Healthways has landed three new contracts for the Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
The Nashville company has partnered with Hawaii Pacific Health, KentuckyOne Health and The Heart Health Center, a provider group in St. Louis. Terms of the contracts were not released.
"The addition of our first large provider group demonstrates the breadth of demand for solutions that combat the root causes of the most serious diseases," Alfred Lumsdaine (pictured), Healthways interim CEO, said in a release. "The Ornish Reversal Program offers patients a powerful alternative to high-cost treatment such as surgery and offers hospitals and providers a proven solution that supports the transition to value-based care."
Healthways has licensed the Dr. Ornish program since 2013. Shares of Healthways (Ticker: HWAY) were up slightly to $11.99 Thursday. Year to date, they're down nearly 40 percent.
Here is a project that has quietly stayed under the radar.
Downtown’s Gateway Boulevard Bridge (also known as the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge) is being given a $2.3 million upgrade to provide for a variety of night lighting color options, with a late-July completion targeted for the effort.
Led by the Metro Public Works Department Engineering Division, the project team members also includes Nashville-based Civic Engineering & Information Technology, Inc., Nashville-based Stansell Electric Company, Inc., and New York-based Domingo Gonzalez Associates.
The project also has a maintenance component to it (the bridge opened in 2004), according to Jenna Smith, Public Works spokeswoman.
“This project combines safety, aesthetics, energy efficiency and functionality,” Smith said. “The LED lighting uses less energy, is dimmable and requires less maintenance costs as [light-emitting diode lights] have a much longer life than traditional incandescent.”
Smith said Metro has not announced a date to unveil the new system, which can allow color changing options and up to 256 colors.
* The lighting was designed to emphasize the signature architectural elements of the bridge (arch, cables, spandrels, etc.)
* The design utilizes LED lighting technology. The lights provide safety lighting and aesthetic qualities, as well as energy efficiency.
* The system will be fully programmable and computer controlled (lights can be updated from remote control).
* The bridge’s arch will be able to be bathed in up to 256 colors.
* The bridge lighting is fully dimmable and will integrate with the Cumberland River.
Healthways has partnered with Georgia-based MedAssets to expand its Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, MedAssets will act as Healthways' sales partner to deploy the Ornish program in hospitals, health systems and physician organizations.
The Nashville company has licensed the heart disease treatment program since 2013, landing partnerships with Medicare and commercial insurance to manage patients with cardiac disease and other chronic conditions.
"With one of the most knowledgeable sale forces in the health care industry and a shared commitment to bring solutions to market to improve both the quality and efficiency of care, MedAssets is the right partner to help Healthways accelerate the deployment of the Ornish Reversal Program across the country," Ben Leedle, Healthways president and CEO, said in a release.
Shares of Healthways (Ticker: HWAY) were up to $21.86 Tuesday morning. In the last three months, they're up 16 percent.
Healthways has entered into a two-year contract with New York-based EmblemHealth.
Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Healthways will manage high-risk commercial, Medicare and Medicaid members of the health benefits and wellness company.
Using telephone coaching, educational materials and online tools, Healthways will support health management for patients with chronic conditions.
"EmblemHealth recognizes the opportunity to improve the health and well-being of it population and lower health care costs by offering programs and tools to address the root cause of disease rather than just treating the symptoms," Ben Leedle, Healthways president and CEO, said in a release. "Our shared commitment to well-being improvement will create a powerful partnership that will enhance the quality of the member health experience while managing costs."
Shares of Healthways (Ticker: HWAY) were up to $22.52 Thursday morning. In the last three months, they're up 43 percent.
Healthways Inc. has signed a five-year contract with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. The two organizations have been partners since 2006, and the new agreement adds Healthways' disease management and well-being initiatives to CareFirst's Total Care and Cost Improvement initiative.
Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed in a release, CareFirst members in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and parts of Northern Virginia will have access to population health management solutions.
"CareFirst continues to transform the delivery of health care to its members through its groundbreaking TCCI program, creating a truly integrated model that enables care coordination between all key stakeholders," Ben Leedle, Healthways CEO, said in the release. "Our comprehensive well-being solutions, which offer an unprecedented level of insight into member health and well-being, will further support CareFirst members and their physicians and yield an even greater impact on both quality and costs."
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