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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.

Tags: Healthcare Costs, Predictive Analytics, Care Management, HCV Management, Value-Based Payment Model, Accreditation, FDA, Health Plan, Self-Funded, Liver Failure, Liver Cancer, Cirrhosis, Sovaldi, Hepatitis Medications, Chronic Hepatitis C, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HCV, Hepatitis C, World Hepatitis Day, Hepatitis
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.

Tags: Metabolic Syndrome, Metabolic Syndrome, Prediabetes, American Diabetes Association, Hemoglobin A1C, Obesity, Obesity, Preventice Care, Health Plans, Glycemic Control, Diabetes Preventive Care, Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Hyperglycemic Crisis, End Stage Renal Disease, Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department, Diabetic Complications, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Kidney Failure, Predictive Analytics, Poindexter, JAMA, CDC, Center for Disease Control, Diabetes
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.

Tags: Predictive Analytics, Health Analytics, Healthcare Industry, Stroke Risk, Artificially Sweetened Beverages, Hypertension, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, Heart Healthy, American Heart Association, Obesity, Obesity Rates, DASH Diet, Dietary Best Practices, Depression, Anxiety, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, National Stroke Awareness Month, CDC, Cardiovascular, Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Heart Disease
OTC Meds, Herbal & Dietary Supplements: Convenient – Yes. Harmless – Not Necessarily.

Since our clients are facing risks and high costs associated with liver injury and chronic kidney disease, we wanted to compile some information pertaining to the impact of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) in these areas. We believe this information will help drive a more proactive approach that better educates and protects employees, members and patients from these often devastating and potentially costly conditions. Particularly when these OTC medications or supplements are mixed with prescriptive drugs, contraindicated in certain health conditions, known to adversely injure certain organs when taken in quantity over time, or combined with foods or drinks that potentiate their effect.

Tags: Predictive Analytics, Heart Disease, CDC, FDA, HDS, OTCs, Drug Induced Liver Injury, DILI, Chronic Kidney Disease, ACA, Herbal and Dietary Supplements, Acetaminophen, NSAIDs, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, OTC Medication, Over The Counter
What's all the Fuss About Avoiding Flu Shots?

With this season’s flu season starting, we’re asked more and more by clients why there is so much resistance to getting the flu shot, and how they can counter the objections.

Coming out of the record-breaking flu season of 2017, we know this is important and very serious to address. The CDC said 2017's Influenza Death Toll Was the Highest in 40 Years! “The flu, as well as flu-related complications, was responsible for 80,000 U.S. deaths last winter. That’s the highest flu-related death toll in the U.S. four decades.” Of the estimated 80,000 who died of flu and its complications, 180 were children – and “approximately 80 percent of those deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination.”

Tags: Flu, Influenza, CDC, Flu Shot, Flu Season, Fight Flu, Flu Vaccine, Jet Injector, Employers, Pharmacy, Doctors, Flu Disease, Hospitalization, Gaps in Care, Poindexter

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