CMS gets green light to Evaluate Indiana’s alternative Medicaid Expansion Plan | Modern Healthcare

By Virgil Dickson  | Modern Healthcare| April 1, 2016 The federal Office of Management and Budget has approved an emergency request by the CMS to let it examine whether Indiana’s conservative-friendly, alternative Medicaid expansion model has hurt beneficiaries’ access to care. The OMB’s quick approval of the three beneficiary surveys proposed by the CMS is critical, because other Republican-led states including Arizona, Kentucky and Ohio are looking to implement versions of Indiana’s…

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WellCare’s Staywell Health Plan Offers Behavioral Health Care via Telehealth to Increase Access, Convenience and Engagement for Its Florida Medicaid Members

Through its relationship with IMPOWER, an Orlando-based nonprofit mental health and child well-being organization, Staywell members are able to have video conference sessions with clinicians using a computer or tablet from the comfort of their own homes. This convenient option eliminates the time and cost associated with traveling to appointments and missed work or school. If medication is needed, it can be delivered directly to members’ homes, in some cases…

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Anthem, Humana, UnitedHealth Partner with Grocery Stores to Keep Members Healthy | FierceHealthPayer

Three insurers–Anthem, Humana and UnitedHealth–hope to compel their members to eat better by partnering with local grocery stores to create special member programs that provide discounts of up to 10 percent on certain healthy foods, reported Kenosha News. The grocery programs show that insurers increasingly adopt a preventive care approach to insurance. UnitedHealth, for example, has been working to capitalize on the fact that retail is a “significant portion of individuals’ lives” by…

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CIGNA Compass Uses Anticipatory Computing to Help Health Plan Customers Stay Healthy While Saving Money

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., January 14, 2015 – Global health service company, Cigna (NYSE: CI), announces today the release of Cigna CompassSM , a new web application designed to use anticipatory computing to guide U.S. health plan customers to proactively build their own personal health care team, save money, and get the most from their plans. Cigna announced the introduction of the new digital experience at the National Business Group on Health’s 2015 Employers’ Summit…

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Healthtech: Which Portland Company was Named a Top Digital Health Investor for 2014?

Cambia Health Solutions was one of the most active corporate investors in the digital health universe in 2014, according to Rock Health, a full-service seed fund for digital health based in San Francisco. (See the full story at: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/health-care-inc/2015/01/healthtech-which-portland-company-was-named-a-top.html    

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ConnectiCare Partners with Doctors Statewide; Sees Members’ Primary Care Visits Rise

Community Medical Group, Inc. (formerly known as New Haven Community Medical Group, Inc.) the Latest to Begin Collaboration Arrangement FARMINGTON, CT (December 11, 2014) – ConnectiCare, Inc. and Affiliates, Connecticut’s local health plan, has made significant progress in getting its members to their doctors regularly through active collaboration arrangements with doctors statewide.  As a result, primary care visits are up and hospital admissions, readmissions and emergency room visits are down….

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Allegheny Health Network, Highmark Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine Announce Collaboration

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Dec. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – Officials at Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network, Highmark Inc. and Johns Hopkins Medicine today announced the signing of a new master collaboration agreement that will complement the formal oncology collaboration that began earlier this year. These collaborations aim to leverage the collective strengths of the organizations and improve the availability and affordability of health care to Pennsylvania patients. “Highmark Health is proud and…

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Colorado Wins $65 Million Health Care Innovation Grant

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has awarded Colorado $65 million in State Innovation Model (SIM) funding to create a coordinated, accountable system of care that improves integration of physical and behavioral health services. The award builds on an earlier planning grant Colorado received in 2013, which funded development and identification of four major goals: Create a coordinated, accountable system of care that gives Coloradans access to integrated primary…

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Humana Launches Points of Care to Support Medicare Advantage Members in Managing Health

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than 2.9 million Humana Medicare Advantage members and their family and friends now have access to HumanaPointsofCare.com, a new online destination from Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. “Humana Points of Care enables Medicare members and their circle of support to maintain a sense of community on their journey to achieving optimal health” Humana Points of Care offers a variety of comprehensive…

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