On-site nutritionists serve up a healthy workplace culture (and now is a great time to start)

Ah, March. For college basketball fans, it’s a welcome time of madness. Those who enjoy all things green say “cheers” to St. Patrick’s Day. And when folks are ready to leave dreary winter behind, March signals the hope of spring. For RDNs (registered dietitian nutritionists) like me, there’s another reason March is a big deal. […]
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BPCI Advanced: March’s get-out-of-jail-free card

Has it been four months already? That’s when the first performance period began for CMS’ latest bundled payment model, BPCI Advanced. Now participants are less than a month away from the March 1st deadline. By March 1st, they can drop participation in any (or all) of the 32 clinical episodes without penalty or financial risk. […]
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Einstein, state procurement departments and innovation: An unbeatable combination to improve the well-being of citizens

One of my favorite quotes about the importance of encouraging innovation doesn’t include the word “innovation” at all. It’s Albert Einstein’s cautionary observation: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” He’s right, of course, in so many ways. Whenever we’re trying to achieve breakthroughs, the key […]
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Five tips to help keep employees at the heart of your business

The heart is the symbol of Valentine’s Day. So it’s fitting that the American Heart Association deemed February American Heart Month. The focus of Valentine’s Day is the heart as a metaphor for romantic love. But we want to talk about the heart health of your employees’ real hearts. This amazing fist-sized powerhouse pumps blood […]
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3 ways Optum is working to end the opioid epidemic

Opioid medications can be an essential part of treatment for those with short-term medical conditions and serious chronic or long-term conditions. Yet opioids can come with a high risk of addiction, overdose and fatality. Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States dies from an opioid overdose.1 More than 68 percent of the 72,000 drug […]
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Top outpatient surgery center trends in health care

Health plans are focusing on ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as a source of cost savings. The same procedure performed in an ASC may be less than it is in other outpatient ambulatory settings. Acute care facility inpatient admissions will gradually decrease as most health plans are moving services to the outpatient service facilities such as […]
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How the right HSA provider can support your employees’ health and security

Medical bills: trying to understand them may be nearly as painful as the injury or illness that generated them. This is an exaggeration, of course. But for many consumers, those bills can represent big problems, such as how to pay for their health care, how to plan for future care and how to achieve financial […]
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Next AI ‘wave’ will be a sea change for health care

The artificial intelligence (AI) journey from theory to mainstream has evolved in waves. While health care may see AI as an abstract concept, I believe that technology capabilities have already entered their second wave of evolution. The roots of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies go back to 1950, when Alan Turing suggested that machines could be […]
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Are your employees getting enough sleep?

The occasional night without sleep can leave anyone irritated and grouchy. But it might not cause much harm to long-term health and business productivity. Chronic poor sleep is defined as several consecutive nights of insufficient sleep. That may have mental health effects that can become much more serious, affecting concentration and decision-making. These issues can […]
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Pathways to Success: Five key areas participants should evaluate based off of the CMS Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delivered sweeping changes on December 21, 2018. Yet they should come as no surprise given the clear indications of the new direction throughout 2018. CMS has set the foundation for “Pathways to Success.” The most apparent change in the Final Rule is to reduce participants’ time in […]
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