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By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2018
UnitedHealthcare and Dexcom announced today at CES in Las Vegas that they will collaborate on a pilot program to provide Dexcom CGMs to UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan participants. “With more than 27 million people nationwide living with Type 2 diabetes there is urgent need to address this epidemic in new ways,” Brian Thompson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement, said in a...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
Today patient financing company AccessOne announced that it has acquired HealthFirst Financial, a software-enabled service provider of patient financing programs to healthcare organizations, for an undisclosed sum.  "HealthFirst's focus on highly tailored solutions for healthcare systems complements AccessOne's commitment to offering flexible financing options for all patients, regardless of...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2018
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the mid-Atlantic region’s largest health insurer, has made a strategic investment in Sharecare, as well as signing a contract to provide CareFirst members with access to ShareCare's suite of digital services. "We are committed to providing our members with the tools and information they need to take an active role in improving their health,” CareFirst President and...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2018
San Francisco-based Amino, which has offered a consumer-facing cost and quality transparency tool since 2015, is launching a new offering: its own Health Savings Account (HSA) and debit card. “This addition of an Amino debit card, combined with, in our app, a complete HSA interface allows consumers, who are increasingly in high-deductible plans, to be successful,” CEO David Vivero told...
By Jonah Comstock December 26, 2017
Member engagement was the watch word for health insurers in the fourth quarter, as we saw consumer-facing app launches or related moves from Humana, Anthem, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare. The quarter also saw some big moves from CMS and some interesting developments in the realm of employee wellness. Check out our roundup of Q4 payer news below. If you want to take a look at the whole year, check...
By Laura Lovett December 19, 2017
Today, digital medicine company Big Health announced a partnership with Castlight Health, a health navigation platform, to offer its first product: Sleepio, a digital sleep improvement program that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. The partnership will let Castlight’s clients offer Sleepio to their employees.  “Insomnia is a pervasive and chronic mental health condition,” Peter...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2017
Health insurer Cigna announced Friday that it has acquired digital health software-as-a-service company Brighter. Cigna will use the technology and team to develop future member-facing mobile and desktop tools, as well as continuing to run Brighter as a tool for its existing customers. “We’re committed to delivering superior experiences that better connect consumers with high-quality healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2017
As announced in the final rule in November, starting in 2018, a new reimbursable Improvement Activity is being added to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which encompasses using digital tools to monitor patients outside the hospital. Three digital health companies that worked with the CMS to bring about the change weighed in today on the...
By Laura Lovett December 7, 2017
Insurance provider Humana has recently launched a new tool called RXMentor, which is designed to help patients manage their medications. The tool will let patients keep an up-to-date list of prescription medications, supplements, and over-the-counter items in one place. It will also give clinicians insight into what drugs their patients are taking.  “It goes into a central depository so it is...
By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2017
CVS Health made a surprising announcement yesterday: It has reached a deal to acquire health insurer Aetna for $69 billion. While a pharmacy chain buying a health insurer seems strange on the surface, from the perspective of the consumerization of healthcare it makes sense, and the two companies said as much in their official announcement. "This is the next step in our journey, positioning the...

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