Hypertension is the leading medical condition, and health plans are finding better ways to increase DM program participation rates, such as Aetna's program tailored to the African American population
The disabled, elderly and poor populations would benefit from Medicare / Medicaid integration, but barriers have yet to give way
A recent study by the University of Connecticut indicates that the cost of low health literacy to the U.S. economy is as high as $238 billion annually. It's imperative that health plans and systems drive new efforts.
Disease registries are gaining in popularity as electronic tools designed to give physicians clinical support to deliver appropriate care.
The continual inability to fall asleep or stay asleep is keeping approximately one-third of the nation up at night. Individuals with insomnia incur $12 billion in direct medical costs and $2 billion in drug costs alone.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of bacterium that is resistant to certain antibiotics, has become a national epidemic, with increasing numbers of serious infections, hospitalizations and deaths. Hospital stays for these infections tripled from 2000 to 2005.
The convergence of rising healthcare costs, increased cost sharing and demand by consumers for more participation in healthcare decisions is producing a variety of innovative health insurance solutions.
The practice of shared decision making (SDM)—the collaboration between patients and caregivers to arrive at an informed, value-based healthcare decision when treatment options have features that patients value differently—is gaining recognition among health plans as a key function of a patient-centric model of care.
An increasing number of studies are linking oral health to general health. While not establishing a direct cause-and-effect, the reports show that early prevention and treatment of gum disease could improve outcomes for pregnancy, heart disease and diabetes.