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March 19, 2008
 
  Spotlight 
  • Making specialized health care services easier to obtain and more effective
     
    Dawn Owens
    OptumHealth
    CEO
    While there is a significant U.S. market for effective specialty health care services -- for which Americans spend more than $350 billion annually -- these services are fragmented. Dawn Owens, chief executive officer of OptumHealth, discusses how the company makes obtaining these specialty services easier. OptumHealth's four core businesses -- Care Solutions, Behavioral Solutions, Financial Solutions and Specialty Benefits -- focus on improving people's health by working directly with employers, health plans and individuals. "Helping people get to the right care at the right time in the right place will lead to improved affordability for all health care purchasers," she says. Continue reading this article online. Email this Story
  • Driving behavior change with online programs: An obesity case study
    Because obesity can have a considerable impact on health care costs and productivity, some organizations achieve success in stemming obesity within their population by implementing Online Behavior Modification Programs. Join us for a webinar as we review a client's online obesity-management program and learn about the positive impact these programs had in improving obesity outcomes. Register for the free webinar. Email this Story
 

  Employer Solutions 
  • Insurance company's employee-wellness programs lead to increased productivity
    Obesity has financial costs as well as physical ones and companies and insurance plans are following the lead of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in trying to get people to lose weight and adopt healthy lifestyles. One insurance company, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, has a wellness program for its own employees as well as its customers. It has seen an increase in productivity and less absenteeism. Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.) (3/8) Email this Story
  • Other News
Solutions:Behavioral Health |  Case Management |  Complex Medical Conditions |  Consumer Solutions |  Decision Support |  Disease Management |  Financial Services |  Physical Health |  Wellness
For more information about unique programs, please contact an OptumHealth sales representative by calling toll-free (866) 427-6845, 8am - 6pm CST, M-F. Or email us at engage@optumhealth.com

  Emerging Trends 
  • Employers find ROI when using medical-consulting services
    Offering the expertise of a medical-consulting service to employees facing difficult medical decisions can provide financial returns to employers. The CEO of Boston-based Best Doctors said that his consulting service finds an average of $21,000 in inappropriate medical costs per case. Such services can also make employees "feel like more of an active participant than a victim in the health care arena," said an official at Campbell Soup Co., which provides medical-consultant services. Financial Week (3/10) Email this Story
  • CDHPs growing in popularity, can lead to savings
    Consumer-directed health plans, including health savings accounts and health reimbursement accounts, are now offered by 41% of larger corporations, up 4 percentage points from a year ago, according to data compiled by the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations. The survey also found that offering an HSA over a PPO can mean a difference of about $1,000 per employee for the employer. "The adoption of consumer-directed plans will certainly continue to rise at a steady clip, particularly at large companies," said one health care vendor. Financial Week (3/10) Email this Story
  • More companies focus on lifestyle choices
    Companies increasingly are trying to reduce rising health care costs by scrutinizing employees' off-duty behavior and lifestyle choices -- such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Some firms provide smoking-cessation and wellness programs that may be tied to performance incentives, health premiums or even continued employment. The News Journal (Del.) (3/10) Email this Story
Solutions:Behavioral Health |  Case Management |  Complex Medical Conditions |  Consumer Solutions |  Decision Support |  Disease Management |  Financial Services |  Physical Health |  Wellness
For more information about unique programs, please contact an OptumHealth sales representative by calling toll-free (866) 427-6845, 8am - 6pm CST, M-F. Or email us at engage@optumhealth.com

  Tapping Technology 
  • Business groups advocate for electronic medical records
    U.S. employers should adopt electronic medical records and shoulder part of the necessary implementation expenses to save money and achieve efficiency in the long run, health IT consortium representatives said March 11 during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event. Government officials and the business community must collaborate to advance health IT, said Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev. The Hill (3/11) Email this Story
Solutions:Behavioral Health |  Case Management |  Complex Medical Conditions |  Consumer Solutions |  Decision Support |  Disease Management |  Financial Services |  Physical Health |  Wellness
For more information about unique programs, please contact an OptumHealth sales representative by calling toll-free (866) 427-6845, 8am - 6pm CST, M-F. Or email us at engage@optumhealth.com

  Clinical Connections 
  • Lower copays seen as simple solution to patient adherence
    Lower copays on medicines could help patients stick with needed drug therapies, according to a recent 12-month study. In fact, the study found that people with heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol were more apt to stick with their treatment regimens when copays for generic drugs were cut to zero and for brand-name drugs they were reduced by half. PharmaLive.com (3/11) Email this Story
Solutions:Behavioral Health |  Case Management |  Complex Medical Conditions |  Consumer Solutions |  Decision Support |  Disease Management |  Financial Services |  Physical Health |  Wellness
For more information about unique programs, please contact an OptumHealth sales representative by calling toll-free (866) 427-6845, 8am - 6pm CST, M-F. Or email us at engage@optumhealth.com

  Policy Watch 
  • Presidential hopefuls envision varying policies on health insurance
    The president of the Galen Institute, a public-policy research organization, says that while presumed Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain wants to give patients more control over health insurance and care decisions, both Democratic contenders appear to favor more government intervention and regulations on insurers and employers. Galen Institute (3/7) Email this Story
  • Sydney Resolution includes corporate-wellness programs
    Members of the Oxford Health Alliance have signed the Sydney Resolution, a promise to try to prevent diseases and promote healthy environments and workplaces. A trustee of the alliance said businesses could make an impact by "investing in their employees with workplace change and wellness programs." MTB Europe (3/10) Email this Story
Solutions:Behavioral Health |  Case Management |  Complex Medical Conditions |  Consumer Solutions |  Decision Support |  Disease Management |  Financial Services |  Physical Health |  Wellness
For more information about unique programs, please contact an OptumHealth sales representative by calling toll-free (866) 427-6845, 8am - 6pm CST, M-F. Or email us at engage@optumhealth.com

  SmartQuote 
The greatest wealth is health."
--Virgil,
poet and philosopher


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