Companies succeed in engaging employees in their health and wellness

One of the world’s largest global airlines, Delta has approximately 76,000 employees and 170,000 health plan members. And, due to the nature of its business, reaching all those employees poses a significant challenge. Delta looked to Optum’s Personal Health Support (PHS-TP) solution for an innovative approach including: Comprehensive activation strategy that drives engagement across multiple, […]
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Leveraging benchmarks to target best opportunities for improving medical cost management

Health plans and risk-bearing providers are under increasing pressure to explore business models that allow for the reduction of medical loss ratios (MLRs), strengthen clinical performance and enhance relationships with providers. New forces at the local, state and federal levels are requiring plans to rethink their business models and identify new approaches to growth, and […]
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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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Four steps to population health management: Step two — Manage care transitions

In our last blog, on “Four Steps to population health management“, we discussed the first step of population health management (PHM), optimizing management of your physician referral network. By using data analytics, you can get a snapshot of which specialists are providing the highest-quality care at the lowest cost. But there is another area that […]
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The HSA as a retirement planning tool?

You know that the health savings account (HSA) that accompanies your employees’ high deductible health plan can help cover qualified out-of-pocket medical costs. But did you know that the HSA also can be used as a retirement vehicle? It’s true. In fact, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute a person contributing for 40 years […]
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Using technology to drive business transformation

The challenges of today’s evolving health care climate will not be resolved with yesterday’s technology. For a payer organization to effectively compete and thrive in the current environment, it must replace outdated legacy platforms, aging ancillary systems and expensive, error-prone manual processes. Payers need next-generation, business-transforming technology that radically innovates and efficiently addresses business imperatives. […]
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Five common areas where provider-based risk can falter

There is no single path to success for provider organizations who want to learn how to take on patient risk. Hospital/physician gainsharing, patient-centered medical homes, bundled payments, shared savings models and global payments all vary in the level of risk managed by the provider, as well as in their ability to bend the cost curve. […]
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For providers, analytics pave the way for value-based care

To succeed in value-based care, providers are not only providing care but also expertly managing health across their patient population. Rather than only seeing patients who present at their office or facility, they’re being proactive by gaining deeper insight into their patients’ health and evaluating their risk. And to do it, they are amassing—and analyzing—the […]
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The health savings and spending consumer journey

Health care is one of life’s basic necessities, but it’s not the easiest to budget or understand. Ongoing changes in the industry however, have led a growing number of consumers to take greater control of their health care dollars, often through options such as health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) or flexible spending […]
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ISPOR Europe; A distinctive opportunity at the forefront of great change

In approximately 2 weeks, 3,800 global researchers and thought leaders will be coming together in Amsterdam to explore “New Challenges for Improving European Health Care” at the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 17th Annual European Congress, November 8-12. The conference is a great opportunity for us to interface with clients, partners and […]
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