BetterDoctor Closes on $11M, Expands Nationally to Fix Doctor Data and Health Plan Provider Directories

SAN FRANCISCO (June  20, 2017) —BetterDoctor, a company with a mission to fix provider data and help consumers find the care they need, closed a new $11M funding round led by Health Catalyst Capital. Vision+, Texo Ventures, SoftTechVC, LifeLine Ventures and B-ForeCapital also participated in the round.

Provider data inaccuracy continues to be an ongoing (hidden) problem that overburdens the entire US healthcare system. BetterDoctor is in a unique position to solve this persistent data problem and to ensure health insurance companies, health systems and providers comply with several federal and state regulations.

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Why Fix Inaccurate Provider Data? It Leads to Lower Costs, Better Care, and Satisfied Patients

As uncertainty swirls around the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Republicans’ replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), many patients have only one thing on their mind—finding a doctor who accepts their insurance. For individuals insured under the ACA, either in the state or federal marketplaces or through the Medicaid expansion, increasingly narrow provider networks and lack of choice among insurers makes this an especially important but daunting task.

Penny Gentieu knows this firsthand. She called 308 physicians in six different insurance plans to find a primary care physician (PCP). She discovered that more than three-quarters of the PCPs listed as accepting new patients in her part of Ohio had no openings. Some had not accepted new patients in years, and others listed as PCPs were specialists, nurse practitioners, or medical residents who had not yet completed their training.

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Use BetterDoctor’s API at ProPublica’s First Hackathon in Chicago to Design Innovative New Healthcare Solutions

BetterDoctor is proud to announce our participation at ProPublica’s First Hackathon in Chicago to design innovative health care solutions. BetterDoctor brings accuracy to doctor data with a real-time platform, master database and API services that enable everyone to add doctor data to their systems, websites and applications. Today, BetterDoctor API and data tools power health insurance companies, healthcare startups and doctor search tools.

With this hackathon, ProPublica celebrates the launch of their Vital Signs API and invite developers to Chicago to create solutions for helping patients receive better, more affordable health care.

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Have you Received a BetterDoctor Request to Verify Your Provider Directory Information?

California physicians, if you’ve heard from us, we want to hear from you!

Federal and state laws require doctors to update information about themselves and their practice for each health plan with whom they contract. Failure to do so may result in penalties that range from removal from health plan directories to termination of health plan participation. This post answers frequently asked questions about provider directories, your role as physicians in keeping them updated, and how BetterDoctor can help.

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BetterDoctor’s Data Validation Work Helps AHIP Health Plans Comply with Provider Directory Regulations

Independent Report Evaluates AHIP-Led Provider Directory Pilot’s Successes and Challenges

SAN FRANCISCO (March 9, 2017)– America’s Insurance Plans released an issue brief today, conducted by the NORC at the University of Chicago, which finds challenges and opportunities to improve provider directories. The brief is an independent evaluation of an AHIP pilot during April-September of 2016 with member health plans and evaluates the competitively selected data validation work of BetterDoctor and Availity.

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The BetterDoctor API: Updates and New Features to Come in 2017!

Last year was a phenomenal year for the BetterDoctor API. The amount of developers using the BetterDoctor API grew by 70 % and their intense coding resulted in 1340 % growth in API calls. We were also honored to get the Best of Health Care API award. Thank you for using our API!

So what’s coming in 2017? This year, we’re going to do our best to help our developer community create healthcare related applications using our API. To do this, we have enabled our new API users to 50 calls per minute, so if you’d like a higher rate limit send us a note.

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