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EBN: Predictive modeling: Employer's new defense against kidney disease costs
EBN: Predictive modeling: Employer's new defense against kidney disease costs

By Phil Albinus - Employee Benefits News

Published April 10, 2018

When an employee of Hill Country Memorial Hospital developed chronic kidney disease, the not-for-profit hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas faced a whopping bill. Not only was an employee facing a lifetime of dialysis treatments three times a week, missed work hours and increased medical care, the 80-bed hospital had maxed out its $1 million premium for its employee health plan.

“It cost us quite a bit,” recalls Becky Laughlin, the current benefits manager, who was the benefits coordinator at Hill Country Memorial Hospital when the incident occurred.

After the episode, the HR and benefits team looked for a solution. They found one in data management provider Advanced Plan for Health, which oversees its employee medical care expenses generated by its third-party employee benefit administrator Web TPA. Using its Poindexter program, APH oversees the hospital’s employee medical expenses, looks for patterns of cost overruns, pharmaceutical pricing and possible drug seeking behavior, overuse of emergency room and urgent care facilities. It generates reports that are sent to employers on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis.

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April 2018 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates
April 2018 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates

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March 2018 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates
March 2018 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates

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Benefits Pro: Kidney failure and dialysis: what employers need to know
Benefits Pro: Kidney failure and dialysis: what employers need to know - by Joy McGee-Cory & Barbara Rutkowski

By Joy McGee-Cory & Barbara Rutkowski - Advanced Plan for Health

Published February 27, 2018

Chronic kidney disease is a health crisis that affects employer and employees—and it continues to increase. So, what can employers do to help their employees stay healthy and control their costs?

According to the National Kidney Foundation, “the annual Medicare spending to treat kidney failure in the U.S. is approximately $31 billion.”

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

Tags: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Failure, Healthcare Costs, Medicare, Benefits Pro
February 2018 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates
February 2018 Poindexter's Point: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates

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Kidney Disease and Dialysis Best Practice Guide Published by Advanced Plan for Health
Kidney Disease and Dialysis Best Practice Guide Published by Advanced Plan for Health

Valuable to entities facing high kidney disease and dialysis costs and risks

WESTLAKE, TX, Jan. 18, 2018 -- Advanced Plan for Health (APH), a leader in advanced and predictive healthcare data analytics and cost aversion has published a Kidney Disease & Dialysis Best Practice Guide

Tags: Kidney Failure, Chronic Kidney, Dialysis, Health Plan Costs, Health Payors, Chronic Conditions, TPAs, Brokers, Consultants, Healthcare, Analytics, Cost-Saving
January 2018 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates
January 2018 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates

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Employee Benefits News: Views A silent, life-threatening epidemic that needs to be on employers' radar
Employee Benefits News: Views A silent, life-threatening epidemic that needs to be on employers' radar

By Barbara Rutkowski
Published December 08 2017, 12:10pm EST

Employers across the country have been putting greater emphasis on the health of their employees over the last few years — it’s both the right thing to do and can help to save on insurance premiums. Particularly for self-insured employers, having a healthy population can be an important success factor for any business.

With that in mind, there are some diseases that employers should be aware of due to their very serious nature and the potentially devastating impact on insurance costs. One of them is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Is it on your radar?

Read more here.

Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, MSN, CCM is vice president, clinical operations at Advanced Plan for Health.

Tags: Kidney Failure, Epidemic, Providers, Health Insurers, Type 2, Diabetes, NAFLD, Predictive Analytics, Health Costs, Liver Transplant, Self-Insured, Employers
December 2017 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates
December 2017 Poindexter's Points: Advanced Plan for Health's News and Updates

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New Ocean Health Solutions Selects Advanced Plan for Health's Poindexter Advanced Health Analytics System
New Ocean Health Solutions Selects Advanced Plan for Health's Poindexter Advanced Health Analytics System

Portfolio Addition Enhances New Ocean’s Ability to Lower Healthcare Costs and Improve Outcomes 

Advanced Plan for Health (APH), a provider of advanced and predictive data analytics technology that helps organizations better manage healthcare risk and cost today announced that New Ocean Health Solutions, an enterprise health management company, will add the APH Poindexter data analytics engine to their portfolio of offerings.

Tags: Healthcare Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Advanced Plan for Health, Poindexter, Healthcare Technology Solutions, Healthcare Industry, New Ocean, Data Science, Health Outcomes, Software Design & Development
Advanced Plan for Health welcomes Rick Scheel, VP of National Sales
Advanced Plan for Health welcome Rick Scheel, VP of National Sales

IRVING, Texas, Oct. 24, 2017 -- Rick Scheel recently joined Advanced Plan for Health as Vice President of National Sales. Rick is leveraging his many years of successfully working with large organizations to share the power of the Poindexter platform.  Poindexter provides powerful analytical tools to help large organizations such as health plans, TPA’s, brokers / consultants, managed care organizations and employers gain critical insight into their current healthcare spend as well as a view into their future healthcare spend.  

Tags: Healthcare Analytics, Control Health Spend, Poindexter Platform, Predict Health Spend
Advanced Plan for Health welcomes Yvonne Daugherty, VP of Development
Advanced Plan for Health welcomes Yvonne Daugherty, VP of Development

IRVING, Texas, Oct. 17, 2017-- Yvonne Daugherty has joined Advanced Plan for Health as Vice President of Development, and is overseeing marketing and supporting client retention for this health data analytics solution provider. In her new role, she will be working with health plan, TPA, broker / consultant and integrated delivery network clients nationwide as they utilize the APH Poindexter platform to better control rising healthcare costs, close gaps in care, and improve health outcomes.

Tags: Healthcare Analytics, Control Health Spend, Poindexter Platform, Predict Health Spend
Predictive Analytics in Healthcare Helps Manage High-Risk Patients
Predictive analytics in healthcare helps manage high-risk patients

Predictive analytics in healthcare can benefit organizations two-fold. This technology not only helps better manage a population but also better handle claims and save money.

Tags: Predictive Analytics, Technology, Health, Actionable Data, Claims, Healthcare, Advanced Plan for Health, Poindexter, Nurse Navigator, Data, Risk Modeling, Chronic Conditions
Published in The National Law Review: Data Analytics Enables Health Plans to Predict When Employees Need Health Services and For How Long
Data Analytics Enables Health Plans to Predict When Employees Need Health Services and For How Long

Speaking of wellness programs, if analytics can predict and help employers better design their health plans, couldn’t the technology also be used to help prevent or put off more adverse and expensive health events

Tags: Wellness Program, Analytics, Predict, Employers, Design, Health Plans, Technology, Health, Expensive
Advanced Plan for Health unveils predictive analytics to fine-tune population health
Advanced Plan for Health unveils predictive analytics to fine-tune population health

The new platform enables self-insured employers to predict health events, hospital admissions, length of stay and other incidents.

Tags: Self-Insured
Advanced Plan for Health Upgrades Next-Generation Predictive Analytics On Poindexter Population Health Management Platform
Advanced Plan for Health Upgrades Next-Generation Predictive Analytics On Poindexter Population Health Management Platform

Poindexter’s newest release pushes the boundaries of predictive modeling by determining the likelihood of an occurrence of coronary events, neurological events, orthopedic events and chronic kidney disease. In addition, Poindexter now has the ability to predict hospital length of stay and general likelihood of an ER visit for any member of a patient population.  

Third-party Administrators (TPAs) and brokers can leverage Poindexter’s new functionality to better identify at-risk individuals in their customers’ insured population. Employers with self-funded health plans can directly benefit, too.

Tags: Predictive Modeling, Population Health Management, Self-Insured, Employers, Health, Data Science, Actionable Data, Coronary Events, Neurological Events, Third Party Administrators, TPA, Health Insurance Brokers
Population health and mobile health vendors team for better analytics and better health
Population health and mobile health vendors team for better analytics and better health

Through the iHealth platform and devices, consumers can track their health vitals, including blood pressure monitoring, weight, glucose levels, activity levels and blood oxygen levels.

Tags: iHealth, Devices, Health Vitals, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Weight, Glucose Level, Blood Oxygen Levels
Data analytics company Advanced Plan for Health partners with iHealth Labs
Data analytics company Advanced Plan for Health partners with iHealth Labs

"We need to encourage individuals to change their mindset from patient to consumer," added Neil Godbey, CEO Advanced Plan for Health. 

Tags: Data Analytics, iHealth
Advanced Plan for Health Empowers Individuals to Better Manage Their Health Through Strategic Partnership with iHealth Labs
iHealth & APH Partnership

Advanced Plan for Health (APH), a provider of data analytics technology to help organizations improve health benefits programs, today announced it is teaming with iHealth Labs, Inc., a provider of mobile healthcare monitoring solutions. 

Tags: Provider, Data Analytics, Technology, Health Benefits, iHealth, Healthcare
The Key to Retaining Self-funded Clients
The Key to Retaining Self-funded Clients

It’s no secret that U.S. healthcare costs have skyrocketed in recent decades. As a result, employers are demanding more strategic guidance and rigorous data analysis to help them better manage their health plans. 

Tags: Self-Funded, Healthcare, Costs, Employers, Data Analysis, Health Plans