Tag Archives: behavioral health

3 categories of non-clinical factors lead to readmissions

Failure to follow up with a physician or follow a medication regimen can cause a recently released patient to end up right back in the hospital. But there are other, non-clinical factors that also lead to readmissions. The causes can be grouped into three main categories: Patients’ medical literacy According to the National Network of Libraries […]
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Taming the rising cost of substance use disorders

Today, substance use disorders (SUDs) among people ages 18 to 25 far exceeds that of adults 26 and older. Substance use disorder encompasses abuse of alcohol and drugs, the use of illegal substances such as heroin, as well as legal substances such as prescription medications not prescribed or recommended by a physician. While the overall […]
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Pay-for-value can improve behavioral health care

Paying for value not only helps drive improvements in behavioral health care and lower costs. It also inspires innovation in treatment and empowers consumers. Today at Optum, nearly 20 percent of our total spending on inpatient network-based behavioral health is tied to performance-based contracts. These contracts reward providers for collaboration, better patient outcomes and improved […]
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More than numbers: Converting data to better care

In caring for people with mental health and substance abuse disorders, a community hospital in California sought to help patients recover faster while minimizing inpatient re-admissions. Partnering with the Achievements in Clinical Excellence (ACE) team from Optum™ enabled the hospital to gain insights into how to manage costs and provide better care. Based on our […]
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Promoting employee health? Don’t forget finances.

According to the 2013 Milliman Medical Index, annual medical costs for a family of four are now higher than a year of groceries. And you likely feel the pressure: at home and at work. As you’re thinking about how to drive health ownership among employees, it’s important to focus not just on physical and behavioral […]
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