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Visit One News Page for Health Insurance news from around the world, aggregated from leading sources including newswires, newspapers and broadcast media. Search millions of archived news headlines. This feed provides the Health Insurance news headlines.
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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a plan to repeal and replace Michigan’s tax on health insurance claims that is used to help fund Medicaid for low-income residents. The laws enacted Monday require the state to seek a federal waiver to implement the tax change. The waiver is expected to […] Reported by Seattle Times 13 hours ago.

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    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Families and individuals shopping for health insurance on New Mexico’s federally subsidized exchange may have more companies to choose from next year. The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance said Monday that five companies have applied to offer exchange plans on the 2019, including four companies that currently participate. Agency […] Reported by Seattle Times 5 hours ago.

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    In His New Role, He Will Focus On Physician Recruitment And Expansion, Retention Of Medicare Beneficiaries

    MIAMI (PRWEB) June 12, 2018

    Genuine Health Group, known for its forward-looking approach to value-based healthcare, announced today the appointment of Gamil Kharfan as the company’s first chief growth officer. In this position, Mr. Kharfan will accelerate expansion of the company’s physician network – primary care doctors who participate in Genuine Health’s ACO and/or its Medicare Advantage programs. In addition, he will work closely with these physician practices to increase patient participation in the company’s value-based healthcare models.

    Immediately prior to joining Genuine Health, he served as CEO of Claro Insurance, a multi-state health insurance brokerage with licensed agents working in the Medicare, individual, and commercial insurance markets.

    “Gamil’s combination of unbridled energy and strategic focus paved the way for Claro’s success and growth, quickly becoming one of the major producers for its insurance carriers,” said Joe Caruncho, Genuine Health’s CEO. “I anticipate he will apply that same energy to building his team here at Genuine and achieving greater scale for the company.”

    Genuine Health recently announced the purchase of Health Care Advisor Services (HCAS), a management service organization (MSO) that administers risk arrangements between physicians and Medicare Advantage health plans. Mr. Kharfan will work closely with HCAS doctors who joined the Genuine Health family to identify further opportunities for synergy, including aligning these doctors’ traditional Medicare patients with Genuine Health ACO. In addition, he will apply a more focused, more strategic approach to the company’s overall growth, particularly in attracting like-minded, high performing physicians.

    “I have seen how doctors respond to Gamil’s focus on making their practices successful,” said Dr. Orlando Lopez-Fernandez, the company’s chief medical officer and co-founder. “He understands physicians’ circumstances, and they appreciate that insight and empathy.”

    In addition to its ACO and Medicare Advantage divisions, Genuine Health Group operates Genuine Health At Home, which delivers an array of medical, behavioral, and social services in a home environment. The diversified company has already achieved significant savings for Medicare and has awarded a share of the savings to its participating physicians.

    For more information on Genuine Health Group, or to schedule an interview with Gamil Kharfan, please contact Meieli Sawyer at 305-668-0070 or msawyer(at)weinbachgroup.com.

    About Genuine Health Group
    Genuine Health Group is an analytics-driven healthcare company that assists physicians and health plans in successfully transitioning to value-based payment models. Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s highest court has upheld a ban on strikes by civil servants, throwing out a complaint by teachers who were disciplined for taking part in walkouts. The country’s roughly 1.85 million civil servants enjoy privileges such as favorable health insurance conditions and unusually strong job security, but they are not allowed to […] Reported by Seattle Times 1 hour ago.

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    The move will help insurers transition to this critical new technology

    SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) June 12, 2018

    HealthSherpa, a leading health insurance technology provider, announced today that it will be offering free Enhanced Direct Enrollment (EDE) to insurers.

    Enhanced Direct Enrollment is an innovative new way for insurers to integrate with Healthcare.gov, giving them complete control of the relationship with their clients. With EDE, customers can go directly to their insurer to:

    -Shop for and enroll in on-exchange plans
    -Submit documentation of income and citizenship status
    -Make payments throughout the year
    -Report life changes and update their information
    -Seamlessly renew their coverage

    In the past, most of these tasks had to be completed on Healthcare.gov.

    Free EDE is HealthSherpa’s fully functional, white-label deployment of EDE that includes: consumer enrollment, broker enrollment, pre-filled renewals, document upload, provider search, reporting life changes, and more. Each capability is a module that can be enabled or disabled upon request.

    Deployment is completely free. Insurers need only pay $10 when a customer or broker completes an enrollment or a renewal through their whitelabeled site—and there are volume discounts available.There are no upsells, cross-sells, upgrade fees, or change orders. This is the complete package of EDE services with no hidden costs.

    “Enrollment is quickly becoming a commodity—as it should be,” said HealthSherpa CEO and co-founder George Kalogeropoulos. “With free EDE, we strive to help carriers refocus their efforts away from details like application submission, towards what really matters: creating value for customers, managing risk, and engaging both current and prospective members in new and meaningful ways,” he added.

    Over 24,000 agents and brokers and dozens of carriers use HealthSherpa. In early 2014, HealthSherpa invented “Single Site,” the direct ancestor of EDE. Over the last year, the company also led the way in deploying Direct Enrollment Proxy (DEP), the immediate predecessor to EDE, and is the single largest channel submitting DEP enrollments.

    Founded in 2013, HealthSherpa has enrolled over 1.2 million Americans in Affordable Care Act coverage. For more information, visit http://www.healthsherpa.com. Reported by PRWeb 38 minutes ago.

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    Prism Health Advocates has expanded is services to address the unique health advocacy needs of veterans.

    TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) June 12, 2018

    Prism Health Advocates is now offering comprehensive health advocacy services to veterans across the Tampa Bay Area. A Prism health advocate can help veterans fill-out confusing VA paperwork, schedule physical exams, set-up appointments with specialists, apply for disability benefits and manage any of the pitfalls that come with seeking out care at the VA.

    A health advocate serves his or her non-veteran clients by researching specialists, laying out treatment options in plain English, comparing pricing on medical procedures, negotiating down the cost of medical bills and setting up payment plans with healthcare providers. Prism’s health advocates have a proven track record of saving their medical billing patients an average of 20% off their medical expenses. One Prism health advocate even saved a patient $57,000.

    Seeing a need in the veterans healthcare industry, Prism has decided to expand its service offerings to veterans in an effort to help them access quality healthcare in a timely manner.

    Prism believes that forcing veterans to wait months to receive healthcare services is unacceptable. A 2016 study released by the Government Accountability Office of 120 Veterans seeking healthcare at the VA found that depending on the facility the participants had to wait an average of 22 to 71 days from first contacting the VA to set up an appointment to actually getting in to see the doctor or specialist. These astronomical wait-times make it harder for veterans to address their basic healthcare needs, and it may also delay diagnosis and treatment of serious medical conditions.

    Applying for VA healthcare benefits, filling out VA forms and applying for disability benefits can also be a taxing process for a veteran seeking out treatment at the VA. Prism’s experienced health advocates know how to properly fill-out these types of paperwork and would be happy to walk veterans through this bureaucratic maze.

    Deborah Bain, the founder of Prism Health Advocates, comes from a military family and attends a weekly online support group to help Veterans cope with medical and personal problems. “I am so happy that Prism’s health advocates can now begin helping veterans in the Tampa Bay Area obtain the quality healthcare they deserve,” Bain said. “Veterans have sacrificed so much to protect out country. Now it's Prism’s turn to start fighting for them.”

    About Prism Health Advocates

    Prism Health Advocates is a privately owned health advocacy firm that helps individuals and organizations navigate through the difficult process of researching doctors, comparing pricing on procedures, negotiating down the price of medical bills and setting-up payment plans for medical expenses. Debbie Bain, the founder of Prism, is a former trauma nurse who grew tired of seeing patients struggle with the high cost of healthcare and the knowledge barriers put up by the U.S. healthcare system. So, she decided to start her own firm to advocate for patients’ physical health and financial well-being. Prism has experience serving the health advocacy needs of families, seniors, veterans, uninsured people and individuals with disabilities. The company also works with organizations to reduce health insurance costs using a combination of educational programs and health advocacy services. For more information, please visit https://www.prismhealthadvocates.com/. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    Another price spike is expected next year -- here’s what to watch out for if you’re covered on your company’s plan Reported by CBS News 4 hours ago.

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    United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization, is pleased to welcome Oregon’s Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions as its newest Partner Firm.

    CHICAGO (PRWEB) June 13, 2018

    Hagan Hamilton was founded in McMinnville, Oregon, over one hundred years ago, and has ever since leveraged partnerships with a variety of insurance carriers to provide clients with thoughtful, customized insurance solutions. It is a humming, thriving, community—much like a beehive, in which everyone plays a distinct role but is united in a shared purpose. Hagan Hamilton is industrious but also operates as a family, working toward something greater than itself.

    “At Hagan Hamilton we are always looking to improve the way we serve our customers. When we were presented with the opportunity to become a UBA Partner, we knew this was going to be something that would help us achieve that goal. We are very pleased to be part of this great organization and look forward to growing with UBA,” says Jason John, COO and Partner of Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions.

    “As a well-respected and well-established agency, we are excited about the expertise and insights that Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions brings to UBA’s exclusive community of Partner Firms,” says UBA President Peter Weber, M.S., CAE. “We are particularly impressed with their dedication to immersing themselves into their clients’ needs and providing strategic insurance solutions.”

    About Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions
    Founded in 1910, Hagan Hamilton has grown to be one of the largest independent agencies in the state of Oregon. With more than 55 insurance professionals specializing in Business Insurance, Home and Auto Insurance, Life and Health Insurance, and Flood Insurance, we are prepared to handle all of your insurance needs. Whether we are consulting on insurance options, assisting with a claim, or helping our clients navigate the complex tapestry of insurance carriers, we approach every situation with the question “How can we best help our clients?” To learn more, visit http://www.haganhamilton.com.

    About United Benefit Advisors®
    United Benefit Advisors® (UBA) is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Ireland. UBA empowers more than 2,000 Partners to both maintain their individuality and pool their expertise, insight, and market presence to provide best-in-class services and solutions. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit http://www.UBAbenefits.com. Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.

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    According to researchers at PwC, many employers are looking to insulate workers from rising health costs as the labor force tightens. PwC's Health Research Institute projects large employers will see health costs increase 6% next year.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents who get health insurance through the state-run marketplace can now pay their bills at CVS. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday announced the partnership with the Woonsocket-based pharmacy chain. Raimondo says making it easier for customers to pay their bills will help ensure that people don’t lose coverage […] Reported by Seattle Times 18 hours ago.

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    Tens of millions who get health insurance through their job could face waiting periods or find that specific medical conditions aren’t immediately covered if courts back a Trump administration request to toss key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Reported by Wall Street Journal 9 hours ago.

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    Experts say a federal judge's ruling that gave the green light to an $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner spells good news for CVS Health Corp. The massive AT&T and Time Warner deal to combine a media powerhouse and a telecommunications giant — known as a "vertical" merger deal in which two companies whose industries don't directly overlap — is promising for CVS (NYSE: CVS), which announced in December a $69 billion deal to buy health insurance giant Aetna Inc. “AT&T/Time Warner… Reported by bizjournals 3 hours ago.

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    Silver loading is coming to Colorado, but what is it and why does it matter? We've got you covered. Reported by Denver Post 1 hour ago.

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    Shares of Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SNOA) were punished in pre-market trade Thursday after the California-based specialty drug firm posted wider-than-expected losses for the fourth quarter. The Petaluma, California-based reported a fourth-quarter March 2018 loss of US$0.93 per share on revenue of US$3.7mln. The consensus estimate was a loss of US$0.65 per share on revenue of US$4.5mln. Revenue fell 9.3% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Shares of the pharma company plunged 20.20% to US$3.20. Sonoma Pharmceuticals CEO Jim Schutz explained that the fourth quarter dermatology market was “challenging” due to the impact of “health insurance deductible resets” at the beginning of the year. Sonoma is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and markets treatments for dermatological conditions and advanced tissue care. READ: Sonoma Pharmaceuticals wins FDA approval for skin gel; shares up “The fourth quarter dermatology market was challenging for us as we experienced a decline in product revenues due to the impact of health insurance deductible resets at the beginning of the calendar year and the impact of increased product rebates,” said Schutz. “To manage an ever-changing health insurance reimbursement marketplace, we are taking steps to reduce the impact on our revenue growth by working with a home delivery pharmacy program and advancing relationships with managed care organizations.  In addition, as announced last week, we’re excited to be partnering in Brazil with NC Group/ U.SK, Brazil’s largest pharmaceutical company.” The CEO also said that during the last 12 months, the firm had continued to expand its business with “a new set of  FDA approvals” for its dermatology and eye care product lines along with additional market approvals and partnerships for its products internationally. Reported by Proactive Investors 44 minutes ago.

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    Republican Rep. Greg Walden said he wants coverage of preexisting conditions to remain in force in health insurance. "I don't want to go back to the days when you can be denied insurance based on a preexisting condition." Reported by Newsmax 12 hours ago.

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    The Affordable Care Act is making regulatory compliance more complex; the risk of noncompliance can be costly, totaling hundreds of dollars per employee for each violation.

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Employee Benefit Adviser’s Open Enrollment Readiness Benchmark (OERB) scores for March show that employers with first-quarter benefit start dates, which represent the preponderance of the employer community, are failing to keep abreast of numerous federal and state regulatory requirements.

    The March scores, which are based on self-reporting by more than 400 employers, show a low aggregate score of 28 out of 100 for all five open enrollment preparation tasks that the index computes and a composite score of 37 for overall enrollment readiness. With respect to reviewing compliance and eligibility issues, respondents score just 22 out of a possible 100.

    The Affordable Care Act and its requirements have meant regulatory compliance has become more complex for benefit advisers and their employer clients; they are a key element of a successful open enrollment. For employers, the risk of noncompliance is considerable, with the IRS assessing penalties on the order of hundreds of dollars per employee per violation. And because verifying who should and should not be receiving benefits is central to any compliance effort, failing to identify which employees are no longer eligible for coverage can also lead to inflated benefits costs.

    To apprise them of these risks, “Every adviser needs to have a discussion with their clients about their responsibilities as an employer,” notes Jack Kwicien, a managing partner at Daymark Advisors, a Baltimore-based consultancy that works with advisers.

    For advisers seeking to ensure that their clients remain compliant during their upcoming enrollment periods, “The best place to start is to get accurate employer census data,” says Scott Wenger, Editorial Director of SourceMedia’s Employee Benefits group, which includes EBA and Employee Benefit News. “First and foremost,” he says, “the data needs to account for all full-time employees eligible for benefits.” This means ensuring that no eligible employee has fallen through the cracks, but also that those that are no longer eligible aren’t slated to receive benefits.

    The OERB tallies employer self-assessments in 26 activities that need to be completed in four key stages for a successful open enrollment. No progress receives a score of zero, while completed tasks earn a score of 100. The open enrollment period, which most often takes place in the fall, is a critical time for employers as they look to engage their workforces in health and retirement planning, among other benefits.

    The Open Enrollment Readiness Benchmark, sponsored by ADP, is a data-based performance benchmark that gauges how prepared employers are for their annual employee benefits enrollment periods. Each month SourceMedia Research and EBA survey more than 400 screened HR and benefits executives at organizations of various sizes and across multiple industries. These professionals are asked to rate their completion levels for 26 activities — from selecting health plans to reviewing enrollment metrics — that take place during the four critical phases of open enrollment: benefit plan design, enrollment preparation, employee enrollment and post-enrollment analysis. Scores range from a low of zero to a high of 100 and reflect the degree to which an employer considers itself prepared for a particular activity. The activity scores are then averaged to determine scores for each of the four phases and an overall readiness score. A complete analysis of the most recent OERB data is available here.

    About Employee Benefit Adviser
    Employee Benefit Adviser (EBA) is the information resource for employee benefit advisers, brokers, agents and consultants, providing the current awareness and perspective they need to anticipate changes in the marketplace and optimally serve their clients. EBA delivers a broad range of critical content, including comparative market data, legal and regulatory updates, the latest products and services, and best practices in benefits delivery — including health insurance, vision and dental insurance, and voluntary and retirement benefits. The benefits broker community relies on EBA to stay connected through its website comment forums, its social media communities and live events.

    About SourceMedia Research
    SourceMedia Research is a full-service B2B market research service that draws upon SourceMedia’s market expertise and proprietary database of engaged executives to develop information and insights for clients. SourceMedia Research provides research solutions for marketers, agencies and others targeting sectors such as banking, payments, mortgage, accounting, employee benefits and wealth management.

    About SourceMedia
    SourceMedia, an Observer Capital company, is an innovative, growing digital business information and performance media company serving senior-level professionals in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, PaymentsSource, The Bond Buyer, Financial Planning, Accounting Today, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Mortgage News, Employee Benefit News and Health Data Management.

    About ADP
    Powerful technology plus a human touch. Companies of all types and sizes around the world rely on ADP’s cloud software and expert insights to help unlock the potential of their people. HR. Talent. Benefits. Payroll. Compliance. Working together to build a better workforce. For more information, visit http://www.adp.com.

    For more information, please contact:

    Dana Jackson                                        
    dana.jackson@sourcemedia.com    
    212-803-8329            

    Scott Wenger
    mailto:scott.wenger@sourcemedia.com
    212-803-8796 Reported by PRWeb 13 hours ago.

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    GoHealth, the leading health insurance technology and services platform, today announced that it will expand business operations into Salt Lake City, adding over 500 jobs.

    SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is proud to announce GoHealth will expand business operations into Utah, adding over 500 jobs, $3,216,488 in new state revenue and $900,000 in capital investment.

    “GoHealth will be a great addition to numerous strategic economic clusters in the state,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “GOED is proud to work with many stakeholders to make this growth happen, including Lindon City.”

    For nearly 20 years, GoHealth has been leading innovation in healthcare. The company, headquartered in Chicago, provides consumers with quality coverage that meets their needs and fits their budgets, connecting Americans to affordable insurance throughout every stage of their life. In addition, the company partners with the nation’s top healthcare carriers as a trusted extension of their team, supplying them with scalable business solutions that allow them to focus on what they do best: provide healthcare.

    “Salt Lake City was a natural choice for our next office – from the city’s growing business culture to its deep talent pool, we felt it was the right fit for our latest expansion,” said Clint Jones, co-founder and CEO of GoHealth. “This new office is an exciting indication of our company’s growth, and we greatly look forward to becoming a part of the local business community.”

    The Salt Lake City office will be focused on providing customer support for both consumers and partners across the U.S. GoHealth is actively recruiting highly-motivated, energetic individuals and will invest in new employees’ professional growth through training and development. GoHealth was awarded Crain’s Chicago Business 101 Best Places to Work and plans to bring the same level of employee engagement and job satisfaction to Salt Lake City.

    GoHealth will create up to 363 full-time jobs over the next five years, as well as 150 part-time and seasonal positions. The total wages in aggregate are required to exceed 110 percent of the Salt Lake County average wage. The projected new state wages over the life of the agreement are expected to be approximately $84,645,000. Projected new state tax revenues, as a result of corporate, payroll and sales taxes, are estimated to be $3,216,488 over five years.

    GoHealth may earn up to 20 percent of the new state taxes they will pay over the five-year life of the agreement in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax credit rebate. As part of the contract with GoHealth, the GOED Board of Directors has approved a post-performance tax credit rebate not to exceed $643,298. Each year as GoHealth meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the total tax credit rebate.

    About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
    business.utah.gov
    The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or edwards@utah.gov.

    About GoHealth
    GoHealth’s mission is to champion a healthier America by empowering consumers with education and choice. As a healthcare marketplace that provides consumers with quality coverage that meets their needs and fits their budgets, the company connects Americans to affordable insurance throughout every stage of their life.

    Founded in 2001 by Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones, GoHealth combines technology, data science and deep industry expertise to match consumers with the healthcare policy and carrier that is best for them. The company partners with the nation’s top healthcare carriers as a trusted extension of their team, supplying them with scalable business solutions that allow them to focus on what they do best: provide healthcare. Based in Chicago, GoHealth has received numerous awards, including Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Reported by PRWeb 13 hours ago.

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    The partnership will connect BDT’s benefits screening, enrollment technology, and contact center to Unite Us’ care coordination platform to deliver a seamless, more person-centered, and accountable experience for families and individuals across the country.

    PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Today, Unite Us, a leading care coordination platform integrating healthcare and social service delivery, and Benefits Data Trust (BDT), a national nonprofit that provides streamlined benefits enrollment assistance, announced a national partnership. The partnership will connect BDT’s benefits screening, enrollment technology, and contact center to Unite Us’ care coordination platform to deliver a seamless, more person-centered, and accountable experience for families and individuals across the country.

    Both Unite Us and BDT have developed scalable solutions to address the social determinants of health that are now recognized as driving health and well-being. BDT’s solution successfully connects eligible families and individuals with essential benefits, including health insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), streamlining the often-cumbersome enrollment processes. Unite Us works with communities to build accountable networks interconnecting health and social service providers through its care coordination and outcome tracking software. The software digitally connects healthcare and social service providers together to ensure families and individuals receive the wraparound services they need from multiple accountable community partners.

    “Unite Us has built partnerships across the country with organizations who share our vision of connecting individuals to the services they need,” said Taylor Justice, President and Co-Founder of Unite Us. “BDT is leading the industry through its benefits outreach and enrollment solution, and now together, we can increase access to these services through our networks across the country. Collaboration is king, and this collaboration is getting us much closer to the integrated health and human service delivery system we are all working toward.”

    The partnership between Unite Us and BDT will streamline the navigation of health and social services with increased accountability and efficiency around benefits enrollment and service delivery. Each year, benefits worth billions of dollars are left on the table that could help millions of struggling Americans cover the cost of food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs.

    “This partnership is a giant leap towards a health and human services system that proactively connects people to the supports they need so that people are both healthier and more economically secure,” said Ginger Zielinskie, President & CEO of BDT. “Together, we will connect people to both the benefits and services they need to enhance their health, increase opportunities, and improve their lives all at once.”

    Benefits access is shown to reduce avoidable costs of care and improve health outcomes, especially among high-cost, high-need populations. Embedding BDT’s benefits screening and enrollment solution in Unite Us’ platform addresses the two biggest barriers to accessing these benefits: lack of awareness and cumbersome enrollment processes. Both organizations increase their impact by joining forces and will be able to document that impact.

    About Unite Us
    Unite Us is an outcome-focused technology company that builds coordinated care networks connecting health and social service providers together. The company helps systems and communities efficiently deliver care and services by inter-connecting providers around every patient, seamlessly integrating the social determinants of health into patient care. Providers across the continuum can externally refer and track every patient’s total health journey while reporting on all tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. This social infrastructure helps communities move beyond legacy resource directories, and transform their ability to measure impact, improve health, and track outcomes at scale.

    About Benefits Data Trust
    Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a not-for-profit organization committed to transforming how individuals in need access essential benefits and services. BDT envisions an efficient, cost-effective health and human services system that proactively connects individuals and families to the supports they need so that people are healthier and more economically secure, and communities are stronger. BDT submits more benefit applications than any other organization in the country and has helped more than 650,000 individuals apply for benefits, securing more than $7 billion in benefits to help pay for food, shelter, heat, healthcare, and other essential services. Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.

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    New Video Provides Tips to Relieve Fireworks Anxiety in Dogs

    CLEVELAND (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Embrace Pet Insurance, one of the highest-rated pet insurance companies in the United States, announced the launch of its new “Safety FURST” video series. The company has teamed up with certified professional dog trainer and TV personality, Laura Nativo, to bring advice to pet parents across the country on training topics ranging from positive training to introducing dogs. One of the new videos in the series is timely, as it features important tips on how to help dogs fearful of fireworks and other loud noises.

    “Embrace knows that a well-trained dog is a safe dog, which is why we’re excited to partner with Laura,” said Sara Radak, Manager of Content & Creative at Embrace Pet Insurance. “Each video in our series was created to help pet parents learn positive training methods they can apply to enhance the lives of their dogs.”

    With Independence Day coming up, the video on fireworks desensitization will be relevant to all of the pet parents who can relate to the stress leading up to the holiday if you have a pet that is fearful of loud noises like fireworks.

    “I’m excited to work with Embrace Pet Insurance to reach millions of pet parents across the country in time for the 4th of July,” said Laura Nativo. “My first experience with fireworks desensitization training came when I adopted my dog, Delilah, who was entering her 2nd fear period just in time for the 4th festivities. By taking a pro-active approach to fireworks training, I’ve managed to help my dogs, and my client dogs, not only endure, but enjoy fireworks and other frightening sounds. With force-free positive reinforcement training, I can help others alleviate a dog’s fear by changing their emotional response to loud noises. My training methods are science-based, and have proven very successful.”

    The seven videos in the series are each around four minutes long. Each topic will also include a blog post that pet parents can use as an additional resource. The video series and blog articles will be hosted by Embrace Pet Insurance on its website and social media accounts. Additional topics featured in the series include:· Intro to positive reinforcement training
    · Sit
    · Recall
    · Leave it
    · Loose leash walking
    · Introducing dogs

    For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance and the Safety FURST video on fireworks desensitization, visit http://www.embracepetinsurance.com/waterbowl/article/dogs-and-fireworks-tips-for-relieving-anxiety. The full video series can be viewed on Embrace Pet Insurance’s YouTube Channel here.

    About Embrace Pet Insurance
    Embrace Pet Insurance is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan that is underwritten by American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, an optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit EmbracePetInsurance.com or call (800) 511-9172.

    About Laura Nativo, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP
    Laura Nativo is a TV host, pet lifestyle expert, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner and her favorite title, proud dog mom. After appearing on the CBS reality series, Greatest American Dog in 2008, Laura embarked (pun intended) on a mission to make the world a better place for pets, in honor of her Pomeranian sidekick, Preston. 10 years later, Laura remains more passionate than ever, about the power of positive reinforcement training to better the human-canine bond. Laura served for four years as the resident pet expert “family member” on the Emmy-nominated lifestyle show, Home & Family, on Hallmark Channel. She hosted two seasons of Dog Park Superstars for the Game Show Network, and has appeared on countless news and talk shows, including The TODAY Show and Inside Edition. Laura is currently in the final stages of development for a new dog TV series that will air on a major cable network. Laura’s three dogs, Preston Casanova (15) Penelope Supafly (8) and Delilah Jane Sassafras (4) all #embraced their work as professional actors, models and their mom’s demo dogs. Look for them starring in the feature films “A Dog & Pony Show” and “The Puppy Swap.” They are the inspiration for Laura’s dedication to helping pet parents communicate with their four-legged best friends. Laura train dogs all along the California coast, and is determined to make dog training easy, accessible and fun for both ends of the leash. Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.

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    President was for health insurance mandate before his Justice Department decided not to defend it: Our view

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Tessa Thompson Western ‘Little Woods’ Roped in by Neon NEON has acquired the domestic rights to Nia Dacosta’s feminist neo-Western “Little Woods,” which stars Tessa Thompson as a modern day renegade who skirts the law to help the poor.

    Taking place in an oil town in present-day North Dakota, “Little Woods” follows Ollie (Thompson), a woman who jumps across the border to bring Canadian healthcare and medication to help struggling residents who can’t afford America’s expensive health insurance. When the authorities catch on, Ollie plans to abort her mission, only to be dragged even deeper when her sister (Lily James) asks for help.

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    Premiring in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, “Little Woods” is written and directed by DaCosta, with Rachael Fung, Gabrielle Nadig and Tim Headington producing. Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, and Lance Reddick also star.

    NEON, which recently distributed the Oscar-winning “I, Tonya” with 30WEST, will also release the Matthew McConaughey/Snoop Dogg comedy “The Beach Bum” later this year. They negotiated the deal with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers. Dacosta is repped by CAA and Management 360.

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    DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Consumers wary of Amazon’s health insurance play — SAP adds child digital therapeutics diagnosis — Mobile diagnostic test shows promise Welcome to DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING, the newsletter providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by Business Insider Intelligence.

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    *US CONSUMERS ARE WARY OF RETAILERS’ MOVES INTO HEALTH INSURANCE: *Retail giants like Amazon, Walmart, and CVS are on the verge of breaking into the health insurance market, but consumer interest in this proposition is tepid. US consumers overwhelmingly said they hold more trust in the current insurance market (69%) than in government run programs (19%) and potential new partnership models led by retailers (12%), according to a Health Edge survey shared with Business Insider Intelligence. That signals an uphill battle for Amazon, which has partnered with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase and is eyeing health insurance; Walmart, which is in talks to acquire Humana; and CVS, which is in the process of merging with Aetna.

    *However, consumer dissatisfaction with legacy insurers’ lack of personalized health services and high costs suggests there’s still opportunity for new players to break into the market:*

    · *Incumbent insurers aren’t offering the tools and services consumers value most.* Respondents listed tools that offer transparency, help finding better care, and incentives for better behavior as the services they value most — and as the ones their plans most often lack. Digital concierge platforms that display the cost and availability of local providers could guide members to care and drive up satisfaction.
    · *Consumers blame insurers for high healthcare costs, suggesting an appetite for players offering lower prices. *An insurer that undercuts incumbents could capture the 31% of consumers who point to legacy insurers as the stakeholder most responsible for high healthcare costs.
    · *Alternative insurance models that offer a digital experience matching that of retail could woo consumers. *The specifics of how players like Amazon, CVS, and Walmart would provide health insurance are murky, which may be dragging on consumer trust. However, given their experience in providing a positive retail experience, consumers are likely to warm to any offerings that leverage this expertise.

    *Incumbents could benefit from snapping up newer players that meet consumer demand for digital health services. *Investing in startups that build out an insurer’s virtual care offerings could have the dual benefit of reducing costs and driving up member satisfaction. An insurtech like Oscar Health is a prime example of how payers can use modern technology and a customer-centric approach to drive membership growth and retention.

    *SAP PARTNERS WITH DIGITAL THERAPEUTICS FOR EARLIER DIAGNOSIS OF CHILD DISEASE: *Software giant SAP has partnered with Cognoa, an FDA-approved machine learning platform, to drive earlier detection of disease for the children of SAP employees, according to MedCity News. Cognoa’s app, which tracks metrics like speech, language, and cognitive ability, has been clinically validated to lower the age of autism diagnosis by more than two years. That's important for a company like SAP because employers bear the brunt of rising healthcare costs. Employers contributed more than $13,000 per covered worker with a family health plan in 2017, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates. That’s up about 60% from 2006. An app like Cognoa could help cut down on healthcare costs due to misdiagnosis and unnecessary tests. Moreover, autism treatment is most effective at an early age, and missing this window due to delayed diagnosis could increase costs down the line. The app also pledges to pinpoint early signs of ADHD, which could help clamp down on costs from what is this most prevalent mental health disorder among US children.

    *DIGITAL URINE TEST HIGHLIGHTS EMERGENCE OF PHONE AT THE CENTER OF CARE: *UK health system Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is piloting an in-home urine test program that converts the smartphone into a clinical-grade medical device, according to Digital Health. Patients scan their urine test using Healthy.io’s app, which automatically analyzes and transmits the results to a doctor. In addition to giving patients the benefit of testing in the convenience of their homes, the National Health Service likely hopes this will encourage earlier intervention and drive down the £1.45 billion ($2 billion) in annual chronic kidney disease costs. The emergence of mobile health solutions — like Healthy.io’s urine test and apps spanning from diagnostic chatbots to medication adherence reminders — put newfound control and information in the hands of patients. Positioning the smartphone at the center of care opens a significant opportunity for insurers — phones could reduce hospital visits and help engage patients in their own treatment, potentially lowering the frequency and volume of claims paid out and driving up customers' lifetime value. Moreover, the data collected from these apps could help insurers and health systems develop personalized care plans and improve health outcomes.

    *CLINICIAN BUY-IN DRAGS ON HOSPITAL DEPLOYMENT OF SECURE MESSAGING PLATFORMS: *Instant messaging is a commonly used mode of communication in health systems. However, many hospitals and clinics don’t have a single communication platform, which can make patient data and clinical information vulnerable. In answer to this issue, 96% of hospitals will have invested in clinical communication platforms by the end of 2018, according to a recent Black Book survey. Having an internal communication platforms can help hospitals establish a standard of security for sharing patient data and clinical information between staff, which could reduce the likelihood of clinicians sending patient data through less secure mediums, such as SMS or messaging apps, such as WhatsApp. In turn, this could help hospitals bolster security and address the growing number of hospital data breaches — 56% of which arise from internal threats, according to Verizon. Unfortunately, providing an internal communication platform doesn’t necessarily address the issue — 30% of survey respondents say they still receive texts from unsecured sources daily. Health system CIOs cite staff buy-in as the biggest challenge to rolling out secure texting, according to a Spok survey. One way around this is to encourage clinician involvement during planning and developing internal advocates to help drum up support for new communication platforms. Further, health systems should invest in platforms that staff will find familiar, convenient, and user friendly to help increase the chance the mediums will be adopted.

    *IN OTHER NEWS:*

    · *Google* is adding additional hires to its healthcare-focused Brain research team, according to CNBC. The team's Medical Digital Assistant project is exploring how audio and touch technologies can improve clinical visits and help doctors automate note-taking using voice recognition.
    · *Kry, *a Swedish telemedicine provider, secured $66 million in Series B funding to bring its total financing up to $93 million, according to MobiHealthNews. Kry has held 350,000 patient visits in Sweden, Norway, and Spain, and will use this funding to expand into new markets like France and the UK.

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    Health insurance company Medica says it will offer insurance plans statewide in Iowa again next year through the Affordable Care Act exchange Reported by Seattle Times 6 hours ago.