Let’s be practical: Consider “here and now” uses for blockchain

This is the 2nd blog in our series “A Reality Check on Blockchain for Payers” An interview with Lorraine Frias, senior director of strategic initiatives, Optum, and Mike Jacobs, senior distinguished engineer for product engineering and data solutions, Optum. The reality is health care is an industry plagued by data silos. Until blockchain, no technology […]
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AI helps health care professionals focus on the work that matters

Artificial intelligence (AI) in health care can have a high return on investment — not by taking the place of humans, but by enabling them to work at their highest level of certification. It can allow doctors to focus on patients, auditors to focus on assessing finances, and medical coders to focus on accurately reflecting […]
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To succeed with bundled payments, think win-win-win

The business arrangements that last are those in which everyone wins. Customers frequent stores where they find excellent value and service. Businesses work with other businesses when they trust each other and when there is mutual benefit. Even in the adversarial world of health care contracting, the most successful agreements happen when all parties — […]
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Special Topic: Optum Forum 2018 Day 3 Recap

The last few days at the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas have sparked new thinking as we explore how we can apply cutting-edge innovation, dynamic education and collaboration to move health forward. Optum is thrilled to have shared the experience with more than 2,200 people from across the health system, not only at big […]
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Special Topic: Optum Forum 2018 Day 2

Optum Forum 2018 started with a focus on innovation. On Day 2, that innovation was put into action. In the opening keynote, Optum Executive Vice President Mike Weissel and other leaders shared how Optum and its partners across the health system are innovating – one client, one person, one experience at a time. “We never […]
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Special Topic: Optum Forum 2018 Day 1

The wait is over, and Optum Forum is underway at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas. Nearly 2,200 people from across the health system have gathered for three days of immersive content to broaden their perspectives, sharpen skills and ignite the change that will propel their organizations forward to create a healthier world. Attendees agreed: […]
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Let’s cut through the noise: Understand near-term and long-range uses for blockchain

This is the 1st blog in our series “A Reality Check on Blockchain for Payers” An interview with Lorraine Frias, senior director of strategic initiatives, Optum, and Mike Jacobs, senior distinguished engineer for product engineering and data solutions, Optum. As blockchain rapidly grows up, many speculate it will solve a lot of the data problems in […]
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Special topic: An Optum Forum 2018 preview

More than 1,600 clients, partners, industry analysts and health care luminaries will attend Optum Forum 2018 in Las Vegas next week. The leading-edge health care event will feature thought-provoking content delivered by industry-leading speakers, interactive experiences, and plenty of opportunities for our guests to connect and collaborate. Rich content, deep learning Attendees from across the […]
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How bundle payments fit into your future reimbursement strategy

While it is true that tools are often as good as the user who uses them, in the case of health care, reimbursement tools become critical. In my last blog post, I discussed how bundle payments have evolved to meet the needs of the current reimbursement environment. In this post, I’ll discuss how bundles are […]
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Employee fitness: Five top trends from IDEA World Convention 2018

Each year, our Optum On-Site Fitness team joins 14,000 fitness professionals at the IDEA World ConventionTM. Often referred to as the “Superbowl of Fitness,” this industry event promises to inspire the world to fitness. It does that and so much more. We were challenged to “find our epic,” dream big and help our members and […]
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