Medica to Improve Access to Recommended Health Care Services Through Partnership with Target

MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medica is introducing programs designed to provide its members with improved access to affordable, convenient and recommended health care services through a partnership with Target. The programs are built around increasing flu vaccinations; ensuring babies get a healthy start; and accessing care for common everyday ailments.

“We believe these programs will help motivate our members to get care that follows recommended guidelines and best practices,” said Mark Werner, M.D., Medica chief clinical and innovation officer. “Medica is committed to ensuring convenient, quality care at affordable prices. We are delighted to introduce these programs that benefit our members.” Continue reading

SCAN Health Plan AZ Adds Two Plans for Chronic Conditions

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SCAN Health Plan Arizona announced the introduction of two new HMO Special Needs Plans (HMO SNPs) for Medicare-eligible residents in Maricopa and Pima counties. The plans are designed to help members with diabetes or heart disease better manage their chronic conditions.

The SCAN Balance (HMO SNP) plan is for Medicare beneficiaries with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In this plan there is no co-payment for insulin or diabetic supplies, such as a monitor, test strips or lancets. The Heart First (HMO SNP) plan is available to anyone with Medicare who has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease or chronic venous thromboembolic disorder. SCAN uses social workers, case managers and other professionals to help members with chronic conditions. Continue reading

NeHC: Engaging Consumers is Critical to Healthcare’s Future

The future of healthcare must include consumer engagement in eHealth according to Healthcare Informatics which cites  a new survey of stakeholders by the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) and its partner HealthCAWS, a healthcare services company.

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that accelerates effective use of health IT to create a more patient and family centered healthcare system with better outcomes and greater value. NeHC works closely with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in the U.S.  Continue reading

Cigna and Socialwellth to Unveil Marketplace for Health Apps

Global health service company Cigna  and digital health social engagement company SocialWellth™ are co-creating a selective and curated Go You Cigna Marketplace™ that cuts through the clutter of mobile health apps.   Cigna customers looking to improve their health and well-being will have easy access to balanced living apps that are certified as being effective and most engaging.

Go You Cigna Marketplace health apps are certified to help ensure consumers find effective, high quality apps with the appropriate clinical content.  SocialWellth’s certification process leverages behavioral psychologists, information architects and other internal and external subject matter experts. Using quick-polls, the marketplace initiates a digital dialog with consumers to gain insights that will ultimately drive a hyper-personalized experience.

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Why Qualcomm Is Betting on Wireless Health

Qualcomm Life, launched two years ago as a division of the San Diego–based telecommunications giant Qualcomm, is building software and protocols that could bring some order to the chaos of health data. Its first product, called the 2Net Platform, is a system for getting wireless data off those devices and onto the Internet servers of clients, like health device makers or hospitals.

About half of American adults have some kind of chronic condition, including obesity, arthritis, or diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wireless devices could let more of their health care happen at home. A PricewaterhouseCoopers report this year estimated that mobile health technology could help save developed countries $400 billion by 2017.

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Humana Seeking New Tools & Technologies To Move Beyond “sick care” Business Model

How does a corporate behemoth heavily invested in the transaction-based health care system of today make the shift to engaging with its 20 million+ customers about their health in new and deeper ways? Humana’s new CEO Bruce Broussard sees technology as key to successfully meeting this challenge.

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Google Jumps Back into Healthcare Space with Calico

Google recently announced plans to launch Calico, a new firm that will try to solve healthcare’s problems and extend human life, according to Google co-founder and CEO, Larry Page, who made an official announcement about the initiative on his Google+ page on Sept. 18.

Google is keeping most of Calico’s major details a secret for now, such as its funding and employee headcount, according to Time. However, the company does predict that it likely will use its own data-processing capabilities to shed new light on “age-related maladies.” Calico likely will start small and research new technologies.

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Highmark Health Services Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation

CARY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Highmark Health Services, the nation’s fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated health insurer, has earned CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer . The organization recognized Highmark Health Services for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices and encouraging early detection through cancer screenings.

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Cigna Charts New Course With Requirement For Genetic Counseling Before Some Tests

The move by Cigna Corp. to require genetic counseling before selected tests are performed on its members will likely be adopted by other major carriers, reflecting not only the insurance industry’s attention to costs, but also to improving care in the highly complex field of genetic medicine, market consultants say. Beginning Sept. 16, Cigna will mandate that members considering tests to determine their risk of developing three conditions — breast cancer, colon cancer or the heart rhythm disorder Long QT syndrome — first undergo genetic counseling to gauge whether the tests are needed.

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Priority Health Launches Michigan’s First Statewide Home-Based Primary Care Program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Priority Health is launching a ground-breaking program, Home-Based Primary Care, statewide to deliver health care services to the homes of patients living with advanced chronic illness.

Home-Based Primary Care provides each patient with a primary care team that features a physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurse case manager and social worker. Through the program, patients receive important routine and preventive care and direct access to care.

Priority Health is rapidly scaling the model to work with hospitals and local health care providers throughout Michigan. In fact, the company has already begun expanding the program’s capabilities in major metropolitan areas across Michigan and is currently enrolling members.

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