America’s Health Rankings Reveals Progress and Ongoing Challenges

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The 2019 America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report showcases public health progress as well as persistent challenges

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United Health Foundation Announces Grant to Help Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services in Rural Colorado

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The United Health Foundation announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. Pictured left to right: North Range Behavioral Health Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Dan Frantz, Center Board Member and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Ruby Martinez, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Sen. Cory Gardner and UHC Government Programs CEO Brian Thompson (at podium).

The United Health Foundation will make a three-year, $1.5 million grant to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (the Center) to address the shortage of mental health providers in rural Colorado communities. The grant will help the Center recruit and support 39 currently-employed rural Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Behavioral Health Fellows return to graduate school and earn a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate.

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UnitedHealth Group Program Helps Service Members Transition to a Civilian Career

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Optum employee Bobby Padilla is a UnitedHealth Group Military Internship Program Alum and Air Force Veteran.

In the next several years, more than 1 million U.S. military service members will transition to the civilian workforce. It’s a shift that often proves challenging. In addition to finding a job that takes advantage of their transferrable skills, finding the right cultural fit is also crucial. UnitedHealth Group’s Military Internship Program is a strategic partnership with the Department of Defense Skillbridge Program that offers career skills training and workforce reintegration to transitioning active duty service members across all branches of the U.S. Military.

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United Health Foundation Partners with HOPE Family Health to Fund Rural Pharmacy Services Program in Tennessee

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A grant from United Health Foundation is helping HOPE Family Health build a clinical pharmacy program that will help patients manage their medications.

HOPE Family Health provides medical and behavioral health care across rural Middle Tennessee to all individuals, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. The United Health Foundation announced a three-year partnership with HOPE Family Health to help build a clinical pharmacy program in Middle Tennessee. The partnership is expected to improve outcomes by making it easier for patients to manage their medications and adhere to their prescription drug regimens.

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United Health Foundation Awards Grant to Morehouse School of Medicine

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UnitedHealth Group’s Cory Alexander joins U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie (KY), Dr. Sandra Harris-Hooker, Morehouse School of Medicine, U.S. Representative David Scott (GA), and Dr. Bennie Harris, Morehouse School of Medicine to announce a new partnership between the United Health Foundation and the Morehouse School of Medicine (Credit: Mark West)

The United Health Foundation announced a three-year partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine to research ways to improve access to digital tools for underserved and rural communities across Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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OptumIQ Survey on Artificial Intelligence Reveals Confidence and Growth Opportunities

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According to the 2019 OptumIQ Annual Survey on AI in Health Care, 52% of industry leaders expect artificial intelligence will create more work opportunities.

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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.

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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."

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Why Cultural Competence is Key to Better Meeting Patients' Needs

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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.

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High-Value Physicians Could Save Over $286 Billion in Medicare Costs

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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.

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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.

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New Report Reveals America's Health Rankings Health of Women and Children by State

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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.

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UnitedHealth Group Recognized for Sustainable Business Practices

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UnitedHealth Group has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America and World Indices for the 21st consecutive year.

  • UnitedHealth Group scored among the highest for economic, environmental and social criteria.
  • The indices benchmark sustainable business practices critical to driving distinctive returns for shareholders and society.

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Reducing Specialty Drug Costs

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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.

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