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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The evolution of bundle payments

In health care reimbursement terms, bundle payments are old. The concept of receiving a lump-sum payment for a single episode of care — rather than multiple payments submitted and paid throughout the episode — has been part of the reimbursement environment for the past three decades. But while the environment is drastically different today—bundle payments […]
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A real-life application for artificial intelligence in health care

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It’s in our shopping experiences, our search engines, our dining and entertainment recommendations. We’ve seen AI-based medicine on TV for decades, and we can make that a reality — if we go deeper. I’m more excited than ever about the possibilities of AI in health care, but we need to […]
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Help employees find time for fitness

What’s the number one reason our on-site fitness center members give for not working out? Not enough time. You want your employees to lead full and balanced lives — and that can be a challenge. Along with being an engaged employee at work, they are trying to be a thoughtful partner, friend or spouse at […]
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Eliminating low-value services to achieve a high-value system

Value. It’s a subjective term in and of itself. Valuable to whom? In relation to what? While definitions vary, one thing the health care industry can agree on is that reducing wasteful spending is essential to improving the U.S. health care system — especially spending on treatments that put patients at unnecessary risk. That’s a […]
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An expert viewpoint: Calendar for HEDIS success

Blog #2 in a 2-Part Series In part 1 of this blog series, I made the case for taking a year-round approach to improve HEDIS season efficiency. Here, I offer the framework for a tool to jumpstart your success. Maintain momentum quarter after quarter with a HEDIS calendar Create your calendar by documenting events and […]
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An expert viewpoint: Why HEDIS is a marathon, not a sprint

Blog #1 in a 2-Part Series You may think of HEDIS season as a point-in-time push where you focus significant resources on getting the documentation you need to show that members received their necessary treatments, screenings and more. Likely that effort consumes your priorities, starting with the January prep through the June submissions. But your […]
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New survey findings reveal key market forces impacting health care

New and shifting trends affecting health care are driving important changes in employers’ health and well-being strategies. The Optum® “9th Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study” shows overall investment in employee health and wellness remains strong among American employers. Increasingly more employers are investing in wellness strategies to ensure their benefits offerings not only respond […]
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Cloud enables storage and powerful analytics across the enterprise and populations

This is the 4th blog in our series “From data diffusion to insights with enterprise-wide data strategy” An interview with Francois Charette, Senior Vice President of Product Engineering, Optum Health plan organizations have a short window of opportunity to become true orchestrators of care by capitalizing on the data locked in their systems. Francois Charette is […]
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An expert viewpoint: Five questions to evaluate your HEDIS performance

If you are feeling relieved (and perhaps somewhat exhausted) now that your HEDIS submissions are in for the year, you are not alone. But if you want to be even more successful with your HEDIS effort next year, take action now to evaluate what went well, what didn’t, and how you can improve moving forward. […]
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