In March this year, four major collaborations were announced by as many leading health insurance companies of the US in a bid to broaden the capabilities to transform how quality healthcare is delivered to the people.
- Anthem Inc, the Indianapolis–based health insurer, disclosed that it had agreed to buy myNexus, a well known technology-enabled company that manages home-based care, from an investor group led by WindRose Health Investor, a New York-based healthcare firm. Juan Vallariono, CEO of myNexus said, “The team is excited to connect with Anthem to build our customer and their members”.
- Cleveland Clinic, Anthem, and Eli Lilly teamed up on a concierge heart surgery program for health plan members. The program grants access to complex cardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular, and Thoracic Institute. Lars Svensson, MD, Ph.D., Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Sydell, said, “We are proud to cooperate with Anthem and deliver our top-ranked heart surgery expertise to the employees, retirees, and family members of Lilly, no matter where they live.”
- HealthCare Service Corp. struck a deal with Collective Health, an employer health benefits startup, to bring technology services to HCSC members by offering its customers digital health perks. Maurice Smith, HCSC’s chief executive officer, said, “HCSC continues to focus on making health care more accessible, affordable, and simpler for our members by offering more user-friendly services like what we’re announcing with Collective Health today.”
- UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary Optum confirmed an agreement to procure Atrius Health, a 715–physician group based in Massachusetts. Atrius Health president Dr. Steven Strongwater, said, “Atrius is eager to build on our decades-long dedication to supporting our patients with high-quality care by joining Optum, positioning us to do even better…”