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New York Considers Adding Telemedicine to Workers Comp Guidelines

January 11, 2019 - New York may be taking a look at how telehealth can help the state’s worker’s comp system. Senate Bill 1042, introduced this week by state Senator Catharine Young proposes establishing a seven-member task force to examine how connected health technology could improve outcomes for workers on worker’s comp, increase access to care providers and enable those providers to...


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mHealth Strategies Need Planning to Avoid Digital Solution Fatigue

by Eric Wicklund

Health plans looking to connect with their members on an mHealth platform these days face a challenge similar to any parent with teen-aged children: The more digital options, the better the chance of making eye contact. But do all those...

New Program Offers Free Insurance For mHealth Data From a Smartwatch

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app developer is partnering with a life insurance company to offer $1,000 in free insurance in exchange for the user’s digital health data collected through a smartwatch. Cardiogram, which markets a smartwatch app that...

John Hancock Makes mHealth a Part of All Insurance Policies

by Eric Wicklund

One of America’s oldest insurers is switching from traditional policies to an interactive model that tracks member health through mHealth devices, including wearables. John Hancock announced this week that its interactive life...

Massachusetts Fails to Approve Telehealth Parity Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts lawmakers have failed to approve legislation that would have improved the state’s telehealth and telemedicine laws, further cementing the commonwealth’s reputation as one of least progressive states for connected...

Groups Sue Anthem Over Telehealth-Friendly ER Review Policy

by Eric Wicklund

A national payer’s policy of screening ER visits to promote telehealth and mHealth options is being challenged in court. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) have...

Medicare Advantage Members Are Using mHealth, But Their Plans Aren’t

by Eric Wicklund

Medicare Advantage members are using mHealth tools to monitor chronic health conditions. However, the same can’t be said for their health plans. That disparity was picked up in HealthMine’s Medicare Report, based on a 2017...

Kentucky OKs Telehealth, Coverage Parity for Medicaid Members

by Eric Wicklund

Kentucky lawmakers have enacted legislation to make telehealth and telemedicine services more readily available to Medicaid recipients. SB 112 was signed into law this week by Gov. Matt Bevin following votes of 36-0 in the State Senate...

New Mobile Health Program Aims to Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

The ambulance company serving New Mexico’s Valencia County is partnering with two health plans to launch a community paramedicine program, giving residents access to mobile health services in their homes. American Medical Response...

MA Payer’s Digital Health Platform Targets Members’ Health Needs

by Eric Wicklund

A Massachusetts payer is looking to connect its members with digital health programs promoting diabetes management and fertility, pregnancy and parenting guidance. The Emerging Solutions platform being introduced by Blue Cross Blue Shield...

Employers Are High on Telehealth - But Not Necessarily on mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

More and more employers are making telehealth a part of their health plans – and they’re adding incentives so that employees will choose telehealth over a visit to the doctor’s office or emergency room or urgent care...

Payer Launches Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service for Businesses

by Eric Wicklund

An Oregon-based health plan is launching an asynchronous telehealth service to large businesses to help employees get medical advice and prescriptions for common non-acute health issues. Cambia Health Solutions, a Portland-based...

UnitedHealth Gives MA Members an mHealth Link to Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

UnitedHealth Group is launching an mHealth program to help its Medicaid Advantage members with type 2 diabetes. The insurer, which boast some 4.3 million seniors in its MA plans, is giving an undisclosed number of members the Dexcom...

Study: States’ Private Payer Laws Are Harming Telehealth Growth

by Eric Wicklund

Two-thirds of the states in the US may have laws to promote telehealth and telemedicine coverage by private payers, but many of those laws are weakly written, giving payers too much discretion to set their own ground rules and turning...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

by Eric Wicklund

An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the...

Ga. Payer Pushes Telehealth to Replace Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A Georgia insurer is taking strong steps to promote telehealth as a replacement for most emergency room visits. Starting in July, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia will stop reimbursing for ER visits deemed to be unnecessary. The payer is...

North Carolina lawmakers eye telemedicine payment parity

by Eric Wicklund

Lawmakers in North Carolina – a state with a long track record of telemedicine and mHealth innovation – are poised to debate a bill that would establish reimbursement parity for payers. H.B. 283 would mandate that health plans...

mHealth-based Workplace Wellness Programs Face Congressional Scrutiny

by Eric Wicklund

A bill quietly moving through Congress could have a significant impact on workplace wellness programs that use digital health tools. Opponents say HR 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, could undermine mHealth-based...

WA State Payer Picks mHealth Application for Depression Care

by Thomas Beaton

Local payer Amerigroup Washington has chosen an mHealth application to help beneficiaries with mental health self-management, the organizations announced in a press release.  The collaboration, which aims to improve access to...

UnitedHealthcare Announces a Huge Expansion of its mHealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth program launched by one of the nation’s largest insurers that pays employees for meeting activity goals is getting a huge upgrade. UnitedHealthcare announced today at CES 2017 that it is expanding its Motion wellness...

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