Medicaid

By Jonah Comstock January 28, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services came out with a final rule yesterday that would require face-to-face visits prior to home health services for Medicaid patients, a rule that already exists for Medicare patients. But, as Politico spotted, the rule also includes a parenthetical allowing those "face-to-face" visits to be conducted via telehealth. Exactly what constitutes telehealth isn...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2015
All but eight states introduced at least one bill related to telemedicine to their state legislature in 2015, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. State lawmakers floated a total of 200 bills across the country.   The report is meant to explore the benefits and risks of telehealth for state legislatures, as well as to provide an overview of the status of...
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2015
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey carved out a place for mobile health in his plan for the state's new Medicaid plan this week, but some critics think the initiative could miss the mark for a low-income population less likely to have smartphones. Arizona's Medicaid system, the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), is a managed care system that operates on a special waiver from the...
By Aditi Pai July 15, 2015
AmeriHealth Caritas, a Medicaid managed care organization, has partnered with Palo Alto-based Theranos, which is working on a smaller, cheaper, alternative to common lab blood tests, to offer Theranos' services to its Medicaid members. AmeriHealth Caritas operates in 16 states and DC. It serves more than 6.6 million members. Theranos uses a lab-on-a-chip technology to run multiple blood tests on...
By Jonah Comstock May 27, 2015
Focus group data from the Center for Health Care Strategies Digital health is one of the biggest areas of opportunity to help low income populations and, in the process, reduce costs for providers that treat Medicaid populations. But challenges hold it back, including available apps that aren’t up to snuff, and a system for validating digital health interventions that’s somewhat lacking. That...
By Aditi Pai April 8, 2015
A few months ago, Accenture reported that 19 of the 25 states developing state health innovation plans (SHIPs) were planning to invest more in telehealth this year. Now, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published online resources to help the states that are participating in the State Innovation Models initiative make better use of digital health...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2015
A Memotext intervention for diabetes. A new text messaging software aimed at improving medication adherence will be offered to asthma patients who are members of AmeriHealth District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.'s largest Medicaid managed care organization. The platform, called HealthNHand, was developed by Memotext and will be launched by pharmacy benefit management company PerformRx....
By Jonah Comstock September 18, 2014
Verizon has teamed up with smartphone health monitoring startup Ginger.io in a pilot conceived and run by Centerstone Research Institute to create a mobile health intervention that's already been tested in one small study, with larger studies in the works. Initially, Centerstone launched a three-month pilot of 10 high Medicaid-utilizer patients (those with more than $25,000 in annual healthcare-...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2014
HealthCrowd, text-message-based patient engagement strategy, has completed a pilot with New York Medicaid plan Healthfirst, showing that 86 percent of Healthfirst's Medicaid population was equipped to receive text messages. "Over 80 percent of the population we intervened on had a mobile phone," Neng "Bing" Doh, HealthCrowd's CEO and cofounder, told MobiHealthNews in an exclusive interview. "...
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2014
An interactive text-message based care management system was able to create a 40 percent improvement in appointment adherence and modest improvement in medication and care plan adherence, according to new data from New York City-based Sense Health's randomized control trial with Montefiore Medical Center. Sense Health uses pre-scripted but customizable text messaging to help overloaded Medicaid...

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