IT procurement cycle stuck on spin? Here are 3 ways to get it sorted.

No matter the size of the state nor the type of system being developed, large government technology projects seem to share the same time frame: long, convoluted and often very different from the end users’ initial goals. To learn why, we studied a number of Medicaid Managed Information System (MMIS) development projects from across the […]
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How we uncover barriers to health

Ethan M. Berke, MD, MPH, and Brian Solow, MD, FAAFP, discuss new ways to use nontraditional sources of data about a person’s health to improve care delivery. When doctors and other health providers engage patients in conversations and build a trusting relationship, they can uncover social needs that impact health and access to care. Information […]
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Workplace resilience: A path to perseverance and performance

In his book, Spartan Up!, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena discusses resiliency. He writes, “In ancient times, the concept of learning how to ‘fail well’ encouraged young Spartans to develop critical skills of resiliency and self-determinantion.”1 This reflects Spartan’s organizational spirit as the global leader in obstacle course races — offering challenges for everyone […]
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Special topic: An Optum Forum 2019 preview

More than 1,500 clients, partners, industry analysts and health care leaders will attend Optum Forum 2019 in Las Vegas next week. The annual health care event will feature thought-provoking content delivered by industry-leading speakers, interactive experiences, and extensive opportunities for our guests to connect and share. Moving health FORWARD The Optum Forum theme – FORWARD […]
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Not 100% on board with risk? Best practice moves to help you move into risk confidently

A Q&A with value-based care expert, Jeremiah Reuter Almost 10 years into the Affordable Care Act (ACA), value-based care has undoubtedly hit its stride. From commercial to federal payers, nearly every organization and provider has started engaging in risk-based contracts. And while some have embraced the change, many still have more work to do before […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Richard H.

Often we hear specific feedback from our valued members about our clinicians. These notes of gratitude underscore the impact that each Optum HouseCalls employee has in achieving our mission to help members live healthier lives and make the system work better for them. One important way our clinicians do that every day is by recognizing […]
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3 reasons to help your employees quit tobacco in 2019

What if you could improve employee health and save your company thousands of dollars in the process? When you empower employees to quit using tobacco, you can. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States.1 More than 480,000 Americans die of a smoking-related disease, and another 16 million […]
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Global health: Well-being partners help workers worldwide

David L. Katz, MD, has said, “What’s best for all of us tends to be best for each of us, too.” When it comes to global health, that statement certainly rings true. Around the world, the people who live the longest and with the best health tend to: Eat well Stay active Get proper sleep […]
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How the flu vaccine can improve your employees’ health and your bottom line

Although today’s news seems to be filled with misconceptions around immunizations, the fact is that vaccines — especially the flu vaccine — can make a big difference in our community’s health. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that the flu vaccine prevented more than seven million illnesses.1 The flu vaccine […]
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Widening the health care data lens with social determinants and the IoT

Many people are surprised to learn that a person’s social, environmental and behavioral characteristics contribute significantly more to causes of premature death than access to health care and genetic predisposition. Just as surprising, then, should be the fact that we typically focus resources across our industry on what accounts for only a small percentage of […]
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