Panel Orders UnitedHealth to pay $10.8M for Allegedly Underpaying Physicians

A three-judge arbitration panel in Tampa, Florida, has ordered UnitedHealthcare to pay $10.8 million to a TeamHealth clinician group for underpayments from 2017 until 2020.  “United persists in exploiting vulnerable patients and refuses to adequately pay providers, despite having faced sanctions, jury awards, and settlement payments of some half a billion dollars,” said Jay Mesrobian, … Read more

DTC Metabolic Tracker Company To Expand Personalized Nutrition Guidance With $62M

Users breathe into the Lumen device in order to get a reading on their metabolism. Based on the results, the connected app will give users a recommendation to follow a low-carb diet that day, a high-carb diet or somewhere in-between. Wellness and fitness company Lumen announced Thursday that it aims to bring its metabolism tracking … Read more

What Should Health Systems’ Patient Access Strategies Be Heading into 2023?

Health system leaders believe that improving patient access should be their top priority when strategically planning for 2023, according to a new report from the KLAS Research and UPMC’s Center for Connected Medicine.  For the report, KLAS and the Center for Connected Medicine surveyed 61 leaders from 59 U.S. health systems. These leaders included C-level … Read more

How Patient Care Is Being Improved by Technology Everyday

With technology becoming more integral to patient care in recent years, innovation in the medtech space is progressing at an unprecedented level. From streamlining long-held manual processes to creating entirely new diagnostic devices, new tech is cropping up all over the industry—resulting in a real-world impact on patients’ quality of life. These technologies are helping … Read more

The FDA Is Opening the Use of Registry Data in Drug Development – What Does It Mean for Patient Advocacy Groups?

Having a full view of a patient’s health story through real-world data (RWD) and evidence (RWE) is the key to improving health outcomes and advancing treatment options. Yet, many historical challenges have slowed consistent adoption, such as data standards, data holders disregarding and blocking the sharing of information, and a lack of awareness among a … Read more

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

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

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 survey shows. The survey was published Thursday by advocacy group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). It was fielded in October … Read more

UpStream Rakes In $140M 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, N.C.-based company’s total funding to nearly $185 million to date. It was co-led by investment firms Coatue and Dragoneer, with participation from … Read more

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