Insurance takes on a new cover

Online channels have demonstrated exponential growth over the last few years, especially after the pandemic topicsInsurance Ever since InsurTechs set a digital footprint in the insurance industry, technology has greatly equalized barriers and accelerated the crucial metric of penetration. Traditionally, insurance has been perceived to run on a feet-on-street kind of model. But the advent … Read more

Close contact rules could cost Queensland families hundreds of dollars

Rules for COVID-19 close contacts in Queensland have been eased but a social services group says the new requirements could put further pressure on families already struggling with the rising cost of living. Key points: Rapid Antigen Tests typically cost anywhere from $10 to $15 The new measures could force families into tough decisions, QCOSS … Read more

As eating disorders spike during pandemic, rural treatment options lag

Erin Reynolds had battled bulimia since childhood, but the weeks before she entered treatment were among her worst. At 22, she was preparing to leave her home in Helena, Montana, for an inpatient program in New Jersey with round-the-clock medical care. Looking back six years later, Reynolds said seeking help was one of the most … Read more

Halcyon Health shutters amid pandemic troubles

Halcyon Health, a New York-based provider of virtual addiction treatment, is shutting down as a result of pandemic-era difficulties raising capital, CEO Joshua Nussbaum tells Axios. Why it matters: With unprecedented levels of venture funding flooding the behavioral health sector, it can seem any mental health startup has a clear path to success. But there … Read more

Private equity ownership of nursing homes triggers Capitol Hill questions — and a GAO probe

In his State of the Union address last month, President Joe Biden focused attention on how private equity ownership of nursing homes can affect residents’ health. “As Wall Street firms take over more nursing homes, quality in those homes has gone down and costs have gone up. That ends on my watch,” Biden said. Those … Read more

States of Life –

Where you live can add or subtract years from your life. For example, average life expectancy in Virginia is at 79.1 years, 19th best in the nation, according to a National Vital Statistics Service report released in February. Hawaii residents have the highest average life expectancy of Americans, at 81.5 years, while residents of Mississippi … Read more

Under Government Health Care, The Doctor Won’t See You Now

US presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers a speech on his Medicare for All plan, … [+] calling for no premiums, no co-pays, and no deductibles. Sanders speech was delivered at the Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NurPhoto via Getty Images In … Read more

Amazon’s New Partnership With Teladoc Is A Huge Milestone For Telemedicine

Last month, global technology and e-commerce giant Amazon and telemedicine company Teladoc announced a landmark new initiative: providing virtual care through Amazon Alexa devices. The announcement indicates that “Customers in the US will now be able to connect with a Teladoc care provider 24/7 from supported Echo devices for general medical needs. Teladoc on Alexa … Read more

Oracle’s Latest Earnings Call Indicated Its Next Frontier: Healthcare

Famed technology and software giant Oracle took a bold step late last year when it announced its acquisition of Cerner, an electronic health records (EHR) company. This valid purchase signaled a new or perhaps reinvigorated commitment for Oracle: reimagining the future of healthcare. This week, during Oracle’s quarterly earnings call, this commitment was reiterated by … Read more