If you put in a little bit of effort, you’ll find that most health insurance companies have your back when it comes to healthy living. Some even offer discounts on gym memberships and weight management programs and smoking cessation plans.Now some are even offering free Apple Watches as a part of emerging wellness programs. It was announced on Tuesday that Aetna — which has recently merged with CVS Health — has teamed up with Apple to launch a new app and wellness program. The app, Attain, is a health experience designed by Aetna in collaboration with Apple. Through the use of an Apple Watch, the Attain app will provide Aetna members personalized goals, track their daily activity levels, recommend healthy actions, and ultimately reward them for taking these actions to improve their well-being, the CVS Health press release states. The best part? Members can score a free Apple Watch as long as they’re taking care of themselves — users can opt … [Read more...] about Two major health insurance companies now offer wellness programs featuring free Apple Watches
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FILE PHOTO: Logos of CVS and Aetna are displayed on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (Reuters) - A group of health insurers including CVS Health Corp’s Aetna, have teamed up with IBM Corp to create a blockchain network aimed at cutting costs in the healthcare industry. The companies intend to use blockchain technology, which allows the sharing of databases across a network of computers, for processing claims and payments and to maintain directories, they said in a joint statement. Other companies involved in the project are health insurers Anthem Inc, Health Care Service Corp and financial services company PNC Bank. Reporting by Tamara Mathias in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli … [Read more...] about Aetna, other health insurers team up with IBM on blockchain project
(Getty Images) Her voice is cheery. Her pitch sounds promising. But insurance experts warn that health insurance robocalls offering low co-pays and premiums to all are often either misleading or false. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” says Heidi Sterner, president-elect and legislative chair for the Nevada Association of Health Underwriters, a group for licensed health insurance professionals. With the annual open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance through the state exchange now open and running through Dec. 15, Nevadans are being bombarded by canned sales calls offering the opportunity to sign up at great rates. One recent phone call claimed to offer Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna plans that would help consumers “save up to 50 percent.” “Enrollment is easy, approval is guaranteed and all ages are accepted,” a female voice says. “Press ‘one’ to be connected.” It came from a local area code, … [Read more...] about Words of warning for Nevadans besieged by health insurance robocalls
About Joseph Burns Joseph Burns (@jburns18), a Massachusetts-based independent journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on health insurance. He welcomes questions and suggestions on insurance resources and tip sheets at [email protected] View all posts by Joseph Burns → For patients and physicians, many aspects of the health care and health insurance systems are frustrating and appear to be needlessly complex. One of the most frustrating processes is prior authorization, the mother-may-I approach health insurers use to ensure that procedures, medications and even certain care processes are appropriate and worthy of coverage. In a new tip sheet, we explain that for health insurers, providers and patients, prior authorization is not only complex but also highly controversial. The prior-auth process itself goes by several names including preauthorization, prior approval, precertification, prior notification, prospective review and prior review. As might be … [Read more...] about Prior authorization rules: Yet another way the health insurance system frustrates physicians and patients
Tom Murphy, Ap Health Writer Updated 7:38 am, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Photo: Bill Sikes, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, a sign stands on the campus of the Aetna headquarters, in Hartford, Conn. Aetna Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, May 1, 2018. FILE - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, a sign stands on the campus of the Aetna headquarters, in Hartford, Conn. Aetna Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Photo: Bill Sikes, AP Health insurer Aetna swings to a first-quarter profit. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Aetna made $1.21 billion and beat Wall Street earnings expectations in the first quarter, as the health insurer moved closer to sealing its roughly $69 billion combination with CVS Health. The nation's third largest insurer said Tuesday that it swung to a profit after … [Read more...] about Health insurer Aetna swings to a first-quarter profit.