FierceHealthcare news: Payer Roundup—Cigna offers up new mental and behavioral health apps

Payer Roundup—Cigna offers up new mental and behavioral health apps; Anthem focused on growth by Rose Meltzer | Nov 16, 2018

Cigna grows digital health footprint

Cigna announced several new digital health initiatives within the last week.

[…] “It’s our hope these new digital tools will help empower people to actively engage in their mental health, and make it easier to get support when they need it,” said Julie McCarter, Cigna’s vice president of product solutions.

And on Wednesday, Cigna said it would pilot a tool to help people reduce alcohol consumption over the course of a year. The two-part solution, designed by startup Annum Health, includes an app and a personal support team of physicians, health coaches and licensed therapists. Cigna will also work with Annum and its employer clients to develop “culturally-appropriate awareness campaigns to encourage anonymous self-identification and engagement.”

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Tammy Mesic
VatorNews: Cigna partners with Annum Health to help combat alcohol-related disease

Technology trends and news by Steven Loeb . November 14, 2018 

Alcoholism is a still a big problem, one that affects millions of people in the United States alone. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), over 15 million adults had Alcohol Use Disorder in 2015, and an estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, behind only tobacco and poor diet and physical inactivity as a preventable cause of death in the U.S.

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Tammy Mesic
PRESS RELEASE: Cigna Collaborates with Annum Health to Introduce a Digital Health Solution to Help People Reduce Alcohol Consumption

November 14, 2018 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global health service company Cigna is collaborating with Annum Health to offer an innovative, digital health support solution to help people reduce alcohol consumption. Cigna is the first health service company to pilot Annum Health’s private coaching and clinician-led support program with employer clients.

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Annum recognized as an Innovator in World Economic Forum

Sam Glick writes of Annum in the article, ‘It’s time to end our ‘separate but unequal’ approach to mental health: “…innovators such as Annum Health offer an alternative to inpatient substance abuse rehab centres through a combination of virtual therapy, coaching and medication treatment.”

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Tammy Mesic