The rise of women’s health programs

Women’s health programs became a hot topic in recent years as more and more women entered the workforce. In the United States, 74 million women make up almost 47% of the workforce. Women also own almost 10 million businesses.1 More women in the workforce also means a change in lifestyle. Women postpone when they have […]
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2020 MA plans: More benefits at little or no cost to members

In 2019, more than 20 million members enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. That number is expected to grow to more than 30 million members before 2030.1 For the 2020 plan year, the Optum Advisory Services actuarial practice is highlighting 2020 premium and supplemental benefit changes. We believe that MA growth can help private health […]
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2020 is the year your employees can quit tobacco

I quit tobacco and as a coach, I can help your employees quit tobacco, too. The start of a new year seems like the ideal time to resolve to make positive life changes — and few resolutions have as much impact on health as quitting tobacco. As a leap year, 2020 offers your employees 366 […]
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Drive employee engagement with next generation incentive designs

Employers offer incentives to help drive employee engagement, create a culture of health and decrease the financial burden of a high-deductible or premiums. When used strategically, incentives can be very powerful; however, when used tactically, they can fail to deliver a meaningful return on investment. An Optum® study, “Ten Years of Health and Well-being at […]
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A look in the rearview mirror — and a slightly challenging proposal going forward

When a year draws to a close, I find it rewarding and helpful to take a look in the rearview mirror. I like to reflect on what was, what became, and more important, focus on what could be better. First, let me confess that I’m a newbie to the health and human services (HHS)/fee-for-service Medicaid […]
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Give Your HSA a Healthy Start in the New Year

If you’re like most, at the start of every New Year, you pull out that infamous list of healthy resolutions: eat better, exercise more, stress less. While it’s imperative to strive for improved physical and mental health, what about your financial health? The New Year is an optimal time to create plans to contribute and […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Ed V.

HouseCalls enables its advanced practice clinicians to be as flexible as possible to adjust to each member’s needs. Just as importantly, our clinicians are trained to be persistent in reaching out to primary care providers, when warranted, to make sure that members get timely help. This flexibility and persistence can make all the difference as […]
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How to make systemness work for you — and your stakeholders

Health system mergers and acquisitions have produced large-scale organizations in markets all across the country. But many are struggling to achieve true value from their scale. Leaders need to recognize that achieving systemness is a journey that requires a purposeful strategy. It must evolve as the system matures.   Early in the journey, organizations naturally focus […]
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Spotlight on caring: Marcia K.

The home visit is a vital way to connect with members in a way that enables them to more fully communicate their concerns and needs. But first you have to earn their trust — from the call to set up the visit, to the invitation to sit on their couch. Each HouseCalls advanced practice clinician […]
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Social determinants of health data challenges and their impact on risk and quality

The impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) on patient care is becoming more and more critical. Over the past few years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has focused on addressing SDOH for all members. This shift may affect risk and quality success and requires an evolution in coding capabilities within existing documentation […]
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