The combined company, now called Included Health, is selling employers on its integrated virtual care and patient navigation services. Grand Rounds President Robin Glass shared more about what the company has planned next and how it’s setting itself apart from other digital health platforms.
Employers today realize they must give workers choices to support their whole being, including resources to meet their psychological needs. Fortunately, digital health management platforms bring together robust offerings that evolve as health needs change.
All individual and small group health plans in Colorado’s Affordable Care Act marketplace must cover a wide range of gender-affirming services, including breast/chest construction and reductions and laser hair removal, starting Jan. 1, 2023.
The reality is that a free month membership at the gym or an Amazon gift card, is not going to motivate people to engage in behavioral health. Well-being programs need to be structured in a way that acknowledges and addresses each employee’s unique situation
A majority of organizations (93%) said they are focused on both attracting and retaining top talent, a new survey from Aon shows. They are offering various benefits to do so, including onsite or near-site health clinics for employees.
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The company purchased digital health company Ovia Health for an undisclosed amount. It makes apps for fertility tracking, pregnancy stages and parenting advice.
Morgan Health, JPMorgan Chase’s business unit, has made its first-ever investment in a company that provides a coordinated primary care model. Vera Whole Health operates a network of primary clinics across 10 states, supported by a technology platform.
B.Well Connected Health, a startup that brings together patients’ health records and helps them navigate their benefits, recently raised $32 million in funding. CEO Kristen Valdes started the company based on her own experience advocating for her daughter.
Included Health, a benefits navigation startup for LGBTQ+ employees, recently landed two big clients, Walmart and State Farm. CEO Colin Quinn explained the company’s journey so far and why more benefits leaders are paying attention to LGBTQ+ employees’ health needs.
A randomized, controlled trial of a workplace wellness program found that it made no significant difference in employees’ health outcomes or cost over three years. But employees did have better self-reported health behaviors, about on par with those who participated in the program for a shorter period of time.
Employee benefits firm Aon is bundling together three digital health solutions as part of a broader musculoskeletal care offering. It’s partnering with Hinge Health, 98point6 and Employer Direct Healthcare.
In recent years, a number of niche vendors have entered the market, promising significant savings for payers if they “carve-out” specialty pharmacy services from integrated pharmacy benefits management (PBM). While the savings they claim to provide sound undeniably attractive, they are often greatly exaggerated.
Glen Tullman’s newest healthcare navigation startup, Transcarent, raised another $58 million in funding. The company plans to use the funds to quickly build out its offering for employers.
As the world of healthcare benefits becomes increasingly fragmented, Cedric Kovacs-Johnson sees a need for benefits administration to keep up. His startup, Flume, recently made its debut with $10 million in funding.
Less than a year after Haven dissolved, JPMorgan is starting a new venture to improve healthcare with a similarly broad vision. In the meantime, Amazon is rolling out new employee benefits as it starts selling a telehealth benefit to other companies
Establishing digital biomarkers which correlate physiological parameters with mental health and wellbeing not only has the potential to provide more reliable tools for guiding diagnosis and evaluating patient outcomes but will also improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of mental disorders
After acquiring startup Doc.AI, Sharecare is going public through a merger with a Mnuchin-backed special purpose acquisition company. In a recent filing, the company disclosed it had received $50 million in backing from Anthem.
Health Care Service Corporation, the fifth largest commercial insurer in the U.S., will offer Collective Health’s benefit navigation platform to its self-funded customers next year. HCSC also led a $280 million funding round in the company.
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Executives at large companies feel that the cost of providing employee health benefits will become unsustainable within the next decade, a new survey shows. They want the government to play a bigger role in providing coverage and lowering costs.
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.
Care navigation startup Accolade struck an agreement to buy telehealth startup PlushCare for $450 million. The goal is to support primary care physicians with information about a patient’s health and benefits, CEO Rajeev Singh said.
Livongo’s founder has created a new care navigation venture because he believes that both the experience that people undergo as they look for care and the level of risk that vendors are willing to take when they work with self-insured employers leave much to be desired.
Virtual primary care startup Firefly Health plans to launch a benefit plan after raising $40 million in new funding. The company currently offers virtual and in-person access to a primary care team.
Crossover Health, a startup offering primary care services for several big tech companies, including Amazon and LinkedIn, raised $168 million in funding.
Ginger, a startup that connects users with mental health coaches and therapists, raised $100 million in funding. The company is shifting to a risk-based model as it expands.
Amazon is rolling out a telehealth service for other companies to offer as an employee benefit. But scale alone will not help it to unseat well-known telehealth brands in an increasingly competitive space.
The companies now have a total of 17 primary care clinics, which are currently limited to Amazon employees. It’s a separate effort from the telehealth service Amazon rolled out earlier for its Washington employees.
While half of benefits executives said their mental health coverage was adequate, more than half of employees with a diagnosable condition didn’t receive mental health treatment in the last year, according to a recent survey conducted by mental health startup Lyra Health.
According to an analysis of 1.8 million medical claims, employers’ claims were down 4% in 2020. Although telehealth visits plateaued at the end of the year, they made up nearly 1 in 5 visits.
Most benefits executives plan to use remote patient monitoring more in the future, according to a survey from Employer Health Innovation Roundtable and Hello Heart.
Mental health startup Lyra Health raised $187 million in funding, giving it a post-money valuation of about $2.3 billion. The company also struck a partnership with EAP-provider ICAS, which would expand its mental health benefit to employees in other countries.
Benefits navigation startup Accolade acquired second opinion startup 2nd.MD for $460 million. With little overlap between the two companies, the deal is expected to increase Accolade’s total addressable market by $22 billion.
A subsidiary of Northwell Health is partnering with Whole Foods Market to offer its New York-based employees access to seven primary care locations. The supermarket chain’s employees will not be subject to a deductible or co-pay.
The joint effort by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to lower costs and provide better healthcare for their employees, will dissolve in February.
A subsidiary of Northwell Health has collaborated with the virtual care company to offer businesses a Covid-19 screening tool for their workers. The tool helps identify employees who may have been exposed to the new coronavirus or those showing symptoms of the disease and suggests next steps.
Amazon, which opened a primary care clinic for employees in June, has added four more such clinics — all operated by medical group Crossover Health. The new clinics are based in Texas, but Amazon plans to open more locations in Arizona, Kentucky and Michigan over the next year.
Leveraging dedicated personal coaches and individualized content are the key ingredients of a successful health and wellness program.
Spring Health, a startup that offers mental health services as an employee benefit, raised $75 million in funding. The New York-based startup matches employees with therapy and other mental health services.
Employers, faced with a plethora of options for return-to-work programs, will still have to consider several factors beyond testing and contact tracing. For instance, how will they communicate for employees to stay home, and will a vaccine be required?
Insurance startup Bind Benefits just raised $105 million in a Series B funding round to further expand into the fully insured market. CEO Tony Miller sees the company’s health plan product as a way for employers to stay agile while offering insurance in a rapidly changing world.
Nice Healthcare, a Minnesota-based startup that offers telemedicine and primary care services, raised $5 million in seed funding. The company plans to use the funds to bring its benefits to businesses in more states.