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Dive Brief: The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout are reshaping how people approach healthcare services, with costs among their top concerns, according to data analytics firm TransUnion Healthcare’s annual patient survey. Almost half of patients — 49% — say the economy shapes how they seek medical care, the survey of more than 3,000 recent
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In its third year, the HLTH conference transitioned online as the coronavirus pandemic surges once again in outbreaks across the country, sparking discussion about the future of digital health. Amid other headlines, merging virtual care players Teladoc and Livongo made their first cross-sale; retail pharmacies announced plans to revamp pharmacist workflow; payer, hospital and telehealth execs
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The future of alternate payment models, importance of health equity and biggest question marks hanging over the fast-changing telehealth industry were among topics headlining the virtual HLTH conference last week. Along with a flurry digital health funding expansions and new product lines, retail pharmacy giants Walgreens and Rite Aid outlined plans to change the job of
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Despite skyrocketing virtual care adoption, the telehealth sector still faces challenges, like mounting deal sizes and IPOs giving rise to concerns about a digital health bubble, and a decidedly hazy regulatory future. But experts at the third annual HLTH conference this week argued that rampant tech integration during COVID-19 isn’t going to be rolled back
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Dive Brief: UnitedHealth Group bested Wall Street expectations and reported a lower-than-expected medical cost ratio of 81.9% for the third quarter as members continue to delay care amid the pandemic. Although utilization is not back to normal, it is hovering around 95% of pre-pandemic levels, considerably higher than the second quarter, executives said Wednesday. The
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Dive Brief: Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health and nearby academic medical center Wake Forest Baptist Health have completed their merger, according to a Friday announcement. The new system expects $11.5 billion in combined net revenue, an Atrium spokesperson said. The combined entity will employ 70,000 people at 42 hospitals and more than 1,500 care sites.
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