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Payers and mHealth

Ga. Payer Pushes Telehealth to Replace Unnecessary ER Visits

June 8, 2017 - 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 recommending that its members use BCBSGa’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service, or visit the nearest urgent care or retail health clinic. "The...


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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 cover...

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 employee...

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 resources related...

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 program...

Survey: Consumers Want mHealth Convenience, But Payers Aren’t Prepared

by Eric Wicklund

A new study finds that consumers overwhelmingly prefer online communications with their doctor over in-person visits, and they’ll even risk the security of their health data for the convenience. In all, eight out of every 10 people surveyed...

Aetna, Apple Launch mHealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Aetna is turning to Apple to get its members more interested in mHealth The payer is launching a new initiative to provide Apple Watches – in some instances fully subsidized – to employees and select member populations, beginning...

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