program designed for men. ManUp Health was founded by three former Procter & Gamble employees who found that there weren't weight loss services designed specifically for men. A Fortune article this past January noted that about 90 percent of Weight Watchers members are...
By Aditi Pai June 8, 2015
Samsung has partnered with China-based payor Ping An Insurance to create a digital health platform, according to the Korea Herald. Samsung and Ping An will combine the payor's health services with Samsung digital health offerings, including the company's heart rate sensing smartphones and smartwatches, as well as Samsung's S Health app. Ping An Insurance has insurance, banking, and financial...
By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2015
HealthMine's app A new survey of 1,200 consumers with either self- or employer-sponsored health insurance -- sponsored by HealthMine and conducted by Survey Sampling International -- indicates that interest in payer-led mobile health initiatives is still fairly low. Although 89 percent of respondents use a smartphone, tablet, or both, only 30 percent of those surveyed said they would...