When physicians follow computer alerts embedded in electronic health records, their hospitalized patients experience fewer complications and lower costs, leave the hospital sooner and are less likely to be readmitted, according to a study of inpatient care.
Group Prenatal Care (GPC) is an effective model designed to help reduce preterm birth rates while also providing expectant mothers with complete prenatal care.
UnitedHealthcare is advancing new approaches to cancer treatment with two groundbreaking programs that help put patients’ needs at the center of care.
UnitedHealthcare has launched a new value-based care payment for knee, hip and spine procedures, the Spine and Joint Solution, that focuses on quality patient care and better outcomes.
(April 9, 2013) - Three large U.S. health systems and one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies today launched a new venture to conduct independent studies on the long-term effectiveness of medical devices that are implanted into patients for everything from heart problems to bad knees and hips.
(July 8, 2014) – A new cancer care payment model that rewards physicians for focusing on best treatment practices and health outcomes rather than the number of drugs they prescribe resulted in significant cost savings without affecting the quality of care.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UnitedHealthcare have launched a pilot to explore a new cancer care payment model for head and neck cancers that focuses on quality patient care and outcomes.
Cancer care is advancing, but policymakers and the cancer care community must find ways to make it more affordable, according to an article published in the October issue of Health Affairs by Lee N. Newcomer, M.D., senior vice president of oncology at UnitedHealthcare.
UnitedHealthcare’s value-based care program for knee, hip and spine procedures has demonstrated fewer hospital readmissions and complications following surgery, while generating total savings of nearly $18 million for participating employers.
Optum, the health services business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), and Merck (NYSE: MRK, known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada), will collaborate to develop and simulate the performance of contractual reimbursement models in which payment for prescription drugs is aligned more closely with patient health outcomes.