BCBS Massachusetts Ramps Up Mental Health Services After Seeing Visits Double

BCBS Massachusetts Ramps Up Mental Health Services After Seeing Visits Double

Data released Wednesday by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts revealed that mental health visits among its members have increased 100% since 2019. In response, the payer is upgrading its services. In the third quarter of 2022, BCBS Massachusetts’ members had about 8 million behavioral health visits, compared to about 4 million in 2019. The insurer … Read more

Federal Court Says Cerner May Be on the Hook in Brain Damage Lawsuit

Federal Court Says Cerner May Be on the Hook in Brain Damage Lawsuit

Medical software company Cerner must head to trial for a jury to decide whether its software contained design defects that caused brain damage to a 25-year-old who was undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder. In a 2-1 decision, the Fourth Circuit said that the lower court, the Eastern District of Virginia, erred when it sided … Read more

Why UNC Chose AWS as Its Cloud Partner to Launch 10 Startups Over 3 Years

Why UNC Chose AWS as Its Cloud Partner to Launch 10 Startups Over 3 Years

The innovation institute run by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill teamed up with Amazon Web Services on Wednesday to create a venture studio to turn the university’s digital health research concepts into full-fledged startups. AWS’ platform beat out the other major cloud providers because it was “the most entrepreneurial,” according to Bob … Read more

AHIP: Americans Want Congress To Make Telehealth Capabilities Permanent

AHIP: Americans Want Congress To Make Telehealth Capabilities Permanent

To address challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, state and federal governments provided temporary waivers and flexibilities to make telehealth more available for consumers. Now, Americans want the government to make these provisions permanent, a new one survey shows. The survey was published Thursday by advocacy group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). It was fielded in … Read more

UpStream Rakes In $140M to Scale VBC for Seniors

UpStream Rakes In 0M to Scale VBC for Seniors

UpStream — a company that provides care coordination technology and services for physicians enrolled in value-based care models — raised $140 million in Series B financing on Thursday. The round brings the Greensboro, NC-based company’s total funding to nearly $185 million to date. It was co-led by investment firms Coat spirit Dragonswith participation from Avidity … Read more

Creating Cancer Treatments for an Aging Population: Four Ways To Increase Cancer Clinical Trial Participation of Underrepresented Older Patients

Creating Cancer Treatments for an Aging Population: Four Ways To Increase Cancer Clinical Trial Participation of Underrepresented Older Patients

Older adults are projected to outnumber kids for the first time in US history by 2034. As our population ages, preparations must be made across industries, fields of study and governments to address its evolving needs, including in clinical trials that set the standards for efficacy and safety of new treatments, especially in cancer. Ageism … Read more

How “Lung Intelligence” is Accelerating New Therapies

How “Lung Intelligence” is Accelerating New Therapies

More than 500 million people on the planet have chronic lung disease — all eager for better therapies. Unfortunately, the wait for novel treatment is a long and expensive one — it takes 14 years and more than $1 billion, with a failure rate of 95%, to get a single drug from research labs to … Read more

How flipMD is Helping Physicians Create Hybrid Careers to Improve Healthcare

How flipMD is Helping Physicians Create Hybrid Careers to Improve Healthcare

In a webinar sponsored by flipMDfrom GoodRx, panelists discussed how the company is helping healthcare businesses optimize product development, marketing and go-to-market strategy, user adoption and more – all through collaboration with practicing physicians. Panelist Dr. Gregory Hanson, co-founder of flipMD, shared how he developed the idea for flipMD when he and his wife lived … Read more

Eisai Alzheimer’s Drug Data Show Slowing of Decline But Safety Questions Linger

Eisai Alzheimer’s Drug Data Show Slowing of Decline But Safety Questions Linger

Eisai now has the most detailed look yet at the clinical trial data for its Alzheimer’s disease drug lecanemab, with results showing reductions in telltale disease indicators and a slowing of clinical decline. But the results come amid recent reports of two patient deaths in the study, raising questions about whether the benefits from the … Read more

Does the Rumored Amwell/Talkspace Deal Make Sense? Experts Weigh In

Does the Rumored Amwell/Talkspace Deal Make Sense?  Experts Weigh In

Amid rumors that telemedicine company Amwell is exploring purchasing online therapy company Talkspace, industry experts seem somewhat torn on if the potential deal makes sense. What has been reported is that Amwell would acquire Talkspace for about $200 million at about $1.50 per share. It represents a steep drop from when the teletherapy company went … Read more