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  • In today’s healthcare landscape, diagnoses rule. A patient diagnosed with diabetes is prescribed a regimented program aimed at improving diet and exercise and monitoring blood glucose levels. A physician treating a Medicare patient is paid based on the patient’s Diagnosis Related Group (DRG). While diagnoses help us quantify and understand diseases, they can also draw focus away from the individual being treated. In her blog post in the New York Times, Pauline W. Chen, M.D. notes, “When we know what is wrong, we sometimes stop paying such close attention to those

  • Last week, CMS announced it will start paying physicians to interpret remote monitoring data - such as from scales, blood pressure cuffs or glucometers - for 30 minutes a month. At $60 per patient per month, the reimbursement rate is relatively low. Still, it’s a promising signal from the industry that the march towards patient-centered care has begun.   Over the past decade, telehealth and telemonitoring have grown at a rapid rate. An estimated 7 million people now use connected medical devices as an integral component of their care regimen, and surveys

  • One in five Americans experience a mental illness, with 60 million people affected in a given year. Treatments such as psychotherapy, medication, and care management have shown to improve the health status and functioning of people with mental illness, yet only 43% of people suffering from a mental illness receive any treatment. Most of us don’t hesitate to seek medical attention when we are suffering from a physical illness. Why is it different for mental health? Here are 3 major barriers to treatment that are unique to mental health: 1. Stigma around mental

  • Cambridge, MA - Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA) and Mount Auburn Hospital are partnering with Valera Health, a digital health startup, by using new technologies to help improve engagement for patients suffering from chronic medical conditions and depression. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of a smartphone application in engaging patients suffering from chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and depression. The Valera Health mobile app enables health coaches to communicate with their patients via a HIPAA-secured chat messaging or video call

  • NEW YORK, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Montefiore Health System added a new element to patient care using Valera Health, a smartphone app and platform, supporting an integrated behavioral healthcare model that facilitates patient engagement using two-way messaging, appointment reminders, tailored educational content, and automated self-assessments. The platform alerts care managers to changes in a patient's condition that suggest the need for clinical intervention and help improve care planning. At the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting on May 23, 2017, in San Diego, Kelly Carleton, project manager of Montefiore's federally-funded Behavioral Health Integration Program (B-HIP), will

  • Measuring progress is an integral part of any behavior-change program. Any fitness trainer will tell you that if you want to increase the number of pushups you can do, the first thing is to do is start counting how many pushups you can do. Measuring progress seems like common sense - so why does behavioral healthcare still lag in measurement-based care? Researchers have validated that various treatments and medicines can improve patient outcomes when measured rigorously. In fact, the very act of measurement itself has been demonstrated to improve patient

  • Round Rock, TX., September 20, 2016 – Brooklyn-based behavioral health startup Valera Health and Tejas Health Management today announced a partnership that will enhance care models for individuals in Texas with behavioral health issues. Valera’s smartphone-based care management platform will enable Tejas and its state-wide network of providers to more effectively engage and support individuals who are experiencing mental illness. This partnership will initially focus on individuals with first breakthrough psychosis, which typically affects individuals between 18 and 35 years old.  A growing body of evidence is showing that early, intensive interventions

  • New York, NY.  August 1, 2016 –Brooklyn-based behavioral health startup Valera Health is expanding efforts to better integrate behavioral and physical health through a new multi-phase project that uses patient self-assessments and personalized tools to support recovery and wellness for people with depression and anxiety. The project, occurring in partnership with Montefiore, a leader in population health, is part of a broader strategy to leverage the latest technologies to improve patient supports and engagement, particularly for individuals with co-morbid physical and behavioral health conditions. “Valera Health is proud to collaborate with Montefiore

  • McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and emerging health tech startup Valera Health are partnering to conduct a clinical trial that will test a new digital technology to support patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.