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What health plans need to know about QHPs now that the ACA is here to stay

Providing qualified health plans, or QHPs, that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act has become an integral part of many health plan offerings. Now that numerous repeal calls and legal challenges brought against the ACA over the years have failed, health plans can finally invest confidently in this business. As health care costs …

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Point32Health taps Inclusive Health for LGBTQ+ care

Traditionally offering virtual care and navigation services to employers, Included Health is now moving into the health plan space. It is teaming up with Point32Health to serve its commercial members in the LGBTQ+ community, companies announced Wednesday. Based in San Francisco Health included gives patients access to virtual and in-person urgent care, primary care, behavioral …

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Health access and equity: Women’s health and technology hold the keys

Although the quality of US health care and patient outcomes has generally improved over time, access to care—and therefore positive patient outcomes—is not equitable for all people. Overall, one in 10 Americans lacks health insurance, the result of a system that is breaking under the weight of high costs and increasing complexity. Diabetes rates are …

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A travel health record can improve patient outcomes and alleviate health problems during travel

New data reveals that 28% of Americans have gotten sick or injured while on vacation. Getting sick and injured are among the worst travel scenarios because, in addition to ruining our plans, we’re away from our medical team and possibly from the comfort of family, friends, or colleagues who might be able to help. If …

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Health equity and the push for value-based care

Social, economic and geographic disadvantages create significant health disparities, such as lower quality of care and poorer health outcomes. To help improve these issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model under the new name Accountable Care Organization Model for Equity, Access, and Community Health (or …

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Technology transportation puts health plans in the driver’s seat to improve outcomes

An elderly African American man with a disability gets out of a car in his wheelchair. His wife helps him, holds the door open. Focus on the person. Healthcare needs better infrastructure. Millions of Americans covered by the national safety net programs, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care, rely on transportation to access essential medical …

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Bridging cultural differences to improve health equity

Achieving equity in health care benefits both health care payers and members. Culturally diverse audiences experience disparities in health care access and health outcomes. Patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) experience poor health outcomes across the board, including above-average levels of emergency department visits and hospital stays. Most healthcare leaders agree that we need to …

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Declarations are not enough. Health care equity needs action, health care leaders say

Ask a health care organization what its top priority is today, and many will say health care equity. But when it comes to creating real change, lip service won’t cut it, one executive said. “This is virtue signaling,” SCAN Health Plan CEO Sachin Jain said in a recent interview. “It’s fashionable to say you care …

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Memora Health, Mayo Clinic digital pilot program to improve postpartum care

The early postpartum period is a critical time. Although the period has a huge impact on the health of both mothers and newborns, health professionals pay less attention to him from the prenatal and delivery period. In Thursday, Mayo Clinic declared it to be so teaming up with a San Francisco-based digital health platform Memora …

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Building wealth and health: Under Kaiser’s credit building program

Kaiser Permanente is several months into a first-of-its-kind community program that focuses on helping Americans build their credit. When researching various social barriers to health, Kaiser realized that factors that negatively impact Americans’ financial mobility needed to be addressed, according to Stephanie Ledesma, the health system’s vice president of national community health. Economic mobility is …

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