Direct enrollment leaves consumers exposed, says CBPP

FierceHealthcare | March 18, 2019

The federal government created direct enrollment (DE) to give insurance companies and brokers the opportunity to sell healthcare plans on their individual websites. However, a new report from the the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warns that DE can be deceptive and may be opening consumers to privacy issues. While it used to be that consumers would submit a single application in the marketplace to learn what health coverage they are eligible for, in 2019 there are many options for applying to plans and Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies, according to the report. But more options are not necessarily good for consumers, as it raises several concerns including the protections of the ACA marketplaces.  In 2018, agents and brokers helped with 42% of all HealthCare.gov enrollments, 39% of which were DE.

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Philips and IJsselland Hospital sign long-term technology partnership

Royal Philips | December 24, 2021

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, today announced it has signed a 12-year strategic partnership with IJsselland Hospital (Capelle aan den Ijssel, The Netherlands). As the hospital’s strategic technology partner, Philips will target improved care for patients and care providers at IJsselland Hospital and in the surrounding region. The collaboration will focus on innovation, digitalization and optimization, and includes the purchase of patient monitoring and radiology solutions including CT and MRI systems. Home monitoring collaboration expanded In addition to the new strategic partnership, Philips and IJsselland Hospital plan to expand their existing home monitoring partnership for patients with heart failure and COPD. Philips will provide clinical and patient decision support software which enables implementation of remote health and care programs and facilitates collaboration between different healthcare providers. “Technological developments in healthcare are currently moving very fast,” said Albert van Wijk, Chairman of IJsselland Hospital’s Board of Directors. “As a regional hospital, we want to keep up with these developments to provide the best care for our patients. We have chosen Philips as a technology partner to jointly develop the hospital of the future. This will be good for our patients and our healthcare professionals. Moreover, Philips’ vision fits well with our strategy.” “Over the past year, we have worked with IJsselland Hospital to convert their strategy and challenges into a partnership. I am very proud of this partnership, in which we don’t focus solely on technology but look more broadly at the challenges the hospital faces. A great deal of attention is paid to innovation, which is why we are starting a joint fund for innovation and optimization. We also want to work explicitly on optimizing care processes, so that the hospital can work smarter and save costs.” Léon Kempeneers, Health Systems, Philips Benelux About Royal Philips Royal Philipsis a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2020 sales of EUR 17.3 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.

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Aatru Medical, LLC Completes Acquisition of Key Supplier Exothermix

Aatru Medical | April 28, 2022

Aatru Medical is pleased to announce the acquisition of Exothermix, the inventor and supplier of the unique mode-of-action component in the NPSIMSTM incisional management negative pressure system. Exothermix is an innovation company with patented technology and manufacturing of simple, fast, and safe oxygen scavengers with various uses including on-demand self-heating solutions that serve the medical, military, beauty, and personal care markets with these customized products. “We are very pleased to join the Aatru family. The resulting synergies allow us to not only continue to be a key component supplier to Aatru Medical, but this also allows us to continue to develop and to manufacturer industry-changing products for our existing and future customers.” Daniel Hancock, who will remain as President of Exothermix The full Exothermix management and staff will remain in place in the College Station, TX facility and continue to service existing customers. Aatru Medical President Edward Armstrong noted, “The acquisition brings together two innovative technologies and business cultures, which provides a stronger platform for future growth, through accelerated product development and the seamless integration of our supply chain.” Aatru Medical, LLC is a privately-owned medical device company located in Cleveland, OH. The company’s recently FDA-cleared NPSIMSTM is a pre-assembled, single use solid-state negative pressure system for surgical incision management.

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Mental Health Provider Meru Health collaborates with Tech-Savvy Health Insurance Company Evry Health To Deliver Outcomes-Based Mental Healthcare

MERU HEALTH | January 18, 2022

Meru Health, the most comprehensive mental health solution in the market with industry-leading outcomes, and Evry Health, a modern business-to-business health insurance company announced today that they will partner on delivering Meru Health's solution to Evry Health's members in Dallas, Texas starting January 2022. The Meru Health online mental health solution will be embedded as part of Evry Health's tailored wellness plans that come at no cost to the employer or their employees. These specialized, optional wellness solutions provide a wide range of resources, tools and rewards that are different from other health insurance plans, including benefits such as mental health support through Meru Health. Members will be recommended to the program based on pre-screening criteria as well as Evry Health's data analysis. For example, if Evry Health receives a claim for cancer screening and oncologist claims, this is a flag to proactively loop the member into Meru Health's mental health program and support cycles. The partnership will focus on delivering outcomes-based mental healthcare and it rewards members for following their personalized care pathways. A member who completes Meru Health's 12-week Therapy program can get up to $100 reward for doing so. "This is a completely new way of delivering mental healthcare and we are proud to partner with Meru Health to together change how the system works," said Chris Gay, Evry Health CEO. "Focusing on outcomes is the way mental healthcare – and healthcare in general – should be delivered now and in the future. We are confident our members will get the best possible value-based care, and see their mental health improve as they go through the Meru Health program." Incentivizing members to take care of their mental health can lead to major cost savings down the line. According to data from BCBS, people with major depression are on average nearly 30 percent less healthy than those without depression. This decrease in overall health translates into increased costs: a depressed person has $6,390 more healthcare costs than nondepressed people every year. Evry Health incentivizes participants to focus on better mental health through its voluntary wellness plans. Rewards are deposited to an Evry Health Reward Card that members use like any other credit card. Meru Health is focused on delivering the best long- and short-term outcomes in the market. After program completion, 75% of people are in depression or anxiety symptom remission and 85% of people show clinically significant improvement, measured on industry standard PHQ-9 (depression) and GAD-7 (anxiety) scales. The Meru Health Program is one of only digital mental health interventions with published research that shows that these treatment gains last 12 months after the end of treatment. "We could not be more excited to partner Evry Health, who is changing health insurance just like we are transforming mental healthcare. Together we can really deliver patient-centric care that ensures that people prioritize their mental health. Health plans and employers would benefit a lot focusing more on outcomes. The question we should be asking is are people getting better and staying better after the treatment? I believe trailblazers like Evry Health will be a role model in the industry to start focusing more on care outcomes." Kristian Ranta, the CEO of Meru Health About Meru Health Meru Health is setting the new standard in mental healthcare with the most comprehensive online solution that combines licensed therapists and psychiatrists, a smartphone-based treatment program, biofeedback training, anonymous peer support, and habit-changing activities for sleep, nutrition, and more. The company is committed to evidence-based care and has published groundbreaking clinical outcomes with Stanford, Harvard, and UC Davis that show promising clinical effectiveness and lasting results. Meru Health offers a convenient, accessible, side-effect-free mental health treatment option in contrast to the standard of care in the U.S. today. Meru Health partners with major health insurance providers like Cigna, Humana, and Moda Health, as well as leading businesses that want to provide best-in-class mental health care for their employees or members. About Evry Health Headquartered in Dallas, Evry Health is not your standard health plan. We're on a mission to make healthcare affordable, transparent and high quality again by providing expanded benefits at an affordable price, lowering premiums by up to 20%. We're building the health insurance we've always wanted for ourselves, with a high-tech, mobile-first experience focused on helping people live better, healthier lives.

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Kubat HealthCare acquires Hilltop Drugs Etc

Kubat Healthcare | May 10, 2022

Kubat HealthCare, a leading health care service provider, announces today the acquisition of Hilltop Drugs Etc located at 108 W 11th St in Neligh, Nebraska 68756. Founded in October 2008 by co-founder and current Pharmacist-In-Charge, Jami Schmidt, Hilltop Drugs Etc quickly became a community staple providing personalized pharmacy and healthcare services. In 2019, Jami Schmidt and her business partner sold to Mark Vogt. "When I started Hilltop Drugs Etc in 2008, I wanted to provide the community with exceptional pharmacy solutions," said Jami Schmidt, who will remain as the Pharmacist-In-Charge, "I am thrilled that by joining with Kubat HealthCare, not only will our community continue to have pharmacy needs met, but we will now be able to offer additional health care services that have not been made available until now." By joining the Kubat HealthCare family, Neligh and surrounding communities will benefit from the access to respiratory care, specialized compounded medications, infusion, and home medical equipment solutions through their other locations in Nebraska. Hilltop Drugs Etc will continue to offer home delivery and mailing of patient's prescriptions, RediMedi compliance packaging, vaccinations, and assistance with enrolling in Medicare Part D prescription insurance plans. "The team at Hilltop Drugs is exceptional. While the name will change in the coming months, we are ecstatic to have Jami Schmidt and the team continue to provide exceptional service to the community." Tony Schmid, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations at Kubat HealthCare At Kubat HealthCare, their growth initiative has been focused on entering communities that have been previously underserved by their healthcare options. "Through our network, our team members are able to provide additional healthcare services to communities throughout the Midwest" said Bret Cain, COO of Kubat HealthCare, "And as we continue to grow, it reassures me that we are creating a beneficial healthcare network of service offerings to deserving communities."

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