More Than a Statistic: A Nurse’s Experience with COVID-19 Loss

As a nurse practitioner Katie Arneson has witnessed numerous family members and patients who have had to battle with COVID-19, including her own dad who died because of the virus. Handling loss is never easy, but it is a part of a job that many of our health care workers face every day on a […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Jessica D.

Members don’t always report (or even fully recognize) their health issues. As some conditions worsen, members may compensate with lifestyle changes such as resting more. That issue is compounded in rural areas where members have to travel far for care. These members may ignore worsening symptoms or delay preventive exams until a heath issue becomes […]
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Stepping Up to the Challenge: Preparing the World for the Next Pandemic

The complexity of health care — compounded by a lack of connectivity and collaboration across the system — has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why Optum is proud to be among the 22 founding members of The Trinity Challenge, a global competition aimed at better preparing us for future health challenges. We […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Karen M.

HouseCalls advanced practice clinician Karen knows that some members are hesitant to engage in a home visit. People may have misconceptions about the purpose for coming into their home. However, HouseCalls APCs place an initial phone call to members before visits to answer any questions and explain the value of the visits. In this specific […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Carina G.

Spotlight on Caring: Carina G. Disease management is an important aspect of the Optum HouseCalls visit. HouseCalls advanced practice clinicians are trained to provide timely coaching, empowering members to take meaningful action that achieves lasting results. Here’s what this focused support meant to one member in particular as she worked with HouseCalls advanced practice clinician […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Crystal T.

Many Medicare Advantage members take several medications. Even though providers are careful to provide clear instructions, it can be confusing to take each one the right way at the right time. As a HouseCalls advanced practice clinician, Crystal takes time at each home visit to review a member’s medication to ensure the member is following […]
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How analytics can help create more competitive health care networks

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care market was shifting rapidly. Now health plans are in an even more complex and challenging space, and they must focus on modernizing their networks.  One of the key factors to that modernization is being able to dive deep into network analytics.  “Those who are in the position […]
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Timing is everything: CMS 2022 Advance Notice Part I and other guidance

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on how Americans seek medical care. It has also impacted the delivery of care and operations of health care providers. During the ongoing pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released several waivers and flexibilities. This is to support health care providers and health plans […]
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Keep your employees safe and healthy: Help them quit tobacco

Over the last few months, many of us have focused on maintaining and protecting our health and well-being. And while washing our hands, wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing are crucial,1 there are other choices we can make to feel more empowered and in control of our health. One of the most critical healthy […]
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The benefits of a health savings account

Maybe you’re fresh out of college and struggling to put pennies away for the future. Maybe your career is temporarily on hold so you can raise children, leaving no money left to save. Or on the flip side, maybe you’re a few years shy of turning 65 and you’re happily coasting to retirement. No matter […]
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