Premera Blue Cross

Tenth Circuit Interpretation of ERISA Notice Requirement Impacts Plan Administrator’s Right to Deferential Standard of Review | 8/27/2020

… the plan administrator typically is entitled to a deferential standard of judicial review, and courts will look for abuse of discretion rather than impose a de novo standard of review. In Lyn M. v. Premera Blue Cross , – F.3d –, 2020 WL 4249129 (10th Cir. Jul 24, 2020), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit limited the deferential standard of review, holding that a de novo review applied when …

Healthcare Management Administrators Names Lindsay Harris as New President | PR Newswire | 8/27/2020

… success in service to our customers. With more than 20 years of experience in health care financing, Harris has held a variety of program management, program evaluation, and consulting positions with organizations such as Premera Blue Cross , Mathematica Policy Research, and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality at the Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Community Board of Pacific Medical Centers in …

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Google Alert - Provider | 8/26/2020

Provider As-it-happens update ⋅ August 26, 2020 WEB Premera Blue Cross hiring Provider Relationship Manager in Mountlake Terrace, Washington … LinkedIn Posted 1 day ago. Join Our Team: Do Meaningful Work and Improve People’s Lives Our purpose, to improve customers’…See this and similar jobs on … Flag as irrelevant You have received this email because you have subscribed to Google Alerts . Unsubscribe Receive this alert as RSS feed Send Feedback …

Dataiku Raises $100 Million To Extend Leadership In Enterprise AI Market | Business Wire | 8/24/2020

… out of experimental labs and put them into everyday operations that are truly woven into the fabric of a company. Dataiku serves hundreds of customers worldwide, including Schlumberger, GE Aviation, Sephora, Unilever, BNP Paribas, Premera Blue Cross , Kuka, and Santander. Its team has grown to more than 450 people worldwide in New York, Paris, London, Frankfürt, Dubai, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Singapore. “The progression of AI in the enterprise has moved …

Dataiku Raises $100 Million To Extend Leadership In Enterprise AI Market | Business & Finance | manchestertimes.com | Business Wire | 8/23/2020

… out of experimental labs and put them into everyday operations that are truly woven into the fabric of a company. Dataiku serves hundreds of customers worldwide, including Schlumberger, GE Aviation, Sephora, Unilever, BNP Paribas, Premera Blue Cross , Kuka, and Santander. Its team has grown to more than 450 people worldwide in New York, Paris, London, Frankfürt, Dubai, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Singapore. “The progression of AI in the enterprise has moved …

Trump Judge Tries to Uphold Denial of Medical Benefits: Confirmed Judges Confirmed Fears | 8/18/2020

… court majority rejected Eid’s argument, reversed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment against the parents, and sent the case back to the lower court in its July 2020 decision in Lyn M. v. Premera Blue Cross . A teenager identified as L.M. has “experienced mental illness since she was a young girl,” manifested in a suicide attempt, instances of self-harm, and other problems that have required that she “attend …

9 health insurers sending premium credits to members | Becker’s Hospital Review | 8/15/2020

… in Michigan, provided premium credits to its members in June and July. 7. Anthem provided $2.5 billion in financial assistance to providers and health plan members, including one-month premium rebates to members. 8. Premera Blue Cross said more than 200,000 of its commercial and individual members will receive up to $65 million in premium relief funds and premium rebates. 9. UnitedHealth Group is providing members more than $1.5 billion …

How AI can help payers navigate a coming wave of delayed and deferred care | FierceHealthcare | 8/14/2020

… engagement and prioritize cross-departmental goals by leveraging CX technology. Register Today “We are using the AI approaches to try to protect future cost bubbles,” said Colt Courtright, chief data and analytics officer at Premera Blue Cross , during a session with Fierce AI Week on Wednesday. WATCH THE ON-DEMAND PLAYBACK: What Payers Should Know About How AI Can Change Their Business He noted that people are not going in …

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

… was created with the goal of promoting access to affordable mental health services on the HIPAA-compliant web and mobile platform. Currently, Talkspace is covered by the nation’s largest health insurers, including Cigna, Optum, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana. Talkspace also offers coverage plans directly through employers, educational institutions and other large member organizations. Like most areas of health care, affordability is a major barrier to engagement. In …

The Way Forward: Answers to your biggest questions about life after COVID-19 | 8/10/2020

We asked regional experts your top questions about how we’ll return to life as stay-at-home restrictions lift and what that might look like. Sponsored by Premera.”,”isBreaking”: false,”url”: (“desktopUrl”: “/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pandemic-questions-answered-town-hall/281-49d4dfeb-40a5-4700-96ad-0310d38b11f1”,”mobileUrl”: “/mobile/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pandemic-questions-answered-town-hall/281-49d4dfeb-40a5-4700-96ad-0310d38b11f1”,”canonicalUrl”: “https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-pandemic …

cit_200803_greenough2 - Sun, 02 Aug 2020 PST | 8/3/2020

… hospitals will soon be home to a 21,000-square-foot medical office building. Tenants for the new building, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2021, will include a primary care clinic operated by Premera Blue Cross and a dental group, Baker said. Baker said developers had tried for two years to find a way to repurpose the former grocery store, but a problem with water draining into the building …

Goodbye to Greenough’s: Site of Spokane’s first supermarket razed to make way for medical offices - Mon, 03 Aug 2020 PST | 8/3/2020

… hospitals will soon be home to a 21,000-square-foot medical office building. Tenants for the new building, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2021, will include a primary care clinic operated by Premera Blue Cross and a dental group, Baker said. Baker said developers had tried for two years to find a way to repurpose the former grocery store, but a problem with water draining into the building …

Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter for July 29, 2020 | 7/29/2020

… Even if the deferential standard of review applied, however, the Tenth Circuit concluded that the claims administrator failed to properly apply its medical necessity criteria, and therefore acted arbitrarily and capriciously.” [ Lyn M. v. Premera Blue Cross , No. 18-4098 (10th Cir. Jul. 24, 2020)] Thomson Reuters Practical Law Cross-Plan Offsetting Practice Is Challenged in Class Action Lawsuit “[E]mployers/plan sponsors should consider the following actions: [1] Review TPA …

M. v. Premera Blue Cross | 7/24/2020

The parents of a teenage girl (L.M.) sued Premera Blue Cross under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), claiming improper denial of medical benefits. The district court granted summary judgment to Premera, and the parents appeal. We conclude that the district court erred by applying the arbitrary-and-capricious standard and concluding that Premera had properly applied its criteria for medical necessity. Given these conclusions, we reverse and remand …

Microsoft Accused Of Denying Addiction Treatment Coverage | 6/23/2020

A Microsoft employee’s daughter has hit the tech giant and Premera Blue Cross with an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit claiming that the companies wrongly denied coverage for most of her stay at a Utah facility for mental health and substance use treatment.In a Monday complaint filed in Washington federal court, a 20-year-old woman identified as N.F. says that even though she stayed at the Solacium Sunrise …

Relive the Game That Ushered in a Championship Season on this Week’s “Sounders FC Classics” Broadcast, Presented by Premera Blue Cross | 6/20/2020

… vs. FC Cincinnati. The match featured a brace by Jordan Morris in the forward’s first regular-season action following a devastating injury that cost him the 2018 season. This week’s broadcast is presented by Premera Blue Cross. Sounders FC Classics is available live on JOEtv, as well as both live and archived for later viewing on SoundersFC.com and via the Sounders FC mobile app, for those within the Sounders FC …

Hazelden Betty Ford in Bellevue, WA Designated Blue Distinction® Center for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery | 6/18/2020

BELLEVUE, Wash. , June 18, To help patients who have substance use disorders find quality on-site and virtual treatment services, Premera Blue Cross has recognized the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation site in Bellevue, Wash. , as a Blue Distinction® Center for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery. Hazelden Betty Ford in Bellevue provides outpatient services on-site and to people throughout the state of Washington via telehealth. It is among the initial …

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… iCarbonX. July 17, 2019: Optum announces its partnership with John Muir Health to help the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a …

Foundations Step Up Funding for COVID-19 Response Efforts (May 16-June 15, 2020) - PhilanTopic | PND | Candid | 6/14/2020

… 550,000 The Rasmuson Foundation has announced twelve grants totaling $550,000 in support of COVID-19 response efforts as well as rural healthcare initiatives in Alaska. The second round of funding awarded in partnership with Premera Blue Cross and the Alaska Community Foundation through the Premera Rural Health Care Fund includes grants of $25,000 to the Arctic Slope Native Association for the purchase of oxygen bottles for COVID-19 patients; $65,316 …

What’s in Your Wallet? Five Tips to Protect Forensic Reports from Discovery Post-Capital One | Wyrick Robbins Practical Privacy | 6/12/2020

… did not test whether it would have been impactful for Capital One’s counsel to have pursued a separate SOW governed by the existing services agreement. However, that approach was considered in breach litigation involving Premera Blue Cross . Premera had an existing engagement with a security firm to review a claims system. When the assessor discovered malware, Premera engaged counsel and entered into a separate SOW with the assessor, recounting that …

4 payers that have extended telehealth coverage through 2020 | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/11/2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders put pressure on health insurers to expand telehealth coverage, some payers are taking steps to further expand coverage and implement permanent policies. Four payers that have recently extended telehealth coverage: 1. Premera Blue Cross in May launched its first virtual primary care plan for Washington state employers. Under the plan, beneficiaries have access to a virtual provider from telehealth company …

Growing Number Of Insurers Offering Premium Discounts As They Rack Up Savings During Pandemic | Kaiser Health News | 6/4/2020

… billion to customers, health-care providers and others in various forms, including premium credits of 10% to 15% in July for some individual policyholders and fully insured employers. The big insurer follows others including Premera Blue Cross , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Priority Health, as well as UnitedHealth Group Inc., that have given discounts to some customers. (Wilde Mathews, 6/4) In other insurer news — Colorado Sun: Colorado Democrats …

Industry Voices—Tech and the renaissance of clinical practice in a post-pandemic world | FierceHealthcare | 6/3/2020

… of rapid and profound change in clinical practice, there is enormous pressure to reduce health costs, eliminate empty promises and accelerate health care in a manner that’s more efficient, flexible, and patient-focused. RELATED: Premera Blue Cross teams up with 98point6 to launch virtual primary care plan As a physician who uses telemedicine, I can attest to the impact coronavirus has had on my work. However, if it is to …

Local residents gain new state healthcare provider in 2021 | 6/2/2020

… health insurance market. This includes two new insurers — UnitedHealthcare of Oregon and Community Health Network of Washington — that are joining Washington’s market. For Grays Harbor and Pacific County, the sole healthcare provider for 2020, Premera Blue Cross , looks to be joined by Regence BlueShield as an option through the state exchange. With 15 insurers in next year’s individual market, all 39 counties will have at least two insurers selling plans …

Business Beat - Sun, 31 May 2020 PST | 5/31/2020

SMS Honors The Providence Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Program at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement by Premera Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The national designation recognizes health care providers who deliver quality care, affordable cost, treatment expertise and better patient results. Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners granted its Partner Appreciation Awards to several community members and local …

Behavioral Health

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 10, 2020– Talkspace , the global leader in digital behavioral health, is now covered by insurance for over 40 million Americans. The new campaign, in partnership with ambassador Michael Phelps, was created with the goal of promoting access to affordable mental health services on the HIPAA-compliant web and mobile platform. Currently, Talkspace is covered by the nation’s largest health insurers, including Cigna, Optum, Premera Blue …

HIPAA

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 10, 2020– Talkspace , the global leader in digital behavioral health, is now covered by insurance for over 40 million Americans. The new campaign, in partnership with ambassador Michael Phelps, was created with the goal of promoting access to affordable mental health services on the HIPAA-compliant web and mobile platform. Currently, Talkspace is covered by the nation’s largest health insurers, including Cigna, Optum, Premera Blue …

Mental Health Services

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 10, 2020– Talkspace , the global leader in digital behavioral health, is now covered by insurance for over 40 million Americans. The new campaign, in partnership with ambassador Michael Phelps, was created with the goal of promoting access to affordable mental health services on the HIPAA-compliant web and mobile platform. Currently, Talkspace is covered by the nation’s largest health insurers, including Cigna, Optum, Premera Blue …

COVID-19

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

… the HIPAA-compliant web and mobile platform. Currently, Talkspace is covered by the nation’s largest health insurers, including Cigna, Optum, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana. Talkspace also offers coverage plans directly through employers … covers 40 million people through their health insurance or employer.” COVID-19 has eliminated the option to engage in in-person therapy for many, and telemedicine has emerged as a safe solution for both patients …

Telehealth

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a … A funding round for Heartbeat Health, a data-driven cardiology telehealth platform. April 15, 2020: Optum reports first-quarter revenue hit $32.8 billion , a 24.6 percent year-over-year increase. April 15, 2020: Optum CEO …

Digital Health

Amwell bagged $194 million to keep up with the increasingly growing usage of its services | Business Insider | 5/22/2020

… focused research company from Insider Inc. Learn more about what we offer. This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your … Cloud for Healthcare as its first industry-specific cloud offering Premera Blue Cross is launching its first-ever virtual primary care plan …

Health Management

Cigna grows digital behavioral health network in partnership with Talkspace | FierceHealthcare | 5/21/2020

… partnership with Cigna expands its reach to 40 million members. The company also works with insurers like Humana, Optum and Premera Blue Cross. Talkspace said that between March and April it’s seen a 70% increase … example. Cigna will offer digital substance abuse treatment through MAP Health Management in nine states and the District of Columbia, and NOCD, a digital platform for obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment, in California, Michigan and North …

ACA

Health insurers speed MLR rebates through premium discounts | Modern Healthcare | 5/20/2020

… July and continuing through the end of the year. Their announcements follows similar commitments made earlier this month from insurers Premera Blue Cross, Priority Health and UnitedHealthcare . UCare and some other insurers are also waiving … are required under the medical loss ratio provision of the ACA, would consequently lower the amount of rebates that the insurers pay out in 2021. “We felt that giving our membership the premium discount now …

Medicare

Health insurers speed MLR rebates through premium discounts | Modern Healthcare | 5/20/2020

Medicare members, which it hopes will help members who are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic and encourage them to seek needed care. Another not-for-profit, Detroit-based Health Alliance Plan, said Tuesday it would cut monthly premiums by 5% for individual and small group premiums starting in July and continuing through the end of the year. Their announcements follows similar commitments made earlier this month from insurers Premera …

Kaiser Family Foundation

Health insurers speed MLR rebates through premium discounts | Modern Healthcare | 5/20/2020

… July and continuing through the end of the year. Their announcements follows similar commitments made earlier this month from insurers Premera Blue Cross, Priority Health and UnitedHealthcare . UCare and some other insurers are also waiving … they priced their plans in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates insurers will owe almost double that—$2.7 billion—in rebates to be paid out this summer based on 2017, 2018, and …

Medicaid

Premera Blue Cross launches virtual primary care health plan | Healthcare Finance | 5/14/2020

… is available at a lower premium than standard PPO plans, and offers a specialist referral process. Susan Morse , Managing Editor Premera Blue Cross has launched its first virtual care health plan for member access to … during the coronavirus pandemic as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March allowed for more than 80 additional services to be furnished via telehealth. Providers were able to bill at the same rate …

Mental Health

Premera Blue Cross Teams With the UW to Establish Rural Nursing Program | Globe Newswire | 3/3/2020

Mountlake Terrace, Wash., March 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced a $4.7 million grant to the University of Washington to establish the Rural Nursing … isolated rural doctors; and, programs to increase the capacity of mental health crisis centers in rural areas. Learn more about how Premera is investing in rural communities. About Premera Blue Cross Premera Blue Cross is …

Rural Health

Premera Blue Cross Teams With the UW to Establish Rural Nursing Program | Globe Newswire | 3/3/2020

Mountlake Terrace, Wash., March 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced a $4.7 million grant to the University of Washington to establish the Rural Nursing Health Initiative to place current students in rural practices in Washington state. According to a 2017 study from the National Rural Health Association , people living in rural areas suffer worse health outcomes than their urban …

Community Health

26 payer exec moves in February | Becker’s Hospital Review | 2/27/2020

… below, in alphabetical order. 1. Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan promoted Kristen Cerf to president and CEO. 2. Premera Blue Cross hired David Condon as vice president of Eastern Washington. 3. Alec Cunningham … first director of brand messaging and public relations for the Community Health Plan of Washington. 18. ConnectiCare hired Brian Pagliaro as senior vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. 19. Christopher Paquette joined Trustmark …

Population Health

2019 closes the year with 251 digital health fundings | MobiHealthNews | 12/31/2019

… allowing the tool to identify patients who are at higher risk of dropout or non-adherence. Q4 $24.00 Optum Ventures, Premera Blue Cross, Great Point Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Leverage Health Solutions The new funding … University spinout was founded with the goal of providing predictive population health insights. The company’s tool uses artificial intelligence to predict which patients will have high health spending in the future. It then sets its …

Precision Medicine

Optum’s 6 key technology acquisitions, investments in 2019 | Becker’s Hospital Review | 11/27/2019

… primarily focused on musculoskeletal disorders and chronic back pain, and has more than 275,000 enrolled users. Vim : Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross were co-leaders in a $24 million series B financing round for … with the startup, which is developing machine learning solutions for precision medicine. The technology matches patients with providers using artificial intelligence and has clients that include health systems, insurers and self-insured employers. More articles …

AMCA

Judge Approves Quest Diagnostics $195K Settlement for 2016 Breach | HealthIT Security | 10/31/2019

… involved in another class-action lawsuit, stemming from a breach of its former third-party vendor American Medical Collection Agency. AMCA began notifying its vendors in May 2019 that its system was hacked for eight … US District Judge preliminarily approved a $74 million settlement with Premera Blue Cross over its 2014 data breach that impacted 10.6 million patients. Tagged …

Care Access

AK Health Groups Receive Grants for Rural Patient Access to Care | Patient Engagement HIT | 10/31/2019

AK Health Groups Receive Grants for Rural Patient Access to Care Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield aims to drive patient access to care in rural areas by supporting workforce education programs and other funding opportunities … to close the growing gap between urban and rural health care access.” Specifically, the UAA College of Health Sciences will receive a $1.77 million grant for expanding the university’s associates and bachelors programs in nursing …

Health Tech

Health tech funding snapshot—Capsule lands $200M, Optum Ventures joins $24M round in Vim and more | FierceHealthcare | 10/4/2019

… insights back to patients and providers. Payer-provider collaboration: Vim , a startup developing a platform for health plan-provider collaboration, landed $24 million in series B funding co-led by Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross. The funding round was joined by earlier backers Great Point Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Vim will use the investment to fuel rapid expansion across new U.S. markets, and accelerate product development and hiring initiatives …

ACO

Using Community Care to Boost Patient Access to Opioid Treatment | Patient Engagement HIT | 8/23/2019

… Participating organizations include Neighborcare Health and St. Vincent de Paul in North Seattle; Neighborcare Health and Spokane Regional Health District; Tacoma-Pierce County Health department in partnership with Tacoma Needle Exchange; and Blue Mountain Heart … Other funding partners include the Washington State Health Care Authority, Premera Blue Cross, and The Ikigai Fund at Seattle Foundation. “Opioid-use disorder is a critical health issue for many Washingtonians,” said Dr. Charissa Fotinos …

Health Data Breach

Premera Blue Cross to pay $10M to 30 states over 2014 data breach | FierceHealthcare | 7/12/2019

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than … state attorneys general investigating the company’s practices following the 2014 health data breach that affected 10.4 million individuals nationwide and 6.4 million Washington state residents. Free Daily Newsletter Like this story? Subscribe to FierceHealthcare! The …

HIPAA Breach

Premera Blue Cross to pay $10M to 30 states over 2014 data breach | FierceHealthcare | 7/12/2019

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than … information. RELATED: Medical imaging company to pay $3M to settle HIPAA breach impacting 300K patients Premera also is required to hire a chief information security officer who will hold regular meetings with Premera’s executive management …

Medical Imaging

Premera Blue Cross to pay $10M to 30 states over 2014 data breach | FierceHealthcare | 7/12/2019

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than … employees who handle personal information and protected health information. RELATED: Medical imaging company to pay $3M to settle HIPAA breach impacting 300K patients Premera also is required to hire a chief information security officer who …

Coordinated Care

Era of soaring ACA rate hikes appears to be over - POLITICO | 6/4/2019

Coordinated Care Corporation (a Centene subsidiary) to a 7.3 percent decrease for Premera Blue Cross. More for Pros . MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SENATE FINANCE WANTS DRUG PRICE PACKAGE THIS MONTH — The committee could unveil bipartisan legislation aimed at lowering drug prices as soon as mid-June, Chairman Chuck Grassley told reporters Monday afternoon. The proposal, which Grassley is negotiating with ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), hasn’t been finalized and neither …

Utilization Management

Evolent Health, Inc. (EVH) CEO Frank Williams on Q1 2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript | Seeking Alpha | 5/8/2019

… Premera Blue Cross, a not-for-profit independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association that serves 2 million customers. Evolent will provide Premera Blue Cross with a wide range of health plan services, including claims adjudication, utilization management and care and disease management services to approximately 70,000 Premera Blue Cross members. This includes approximately 45,000 Washington State exchange and 25,000 Alaska federal exchange lives. Evolent will also provide …

UnitedHealth Group

9 health insurers sending premium credits to members | Becker’s Hospital Review | 8/15/2020

Premera Blue Cross said more than 200,000 of its commercial and individual members will receive up to $65 million in premium relief funds and premium rebates. 9. UnitedHealth Group is providing members more than $1.5 billion in discounts, including premium rebates. More articles on payers …

UnitedHealth

9 health insurers sending premium credits to members | Becker’s Hospital Review | 8/15/2020

Premera Blue Cross said more than 200,000 of its commercial and individual members will receive up to $65 million in premium relief funds and premium rebates. 9. UnitedHealth Group is providing members more than $1.5 billion in discounts, including premium rebates. More articles on payers …

Optum

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

During the last year, Optum, UnitedHealth Group’s pharmacy benefit manager and care services group, has continued to grow as a major presence in the healthcare industry. Here’s a timeline of Optum’s key updates, reported by … San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers …

Vivify Health

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a … care by more than half. Oct. 30, 2019: Optum acquires Vivify Health , a startup offering providers and payers a mobile, cloud-based platform for remote patient care management. Nov. 11, 2019: UnitedHealth Group appoints Sir …

PatientsLikeMe

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

PatientsLikeMe from Chinese company iCarbonX. July 17, 2019: Optum announces its partnership with John Muir Health to help the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing …

Equian

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum Ventures leads the $8 million funding round for Kaia Health, which is developing a smartphone-based technology for chronic condition management. Oct. 15, 2019: Optum …

Kaia Health

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum Ventures leads the $8 million funding round for Kaia Health, which is developing a smartphone-based technology for chronic condition management. Oct. 15, 2019: Optum …

OptumRx

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a … approach when rolling out its healthcare initiatives. Dec. 9, 2019: OptumRx announces it will pay about $4 per share in cash for Flint, Mich.-based Diplomat Pharmacy, a deal valued at about $300 million. Jan …

Vim

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum Ventures leads the $8 million funding round for Kaia Health, which is developing a smartphone-based technology for chronic condition management. Oct. 15, 2019: Optum …

98point6

4 payers that have extended telehealth coverage through 2020 | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/11/2020

Premera Blue Cross in May launched its first virtual primary care plan for Washington state employers. Under the plan, beneficiaries have access to a virtual provider from telehealth company 98point6 with a $0 copay. 2. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee on May 14 updated its coverage policies to permanently cover virtual visits with in-network providers.The insurer will now cover telehealth for primary care providers, specialists, behavioral health providers and occupational …

Centene

4 payers that have extended telehealth coverage through 2020 | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/11/2020

… are taking steps to further expand coverage and implement permanent policies. Four payers that have recently extended telehealth coverage: 1. Premera Blue Cross in May launched its first virtual primary care plan for Washington state … and speech therapy as part of its regular policies. 3. Centene announced May 20 it will waive all cost sharing for telehealth visits for its nearly 1 million Medicare Advantage plans through the end of …

Quest Diagnostics

Polish startup Infermedica joins forces with Microsoft to digitise early diagnostics | MobiHealthNews | 5/27/2020

Premera Blue Cross and Quest Diagnostics. WHY IT MATTERS As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have needed to streamline medical triage. The partnership aims to improve diagnostic efficiency and deliver more meaningful data while simultaneously introducing significant cost-saving measures. THE LARGER CONTEXT Infermedica was founded in 2012 by a team of engineers, data scientists, and physicians. The startup’s products have been used by more than …

Infermedica

Polish startup Infermedica joins forces with Microsoft to digitise early diagnostics | MobiHealthNews | 5/27/2020

The partnership aims to reduce pressure on the health system by automating the triage process. Share Credit: Infermedica Polish startup Infermedica has announced a collaboration with tech giant Microsoft, which aims to empower healthcare organisations … is used by leading health organisations, including Aurora Health Care, Premera Blue Cross and Quest Diagnostics. WHY IT MATTERS As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have needed to streamline medical triage …

Microsoft Health

Polish startup Infermedica joins forces with Microsoft to digitise early diagnostics | MobiHealthNews | 5/27/2020

… health system by automating the triage process. Share Credit: Infermedica Polish startup Infermedica has announced a collaboration with tech giant Microsoft, which aims to empower healthcare organisations to build and deploy virtual healthcare assistants at … is used by leading health organisations, including Aurora Health Care, Premera Blue Cross and Quest Diagnostics. WHY IT MATTERS As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have needed to streamline medical triage …

MAP Health Management

Cigna grows digital behavioral health network in partnership with Talkspace | FierceHealthcare | 5/21/2020

… partnership with Cigna expands its reach to 40 million members. The company also works with insurers like Humana, Optum and Premera Blue Cross. Talkspace said that between March and April it’s seen a 70% increase … for example. Cigna will offer digital substance abuse treatment through MAP Health Management in nine states and the District of Columbia, and NOCD, a digital platform for obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment, in California, Michigan and …

Meru Health

Cigna grows digital behavioral health network in partnership with Talkspace | FierceHealthcare | 5/21/2020

… partnership with Cigna expands its reach to 40 million members. The company also works with insurers like Humana, Optum and Premera Blue Cross. Talkspace said that between March and April it’s seen a 70% increase … members in Arizona, California and Colorado will have access to Meru Health, a 12-week app-based program to treat anxiety and burnout, for example. Cigna will offer digital substance abuse treatment through MAP Health …

CVS Health

Premera Blue Cross teams up with 98point6 to launch virtual primary care plan | FierceHealthcare | 5/18/2020

Washington-based Premera Blue Cross is launching a new virtual primary care plan for employers. Premera NOW will be available to the insurer’s employer clients beginning in October. The plan, designed in partnership with telehealth … expect to continue even as the country begins to reopen. CVS Health, for example, saw virtual visits through its MinuteClinics increase by 600% in the first quarter of the year thanks to COVID-19. In …

CVS

Premera Blue Cross teams up with 98point6 to launch virtual primary care plan | FierceHealthcare | 5/18/2020

Washington-based Premera Blue Cross is launching a new virtual primary care plan for employers. Premera NOW will be available to the insurer’s employer clients beginning in October. The plan, designed in partnership with telehealth … expect to continue even as the country begins to reopen. CVS Health, for example, saw virtual visits through its MinuteClinics increase by 600% in the first quarter of the year thanks to COVID-19. In …

Doctor on Demand

Premera Blue Cross teams up with 98point6 to launch virtual primary care plan | FierceHealthcare | 5/18/2020

Washington-based Premera Blue Cross is launching a new virtual primary care plan for employers. Premera NOW will be available to the insurer’s employer clients beginning in October. The plan, designed in partnership with telehealth … have designed similar plans. Humana, for example, teamed up with Doctor on Demand to launch On Hand , which offers a dedicated primary care physician and access to other care virtually with lower premiums. Read more …

Workit Health

Premera Blue Cross offers zero cost share virtual mental health and substance use disorder treatment during COVID-19 pandemic | Globe Newswire | 4/21/2020

Mountlake Terrace, Wash., April 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced an expansion of its zero cost share options for virtual mental health care and substance use disorder treatment in response to the unprecedented demand for virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Premera has signed provider agreements with Doctor On Demand , Boulder Care and Workit Health to deliver video …

Express Scripts

26 payer exec moves in February | Becker’s Hospital Review | 2/27/2020

… below, in alphabetical order. 1. Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan promoted Kristen Cerf to president and CEO. 2. Premera Blue Cross hired David Condon as vice president of Eastern Washington. 3. Alec Cunningham … and strategy officer. 20. Cigna named Dave Queller president of Express Scripts. In that position, Mr. Queller will lead pharmacy benefit management services and oversee supply chain and drug procurement. 21. Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision …

Cardinal Analytx

Cardinal Analytx Rebrands as Prealize to Reflect Power of Solution to Deliver Proactive Care by Turning Insights into Action | PR Newswire | 1/9/2020

Cardinal Analytx Rebrands as Prealize to Reflect Power of Solution to Deliver Proactive Care by Turning Insights into Action Prealize Named “Vendor to Watch” by Chilmark Research News provided by Jan 09, 2020, 13:18 ET … Doerr , with GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California and Premera Blue Cross as strategic investors. With this funding, Prealize was able to extend its lead in using innovative machine learning to help drive the …

Rite Aid

With 3 New Growth Catalysts, Is Rite Aid Stock Finally a Buy? | Yahoo News | 9/6/2019

If you take a glance at the chart of Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD ) stock, it is mostly downhill — going from $15 to $6.60. But this is nothing new. Keep in mind that, during the past … positions at companies like ValueOptions (a behavioral health improvement company), Premera Blue Cross and Cigna Healthcare (NYSE: CI ). All in all, Donigan has broad experience in both traditional and digital healthcare — which seems to be …

Optum Ventures

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum Ventures leads the $8 million funding round for Kaia Health, which is developing a smartphone-based technology for chronic condition management. Oct …

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum Ventures leads the $8 million funding round for Kaia Health, which is developing a smartphone-based technology for chronic condition management. Oct …

HealthCare Partners

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a … A. Desai, MD, former president of El Segundo, Calif.-based HealthCare Partners, becomes the new president and CEO of UnitedHealth’s Optum in California. Jan. 15, 2020: Optum’s fourth-quarter profits outpace the fourth-quarter profits …

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a … A. Desai, MD, former president of El Segundo, Calif.-based HealthCare Partners, becomes the new president and CEO of UnitedHealth’s Optum in California. Jan. 15, 2020: Optum’s fourth-quarter profits outpace the fourth-quarter profits …

Greycroft

Opioid treatment platform Boulder rakes in $10.5M in Series A funding | MobiHealthNews | 2/10/2020

The company plans to triple its production, design and engineering teams with the new funds. Addiction focused digital health startup Boulder scored $10.5 million in Series A funding this morning. Investors included Tusk Ventures and Greycroft Partners. The deal coincides with the news Boulder signed a value-based contract with Premera Blue Cross. WHAT THEY DO The startup connects patients seeking treatment for opioid use disorder to teams of addiction …

2019 closes the year with 251 digital health fundings | MobiHealthNews | 12/31/2019

… allowing the tool to identify patients who are at higher risk of dropout or non-adherence. Q4 $24.00 Optum Ventures, Premera Blue Cross, Great Point Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Leverage Health Solutions The new funding … evaluate solutions and drive adoption. Q4 $22.00 Atomico, Connect Ventures, Greycroft, Hoxton Ventures and EXOR Seeds Kheiron plans to use the new funding to carry out further clinical trials of Mia in Europe, the US …

Sequoia Capital

Vim Announces Expansion of National High-Value Care Guidance for Self-Funded Employers | Business Wire | 1/10/2020

… to support self-funded employers. The first stage of the expansion is in Washington state, where Vim has partnered with Premera Blue Cross to deliver the Premera Pulse platform and guide employees of their largest … and rewards care providers for value-driven behavior. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Great Point Ventures, Optum Ventures, and Premera Blue Cross, Vim is headquartered in San Francisco with its main R&D hub in Tel …

Health tech funding snapshot—Capsule lands $200M, Optum Ventures joins $24M round in Vim and more | FierceHealthcare | 10/4/2019

… Premera Blue Cross. The funding round was joined by earlier backers Great Point Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Vim will use the investment to fuel rapid expansion across new U.S. markets, and accelerate product development and hiring initiatives. The company, which launched in 2015, has raised $37 million to date. Vim’s platform helps to match patients with top healthcare providers using a combination of online booking and referral coordination. AI for …

Norwest Venture Partners

2019 closes the year with 251 digital health fundings | MobiHealthNews | 12/31/2019

… to smoking cessation and women’s health. Q2 N/A $73 Wellington Management Company, Cigna Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, U.S. Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Sanofi Ventures, Civilization Ventures and Providence Ventures The funding … risk of dropout or non-adherence. Q4 $24.00 Optum Ventures, Premera Blue Cross, Great Point Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Leverage Health Solutions The new funding will support the company’s growth as it enters new markets …

Health tech funding snapshot—Capsule lands $200M, Optum Ventures joins $24M round in Vim and more | FierceHealthcare | 10/4/2019

… a platform for health plan-provider collaboration, landed $24 million in series B funding co-led by Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross. The funding round was joined by earlier backers Great Point Ventures and … landed $11.5 million in a series A funding led by Norwest Venture Partners. Robin Healthcare has raised $15 million to date. Tom Gruber, the co-founder, chief technology officer and head of design for the …

Thrive Capital

Q3 2019 sees 66 digital health funding deals totaling $1.55B | MobiHealthNews | 10/4/2019

… Babylon’s app lets patients book virtual GP appointments and order prescriptions in order to make healthcare more accessible. $200.00 TCV, Thrive Capital and Glade Brook Capital The startup plans to put the new cash towards … organizations can more easily manage their data. $24.00 Optum Ventures, Premera Blue Cross, Great Point Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Leverage Health Solutions The new funding will support the company’s growth as it enters new markets …

Health tech funding snapshot—Capsule lands $200M, Optum Ventures joins $24M round in Vim and more | FierceHealthcare | 10/4/2019

… startup Capsule scored $200 million in a series C funding round led by venture capital firm TCV. Capsule’s existing investors Thrive Capital and Glade Brook Capital Partners also participated. The startup had previously raised $70 … in series B funding co-led by Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross. The funding round was joined by earlier backers Great Point Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Vim will use the investment to fuel rapid …

Cardinal Partners

Cardinal Analytx raises $22 million to predict high-cost health plan members | VentureBeat | 5/23/2019

… led by Kleiner Perkins chair John Doerr, with participation from strategic investors GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California, and Premera Blue Cross. The capital infusion follows a $6.1 million series A round in 2017 … Stanford professors Arnie Milstein and Nigam Shah in partnership with Cardinal Partners, sells a system called Cost Bloom that taps AI and machine learning to identify high-cost members of health networks before they experience …

Cardinal Analytx Closes $22 Million Series B Round | PR Newswire | 5/23/2019

… the Cardinal Analytx board of directors. Joining the round were strategic investors GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California and Premera Blue Cross. This new round of capital will enable Cardinal Analytx to rapidly extend … who also is joining the company’s board, in partnership with Cardinal Partners. After a number of successful pilots, Cardinal Analytx announced its first multiyear customer, Premera Blue Cross, earlier this year. Technology That Looks A …

John Muir Health

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

John Muir Health to help the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum …

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

John Muir Health to help the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum …

Aurora Health Care

Polish startup Infermedica joins forces with Microsoft to digitise early diagnostics | MobiHealthNews | 5/27/2020

… Aurora Health Care, Premera Blue Cross and Quest Diagnostics. WHY IT MATTERS As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have needed to streamline medical triage. The partnership aims to improve diagnostic efficiency and deliver more meaningful data while simultaneously introducing significant cost-saving measures. THE LARGER CONTEXT Infermedica was founded in 2012 by a team of engineers, data scientists, and physicians. The startup’s products have been used …

Polish startup Infermedica joins forces with Microsoft to digitise early diagnostics | MobiHealthNews | 5/27/2020

… Aurora Health Care, Premera Blue Cross and Quest Diagnostics. WHY IT MATTERS As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have needed to streamline medical triage. The partnership aims to improve diagnostic efficiency and deliver more meaningful data while simultaneously introducing significant cost-saving measures. THE LARGER CONTEXT Infermedica was founded in 2012 by a team of engineers, data scientists, and physicians. The startup’s products have been used …

Kaiser Permanente

Major health insurers in Washington state waiving co-pays and costs for coronavirus patients | Seattle Times | 4/4/2020

Three of the state’s largest health insurers have waived any out-of-pocket payments for medical treatments related to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus spreading worldwide. Kaiser Permanente Washington; Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; and Regence Blue Shield made the moves this week after Washington state last month ordered insurers that operate on the state-run exchange to …

Major health insurers in Washington state waiving co-pays and costs for coronavirus patients | Seattle Times | 4/4/2020

Three of the state’s largest health insurers have waived any out-of-pocket payments for medical treatments related to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus spreading worldwide. Kaiser Permanente Washington; Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; and Regence Blue Shield made the moves this week after Washington state last month ordered insurers that operate on the state-run exchange to …

Kaiser Permanente Washington

Major health insurers in Washington state waiving co-pays and costs for coronavirus patients | Seattle Times | 4/4/2020

Three of the state’s largest health insurers have waived any out-of-pocket payments for medical treatments related to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus spreading worldwide. Kaiser Permanente Washington; Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; and Regence Blue Shield made the moves this week after Washington state last month ordered insurers that operate on the state-run exchange to …

Major health insurers in Washington state waiving co-pays and costs for coronavirus patients | Seattle Times | 4/4/2020

Three of the state’s largest health insurers have waived any out-of-pocket payments for medical treatments related to COVID-19, the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus spreading worldwide. Kaiser Permanente Washington; Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; and Regence Blue Shield made the moves this week after Washington state last month ordered insurers that operate on the state-run exchange to …

UW Medicine

Premera Blue Cross investment to improve integration of mental health in rural areas | Markets Insider | Business Insider | 9/24/2019

Mountlake Terrace, Wash., Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced a $10 million investment, including an initial grant of $2.8 million for administrative and technical assistance, in the UW Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science’s AIMS Center to support the integration of mental health services in primary care clinics across rural areas of Washington and Alaska. “As the …

Premera Blue Cross investment to improve integration of mental health in rural areas | Globe Newswire | 9/24/2019

Mountlake Terrace, Wash., Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced a $10 million investment, including an initial grant of $2.8 million for administrative and technical assistance, in the UW Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science’s AIMS Center to support the integration of mental health services in primary care clinics across rural areas of Washington and Alaska. “As the …

St. Joseph Health

Opinion: Seattle homelessness crisis requires a stable solution | The Business Journals | 6/14/2019

Premera Blue Cross and Providence St. Joseph Health — see homelessness through the lens of health. We know that homelessness is a community health issue at its core. Improving the long-term health of our community requires real investment in services that enable people to live their healthiest lives, and a critical component of that care is stable and secure housing. As leaders of local health organizations, we are acutely aware …

Plymouth Housing Announces $75 Million PROOF Campaign to Build 800 Homes for the Homeless | PR Newswire | 6/11/2019

… St. Joseph Health, Premera Blue Cross, Swedish Health Services, and Wyncote Foundation NW. The PROOF campaign will raise an additional $26.2 million through all levels of public donations to realize the $75 million goal, which will leverage upwards of $250 million in public funds to construct these eight new apartment buildings. Dollars raised through this campaign will allow Plymouth to increase its total number of properties by more than 50 …

Providence St. Joseph Health

Opinion: Seattle homelessness crisis requires a stable solution | The Business Journals | 6/14/2019

Premera Blue Cross and Providence St. Joseph Health — see homelessness through the lens of health. We know that homelessness is a community health issue at its core. Improving the long-term health of our community requires real investment in services that enable people to live their healthiest lives, and a critical component of that care is stable and secure housing. As leaders of local health organizations, we are acutely aware …

Plymouth Housing Announces $75 Million PROOF Campaign to Build 800 Homes for the Homeless | The Wapakoneta Daily News | 6/11/2019

Providence St. Joseph Health, Premera Blue Cross, Swedish Health Services, and Wyncote Foundation NW. The PROOF campaign will raise an additional $26.2 million through all levels of public donations to realize the $75 million goal, which will leverage upwards of $250 million in public funds to construct these eight new apartment buildings. Dollars raised through this campaign will allow Plymouth to increase its total number of properties by more than …

Cigna

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 10, 2020– Talkspace , the global leader in digital behavioral health, is now covered by insurance for over 40 million Americans. The new campaign, in partnership with ambassador Michael Phelps, was created with the goal of promoting access to affordable mental health services on the HIPAA-compliant web and mobile platform. Currently, Talkspace is covered by the nation’s largest health insurers, including Cigna, Optum, Premera Blue …

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 10, 2020– Talkspace , the global leader in digital behavioral health, is now covered by insurance for over 40 million Americans. The new campaign, in partnership with ambassador Michael Phelps, was created with the goal of promoting access to affordable mental health services on the HIPAA-compliant web and mobile platform. Currently, Talkspace is covered by the nation’s largest health insurers, including Cigna, Optum, Premera Blue …

Humana

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana. Talkspace also offers coverage plans directly through employers, educational institutions and other large member organizations. Like most areas of health care, affordability is a major barrier to engagement. In a recent national survey of U.S. adults, 18-49, conducted by Talkspace and Qualtrics, 60% of Americans thought that their insurance covered in-person mental health therapy services. However, for telemedicine, that figure fell to …

Talkspace Expands Affordable Mental Health Care Offering for 40 Million Americans via Insurance Coverage | Business Wire | 8/10/2020

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana. Talkspace also offers coverage plans directly through employers, educational institutions and other large member organizations. Like most areas of health care, affordability is a major barrier to engagement. In a recent national survey of U.S. adults, 18-49, conducted by Talkspace and Qualtrics, 60% of Americans thought that their insurance covered in-person mental health therapy services. However, for telemedicine, that figure fell to …

UnitedHealthcare

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a … Optum’s fourth-quarter profits outpace the fourth-quarter profits of UnitedHealthcare , a trend that has held true for the past five years. Optum reported $29.8 billion in fourth-quarter revenue, an 8 percent increase year …

Health insurers speed MLR rebates through premium discounts | Modern Healthcare | 5/20/2020

… Premera Blue Cross, Priority Health and UnitedHealthcare . UCare and some other insurers are also waiving copayments for primary care and mental health services for certain customers. Insurers’ willingness to offer premium discounts and other financial relief suggests they expect to profit this year from the widespread reduction in the use of healthcare services as medical practices limit non-urgent services and patients practice social distancing. Large, for-profit insurers already …

UCare

Health insurers speed MLR rebates through premium discounts | Modern Healthcare | 5/20/2020

… coming months. The move could reduce the rebates that insurers’ may owe next year under an Affordable Care Act provision. UCare, a not-for-profit plan in Minneapolis, Minn., said Monday that it will discount … announcements follows similar commitments made earlier this month from insurers Premera Blue Cross, Priority Health and UnitedHealthcare . UCare and some other insurers are also waiving copayments for primary care and mental health services for certain …

Health insurers speed MLR rebates through premium discounts | Modern Healthcare | 5/20/2020

… coming months. The move could reduce the rebates that insurers’ may owe next year under an Affordable Care Act provision. UCare, a not-for-profit plan in Minneapolis, Minn., said Monday that it will discount … announcements follows similar commitments made earlier this month from insurers Premera Blue Cross, Priority Health and UnitedHealthcare . UCare and some other insurers are also waiving copayments for primary care and mental health services for certain …

Aetna

Premera Blue Cross is launching its first-ever virtual primary care plan | Business Insider | 5/19/2020

… up-to-date with our latest coverage on the impacts of coronavirus on technology, marketing, and the digital economy here. Premera Blue Cross launched its first-ever virtual primary care plan, dubbed Premera Now, in … services in-person, the top five US private health insurers — Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare — have all waived cost-sharing fees for telehealth services amid the pandemic. This makes sense, as providing easier access …

Premera Blue Cross is launching its first-ever virtual primary care plan | Business Insider | 5/19/2020

… up-to-date with our latest coverage on the impacts of coronavirus on technology, marketing, and the digital economy here. Premera Blue Cross launched its first-ever virtual primary care plan, dubbed Premera Now, in … services in-person, the top five US private health insurers — Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare — have all waived cost-sharing fees for telehealth services amid the pandemic. This makes sense, as providing easier access …

Oscar Health

Premera Blue Cross teams up with 98point6 to launch virtual primary care plan | FierceHealthcare | 5/18/2020

Washington-based Premera Blue Cross is launching a new virtual primary care plan for employers. Premera NOW will be available to the insurer’s employer clients beginning in October. The plan, designed in partnership with telehealth … quarter of the year thanks to COVID-19. In March, Oscar Health’s medical group saw 62% higher telehealth visits per 1,000 members than in March 2019. That’s even as Oscar’s business model is built around …

Premera Blue Cross teams up with 98point6 to launch virtual primary care plan | FierceHealthcare | 5/18/2020

Washington-based Premera Blue Cross is launching a new virtual primary care plan for employers. Premera NOW will be available to the insurer’s employer clients beginning in October. The plan, designed in partnership with telehealth … quarter of the year thanks to COVID-19. In March, Oscar Health’s medical group saw 62% higher telehealth visits per 1,000 members than in March 2019. That’s even as Oscar’s business model is built around …

LifeWise Health Plan

Premera Blue Cross offers zero cost share virtual mental health and substance use disorder treatment during COVID-19 pandemic | 4/21/2020

Mountlake Terrace, Wash., April 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced an expansion of its zero cost share options for virtual mental health care and … Cross, Premera Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alaska, and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington customers through at least June 30. “As we continue to experience the consequences of this crisis, we are seeing the …

Premera Blue Cross offers zero cost share virtual mental health and substance use disorder treatment during COVID-19 pandemic | 4/21/2020

Mountlake Terrace, Wash., April 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced an expansion of its zero cost share options for virtual mental health care and … Cross, Premera Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alaska, and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington customers through at least June 30. “As we continue to experience the consequences of this crisis, we are seeing the …

Andrew Witty

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

… the system remain independent and become more competitive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a … patient care management. Nov. 11, 2019: UnitedHealth Group appoints Sir Andrew Witty to serve as its president in addition to his role as CEO of Optum. Dec. 3, 2019: During its 2019 investor conference, Optum …

Mark Hirschhorn

Talkspace Launches Cigna Relationship, Marking a Milestone of 40 Million Insured Lives Covered for Virtual Mental Health Care | Business & Finance | heraldchronicle.com | Business Wire | 5/21/2020

… members is a sign of the trust they have in our clinical quality, national provider network, and platform security,” said Mark Hirschhorn, Talkspace President and COO. “Our service has been built with quality and capacity … joins many of the nation’s largest health insurers, including Optum, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana, that have in-network agreements with Talkspace. About Talkspace Talkspace is a digital behavioral technology healthcare company. Its …

Rick Abbott

Premera Blue Cross teams up with 98point6 to launch virtual primary care plan | FierceHealthcare | 5/18/2020

Washington-based Premera Blue Cross is launching a new virtual primary care plan for employers. Premera NOW will be available to the insurer’s employer clients beginning in October. The plan, designed in partnership with telehealth … like Premera NOW are the way of the future, said Rick Abbott, vice president of product and market solutions for Premera, in a statement. “The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that virtual care …

Jackie Drees

Premera Blue Cross pioneers low-premium virtual care plan | Becker’s Hospital Review | 5/15/2020

Premera Blue Cross pioneers low-premium virtual care plan Jackie Drees - Print Email Health insurer Premera Blue Cross is launching its first virtual primary care plan, available to Washington state employers. The new health plan, dubbed Premera Now, offers access to a virtual provider from telemedicine company 98point6 at any time with a $0 copay. The plan is offered at a lower premium than standard PPO plans and is currently …

Mike Kreidler

Major health insurers in Washington state waiving co-pays and costs for coronavirus patients | Seattle Times | 4/4/2020

Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington; and Regence Blue Shield made the moves this week after Washington state last month ordered insurers that operate on the state-run exchange to do the same. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued an emergency order March 5 for health insurers that offer plans through the exchange to waive co-payments and deductibles for COVID-19-related doctor visits …

Richard Lu

Vim Announces Expansion of National High-Value Care Guidance for Self-Funded Employers | Business Wire | 1/10/2020

… to support self-funded employers. The first stage of the expansion is in Washington state, where Vim has partnered with Premera Blue Cross to deliver the Premera Pulse platform and guide employees of their largest … and providers, and in their performance-based business model,” commented Richard Lungen, managing member of Leverage Health Solutions, the healthcare Venture-Catalyst firm. “Throughout 2019, we have seen Vim deliver material results for healthcare payers …

John Doerr

Cardinal Analytx Rebrands as Prealize to Reflect Power of Solution to Deliver Proactive Care by Turning Insights into Action | PR Newswire | 1/9/2020

John Doerr , with GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California and Premera Blue Cross as strategic investors. With this funding, Prealize was able to extend its lead in using innovative machine learning to help drive the healthcare industry from reactive to proactive care to support the growing demand for a value-based approach. “In our early work with Prealize, we’ve identified ways to use their clinical and population insights to …

Linda T. Hand

Cardinal Analytx Rebrands as Prealize to Reflect Power of Solution to Deliver Proactive Care by Turning Insights into Action | PR Newswire | 1/9/2020

… with early customers, we realized that our value could extend well beyond simply identifying new rising risk,” said Prealize CEO Linda T. Hand . “Our new name recognizes the broader capabilities we have developed by leveraging … Doerr , with GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California and Premera Blue Cross as strategic investors. With this funding, Prealize was able to extend its lead in using innovative machine learning to help drive the …

Bob Ferguson

Premera Blue Cross to pay $10M to 30 states over 2014 data breach | FierceHealthcare | 7/12/2019

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than 10 million people across the country. The $10 million settlement was negotiated with the Washington attorney general’s office and filed in state court Thursday. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 30 …

Nigam Shah

MedCitizens: StartUPDATE | MedCity News | 5/25/2019

… Nigam Shah. Joining the round were strategic investors GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California and Premera Blue Cross. The funds will be used to rapidly extend Cardinal’s lead in the innovative use of machine learning to drive proactive healthcare through investments in talent and technology. “We take great pleasure in welcoming John Doerr to our board and are honored by the investments from his family fund, our strategic health …

Arnie Milstein

Cardinal Analytx raises $22 million to predict high-cost health plan members | VentureBeat | 5/23/2019

… led by Kleiner Perkins chair John Doerr, with participation from strategic investors GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California, and Premera Blue Cross. The capital infusion follows a $6.1 million series A round in 2017 … out of nonprofit accelerator StartX in 2013 by Stanford professors Arnie Milstein and Nigam Shah in partnership with Cardinal Partners, sells a system called Cost Bloom that taps AI and machine learning to identify high …

Thomas McKinley

Cardinal Analytx raises $22M for its predictive population health insights platform | MobiHealthNews | 5/23/2019

… population health insights platform John Doerr led the round with participation from GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Blue Shield California and Premera Blue Cross. May 23, 2019 Share This morning predictive analytics company Cardinal Analytx announced … of the population that spends the bulk of the money,” Thomas McKinley Thomas McKinley, cofounder of the company, told MobiHealthNews during a 2017 interview . “But in fact, a large percentage of high spenders in 2017 …

State of Washington

4 payers that have extended telehealth coverage through 2020 | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/11/2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders put pressure on health insurers to expand telehealth coverage, some payers are taking steps to further expand coverage and implement permanent policies. Four payers that have recently extended telehealth coverage: 1. Premera Blue Cross in May launched its first virtual primary care plan for Washington state employers. Under the plan, beneficiaries have access to a virtual provider from telehealth company …

4 payers that have extended telehealth coverage through 2020 | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/11/2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders put pressure on health insurers to expand telehealth coverage, some payers are taking steps to further expand coverage and implement permanent policies. Four payers that have recently extended telehealth coverage: 1. Premera Blue Cross in May launched its first virtual primary care plan for Washington state employers. Under the plan, beneficiaries have access to a virtual provider from telehealth company …

San Francisco, California

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum Ventures leads the $8 million funding round for Kaia Health, which is developing a smartphone …

Optum’s presence in healthcare this past year: A timeline | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/16/2020

San Francisco Bay Area. Sept. 9, 2019: Optum Ventures and Premera Blue Cross co-lead a $24 million series B financing round for Vim, a platform aiming to foster collaboration between healthcare providers and payers. Sept. 13, 2019: Optum acquires payment-processing platform Equian in a transaction valued at $3.2 billion. Sept. 17, 2019: Optum Ventures leads the $8 million funding round for Kaia Health, which is developing a smartphone …