behavioral health

Cigna Becomes First Plan to Reimburse for Behavioral Health Coaching Via Ginger

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What You Should Know: – Cigna just announced that they’re the first national plan to reimburse for behavioral health coaching, a new covered benefit available now to 14M members through Ginger. Essentially, Cigna customers with employer-sponsored or individual and family (IFP) insurance plans (14M of their… Read More »Cigna Becomes First Plan to Reimburse for Behavioral Health Coaching Via Ginger

Suicide and the malpractice myth

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It may seem intuitive to avoid telehealth or remote care to avoid increased liability and malpractice exposure. But remote behavioral health assessment tools, real-time data-driven insights, and adaptive treatment plans are actually the things that protect clinicians from civil liability in instances of patient suicide.

Unite Us Nabs $150M, Reaching $1.6B Valuation to Address Social Determinants of Health

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What You Should Know: –   Unite Us, the tech company creating coordinated care networks nationwide, has just announced a $150M Series C round of funding led by ICONIQ Capital, bringing its valuation at $1.65 billion.   – Unite Us is leading the care transformation movement towards whole-person health… Read More »Unite Us Nabs $150M, Reaching $1.6B Valuation to Address Social Determinants of Health

Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company

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What You Should Know: – Grand Rounds, a leader in healthcare quality and clinical navigation, and Doctor on Demand, the nation’s leading virtual care provider, announced their merger agreement, creating a first-of-its-kind integrated virtual care company. – These two premier platforms will offer a patient… Read More »Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company

Does digital mental health need to rethink user engagement?

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Gamification is being hailed as a promising tool within the digital mental health industry. But should the same tactics that are fueling our online addiction become the standard for driving engagement with solutions that are designed to improve our mental health?

Highmark BCBS Expands Access to Freespira’s Digital Therapeutic to Help Treat Pain, PTSD, Panic Attacks

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What You Should Know: – Health insurer Highmark expands access to FDA-cleared digital therapeutic Freespira proven to reduce the symptoms of panic disorder and PTSD for members in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. – The announcement follows a pilot study finding that nearly 9 out of… Read More »Highmark BCBS Expands Access to Freespira’s Digital Therapeutic to Help Treat Pain, PTSD, Panic Attacks

Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID

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Michael Morgan, CEO of Updox The majority of industries have decreased or eliminated their use of the traditional fax machine over the past decade, including aviation, retail, and even finance. While the healthcare industry is at the forefront of disease research and treatment, however, it… Read More »Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID

NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform

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What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally… Read More »NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform

Behavioral Health Services Fueled Telehealth Adoption During Pandemic, Study Finds

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What You Should Know: – Telehealth adoption for behavioral health services jumped sharply during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Telehealth adoption increased sharply during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, with the approach being used more often for behavioral health services… Read More »Behavioral Health Services Fueled Telehealth Adoption During Pandemic, Study Finds

COVID-19 Deferrals Lead to 3 Major Conditions Payers/Providers Must Address in 2021

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What You Should Know: – COVID-19 care deferrals lead to three major boomerang conditions that payers and providers must proactively address in 2021, according to a newly released report by Prealize. – COVID-19’s hidden victims—those who avoided or deferred care during the pandemic—will increasingly return… Read More »COVID-19 Deferrals Lead to 3 Major Conditions Payers/Providers Must Address in 2021

Cerner, Banner Health, Xealth Partner to Simplify How Clinicians Prescribe Digital Health

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What You Should Know: – Cerner Corporation today announced with Xealth new centralized digital ordering and monitoring for health systems, starting with Banner Health, to foster digital innovation. – Health systems can prescribe digital therapeutics, smartphones, and internet apps directly within the EHR to address… Read More »Cerner, Banner Health, Xealth Partner to Simplify How Clinicians Prescribe Digital Health

Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises $160M to Address Systemic Healthcare Inequity

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What You Should Know: – Cityblock Health, a transformative, value-based healthcare provider focused on improving healthcare outcomes for marginalized communities, today announced a $160M Series C round, bringing its total raised to $300M. – Cityblock is a care delivery trailblazer working to right the injustices… Read More »Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises $160M to Address Systemic Healthcare Inequity

Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees

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What You Should Know: – Publicly traded logistics company ArcBest announced its deal with Doctor On Demand to introduce its virtual-first health plan to its 13,000 employees, who are largely “essential workers” as long-haul truckers. – Employees appreciated the convenience and safety of 24/7 virtual… Read More »Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees

PointClickCare Acquires Collective Medical for $650M to Create to Largest Combined Acute and Post-Acute Care Network

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What You Should Know: – PointClickCare announces its intent to acquire Collective Medical to create the largest combined acute and post-acute care network in North America for $650M. – Collective Medical’s platform connects more than 1,300 hospitals, thousands of ambulatory practices and long-term post-acute care… Read More »PointClickCare Acquires Collective Medical for $650M to Create to Largest Combined Acute and Post-Acute Care Network

Northwell Health Offers COVID-19 Screening Chat for NY Schools and Employers

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What You Should Know: – Northwell Health announced that its Northwell Direct unit, which works with large employers, will be offering Conversa HealthCheck to screen employees, customers, students, and visitors. – HealthCheck is a quick, chat-based electronic screening for symptoms and signs of exposure to… Read More »Northwell Health Offers COVID-19 Screening Chat for NY Schools and Employers

Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others

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Neela Montgomery, EVP & President at CVS Pharmacy/Retail CVS Health Corporation names Neela Montgomery Executive Vice President and President of CVS Pharmacy/Retail, effective November 30, 2020. Montgomery will oversee the company’s 10,000 pharmacies across the United States. Montgomery, currently a Board Partner at venture capital… Read More »Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others

COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts

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Elizabeth Bierbower, Former President of Humana’s Group & Specialty Division Healthcare can achieve optimum efficiency when patients are at the center of care. When patients have the necessary information to navigate their care journey, they will choose the path to high-quality care at the lowest… Read More »COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts

SPAC Mergers with 2 Telehealth Companies to Form Public Digital Health Company in $1.35B Deal

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What You Should Know: – GigCapital2 Inc has agreed to merge with UpHealth Holdings Inc and Cloudbreak Health LLC to create a public digital healthcare company valued at $1.35 billion, including debt, the blankcheck acquisition company said on Monday. – The combined company will be… Read More »SPAC Mergers with 2 Telehealth Companies to Form Public Digital Health Company in $1.35B Deal

Why we need a wholistic approach to behavioral health

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I’m not proud to say that in the past, I’ve played a role in cutting behavioral health programs in an effort to navigate budget constraints and mitigate financial losses. But my perspective as a finance executive is not what it used to be.

Intermountain Adds Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program to At-Risk Patients

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What You Should Know: – Omada’s diabetes prevention program will be available to Intermountain’s at-risk patient population as part of a limited engagement in 2020 and 2021. – Omada’s diabetes prevention program is personalized to meet each participant’s unique needs as they evolve, ranging from… Read More »Intermountain Adds Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program to At-Risk Patients

NeuroFlow Joins Epic App Orchard for Behavioral Health Integration

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What You Should Know: –  NeuroFlow, the leader in technology-enabled behavioral health integration, is now available to healthcare providers through Epic’s App Orchard marketplace. NeuroFlow combines provider workflow augmentation solutions, clinical care dashboards, and a patient-facing application to create a clinical feedback loop centered around behavioral health.… Read More »NeuroFlow Joins Epic App Orchard for Behavioral Health Integration

Ontrak Acquires Science-Backed, Behavior Change Platform LifeDojo

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What You Should Know: – Ontrak acquires LifeDojo Inc, a San Francisco, CA-based comprehensive, science-backed behavior change platform. – The acquisition broadens Ontrak’s addressable market and footprint to lower acuity populations enabling new interventions and remote patient monitoring. Ontrak, Inc., a leading AI-powered and telehealth-enabled,… Read More »Ontrak Acquires Science-Backed, Behavior Change Platform LifeDojo

Staying sane on the mission to Mars

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Recently, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health selected three innovative biotech companies using VR, conversation-bots, and probiotic therapeutics to combat mental health risks.

5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed patient expectations for healthcare delivery, including offered services and health office operations. Although health systems have remained dynamic in adopting telehealth capabilities, their long-term capital, like real estate and supply chain management (SCM) protocols, have not adapted to match… Read More »5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond

Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously

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Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving… Read More »Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously

Humana, Fresenius Medical Care Expand Partnership to Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Advantage Members

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What You Should Know: – Humana Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) today announced an agreement to broaden their collaboration toward improving the health of eligible Humana Medicare Advantage members – The agreement between Humana and Fresenius Medical Care North America goes into… Read More »Humana, Fresenius Medical Care Expand Partnership to Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Advantage Members

Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

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Victor Siclovan, Director of Medicaid Transformation Project at AVIA Living through a pandemic is stressful and anxiety-inducing. Stay-at-home measures are compounding this stress, resulting in social isolation and unprecedented economic hardship, including mass layoffs and loss of health coverage. Fully understanding the impact of these… Read More »Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Led by Mount Sinai, Trellus Health Nabs $5M for Precision Platform for Complex Chronic Conditions

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What You Should Know: – Trellus Health secures $5M in seed funding and collaborates with Mount Sinai to deliver resilience-driven, connected care, integrating expert clinical and behavioral health for better outcomes. – The first disease Trellus will tackle is IBD, which is one of the… Read More »Led by Mount Sinai, Trellus Health Nabs $5M for Precision Platform for Complex Chronic Conditions

Brightline Raises $20M for Virtual Pediatric Behavioral Health Platform

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What You Should Know: – Brightline raises $20 million to bring its virtual behavioral healthcare platform to kids and families across California and beyond. – Brightline delivers integrated care through innovative technology, virtual behavioral health services, and a collaborative care team focused on supporting children… Read More »Brightline Raises $20M for Virtual Pediatric Behavioral Health Platform

Eden Health Lands $25M to Bring On-Site and Virtual Care To Employers, Commercial Real-Estate

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What You Should Know: – Eden Health raises $25M to give employers and commercial real estate owners and operators the ability to offer medical care on-site, near-site, and virtually. – Eden’s membership model makes high-quality healthcare an affordable benefit for the average employer, with low… Read More »Eden Health Lands $25M to Bring On-Site and Virtual Care To Employers, Commercial Real-Estate

Cerner Invests in Xealth to Jointly Develop Digital Health Solutions for Clinicians

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What You Should Know: – Cerner and Xealth announce a collaboration to foster tighter physician-patient relationships by giving patients easier access to digital health tools. – These assets will be prescribed directly within the physician’s EHR workflow to manage conditions including chronic diseases, behavioral health,… Read More »Cerner Invests in Xealth to Jointly Develop Digital Health Solutions for Clinicians

Virtual Behavioral Health Could Reduce Costs, Improve Patient Outcomes, Report Finds

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What You Should Know: – A new Accenture report called “Breakthrough Behavioral Health Access: Think Virtual” finds that the use of virtual behavioral health could expand care for more than 53 million Americans facing these conditions. – Demand for behavioral health specialists significantly outweighs current… Read More »Virtual Behavioral Health Could Reduce Costs, Improve Patient Outcomes, Report Finds

Emtiro Health Taps Innovaccer to Leverage the FHIR-Enabled Data Activation Platform

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What You Should Know: – Emtiro Health, an innovative population health company in North Carolina has selected Innovaccer to deliver data-powered solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery.  – Powered by Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform, Emtiro Health will create unified patient… Read More »Emtiro Health Taps Innovaccer to Leverage the FHIR-Enabled Data Activation Platform

Doctor On Demand Raises $75M to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform

What You Should Know – Doctor On Demand raises $75M in Series D funding led by General Atlantic to expand comprehensive virtual care. – Doctor On Demand is seeing record usage this year – up 139% – for COVID-19 screenings, routine health issues, chronic conditions and behavioral health. San Francisco, CA-based Doctor… Read More »Doctor On Demand Raises $75M to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform