OptumIQ Survey on Artificial Intelligence Reveals Confidence and Growth Opportunities
According to the 2019 OptumIQ Annual Survey on AI in Health Care, 52% of industry leaders expect artificial intelligence will create more work opportunities.
Behind the Data: Flu Vaccination Rates for Women Rose, According to America's Health Rankings
Nearly 1.3 million more women ages 18-44 received the flu vaccine since 2016, an increase of 5%, according to the United Health Foundation's 2019 America's Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report.
Why it matters: While it is difficult to quantify health care savings directly from the percentage of Americans receiving flu vaccinations, Dr. Janice Huckaby, Optum chief medical officer for Maternal-Child Health Strategy, believes there are many benefits. "Lower health costs, fewer lost days of work, fewer emergency room trips to name a few," she says.
Harvard Study Finds Value-Based Care Has a Third Critical Dimension
Value-based care is proven to improve quality of care at a lower cost – and is a strategy UnitedHealth Group fully supports. Now, two Harvard researchers have identified a third dimension to achieving value-based care – what they call "infrastructure support."
Why Cultural Competence is Key to Better Meeting Patients' Needs
Cultural competence is "foundational" to health care and "a bedrock for meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of patients," according to Hewett Chiu, an executive director of a public mental health integration program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and former participant in the United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative.
High-Value Physicians Could Save Over $286 Billion in Medicare Costs
If all U.S. physicians caring for Medicare fee-for-service patients who meet quality criteria were to become high-value physicians by meeting the cost-efficiency criteria, the Medicare program would save $20.5 billion in 2020 alone and $286.8 billion between 2020 and 2029.
Medicare Advantage — Helping Achieve the Triple Aim
Learn why Medicare Advantage helps achieve the Triple Aim of health care: lower costs, improved health and better experiences for millions of seniors.
New Report Reveals America's Health Rankings Health of Women and Children by State
The United Health Foundation has released its 2019 America's Health Rankings® Health of Women and Children Report and the data reveals signs of progress and room for improvement.
UnitedHealth Group Recognized for Sustainable Business Practices
UnitedHealth Group has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America and World Indices for the 21st consecutive year.
Reducing Specialty Drug Costs
Administering specialty drugs in physician offices and patients' homes instead of hospital outpatient settings can improve care and reduce costs by $4 billion each year.
Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care
Diagnosable mental health disorders affect nearly 58 million American adults every year – or about one out of every four people – according to the National Institutes of Health. Still, only 42% of those with "any mental illness" receive mental health services, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. By leveraging a variety of channels and strategies, UnitedHealth Group is taking a holistic approach to improve access to quality behavioral health services for millions of Americans nationwide.
United Health Foundation Collaboration with The Health Wagon Aims to Improve Care Access for Underserved Virginians
A three-year, $1 million grant from the United Health Foundation will help fund The Health Wagon – a free clinic that provides health care to the medically underserved population across six counties in southwest Virginia. The partnership will help thousands of Virginians get the testing and treatment they need, when they need it.