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  1. Veteran Health Care Leader Named Kaiser Permanente CNE
  2. Telemedicine provider Teladoc says to acquire Best Doctors
  3. HCSC Recognized as One of 50 Most Community-Minded Companies 
  4. Blue Cross To Bid In Illinois Obamacare Exchange 2018
  5. Fitbit eyes sleep apnea space for next digital innovation
  6. Anthem Is Leaving Wisconsin’s Federal Health Care Exchange By 2018
  7. Amazon Willing To Buy Rite-Aid Pharmacy Post Brick-And-Mortar Grocery
  8. Daniel Nutkis Worries HHS Cybersecurity Efforts Interferes Private Sector
  9. Mark Bertolini Isn’t Disclosing Where Aetna Will Be Moved
  10. Consumer data can provide insights for wellness efforts

Veteran Health Care Leader Named Kaiser Permanente CNE
Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, announced today that Linda Knodel has been named CNE and senior vice president, National Patient Care Services. In her new role, Knodel will lead a nursing organization of 54,000 nurses across eight states and serving 11.8 million members. Knodel will report directly to Gregory Adams, executive vice president and group president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. “Nursing practice at Kaiser Permanente has long been innovative, diverse and known for its excellence in research, care and service,” said …PrNewsWire (06/21)
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Telemedicine provider Teladoc says to acquire Best Doctors
Teladoc Inc, the largest provider of telemedicine in the United States, said on Monday it agreed to acquire medical consultation company Best Doctors to expand its ability to offer remote treatments for complex diseases. As part of agreement, Teladoc will buy Best Doctors for $375 million in cash and $65 million in Teladoc stock. “The combination of the two companies will create a very powerful single resource for customers to go to whether they are experiencing flu symptoms or a critical life threatening illness,” Jason Gorevic, Teladoc’s chief executive officer, told Reuters in an …Reuters (06/19)
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HCSC Recognized as One of 50 Most Community-Minded Companies for Third Consecutive Year
Health Care Service Corporation, which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, has been recognized as part of The Civic 50 for the third year in a row. An initiative of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. “We’re in the business of providing protection and peace of mind,” …Prnewswire (06/21)
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Blue Cross To Bid In Illinois Obamacare Exchange 2018
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is all set to participate in Obamacare Exchange next year. Though the healthcare law has hit the rough phase and is facing lots of uncertainties; Blue Cross decided to enter the Illinois Obamacare Exchange 2018. This is quite surprising as the most of the renowned insurance companies across the country are pulling themselves out of ACA next year. Illinois Obamacare Exchange 2018 Insurance companies had time till Wednesday, June 21st to file proposed rates for the Illinois Obamacare Exchange 2018. Blue Cross spokesperson confirmed that the insurance company is certainly submitting …Prnewswire (06/22)
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Fitbit eyes sleep apnea space for next digital innovation
As we’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. No longer able to rely on the consumer market alone to stay financially healthy, the company has continually upped the stake to prime itself as a digital health company in its own right. There have been many efforts as of late, including developing more sophisticated wearables to enable tracking of more varied biometric data, participating in a large amount of clinical research, making itself a regular fixture in many corporate wellness programs and merging their …mobiHealthnews (06/20)
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Anthem Is Leaving Wisconsin’s Federal Health Care Exchange By 2018
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is withdrawing from Wisconsin’s federal health care exchange by the end of the year due to uncertainty in the individual health care market. The company’s spokesperson said on Wednesday, “The state’s individual insurance market remains volatile, making it increasingly difficult to price and plan coverage through the Affordable Care Act.” The spokesperson further said pointing the reason as, “continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules, and guidance.” ; Anthem offers individual plans both on and off the ACA’s exchanges in 44 …mobiHealthnews (06/22)
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Amazon Willing To Buy Rite-Aid Pharmacy Post Brick-And-Mortar Grocery
The online retailer Amazon’s willingness to buy brick-and-mortar grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion has revitalized the debate over its willingness to enter into pharmacy business by buying Rite Aid. Amazon’s eagerness to enter into the pharmaceutical industry has raised many doubters if Amazon is really ready on its own in the highly regulated pharmaceutical benefit business to compete with CVS Health or Walgreens Boots Alliance. But its deal with Whole Foods shows its openness to pierce into a new industry. ; Ann Hynes at Mizuho Securities USA wrote in a note on ,…mobiHealthnews (06/22)
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Daniel Nutkis Worries HHS Cybersecurity Efforts Interferes Private Sector
  The CEO of a leading healthcare cybersecurity organization HITRUST Daniel Nutkis is worried that the new efforts to improve cyber threat by federal interfere with the methods being practiced by the private sector. Daniel Nutkis, during a hearing before the Senate Committee on HomelandSecurity and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday, raised a question on the very purpose of a new cybersecurity communications center. Daniel Nutkis also argued in written testimony, that his organization has worked in past with Department of HomelandSecurity’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center …mobiHealthnews (06/22)
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Mark Bertolini Isn’t Disclosing Where Aetna Will Be Moved
The movement of Aetna headquarters to another place is making news for quite a long time now. The company headquarter will be moved from Hartford, Connecticut. This is the place where the company was founded more than 160 years ago. However, company CEO Mark Bertolini wants to keep the new place a mystery. Where is Aetna’s new mystery place In May 2017, Aetna was in negotiations with several cities. The company officials also mentioned that they will announce the decision of Aetna’s movement early this summer. However, it seems Mark Bertolini hasn’t made up his mind to disclose Aetna’s new mystery place …mobiHealthnews (06/22)
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Consumer data can provide insights for wellness efforts
The analysis of consumer data can provide insights to employers, including healthcare organizations, into their employees’ health status while offering the basis for information for the creation of wellness plans. An individual’s buying habits, voting affiliation and voting history, telly viewing, financial status, family status which are the emotions behind socialmedia mentions together can give a view of the individual’s overall well-being, says April Gill, vice president of analytics solutions at Welltok, a vendor that offers health optimization services …HealthDataManagement (06/21)
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