India Hopes Digital Health ID Can Get Economy Moving Again

(Bloomberg) — A $23-million program offering a digital health ID to every citizen could bolster India’s economic growth amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the head of the country’s health authority.

The National Digital Health Mission, which aims to create a repository of doctors and health facilities across India — in addition to digitizing citizens’ health records — will lead to cost savings and better economic outcomes, Indu Bhushan, chief executive officer of the National Health Authority, said in an interview.

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Analysis of Big Data on health “will lead to better planning, budgeting and implementation for states and health programs, which should be a big cost optimizer,” said Bhushan, who compared the gains produced by the “new digital highway” to those from building physical infrastructure such as roads.



chart: India has the world's second highest number of coronavirus infections


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India has the world’s second highest number of coronavirus infections

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How to choose a health insurance plan for a small business

Running a small business has a lot of demands, including everything from perfecting your products to fixing an overflowing toilet. But one of the trickiest parts can be finding the right health insurance for you and your employees.

Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with 50 or more full-time employees or the equivalent in part-time employees have to provide health insurance to employees and their dependents or pay a fine, $3,860 per employee in 2020. Consequently, 83.1% of American workers were offered insurance in the first quarter of 2016.

Smaller businesses with fewer employees, however, are exempt. So, should your small business provide insurance? That depends on several factors, like can you afford it and do your employees need it?

If you hire mainly high school or college students who are covered under their parents’ insurance, you probably don’t need to induce them to work with health coverage. But if

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Economy May Be Down, but Digital Health Investments Boom

Economy May Be Down, but Digital Health Investments Boom. A man in a business suit pushes on a downward trending arrow so it no points up.As financial news goes, the August announcement by Lyra, a California-based behavioral health benefits provider startup, that it had raised more than $110 million in funding barely caused a ripple. The deal took Lyra’s total funding to $292 million and its valuation to more than $1 billion, the company reported.

The larger story was what Lyra plans to do with its growing financial backing. The company, which provides mental health benefits to more than 1.5 million U.S. employees and dependents, said it will use the funding to invest further in technology-enabled services, to partner with more customers and to expand and diversify its provider network.

The news was also significant in a broader financial context in the digital health sector. It helped push the number of third-quarter health care financing megarounds — funding rounds of $100 million or more — to the highest level in nearly three years. That this

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Ontrak Announces Launch of Ontrak-CI Program for National Health Plan – Press Release

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(Business Wire)–Ontrak, Inc (NASDAQ: OTRK) (“Ontrak” or the “Company”), a leading AI-powered and telehealth-enabled, virtualized outpatient healthcare treatment company, today announced the launch of its Ontrak-CI solution for Medicare Advantage members of this National Health Plan in a simultaneous 13-state expansion.

The strong results delivered by Ontrak in successful pilots, which demonstrated an ROI and Net Promoter Score (NPS) above expectations, led to the subsequent signing of a contract in June 2020 to serve this National Health Plan’s Medicare Advantage members. The Ontrak go-live date was originally targeted for early July, 2020, however, changes in data management and delivery across all external vendors for this health plan forced an Ontrak launch delay until October, 2020.

Mr. Terren Peizer, Chairman and CEO of Ontrak, stated, “This is the second national health plan to roll out our Ontrak program across their national book of business. While the expansion of business

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One Enduring Legacy of the Clean Power Plan: Lung Health

The global COVID-19 outbreak has raised awareness about the link between air pollution and lung health. In that context, a more aggressive federal policy on clean power would provide U.S. business with a platform for promoting their contributions to public health, in addition to supporting global decarbonization and green job creation. Nevertheless, the Trump administration continues to undercut the bottom-line case for clean power, by replacing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan with far less ambitious goals under the new Affordable Clean Energy rule.

The economic impact of the Clean Power Plan

The Obama administration launched the Clean Power Plan in 2015, based on the premise that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the power to regulate carbon emissions from power plants under its Clear Air Act authority.

Rather than establishing new, one-size-fits-all restrictions on carbon output, the plan outlined a flexible approach. In concert with new EPA standards for carbon

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Even as the Economy Grew, More Children Lost Health Insurance

The share of children with health coverage in the United States fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, according to census data, after decades of increases.

The decline occurred during a period of economic growth — before the coronavirus pandemic caused broad job losses that might have cost many more Americans their health insurance.

A report Friday by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families found that the ranks of uninsured children grew the most in Texas and Florida, and that Latino children were disproportionately affected. Nationally, the number of children without health insurance rose by 320,000 last year alone, to a total of nearly 4.4 million children, the report found.

“What’s so troubling about this data is we were making so much progress as a country,” said Joan Alker, the center’s executive director and an author of the report. “And now that progress is clearly reversing.”

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Molina adds Affinity Health Plan to Medicaid business for $380 million

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Molina acquires Affinity Health Plan for $380 million.Molina acquires Affinity Health Plan for $380 million.

Molina Healthcare has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire managed Medicaid organization Affinity Health Plan for $380 million.

Molina intends to fund the purchase with cash on hand. 

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.

WHY THIS MATTERS

The deal is another in Molina’s plan for strategic growth and to fend off competition from other insurers in the business of state Medicaid and federal government contracts.

Molina is also in the Affordable Care Act market. 

Molina CEO and President Joe Zubretsky said Affinity has the perfect product line and geographic fit. Affinity serves members in New York City, Westchester, Orange, Nassau, Suffolk, and Rockland counties in New York. 

THE LARGER TREND

Affinity is the latest acquisition for Molina. 

In July, Molina entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets related to the

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IMA questions Union health minister releasing Ayush-based Covid-19 management protocol

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The Union health and science minister Harsh Vardhan releasing Ayush (ayurveda yoga and naturopathy unani siddha and homoeopathy)-based clinical management protocol to treat coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients has not gone down well with the Indian Medical Association (IMA). The association on Thursday pointedly asked whether the proponents of this claim and his ministry were prepared to subject themselves as volunteers to an independent prospective double-blind control study in prevention and treatment of Covid-19.

On Tuesday, the health and science minister had released the National Clinical Management Protocol for prevention and treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 cases based on alternative therapies.

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The largest body of private practitioners in the field of allopathy also asked the minister if there was satisfactory evidence regarding the claims made based on studies done on

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Frost & Sullivan Presents 5 Key Technologies and Investments in Mental Health Management

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“The silver lining from the pandemic has been the realization of the benefits and the deployment of various digital health solutions to manage the burden of chronic conditions. Consequently, investors have been extremely bullish on digital health, and this area has seen record investments in the first half of 2020 alone,” said Chandni Mathur, Digital Health Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. 

For further information on the global mental health market, please visit: https://hub.frost.com/the-global-mental-health-market/

Five key technologies supporting mental health management: 

  • Telehealth: Video consultations play a crucial role in continuing treatment and therapy sessions. There has been widespread adoption of telehealth services, and it is useful in disease management. Reimbursements for teleconsultations have also been a key driver. In 2020, the telehealth market is likely to experience a tsunami of growth, resulting in a year-over-year increase of 64.3% in the United States.
  • Patient engagement tools such
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Dr. William Lautman Announces the Peaceful Living Program to Offer Free Virtual Health and Wellness Guidance for Pain Management

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KENDALL, Fla., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Lautman Pain Management is proud to announce its Peaceful Living Program, a virtual platform providing members with advice on Health and Wellness for Pain Management. The platform is a completely free resource for members to access blogs, videos, and other content published and curated by Dr. William Lautman, DO and his team.

Dr. Lautman Pain Management recently announced a YouTube Channel for At-Home Wellness and Healthy Living Tips.

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