Bright Health buys telehealth startup Zipnosis
Telehealth startup Zipnosis Inc. has been acquired by insurance company Bright Health Group Inc. Terms of the deal between the two Minneapolis-based companies were not disclosed. New York-based Cain Brothers, Zipnosis' financial adviser, announced the deal Thursday. Bright Health confirmed that the acquisition had been made but didn't provide further comment. Zipnosis couldn't immediately be reached for comment. RELATED: Zipnosis CEO Jon Pearce was part of the Business Jo urnal's annual Health Care… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 9, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Oscar Health teams with Cigna on health insurance for California's small businesses
Health insurers Oscar Health Inc. and Cigna Corp. have partnered on providing affordable health insurance for small businesses. The Cigna + Oscar plan will be available in California's Bay Area, Central Coast, Greater Sacramento, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, North Bay and San Diego regions. Cigna (NYSE: CI) and New York-based Oscar Health (NYSE: OSCR) said California small businesses with between one and 100 employees will have access to unique services driven by the combination… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

Oscar Health teams with Cigna on health insurance for California's small businesses
Health insurers Oscar Health Inc. and Cigna Corp. have partnered on providing affordable health insurance for small businesses. The Cigna + Oscar plan will be available in California's Bay Area, Central Coast, Greater Sacramento, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, North Bay and San Diego regions. Cigna (NYSE: CI) and New York-based Oscar Health (NYSE: OSCR) said California small businesses with between one and 100 employees will have access to unique services driven by the combination… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: I-Chun Chen Source Type: news

Medical records startup raises $17M to grow partnerships with insurers and double workforce
The tech-savvy startup uses machine learning and statistical modeling to transform how doctors use electronic medical records. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Brian Rinker Source Type: news

Medical records startup raises $17M to grow partnerships with insurers and double workforce
The tech-savvy startup uses machine learning and statistical modeling to transform how doctors use electronic medical records. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 8, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Rinker Source Type: news

Ohio selects insurer for child-focused Medicaid managed care plan
Slated to launch in January 2022, the specialized managed care program is part of a major overhaul of Ohio's Medicaid system. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 7, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jacob Fisher Source Type: news

Virtual " urgent care " may lead to higher rates of downstream follow-up care
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Even before the pandemic made telehealth a hot topic, people with minor urgent health needs had started to turn to companies that offer on-demand video chats with physicians that they don't normally see.Insurers and employers even started buying access to this direct-to-consumer form of virtual care, hoping it might reduce in-person care, including emergency department visits. But a new study casts some doubt on whether that will actually happen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

One of Ohio ’s largest health insurance firms names new Cincinnati VP
Medical Mutual of Ohio, a Cleveland-based health and life insurance company, has added to its leadership team in the Greater Cincinnati region. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 1, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Liz Engel Source Type: news

Blue Cross CEO Dr. Craig Samitt to retire in May
Dr.  Craig Samitt, the CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, plans to retire on May 3, the health insurance organization said Wednesday. Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Blatz will serve as Eagan-based Blue Cross's interim CEO starting April 1 and will work with Samitt to prov ide continuity for the organization. She was previously the insurer's interim CEO in 2018 before Samitt was hired later that year. "The Board of Trustees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 31, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Rapid Genome Sequencing Can Save Babies With Rare Diseases, If They Can Get It
Undiagnosed genetic diseases take a serious physical and emotional toll on families. Rapid genome sequencing can provide answers and guide treatment decisions, but so far, insurance companies have been reluctant to pay. That's beginning to change. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 31, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caroline Seydel, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

‘It Felt Like Deception’: An Elite NYC Hospital Charges Huge Virus Test Fees
Insurers are stuck with the big bills from Lenox Hill, but the public ultimately pays through higher premiums. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Tests (Medical) Lenox Hill Hospital Emergency Medical Treatment Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hospitals Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news

Insurer CEO eyes future filled with telehealth, home visits
Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty expects virtual care like teletherapy and home visits for people with chronic conditions to stay popular after COVID-19 begins to fade (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Cigna admits to being a racist health insurance company that discriminates against white men
(Natural News) One of the nation’s largest health insurance providers is being exposed for actively discriminating against white males in both its hiring process and overall company culture. Cigna has reportedly been telling its white employees to check their “privilege” and stop using terms like “wife” or “husband,” which is considered “racist.” Cigna also tries... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Column: Let's do away with insurance networks. They're not lowering healthcare costs
A SoCal man sought mental health treatment during the pandemic. He couldn't find a single suitable therapist within his insurer's network. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

Are physicians biased when reading black lung x-rays?
Physicians who are hired to provide a medical opinion in cases of black lun...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Imaging shows rising scourge of black lung in coal miners Report: Federal regulators knew of black lung resurgence Report: Ky. black lung law targets 1 radiologist Ky. bill lets radiologists again read black lung x-rays Federal bill promotes x-ray screening for black lungComments: 3/26/2021 3:46:12 AMRIC It's hardly news that Doctors are biassed in favour of who ever is paying them.  People with personal injuries have been left to battle corupt doctors working for the insurance companie...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 26, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas names new president
Richardson-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, the largest health insurer in the state, has named a veteran health care executive most recently with Cancer Treatment Centers of America as its next president. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Bill Hethcock Source Type: news

Anthem Inc. buys Brentwood-based MyNexus
MyNexus is the third local health care firm to be purchased by a health insurance company since May and at least the fourth since 2018. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 24, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Oregon health insurers had a profitable 2020
Oregon health plans fared much better in 2020 than 2019. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 22, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Oregon health insurers had a profitable 2020
Oregon health plans fared much better in 2020 than 2019. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 22, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Gravie raises $28M in venture capital
The round was led by AXA Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of the French insurance company Axa. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 19, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Federal Grand Jury Indicts uBiome Cofounders On Criminal Fraud Charges
On Thursday, a Federal grand jury indicted biotech startup uBiome ’s cofounders Jessica Richman and Michael Apte with multiple charges related to defrauding insurance companies and investors. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alex Knapp, Forbes Staff Tags: Science /science Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Venture Capital /venture-capital Editors' Pick editors-pick technology alexknappblog Source Type: news

Insurance Giant Chubb Offers to Buy Rival Hartford
One of the nation’s biggest, oldest and best-known property-casualty insurers has made a preliminary proposal to acquire another storied... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Taking the Disputes Out of Dispute Resolution: Lessons from State Balance Billing Laws
An analysis of the resolution of surprise medical payment disputes between health providers and insurers offer important lessons for the development of a national dispute resolution. (Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity)
Source: RWJF - Obesity and Childhood Obesity - March 15, 2021 Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Corlette S Tags: Health Care Coverage and Access National Colorado (CO) M Washington (WA) P New Jersey (NJ) NJ Texas (TX) WSC Source Type: news

Health insurers, hospitals at odds over changing payment model in New York state
"At the end of the day, it isn't just a question of insurance companies versus hospitals, ” said Lev Ginsburg, senior director of government affairs for the Business Council of New York State. “The reason we're involved is simply because Pay and Pursue will inevitably lead to higher premiums, and those are paid by New York's employers.” (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 12, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Justin Dawes Source Type: news

Health insurers, hospitals at odds over changing payment model in New York state
"At the end of the day, it isn't just a question of insurance companies versus hospitals, ” said Lev Ginsburg, senior director of government affairs for the Business Council of New York State. “The reason we're involved is simply because Pay and Pursue will inevitably lead to higher premiums, and those are paid by New York's employers.” (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 12, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Justin Dawes Source Type: news

Column: Car insurers were ordered to make pandemic refunds. They shortchanged drivers instead
California's insurance commissioner estimates average pandemic refunds to stuck-at-home drivers were about half what they should have been. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

Feds have paid Mass. insurers over $100M from Obamacare settlement
The money comes from a settlement with the federal government from a lawsuit over so-called “risk corridor” programs, which could help lower rates or even spur rebates in coming months. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 11, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Sharecare, Wellstar Health System partner to create patient platform for health information
Wellstar will invest $10 million into Sharecare, joining insurance company Anthem and investment firm Digital Alpha as strategic partners. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 11, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Erin Schilling Source Type: news

Sharecare, Wellstar Health System partner to create patient platform for health information
Wellstar will invest $10 million into Sharecare, joining insurance company Anthem and investment firm Digital Alpha as strategic partners. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 11, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Erin Schilling Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccine deaths aren't covered by life insurance because jabs are "experimental medical intervention"
(Natural News) Before rushing out to get vaccinated for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19), you might want to contact your life insurance company first to see if your coverage will still be valid after the jab. Reports indicate that getting injected for Chinese germs could void people’s coverage without them knowing about it due to the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Marketplace Pulse: Covid Testing and Commercial Insurance
CMS made a clarification of guidance regarding insurer responsibility for Covid testing. Insurance plans will be required to cover all diagnostic Covid tests with no cost sharing. (Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care)
Source: RWJF News Digest - Quality of Care - March 9, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Hempstead K Tags: Health Care Quality and Value Health Care Coverage and Access Source Type: news

Health Insurers ’ Big Ad Blitz Touts How ‘Care Changes Everything’ In Pandemic
America ’s Health Insurance Plans will spend at least $10 million on a national education campaign to show how health plans are “are working together to deliver affordable and accessible care and coverage.” (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business pharma Source Type: news

Column: California's vaccine distribution has been chaotic. Could it get worse with Blue Shield?
Why is California putting an insurance company in charge of vaccinating millions of uninsured people anyway? Will this really help achieve equity? (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erika D. Smith Source Type: news

Column: California's vaccine distribution has been chaotic. It could get worse with Blue Shield
Why is California putting an insurance company in charge of vaccinating millions of uninsured people anyway? Will this really help achieve equity? (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erika D. Smith Source Type: news

Insurer Oscar Health falls in Wall Street debut after $1.4bn IPO
New York company co-founded by Joshua Kushner was valued at almost $8bn in flotation (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 3, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

More Competition for Docs as Insurers Boost New Telehealth Plans? More Competition for Docs as Insurers Boost New Telehealth Plans?
Will primary care physicians face additional competition as insurers promote a new kind of plan based on telehealth? The trend raises questions about what primary care is and how it can best be provided.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Kenya: Let Insurers Fund the Jab - David Turuthi
[Nation] Medical insurance companies went through very happy months of March to June last year. When the initial Covid-19 cases were reported in Kenya, many Kenyans shied away from hospitals. Many tried their hand at self-medication while others used herbs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 3, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Oscar Health raises $1.4bn from stock market listing
Top of share price range values insurer co-founded by Joshua Kushner at $7.9bn (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - March 3, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Health insurers posted mixed results in the year of the pandemic
The state ’s largest insurers reported mixed financial results in 2020, as the pandemic took an unequal toll on different market sectors and businesses. Here's who saw profits, and losses, and why. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 2, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Clover Health Hit By Rising Covid-19 Costs In Fourth Quarter
The Medicare Advantage insurer is looking to expand into direct contracting as a way to boost its business in 2021, but is waiting for federal approval. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 2, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Jennings, Forbes Staff Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Editors' Pick editors-pick Coronavirus Decision Maker Content decisionmaker Source Type: news

Government must halt 'stealth privatisation' of dozens of GP practices, warns Labour
Labour has urged the government to halt the 'stealth privatisation' of dozens of GP practices taken over by a US health insurance company that now provides general practice for 500,000 NHS patients. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 1, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Commissioning News Source Type: news

If Protections Expire, COVID Patients Could Soon Face Big Medical Bills
MONDAY, March 1, 2021 -- Older Americans on a Medicare Advantage plan could face hospital bills of $1,000 or more if private insurers start charging out-of-pocket costs for lifesaving COVID-19 care, a new study warns. Cost data show that Medicare... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 1, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Special Report: Insurers Continue to Target Emergency Medicine for Claim Denials and Downcodes
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - March 1, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Special Report Source Type: news

Insurance giant Cigna to acquire South Florida's telehealth unicorn MDLive
One of the nation's largest health insurance companies entered into an agreement to buy MDLive. Evernorth, a Cigna (NYSE: CI) portfolio company, announced it will purchase the Miramar-based telehealth company in a deal expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but MDLive is among a handful of technology companies in Florida wi th valuations above $1 billion. Founded in 2009, MDLive's network includes more than 2,000 physicians across… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 26, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ashley Portero Source Type: news

Analysts: Why Highmark Health's NY expansion is a sign of strength
The HealthNow affiliation shows the Pittsburgh-based insurer ’s strength in the marketplace and ability to grow amid widespread consolidation. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Lawsuits filed against auto insurers over rates in pandemic
Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies on Tuesday, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Study finds digital treatment for osteoarthritis is superior to traditional routine care
(MediaSource) The steadily increasing prevalence and high costs of treating chronic joint pain worldwide poses a challenge for healthcare systems and healthcare payers. New research published today in JAMA Network Open shows the effectiveness of a digital healthcare treatment with the potential to save insurance companies and their patients the costs and risks of joint surgeries - a finding that is especially promising as more patients turn to telemedicine as a safe treatment option amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lawsuits filed against auto insurers over rates in pandemic
Class action lawsuits were filed against 10 major auto insurance companies. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

CVS Health ’s Housing Investments Reach $114 Million As Insurers Address Social Determinants
CVS Health will increase investments in affordable housing to address social determinants of health. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 23, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Retail /retail pharma Source Type: news