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Session 2: A Look at PwC Health Research Institute's 2020 Medical Cost Trend Report

Session 2: A Look at PwC Health Research Institute's 2020 Medical Cost Trend Report

The Advanced Plan for Health team regularly scans the health market for trends, analysis and insight. In our research, we found The PwC HRI Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers 2020 report to be full of valuable healthcare market information and thought our readers would benefit from the report findings. We decided to condense and present the PwC HRI report in a bi-weekly blog series to highlight what we found to be most pertinent to our readers and to better understand factors that could potentially affect the 2020 medical cost trend. Session 2 of 11 sessions.

A Look at PwC Health Research Institute's 2020 Medical Cost Trend Report

A Look at PwC Health Research Institute's 2020 Medical Cost Trend Report

The Advanced Plan for Health team regularly scans the health market for trends, analysis and insight. In our research, we found The PwC HRI Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers 2020 report to be full of valuable healthcare market information and thought our readers would benefit from the report findings. We decided to condense and present the PwC HRI report in a bi-weekly blog series to highlight what we found to be most pertinent to our readers and to better understand factors that could potentially affect the 2020 medical cost trend.

How Employers Can Leverage Data for Positive Impact

How Employers Can Leverage Data for Positive Impact

We'd like to extend a big thank you to our guest blog contributor - Higginbotham

In order to truly impact the health of the organization, measure program success, see a tangible return on investment and contain cost, it's essential to implement a health risk management program. The program should actively engage your employees, make them aware of their current health status through preventative testing and possible risks associated with unhealthy behaviors, provide education to promote behavioral change and offer the measurement of tangible results for both the employee and the employer. But where do you start?

Health Benefits and Implementation Support for the Mediterranean Diet

Health Benefits and Implementation Support for the Mediterranean Diet

Over the past few decades the Mediterranean diet has grown considerably popular among Americans who seek to treat various health complications or improve overall health through their diets. This is an area of interest to our business clients who are looking to support better well-being through sustainable behavior change, so we wanted to share some information related to the topic.

Tips to Minimize Risk and Boost Chances of a Healthy Pregnancy

Tips to Minimize Risk and Boost Chances of a Healthy Pregnancy

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

Many of our clients have asked us for tips that they may pass along to their members who are pregnant to boost the chances of a healthy pregnancy. We have compiled the following information to be shared.

Brain Health: Optimizing Life and Protecting Your Control Center

Brain Health:  Optimizing Life and Protecting Your Control Center

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

Many of our clients offer incentives and programs to enhance employee and family health. However, too often these initiatives focus on nutrition, activity, rightsizing and common chronic health conditions like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity and diabetes. Less attention is placed on brain health, even though our brains must work at peak performance for a lifetime to guide our bodily operations and functions, store our memories and be our control center.

This blog discusses what we can do to improve brain health which enables us to manage information, be logical, judge situations, keep our perspective and grow in wisdom as we experience life and work productively.

Determining & Managing Hepatitis C Healthcare Costs

Determining & Managing Hepatitis C Healthcare Costs

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day and in observance we want to spread awareness to our readership about this debilitating and costly health condition, as well as some newer areas of cost containment.

Currently, the CDC website states that an “HCV infection becomes chronic in approximately 75%–85% of cases.” This contrasts with Acute Hepatitis C, which is a short-term version of Hepatitis C that lasts 6 months and is typically cured naturally by the body. It’s important to note that Acute Hepatitis C is not the same as Chronic Hepatitis C and that improper diagnosis / HCV management can lead to catastrophic conditions – such as Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer and Liver Failure.

Best Practices in Analytics-Powered Bariatric Management Programs

Best Practices in Analytics-Powered Bariatric Management Programs

The U.S. is experiencing a crisis in obesity. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH). Obesity contributes to, and worsens, fatty liver disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis and more. Excessive weight also increases the risk of early mortality. Bariatric surgery is a means to address this issue – but it is not a magic bullet, and it is not an easy path.

America is Losing Ground on Dire Diabetes Complications: Let's Turn It Around

America is Losing Ground on Dire Diabetes Complications: Let's Turn It Around

Epidemiologic and statistical experts from the diabetes division of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote an important article on the surge of diabetes complications between 2010 and 2015, largely due to lifestyle modifiable factors in the May 21, 2019 issue of JAMA. The article is a dire warning about young (age 18-44) and middle-aged (age 45-64) adults who disproportionately represented the resurgence in diabetes complications.

While work needs to continue to better understand the demographics and behaviors of subsets in these age groups, the message is that we have to do more to prevent diabetes and reach diabetic individuals who are on a collision course with serious maladies.

APH is dedicated to reversing this untoward trend – and has done so for many clients – but there is more work to do.

Reducing Stroke and Heart Disease Risks Through Updated Dietary Best Practices

Reducing Stroke and Heart Disease Risks Through Updated Dietary Best Practices

Following our first May blog, and in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, our clinical team asked us to compile some information here about dietary best practices to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.