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- Session 4: 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 4: Chronic conditions will continue to plague the populace.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.
- Health Highlight of The Month - Stroke and Heart Attack: Real Threats Impacting Younger Adults
In honor of May being National Stroke Awareness Month, we wanted to spread stroke awareness and promote prevention by sharing the article, "Stroke and Heart Attack: Real Threats Impacting Younger Adults" by Ellen Hosafros, Director of Corporate Communications for Corporate Synergies Group. This is a topic that's personally important to the APH team as well as our client base and their members, so we appreciate Corporate Synergies Group sharing this content.
- Is Wellness Outreach with Blinders on Really Still Happening?
Yvonne Daugherty, VP of Development, Advanced Plan for Health
So many health and wellness-related programs today are pinpointing one area of disease, such as diabetes, and providing advice and support for just that one area without taking into effect a holistic picture of the person receiving support. Programs are not as effective this way, and often the members are just ‘checking the box’ in taking their health plan’s calls and texts in order to get the promised rewards.
- Influence on Lifestyle Change Does Have an Impact on Outcomes
Once populations are targeted for support and intervention via our Poindexter advanced and predictive analytics (via current state and predicted risk factors), we’ve found that one of the most effective ways to support targeted employees and members is through live or telephonic nurse influence and intervention.
Nurses are able to deliver individuals the education and support they need to make important lifestyle and preventative care changes. This is one of the most effective programs that we’ve seen in delivering needed outcomes.
- Pre-Emptive and Analytics-Based Early Action Can Delay Kidney Dialysis, Reduce Plan Costs and Improve Quality of Life
Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, MSN, CCM - Vice President, Clinical Operations, Advanced Plan for Health & Joy McGee-Cory - Senior Vice President, Advanced Plan for Health
Early intervention is the key to slowing or stopping chronic kidney disease (CKD), improving the quality of lives for those at risk and containing health plan costs. Avoiding dialysis for just one member represents a health plan savings of $350,000 to $700,00 per year, which more than pays for the CKD program by itself.
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