Insurer Cigna plans to cover mental health startup Ginger’s coaching services as a covered benefit. Investors are pouring more funds into mental health startups as they companies and insurers alike look for more ways to meet people’s care needs during a challenging year.
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
The first quarter of 2021 has been one of investor optimism as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of expectations and economic activity begins to accelerate in response. Within the Health IT industry, the already strong investment and M&A trends seen in 2020 have only accelerated. Over the… Read More »Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity
What You Should Know: – Today Marpai Health announced that it will acquire third-party administrator Continental Benefits. Marpai brings deep learning to self-insured health plans, which will allow for the processing of comprehensive data to increase quality care, reduce costs, simplify the healthcare experience, and empower plan members to… Read More »Marpai Health Acquires Continental Benefits to Launch First Smart Health Plan System
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we cheat a little bit and go overtime. On Episode 188, Jess asks me about MDLive getting acquired by Cigna’s Evernorth division, Devoted raising a whopping $380 million, Medisafe getting $30 million in a round led by Sanofi,… Read More »#Healthin2Point00, Episode 188 | MDLive, Devoted Health, Medisafe, January AI
The insurer is buying the telehealth company for an undisclosed sum through its health services portfolio Evernorth. The acquisition will enable Evernorth to offer a 24/7 virtual care platform to health plans and employers, including non-Cigna members.
What You Should Know: – Washington, D.C.-based Hurdle raises $5M in seed funding to accelerate its digital mental health platform for people of color. – Hurdle aims to provide an innovative teletherapy solution for employers and insurers; aims to remove barriers to mental health care… Read More »Hurdle Secures $5M for Digital Mental Health Platform for People of Color
The Boston-based startup developed a symptom checker that can also help navigate users to care in their insurance network. Optum Ventures is also one of its backers.
What You Should Know: – Buoy Health raises $37.5 million in Series C funding to expand it’s AI-powered healthcare navigation platform, bringing its total raised to date at $66.5M. – Buoy will use the proceeds to further build out its IP with respect to artificial… Read More »Buoy Health Raises $37.5M to Expand AI-Powered Healthcare Navigation Platform
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have some hot gossip re: Glen Tullman starting his own SPAC. On Episode 161, Jess and I discuss Bind Benefits raising $105 million, BridgeHealth merging with Transcarent and raising $40 million in a Series A, and Loyal… Read More »#Healthin2Point00, Episode 161 | Partnerships galore & a new SPAC
What You Should Know: – Amwell ranks highest among direct to consumer brands and Cigna ranks highest among health plans for telehealth patient satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Telehealth Satisfaction Study – Though telehealth has been pitched as a solution to improve… Read More »Amwell and Cigna Ranks High in Telehealth Patient Satisfaction, J.D. Power Finds
A recently unsealed whistleblower case filed by the Department of Justice accuses Cigna of fraudulently overbilling for its Medicare Advantage plans. Allegations claim the company submitted unsupported diagnoses that resulted in “billions” in overpayments.
What You Should Know: – Ginger announces $50 Million in Series D funding to expand access to its on-demand mental healthcare system led by Advance Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners; joined by Cigna Ventures and existing investors. – Company has more than tripled revenue… Read More »Ginger Lands $50M to Expand On-Demand Mental Health Support Platform