5 Blues plans launch pharmacy solutions startup Evio

Five Blue Cross Blue Shield plans have joined forces to establish Evio, a new independent pharmacy solutions startup. The for-profit startup aims to rein in drug costs and improve clinical outcomes. The founding insurers, who invested the same undisclosed sum, are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Shield of California, Highmark Inc., and Independence Blue Cross, which together provide coverage to more than 20 million members across the country. Initially, Evio will offer services to each of the five investor health plans to…

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Study: Most health apps designed to capture personal data

Privacy concerns are nothing new to the world of mobile apps. Past research has highlighted a multitude of privacy concerns, including Covid-19 apps sharing data with advertising and analytics firms, or period-tracking apps sharing sensitive health data without users’ consent, though it’s been difficult to quantify the full scope of the problem. An analysis of more than 20,000 health apps looks to paint a clearer picture. The vast majority of health apps, about 88% of them, were built with the ability to collect or share user data, according to a…

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Beaumont, Spectrum Health Merger Could Have Big Implications for Patients, Providers – WDET

Two of Michigan’s largest healthcare systems – Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health —  announced on June 17 a plan to merge and form a new, mega-healthcare system that would be worth $12 billion and span 22 hospitals. “How is one going to come over and necessarily lower costs, especially if they’re talking about integrating in a way where they can basically get rid of buildings, get rid of lots of workforce…So I think you can actually expect costs to probably go up for patients, but healthcare may be improved.”  -Dustin Walsh,…

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Lotteries as public health incentives began before covid-19 – The Washington Post

In 1957, Glasgow, Scotland, held a five-week anti-tuberculosis X-ray campaign. The city aimed to screen 250,000 people. “Every kind of propaganda is used to bring in the laggards,” including signs, slogans, fliers — and entry into a drawing for a new car, a newsreel recounted at the time. More than 700,000 people signed up to be screened.

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What have we learned about accelerating drug development from Covid-19?

In response to Covid-19, the global drug development community has moved faster and further than ever before. But what have we learned from meeting this emergency? Players throughout the ecosystem, from drug developers to regulators, are considering how we can apply real-world lessons to benefit patients in the future. While drug developers succeeded in rapid development of safe, effective vaccines, a lot of time and resources were wasted on projects that duplicated effort or disregarded existing science. Acting on lessons learned, and repurposing tools effectively used during this pandemic, will…

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Injury Report pres. by Texas Health Sports Medicine: FC Dallas vs. Minnesota United | 6.19.21 – FC Dallas

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas hosts Minnesota United FC at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, June 19 at 7:30PM. Here’s the Texas Health Sports Medicine Injury Report. MINNESOTA UNITED FC OUT: none QUESTIONABLE: none Although Minnesota has no injuries to report, the team will be without Jan Gregus, Robin Lud and Jukka Raitala due to international duty. FC DALLAS OUT: Matt Hedges (hip injury), Beni Redzic (ankle sprain) QUESTIONABLE: none Only defender Matt Hedges and midfielder Beni Redzic are unavailable through injury. However, winger Szabolcs Schön is away with Hungary at Euro 2020. …

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StartUPDATES: New developments from healthcare startups

HealthMine is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Zing Health, an innovative, tech-enabled Medicare Advantage insurance company. The Zing Health & Wellness program and app, powered by HealthMine, will help engage members in their healthcare, address social determinants of health, and close gaps in care, all leading to better outcomes and overall experience. “We can offer wonderful plans and services but if our members are not using them, they are not receiving the most benefit,” said Zing Health CEO and Founder Dr. Eric E. Whitaker. “HealthMine will help us engage our members to make the…

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Lyell, Verve IPOs raise a combined $692M as both biotechs steer toward clinical trials

At one time, preclinical biotechs had a hard time pulling off IPOs. Investors wanted to see early data from tests in humans to reduce their financial risk. But Lyell Immunopharma and Verve Therapeutics aren’t the typical preclinical biotech companies. Each led by a prominent physician, they’re developing novel genetic approaches to treat cancer and cardiovascular disease. Now as they approach the clinic, the companies can claim two of the biggest biotech IPOs of 2021 so far. Lyell raised $425 million for its work on new cell therapies for cancer. The…

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Supreme Court upholds ACA, dismissing constitutional challenge

In a 7-2 opinion delivered Thursday, the Supreme Court tossed out a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act, leaving the law intact. Seven justices of the court, which now has a 6-3 conservative majority, concluded that the plaintiffs “failed to show that they have standing to attack as unconstitutional the Act’s minimum essential coverage provision.” This means the plaintiffs, including the state of Texas, were not able to prove that they had been harmed by the law. The plaintiffs’ arguments stemmed from Congress’s decision in 2017 to reduce the…

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Spectrum Health, Beaumont Health plan blockbuster merger – MiBiz: West Michigan Business News

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health, which was created through a merger more than two decades ago and went on to become West Michigan’s largest health care provider, intends to merge with Southfield-based Beaumont Health. The two health systems have signed a letter of intent to “explore creating a new health system” in a blockbuster deal that would create a health care powerhouse and the largest in-state health system. A combined health system between Grand Rapids-based Spectrum and Beaumont would have 22 hospitals, 305 outpatient care centers and about $13 billion in operating…

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