Author Archives: Optum

Graph technology: Powering a new age of consumer choice in health care

Learning from other industries, health care is catching on to how consumers shop, compare options and make selections that best match their needs. At home, you watch a movie. Then the system compares you with other people who watched the same movie and recommends other films based on similar connections. Or you go online and […]
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Behavioral health: increase access and reduce stigma

Behavioral health conditions affect an estimated one in five American adults each year.1 Of the individuals struggling with a mental health condition, 60% of them didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.2 An Optum® study, “Ten Years of Health and Well-being at Work,” surveyed 500 U.S.-based employers on various topics related to workplace well-being. […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Carrie B.

Whether members live alone or even when they have others in the home with them, they can ignore worsening health conditions. It takes an expert perspective — like that of a HouseCalls advanced practice clinician — to identify symptoms that have become normalized. In this case, HouseCalls advanced practice clinician Carrie’s thoughtful physical assessment helped […]
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Leveraging market landscape data for 2021 bid preparation

The Medicare Advantage (MA) bid process is a function of the overall product strategy that a health plan organization wants to put in place over a multi-year time frame in the marketplace. When preparing bids, several entities of each health plan in an organization are needed such as: executive, finance, marketing, sales and operations. During […]
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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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