March 17, 2020
Blue Shield of California announced yesterday that it is now waiving out-of-pocket costs for all commercial plan members using Teladoc Health's services until May 31. This includes individual and family plans, as well as those sponsored by an employee.
"As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, we believe making telemedicine more readily available is the right thing to do," Dr....
October 15, 2019
Digital chronic disease management company Livongo Health announced a partnership today with VSP Vision Care that will blend each service for the companies’ mutual clients. More specifically, Livongo members with diabetes who are also under “most” VSP plans will be offered retinal screenings from VSP network doctors, and receive messages through the digital program prompting them to seek eye care...
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March 12, 2019
Blue Shield of California has tapped Teladoc to assist with a $2 million relief effort for Paradise, California, the small town that was ravaged last year by fires.
The fire destroyed the largest clinic of Paradise Medical Group, one of the town’s major hospitals.
Blue Shield has helped the hospital in a number of ways, including assisting with its relocation to a new space in Chico, California....
September 20, 2018
San Francisco-based Ooda Health, a new startup focused on decreasing waste and inefficiency in the area of healthcare administration, has raised $40.5 million in a Series A round that’s notable in a couple of ways: for one, the company’s veteran founders, including Castlight Health founder Dr. Giovanni Colella, chose to work exclusively with VCs with at least one woman partner. For another, the...
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...
July 20, 2016
Nashville-based employee wellness company Healthways has divested itself from MeYou Health, its Boston-based innovation and digital health subsidiary. Rick Lee, a serial entrepreneur who sold early digital wellness platform Healthrageous to Humana in 2013, led a group of investors, including Ballast Point Ventures, Blue Shield of California, and several prominent individual investors, in an $11...
March 18, 2015
Seventy percent of health insurance companies have published only one or two apps and 67 percent of those companies have achieved less than 100,000 downloads on the apps they do have, according to a new report from Research2Guidance. The report analyzed app offerings from 79 health insurance companies from around the world.
The report follows on the heels of a similar look at the pharmaceutical...
August 18, 2014
Welkin Health's iOS app.
Digital health accelerator Rock Health announced this week that it has added a half dozen new startups, along with three new corporate partners that will support portfolio companies through mentorship and other forms of guidance.
Rock Health companies receive a $100,000 in investment and a variety of other perks during their stay in the program, including support from...
July 29, 2013
Premera Blue Cross Director of Member Engagement Neal Sofian and Blue Shield of California Senior Wellness Program Manager Ritu Riyat introduced ways in which their respective health plans are incentivizing patients and providing meaningful data to improve their everyday life at a mobile health conference last week in Boston.
Sofian takes issue with the one size fits all approach to a lot of...
July 15, 2013
Redwood City, California-based online therapy portal Breakthrough Behavioral raised $5 million in their first round of funding, according to Venture Beat. The Social+Capital Partnership led the round and First Round Capital and Great Oaks Venture Capital also participated. Last August, Breakthrough raised $900,000 in angel funding, bringing their total to $5.9 million.