January 9, 2020
Digital chronic care management company Livongo and health kiosk startup Higi have teamed up for a new program that will bring a Livongo-branded on-stage program to nearly 500 retail pharmacies in Michigan, the companies announced today. Through these and other channels, consumers will be able to measure indicators of chronic disease, enroll in Livongo programs, participate in health surveys and...
February 7, 2019
Thanks to a new CMS rule supporting more non-medical support services, Lyft announced today in a blog post that it will be expanding two existing partnerships to bring company’s non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) service to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.
The first builds on a roughly 19-month relationships with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and will provide NEMT to certain BCBS MA plans by the...
November 5, 2018
Digital health-focused news involving payers during the third quarter of 2018 comprised a number of different focus areas, ranging from chronic condition management strategies to member engagement to high-profile deals. Read below for MobiHealthNews’ coverage of this sector through July, August and September.
Diabetes management and prevention
A handful of payer news during this period...
August 8, 2018
Buying a Fitbit is now cheaper for some Blue Cross Blue Shield members, following a deal between the major payer and wearable company.
The deal gives members special rates on Fitbit devices if they purchase through the Blue365 portal. It will also let employers buy Fitbit devices at a bulk or subsidized rate for their employees. According to the insurer, 60 million members are eligible for the...
May 15, 2018
Wellness and patient engagement company Sharecare broke the news yesterday that it is teaming up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to offer its personalized health platform to commercial customer groups starting in 2019. This comes just a week after Sharecare announced a seperate partnership with retail giant Walmart that will give employees and their families access to the wellness...
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...
October 13, 2015
More and more health insurers are embracing telemedicine as a way to provide lower-cost care to a large swath of covered patients. But at least one health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, is investing heavily in bringing telemedicine to those who might otherwise not have access to it.
The payer, which covers Maryland, northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia, is offering $3 million...
September 2, 2015
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has brought on San Francisco-based Doctor on Demand as the health insurer's new preferred telehealth provider. Starting in 2016, members of some BCBS plans will pay a reduced rate or no rate for Doctor on Demand's no-subscription video visit platform.
Additionally, Doctor on Demand's software will support claims processing for BCBS Minnesota customers and they'...