As co-founder and CEO of Health Dialog, Bennett has seen the company grow.
WellPoint's Comprehensive Health Solutions Business Unit provides an industry best practice in population-based healthcare management through its 360-degree Health programs.
How is it that well-informed people can look at the same data and come up with dramatically different conclusions and action implications? It turns on whether the analysis is done by biostatisticians looking at utilization data in an academically rigorous way, or by actuaries and benefits consultants looking at overall financial trends in a pre-post manner.
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.
Health and productivity management (HPM), disease management (DM), and wellness programs continue to gain traction in the corporate marketplace. As employers and vendors address gaps, these programs will become fundamental in employer efforts to contain health benefit costs, better manage benefit use, and achieve transparency across employee data.
Personal prevention: Christopher Fey shows why detection and chronic condition management is powerful medicine
According to the 2007 Milken Institute Report, "An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease," prevention, early detection and chronic condition management could save the nation $1 trillion annually by 2023. But in the mind of U.S. Preventive Medicine Founder (USPM), Chairman, CEO and Director Christopher Fey, there is something even more important that could be saved: lives.
Medicare Advantage plans escaped threatened payment cuts last year, but the issue is at the top of the health policy legislative agenda for the coming months. Legislation enacted in late December postponed a scheduled reduction in Medicare payments to physicians—but only for six months. Congress paid for that short delay plus an extension of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) without cutting MA rates or raising taxes.
HIPAA prohibits group plans from charging higher premiums to individuals due to health status, medical history, genetic information, claims experience, receipt of care or evidence of disability. The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration recently issued guidelines that closed off a loophole that might have allowed employers to charge less healthy workers higher deductibles.
National reports—The movement toward the patient-centered medical-home model has gained rapid momentum over the past year, marked by several watershed events.