Bentonville, Arkansas-based superstore conglomerate Walmart Inc. has formed an insurance agency in Texas to sell Medicare policies, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The new subsidiary, Walmart Insurance Services LLC, is currently hiring people to peddle its products and services, the newspaper reported. Some jobs will be home-based; no word on whether they’ll get discounts on sweatpants and pajamas at Walmart. Read More: Business Insurance
Oscar, the first direct-to-consumer health insurance company, announced that it has closed a $225 million funding round. The round positions Oscar to continue growth off of a $2 billion revenue base and puts the company on a path to further advance its mission of making health care simple.
Oscar is the first health insurance company built to make health care easy. Headquartered in New York City, Oscar has been challenging the health care system’s status quo since our founding in 2012, developing seamless technology and providing personalized support to help our members navigate their health care. Oscar was the first insurer to offer free, 24/7 telemedicine to members and to integrate direct scheduling with providers through our app. Read More: PRNewsWire
Coronavirus and the subsequent institutional reactions have had and will have a profound impact on the way businesses manage their employees. HR and benefits professionals need to make sure their people are adequately covered, and that they’re looking to a short and long term significantly influenced by COVID-19.
Specifically for consumer-directed health care (CDH), which we believe was trending up prior to the crisis, the CARES Act outlines eligibility for HSAs, FSAs, and HRAs to expense over-the-counter medicines and menstrual care products. This adds flexibility for the consumer and stretches the applications of insurance dollars. Read More: BenefitsPRO
Health care reform continues to be a fiercely debated topic in the United States, primarily around the subject of single-payer vs. our current system. Several reforms and innovations have taken place in this country, from Medicare and Medicaid innovations to employers joining together to form their own nonprofit health care corporations. But how do American innovations measure up to the rest of the world?
The Commonwealth Fund, a private U.S. foundation that supports independent research on health care issues, has updated its International Profiles of Health Care Systems. The study delves into the systems of 20 countries, covering subjects from the organization and financing of health care to controlling costs and spending. Read More: BenefitsPRO
Health disparities proven by Medicare claims data during the COVID-19 crisis underscore the need to transition to value-based reimbursement, according to CMS.
“Now more than ever, it is clear that our fee-for-service system is insufficient for the most vulnerable Americans because it limits payment to what goes on inside a doctor’s office. The transition to a value-based system has never been so urgent,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in the announcement. Read More: revcycleintellegence.com
Through a public-private partnership, North Carolina has created the nation’s first statewide technology platform, NCCARE360, to coordinate whole-person care uniting traditional healthcare settings and organizations that address non-medical drivers of health, such as food, housing, transportation, employment and interpersonal safety. NCCARE360 is now available in all 100 counties.
Now, anyone in North Carolina can request services and be connected to an accountable organization to support their immediate and long-term needs. NCCARE360 enables health and community-based organizations to make electronic referrals, communicate in real time, securely share client information, and track outcomes together. Read More: NC.gov
Walmart has reportedly paid some $200 million to buy key assets from CareZone, a Seattle-based health-technology start-up that promises to manage prescription drugs for each family member.
Launched 10 years ago, CareZone develops apps to help patients manage their medicines. It also built technology for users to scan insurance cards and prescription-drug labels, making it easier for users to determine what’s covered by their health plan or to organize a home delivery. CareZone told CNBC the apps have about 3.5 million members.
The deal also makes Walmart more competitive in the $500 billion prescription drug space after Amazon bought PillPack, a pharmacy delivery and medication management startup, in 2018 for $753 million. Walmart lost out on a chance to buy the company after Amazon’s bid came in higher. Read More: PYMNTS.com
t’s no secret that for years the insurance industry has lagged behind other industries when it comes to digital transformation. Only five years ago McKinsey ranked healthcare near the bottom in their Industry Digitization Index. Since 2015, major players in the healthcare and insurance industries have worked to improve their digitization efforts but still remained woefully behind.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
The current crisis is rapidly highlighting just how well previous efforts to digitize were going. Companies who had already embraced a culture of digital innovation and had begun exploring, if not implementing, technology have already proven more successful during this sudden and dramatic shift.