JUNE 15TH, 2015

Healthcare Reader

Posted by Michael Kessler

In case you missed it.... 

Highlights of our featured News of the Week include . . .

— 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

June 8, 2015 | mHealth News

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 8, 2015 | Modern Healthcare

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.

June 10, 2015 | Modern Healthcare

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.

June 10, 2015 | MedCity News

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.

June 13, 2015 | Modern Healthcare

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