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By Aditi Pai April 23, 2015
A few weeks ago Blue Cross of Idaho launched an app, available on iOS and Android devices, for its members so they have access to information about their healthcare plan. The health insurer tapped Kony and UST Global to develop the app. Members are able to log in to the app to see their plan benefits, find in-network or out-of-network doctors, and access their member ID cards. Users can also...
By Jonah Comstock March 9, 2015
A J.D. Power survey on health plan satisfaction finds that mobile apps are a significant role player in helping health plans increase their member satisfaction, which overall has gone up since last year. The survey was given to more than 30,000 people spread out across 134 health plans across the United States. They calculated satisfaction on a 1,000 point scale, taking into account coverage and...
By Aditi Pai November 4, 2014
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule that will lead to changes in coverage under Medicare Part B. The rule, proposed in July, will expand the range of telehealth services that can be reimbursed under Medicare starting in 2015. In July, MobiHealthNews noted in the new rule, CMS added seven new telehealth reimbursement codes, all category...
By Aditi Pai 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...
By Aditi Pai December 9, 2013
DreamIt Health's Elliot Menschik It's not uncommon for startups to fail, but DreamIt Health's Managing Director Elliot Menschik and Psilos Group cofounder Lisa Suennen have noticed that some failures are more common than others. Specifically, the two investors said a poorly set up team or a startup that isn't willing to change with technology leads to problems later on. While Menschik focuses...