Blog 2017-04-02T13:27:54+00:00

Best Medicare Plans: Announced By U.S. News & World Reports

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Financial, Medicare and Medicaid|Tags: , , , , |

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in healthcare rankings, released the 2018 Best Medicare Plans. The new ratings are a resource for Medicare beneficiaries and their families searching for the best coverage options during the annual open-enrollment period, which began October 15 and runs through December 7, 2017.

2018 Health Plan Star Ratings Released By CMS

By | October 11th, 2017|Categories: Medicare and Medicaid, News and Events, Trends|Tags: , , , |

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Star Ratings for the 2018 Medicare health and drug plans. With the release of the Star Ratings, people with Medicare will have improved access to high-quality health choices for their Medicare coverage in 2018. This news comes on the heels of the recent release of the benefit and premium information for Medicare health and drug plans which shows that there will be more health coverage choices and decreased premiums in 2018.

Health Plans Encourage Wearables; Few Integrate Data

By | October 10th, 2017|Categories: Big Data, Clinical Analysis, Healthcare Prevention, Quality Improvement Programs|Tags: , , , |

While health plans encourage wearables, the assessment of the benefits of wearables has been the target of several recent studies. Researches are interested in discovering the “stickiness” of the devices and their effect on wellness program success. The studies note that the Inside employer and payer wellness programs as well as the independent user reflect positively.

UnitedHealthcare Shares Consumer Sentiment Results

By | October 10th, 2017|Categories: Infographic, IRO, Managed Care, Services|Tags: , , |

More Americans are turning to technology first to evaluate health conditions, and a growing number are interested in using the internet to access medical care, while opportunities remain to improve peoples’ understanding of basic health insurance terms and the connection between lifestyle choices and disease, according to a new study. UnitedHealthcare shares results in a new report.

Disturbing Prescribing Trend: Pain, Opioids, And Demographics

By | October 5th, 2017|Categories: Care Coordination, Clinical Analysis, Clinical Operations Improvement|Tags: , , , |

A recent study from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy has uncovered a disturbing prescribing trend in prescribing opioids for nonmalignant chronic pain (defined as pain lasting for more than three months not associated with cancer). The study adds definition to the opioid landscape starting with pain and possibly leading to addiction.  

5 Health Plan Telemedicine Cases: Better Care, Increased Access

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: Telehealth and Telemedicine, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Payers continue wrestling with service delivery expenses to the expanded insurance coverage audience, who were previously uninsured or underinsured. Health insurers now meet the needs of these newly-covered individuals and families, including assuring access to specialty care. One strategy insurers employed is the use of telemedicine. Telemedicine expands access to needed care, facilitate better care coordination and help contain costs. These 5 Health Plan Telemedicine Cases demonstrate how to improve benefits and access.

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