Breaking down the new price transparency executive order

On June 24, 2019, the president issued an executive order on health care cost transparency. The overall aim was to “enhance the ability of patients to choose healthcare that is best for them.” Since the initial executive order, additional guidance has been released (CMS-1717-P) that requires hospitals to post their contracted rates with commercial payers […]
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Back to school: UnitedHealth Group invests millions in black colleges

A lot of students will have more classes to choose from when they go back to school each fall. UnitedHealth Group (UHG) is investing $8.25 million in data science programs at historically black colleges and universities over the next five years. Up to now, only two of the more than 100 historically black colleges and […]
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Dispelling vaccine myths: How to boost employee flu clinic participation

The 2017–2018 flu season was one of the longest in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cases of influenza-like illness were at the highest level since the 2009 flu pandemic. Flu cases were also above the national average for 19 weeks, from November through March.1 Despite these powerful statistics, […]
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Wake up and smell the inactivity: Help employees get moving

The newest edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been released. It’s full of vital information about: Different types of activity such as aerobic, muscle strengthening, bone strengthening, balance and flexibility The levels of intensity during physical activity It also has updates including: Evidence showing more health benefits to physical activity — including […]
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4 ways to advance tech innovation in health care

The biggest tech companies are increasingly taking on the challenge of health care innovation. But health care companies have a distinct advantage that Big Tech can’t match. The health care system is highly complex. And leaders in health care have decades of experience working with patients, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, labs, insurance companies, government agencies, IT […]
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Starting small with SDOH data can lead to big outcomes

Jeff was a homeless, unemployed Medicaid recipient living in Arizona.* He suffered from chronic kidney disease, depression and a serious foot injury, and had frequent ER visits, hospital admissions and inpatient stays. His average monthly cost of care? $20,400. He is one person out of a population of millions — at first glance, you may […]
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Spotlight on Caring: Lisa T.

Member education is a vital part of each HouseCalls visit. We are deeply committed to enabling members to be more engaged with their health care providers and health care choices. That is why our clinicians are well equipped with educational resources, and encouraged to take the time needed to answer member questions. This is exactly […]
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Emerging trends and complexities of genetic testing reimbursement

Complexities of genetic testing reimbursement Genetic testing has become an increasingly important and effective tool in identifying and treating disease. Genetic testing can confirm or rule out suspected genetic conditions as well as determine whether a person can pass those conditions onto their offspring. This can help clinicians focus on the correct treatment as quickly […]
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Is financially preparing for a chronic condition possible?

Sixty percent of Americans (150 million) are living with at least one chronic condition such as heart disease, COPD or HIV/AIDS.1 Diagnosis of a chronic condition is a time of great upheaval as an individual and their family members come to terms with it. As a result, they experience many emotional, physical and financial struggles. […]
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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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