TORONTO, May 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Alternate Health Corp. (CSE:AHG, OTC:AHGIF), a diverse healthcare company revolutionizing patient care and research through compliance and technology in the emerging medical cannabis industry, announced today the completion of its initial study to demonstrate the effectiveness of cannabinoid in treating chronic post-Zika virus symptoms. [Read more…]
Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, has released the 2017 Milliman Medical Index (MMI), which measures the cost of healthcare for a typical American family of four receiving coverage from an employer-sponsored preferred provider plan (PPO). In 2017, costs for this family will increase by 4.3%—which marks the lowest rate of increase in the history of this study—though the total dollar increase of $1,118 is consistent with the last decade of healthcare cost increases. [Read more…]
More Americans now have health insurance than ever before, but that doesn’t mean there are fewer gaps in the screening, monitoring, and management of healthcare and chronic disease. Most health plan members believe their plan’s communications are impersonal and centered around bills rather than healthcare guidance. The majority of members are either disconnected from or rarely visit their health plans on social media and member portals. Additionally, many members feel they are missing valuable support from their plans around digital health data and price transparency. The findings are based on a survey of 750 insured consumers who have sponsored health insurance. The results are now available in the 2017 HealthMine Health Intelligence Report: Communication and Digital Healthcare Tools. [Read more…]
AARP sent a letter to every member of the U.S. Senate urging them to start from scratch on the health care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The letter comes as AARP also begins to inform its members how each House member voted on the bill. [Read more…]
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross), Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts HMO Blue, Inc. announced first quarter 2017 financial results today and reported a combined after-tax net income of $27.6 million (1.5% net margin) on revenue of $1.86 billion. The results reflect an operating income of $11.4 million (0.6% operating margin) and investment income of $11.3 million. Blue Cross is the leading private health plan in Massachusetts with 2.8 million members.
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Reba Mathew Pharm.D., R.Ph has joined the firm’s Employee Benefits Consulting Practice as Pharmacy Practice Director. [Read more…]
The growing global market presence of SCIO Health Analytics™ is featured in healthcare technology consulting firm Signify Research’s most recent market report, “Population Health Management IT – North America – 2017.” [Read more…]
Aflac will partner with Tough Mudder Inc., the leading active lifestyle brand and media company, as the “Official Supplemental Insurance Provider” for Tough Mudder’s 2017 events season. The partnership includes the introduction of the Aflac Small Business Challenge designed for teams participating in Tough Mudder events on behalf of small businesses. [Read more…]
xG Health Solutions, powered by Geisinger®, and Casenet, through a strategic alliance, will deliver evidence-based assessment and care plan content to the health plan market. Through this partnership, xG’s Intelligent Care Management™ evidence-based content will be available in Casenet’s TruCare GuidedCare product. The clinical content is based on nationally-recognized practice guidelines and standards of care, including assessments and care plans for 45 conditions that are most commonly addressed in care management programs. [Read more…]
DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading independent medical group and a leading global provider of kidney care services has been certified as a “Freedom-Centered Workplace” by WorldBlu. This is the tenth consecutive year the company has been recognized on the list, formerly known as “most democratic” workplaces.
Organizations become eligible for a spot on the WorldBlu List of Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces™ after teammates complete The WorldBlu Freedom at Work™ Assessment, a survey evaluating their practice of the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy™. The assessment was developed based on a decade of research into what makes a successful freedom-centered company. Organizations from the for-profit and non-profit sectors that have been in operation for at least one full year and have five or more employees can apply for the certification.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) has received top honors from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design of our corporate headquarters at 101 Huntington Avenue. This makes it largest project in New England and 12th largest in the nation by square footage to be LEED® Platinum certified out of nearly 3,300 projects. We received our LEED Platinum certification using LEED CIv2009 – Commercial Interiors criteria. [Read more…]
WellCare of New York, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), has signed an agreement with Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners, an independent practice association (IPA) that provides in-network coverage to WellCare’s Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Child Health Plus members. [Read more…]