Author Archives: Optum

Provide customized care options patients can embrace

With the high costs and risks to patients’ health associated with chronic disease it makes sense to prioritize actions aimed at managing or improving the condition. But what if a patient isn’t inclined to accept the recommendations? Can you still work to improve care and financial outcomes? With predictive analytics you can. By combining not […]
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5 ways to transform workplace wellness initiatives

Employers today offer a plethora of wellness programs. In fact, large employers offer an average of 10, according to our “Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study.” But robust consumer engagement in these programs remains elusive for many employers. To stay viable, we need to continue evolving our health and well-being services to a consumer-first model. […]
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Optum Forum Review: “Accelerating the move toward data as a service”

Each year at Optum Forum we present the latest advancements in services and solutions aimed at how well gets done. This year’s event included the launch of OptumIQ™ and Optum Performance Analytics. Now we’re learning what attendees think about these initiatives. Massachusetts-based International Data Corporation (IDC) reviewed Optum Forum 2017 and the initiatives unveiled there. […]
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Will your organization be participating in this year’s Great American Smokeout (#GASO)?

GASO occurs every year on the third Thursday of November. This year, that falls on November 16. The goal is to encourage smokers to select a quit date they can plan and get support for. Quitting smoking for just one day can make a difference. According to the American Cancer Society, after just 20 minutes […]
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Did I Really Just Finish That Bag of Chips? Connecting the Dots between Mindfulness and Nutrition

Mindfulness is a buzz word we hear often, especially in the corporate wellness space.  As defined in the dictionary, mindfulness is “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”1 In today’s society we often are running on autopilot and have many […]
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Addressing challenges in precision medicine: Curt Medeiros of Optum to participate in Johns Hopkins Medicine panel series

Addressing challenges in precision medicine: Curt Medeiros of Optum to participate in Johns Hopkins Medicine panel series The challenges in health care cannot be resolved overnight, but bringing together experts and influencers is essential to keep the conversation — and solutions — moving in the right direction. Optum® leaders are often a part of those […]
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How Medicare plans can improve their Star ratings

By: Wes Morris, Associate Director, Optum Clinical and Quality Solutions The Five-Star Quality Rating System is an important part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) goal to improve the quality of care and general health status for beneficiaries. For Medicare plans, the consequences of falling short of an overall 4-star rating can […]
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5 Leading Indicators Your Nurse Scheduling System Needs a Check Up

Hospitals operate 365 days a year, 24/7 with no down time, so efficiently managing and scheduling staff is important. With this in mind, it is no wonder that about 31 percent of total hospital spend on Workforce Management (WFM) software in the U.S. is spent on nurse scheduling and staffing, according to a 2016 WFM […]
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Ask the expert: Essentials to managing prospective payment systems

By: Heather Johnson, Manager, Process Management Payment Integrity, Optum This is the 3rd blog in a 3-part series “Optimizing Payment Integrity software to avoid payment pitfalls” Prospective payment methodologies carry opportunity and risk for payers and providers alike. It takes resources and expertise to ensure the accuracy of provider reimbursements — particularly in the face of constant […]
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The Rise in Global Obesity: Why this Matters to Employers

Earlier in the summer, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed that more than 10 percent of the world’s population is now obese. For better or worse, it’s common to hear about the prevalence of obesity in the United States.  It is better because there are numerous public health campaigns and […]
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