American Well has filed suit against Teladoc in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, accusing the Dallas-based company of "infringement of its intellectual property rights" in deploying an online telehealth platform that allegedly mirrors what Boston-based American Well deploys.
JUNE 15TH, 2015
Posted by Michael Kessler
In case you missed it....
— American Well sues Teladoc;
— Hospitals jumping into insurance;
— Walgreen's push virtual doc visits;
— The pre-clinical trial spending $$;
— Be prepared for post SCOTUS ruling; and
— High deductible plans work / but they don't.
Check out our additional links to Trends, Financings and M&A News (CVS buys Target Pharmacy !!).
News of the Week
Health systems that own an insurance plan—an increasingly popular gambit—have good reasons to be in that business, such as diversification and gaining market share. Indeed, some of those plans have done well for many years. But new entrants have cause to be wary.
The nation's largest drugstore chain is expanding a smartphone application it started testing last December to tablets and personal computers and plans to make it available in 25 states. The growth comes as major insurers UnitedHealth Group and Anthem prepare to expand their own non-emergency telemedicine services to about 40 million more people by next year.
A study that looked at about half of the preclinical research conducted in labs (excluding research on human volunteers) suggests that $28 billion is spent each year in the United States alone on research that doesn’t yield a return.
It will be up to state officials and Congress to help consumers who can’t afford health insurance if the Supreme Court strikes down health law subsidies for millions of Americans, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday.
Researchers found that high-deductible plan enrollees skimped on both necessary and unnecessary care. Experts warn that this consumer strategy will lead to more expensive treatment down the line.
Trends, Financings and Transactions for the Week
* Hospitals Discharge Patients to Maximize Medicare Payments
* Mobile First Clinical Trials & Ratings will transform Clinical Research
* The Dirty Little Secret Behind Silicon Valley's Unicorns
* Promoting Transparency And Clear Choices In Health Care
* See how the largest provider-sponsored health plans are performing
* Up To States, Congress To Help Consumers If Court Strikes Down Subsidies
* 50 hospitals flagged for sky-high charges
* Concierge medicine wars heat up as model gains ground
* How Evolent Health grew to a billion dollar company
* Track Fitbit’s route to an IPO
* PE's Growing Presence in Emerging Markets
* MINDBODY Sets IPO Terms
* Invuity prices IPO at $12 per share
* Intersect ENT PO goes over-allotment
* 3 recent health IT IPOs to watch
* Panasonic Healthcare to Buy Bayer’s Diabetes Business
* Teladoc quietly acquires video visits company Stat Health
* Humana sale: Good for payers, bad for providers?
* HealthSouth to buy rehab hospital operator
* CVS to acquire Target’s pharmacy business for $1.9 billion