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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
Ongoing Education on Alternate Sites of Care Can Reduce Inappropriate ER Utilization

With higher and higher ER bills coming in to the plan and members, employers are learning that it’s more important than ever for them to make sure that continual reminders are sent to their employees and members about which conditions can be handled by more convenient and lower cost sites of care such as a nurse advice line, telehealth (which often also covers behavioral health), on-site or retail clinic or urgent care. They’re also sharing details on how to reach these resources, and how much lower out-of-pocket costs will be to members who utilize them versus the ER. Keeping this information top of mind when it’s needed is the key to effective communications in this area.

Tags: ER Utilization, Health Plan, Employers, Telehealth, ER Bills, Urgent Care, Non-Emergent Care, Emergency Room, Utilization
What more do employer groups expect from their health plan or TPA?

In this busy selling season for TPAs and health plans, we wanted to share an updated eBook that outlines some of what the Advanced Plan for Health is hearing from our TPA, health plan and employer clients related to what employers are really looking for as they’re shopping for benefits.

Here’s an excerpt:

Providing your employer clients with the right mix of services and support boosts your chances of standing out and winning and retaining their business. Fortunately, most self-insured employers want the same thing: healthy employees, positive employee healthcare experiences and reduced costs. Sounds simple enough, but how can you be sure that you are offering the best solutions in today’s strained and ever-changing healthcare environment so that you can continue to differentiate yourself and show value?

Tags: Health Plan, TPA, Third Party Administrators, Employers, eBook, Advanced Plan for Health, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits
Broker World - Surprise Bills Strike Again: What Your Clients Need To Know by APH's Barbara Rutkowski & Joy McGee-Cory

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

Published in the June 2018 edition of Broker World

Health plans, employers and members are experiencing unexpected and very unpleasant surprises following certain complex surgical procedures, usually spine-related. The surprises are coming in the way of bills for intraoperative neurologic monitoring (IONM)—and can sometimes reach into six figures!

During IONM, a technician or physician observes neural structures, such as nerves, the spinal cord and parts of the brain, to identify issues that could damage the nervous system. By noting any potential for damage in real time, corrective action can be taken during surgery.

Read more here. 

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: IONM, Health Plans, Employers, Intraoperative Neurologic Monitoring
Taking the final mile with Population Health data findings - Nurse Navigation is one avenue

More and more frequently, our current and prospective employer group clients will ask us what we see as the most effective avenues to support employees and members who have been identified through analytics for outreach and support.

There are many avenues that our clients are taking to get individuals the education and support they need. Nurse Navigation is one of the most effective programs that we’re partnering with our clients to launch and manage. We thought this would be a good topic to cover during National Nurses Week.

Tags: Nurse, ER Utilization, Gaps in Care, Employers, Health Plan, Chronic Conditions, Analytics, Poindexter, Health, Nurse Navigators, Population Health Analytics, Population Health Management, RN, Predictive Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, Healthcare, Healthcare Informatics
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
Questions for the Self-Insured Employers to Consider When Selecting a Benefits Broker

For self-insured employers, selecting a broker is without a doubt one of the most important parts of designing a health benefits plan. It’s important to select a broker who understands the nuances of plan design and who can quickly adapt to the rapidly shifting health coverage and policy landscape. Employers need an ombudsman, a consultant with the know-how, resources and technological tools, including predictive analytics, to expertly navigate and take advantage of the current healthcare system. 

Tags: Self-Insured, Employers, Health Insurance, Brokers, Consultants, Benefits Manager, Population Health Management, Health Benefits, Health Savings, Plan Design, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Healthcare Costs, Predictive Analytics, Healthcare System, Employee Health Insurance Costs, Data Analysis, Data Transparency, Improve Health, Population Health, Medications, Rx
The Benefits to Brokers, Self-Funded Employers of Leveraging Healthcare Quality Transparency

When the success and shortcomings of these healthcare providers and facilities is made public, it helps to foster an arena for constant competitive improvement in the marketplace. Providers and facilities are made more accountable and healthcare consumers get the proverbial “bigger bang for their buck."

Tags: Health Plan, Costs, Benefits Managers, Self-Funded, Medical Procedures, Healthcare Transparency, Data, Group Benefits, Outcomes, Healthcare Services, MPIRICA, Physician, Surgery Quality, Employers, Population Health Management, Data Analysis
20 Daily Minutes of Stress-Free Recreation in the Workforce and What It Could Mean to Employers

In the above quote, TV powerhouse Oprah Winfrey, is discussing the positive effects of one type of wellness activity that has shown promise in the workplace: meditation and how it can promote a healthier, and compliant employee population.

Tags: Oprah Winfrey, Self-Insured, Employers, Wellness Program, Employee Health, Care Coordination, Member Compliance, Case Management, Predictive Modeling, Data Analysis, Health Intelligence, Population Health, Health Plan, Meditation, Reduced Stress, Reduced Anxiety, Reduced Depression, Reduced High Blood Pressure, Smoking Cessation, Heart Disease, Healthcare Costs
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

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