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Part 2 - Consumer Guide to High Blood Pressure to Share with Your Population

Part 2 - Consumer Guide to High Blood Pressure to Share with Your Population

Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, MSN, CCM - Vice President, Clinical Operations, Advanced Plan for Health  & Joy McGee-Cory - Senior Vice President, Advanced Plan for Health

The team at Advanced Plan for Health (APH) is passionate about improving the health and well-being of as many healthcare consumers as possible, so in honor of Heart Health Month, we created a Consumer Guide to High Blood Pressure for you to use to share details on the risk of hypertension and some preventative measures with your member, employee and patient populations. We encourage you to share any of this information as you find appropriate.

Informed and Healthy Employees Make for Healthy Benefit Plans

Informed and Healthy Employees Make for Healthy Benefit Plans

Employers have found that it is not only the catastrophic conditions inherent in the high risk employee cohort, but also individuals who have reached the high risk group as a result of many different health issues (co-morbidities), lacking a personal physician, and inappropriately using the hospital or emergent care services for preventable problems. Plan members who are bouncing from one physician to another, because they may not understand what they need or where to obtain the requisite services, also present opportunities to improve clinical and financial metrics.

 

New Year's Company Resolutions

New Year's Company Resolutions

Most company resolutions come in the form of strategies and goals that become the focus for the year ahead. They include wellness programs for employees, benefit changes that will hopefully inspire amendment to employee behavior and “better pricing” from providers and networks.

Congratulations Hill Country Memorial

Congratulations Hill Country Memorial

Congratulations to our partner/client, Hill Country Memorial—located in Fredericks, Texas—for emerging as a recipient of the 2014 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, our nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

Introducing Poindexter

Introducing Poindexter

Poindexter is no ordinary predictive modeling engine typical of the Population Health Market. Poindexter is APH's industry-leading phenotype, cross-dimensional predictive modeling engine that examines the entire population.

Three Ways To Improve Employee Health, Reduce Costs

Three Ways To Improve Employee Health, Reduce Costs

From our article in Information Week: Chances are 10% of your employees are generating 70% of your company's healthcare costs. Analytics and partnerships can improve their health and reduce your expenses.

CAR-T Immunotherapy – the Newest Cancer Warrior Cells

CAR-T Immunotherapy – the Newest Cancer Warrior Cells

Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, MSN, CCM - Vice President, Clinical Operations, Advanced Plan for Health

CAR-T Immunotherapy is a treatment which optimizes the body’s ability to target, attack and kill tumor cells. On August 30, 2017, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Novartis version of CAR-T cell therapy for children and young adults with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which is the most common form of childhood cancer in America. While current chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants result in remission for about 80 percent of people with ALL, there are still about 20 percent who do not respond to current treatment. These individuals are said to be refractory to treatment. For them, CAR-T is a lifesaving option. However, medical miracles come at a large cost to health plans and Payors. 

Weighing Wellness with Poindexter

Weighing Wellness with Poindexter

In the advent of Big Data and Predictive Analytics, a time when it is becoming more expensive to remain neutral in regards to company health improvement, 60% of corporations  are attempting to implement effective, cost reductive wellness programs. Does this mean all 60% percent of these companies are experiencing improved ROI and a lower bottom line? Perhaps the easiest way to answer that question is to ask another; does everyone fulfill their New Years’ resolution?

6 Costly Healthcare Myths

6 Costly Healthcare Myths

The healthcare system can be a confusing place for someone who is well, let alone someone who is sick and in need of help. Oftentimes, health plan members do not know their benefits and can seek care in the wrong place; like the ER when the problem is not urgent, or outside their network, which means they may incur an expensive and unexpected bill. This confusion can cause delays in treatment and less than desirable outcomes; as well as an increase of cost to everyone involved--from the patient to the health plan itself.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

A great many of things happen in May. The blossoming of trees and plants in the Northern Hemisphere signals the much awaited onset of spring. Even the popular rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers” gains new life as we hear and consciously repeat it with the faith that April rains mean life and color to our settings in May. This rhyme originates from a short poem written in 1557 by Thomas Tusser: