November 9, 2017
Rightway Healthcare, which provides patient-facing care navigation tools to employee populations, has raised $2 million in seed funding. The round was made up by individual investors.
The company works with both self-insured and fully-insured employers to help employees understand and utilize the health benefits available to them, through what CEO and Cofounder Jordan Feldman describes as an “...
July 25, 2013
OneHealth Solutions, a company that largely has focused on employer groups, is for the first time applying its mobile and Web platform for patient behavior change to primary care, courtesy of a partnership with Boston Medical Center.
The safety-net hospital, an affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, is adopting the OneHealth system, originally to treat substance abuse, depression and...
June 14, 2010
Bu Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
Medical costs will increase by 9% in 2011, a mere 0.5% less than 2010 cost growth. The fastest-growing components will be inpatient and outpatient costs, shown in the pie chart. 81% of premium costs are bound up in provider costs for hospitals and physicians — the two most significant factors of medical inflation.
And Americans will bear even more medical costs, out-of-...
June 1, 2010
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
The most important goals for health reform among mid size to large U.S. employers are to contain health care costs, encourage healthier lifestyles among employees, and improve quality of health care. However, very few employers believe health reform will accomplish those objectives.
Towers Watson surveyed American employers’ perspectives on the Patient Protection and...
October 22, 2009
Some estimates peg about 50 percent of health care problems on bad genetics or accidents, the Director of the Connected Health Center, Dr. Joseph Kvedar noted during his closing remarks at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston on Wednesday.
"Those are the types of patients that politicians [love to point to] and ask providers: Why would you want to deny that patient care? The other 50 percent...
October 16, 2009
According to a report in the Washington Post, a bill recently passed by the Senate Finance and Health Committees, includes a provision that more than doubles the potential rewards and penalties that employers can use to incentivize or motivate employees to lose weight, lower cholesterol, stop smoking or lower their BMI.
"A single employee whose annual premiums cost him and his employer the...
October 7, 2009
Grocery store chain Safeway gives employees discounts on their health insurance for having certain body mass indexes, quitting smoking, controlling hypertension or lowering their cholesterol, according to a report from National Public Radio this week. Safeway CEO Steve Burd told the radio network that his company's employees receive a discount on their health insurance if they have a body mass...