July 15, 2016
As we do every quarter, MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q2 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories. This section is on payer-related digital health news.
CMS and other government payer-related digital health news from Q2
The Center for Medicaid Services announced a new expanded initiative for bringing value-based repayment to primary care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)...
February 9, 2016
Novartis has signed deals with two major health plans, Cigna and Aetna, to reimburse for its new heart failure drug Entresto, Reuters reported. The deals are among the first publicly announced examples of outcomes-based drug pricing. While Novartis discussed using digital health devices as part of its planned Entresto rollout last year, reports about the new payer deals have not mentioned the...
September 22, 2015
Some 80 percent of people were more motivated to manage their health after using an activity tracker, according to a randomized control trial from March 2014 of 600 patients who are pre-diabetic and morbidly obese.
The study, which lasted six months, was conducted by Cigna. The activity trackers used were made by BodyMedia, which was acquired by Jawbone. The devices have since been discontinued...
July 30, 2015
Cigna Envoy, the insurance company's app for American employees living abroad, has added a mobile claims function that allows users to file a claim by taking a picture of a receipt. The functionality is mostly unnecessary for the domestic version of the app, MyCigna, because for those users claims are submitted by their provider.
"We’ve been able to submit claims using the Cigna envoy website but...
May 18, 2015
The big health payer news last week was that Aetna was mulling the acquisition of one or more of its competitors: particularly Humana or Cigna. A recent Forbes analysis suggested that such a move would be a result of changes to payment models in healthcare. But Humana, Cigna, and Aetna have all been important players in the digital health. So what might a merged Aetna-Cigna or Aetna-Humana...
May 14, 2015
Cigna has updated its health coaching app, called Coach by Cigna, which aims to help users improve their health by making healthier lifestyle decisions. Cigna developed the app in partnership with Samsung for Samsung's S5 and S6 smartphones. The app first launched one year ago this month.
Coach by Cigna previously collected health information either manually through the smartphone or via sensors...
January 15, 2015
A mobile intervention, called FitBack, that personalizes health content for the user is an effective tool to help patients improve their nonspecific lower back pain (NLBP), according to a study, conducted by health app intervention developer ORCAS with help from insurance company Cigna, that was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
The American College of Physicians (...
November 13, 2014
At the Samsung Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, the South Korean consumer electronics giant revealed much more about its digital health plans, including the names of 24 partners it has been working with -- a dozen commercial partners and a dozen research partners.
Samsung's commercial partners for digital health currently include Nike, Aetna, Cigna, Cleveland Clinic, dacadoo,...
October 14, 2014
Cigna has developed a digital health coaching program, called Cigna Health Matters, that offers mobile tools, social media engagement, gamification, and web-based incentives. The program is available for Cigna's 14 million US members on employer health plans.
“Cigna Health Matters integrates the latest insights and practices of the sociology of engagement, motivation and rewarding behavior change...
May 28, 2014
Samsung and Cigna, which signed a partnership agreement last fall, have launched their first joint product, a feature on Samsung's S Health app called Coach by Cigna, which will launch exclusively on the Galaxy S5. The platform is being launched in 36 countries and 26 languages.
The software, which Cigna describes as a "digital health guidance system," will incorporate health information ...