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How employers can use the power of the pen to improve quality, enhance equity and promote value

By François de Brantes on 9/21/21 12:10 PM

In a recent blog post examining what it will take to restore patient confidence in a fair and equitable delivery system, Dr. Daniel Wolfson, EVP and COO of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and I expose the significant challenges to establishing trust when money gets in the way. And money gets in the way when it drives both parties away from each other rather than towards each other. That happens all too often today, and here’s how.

Topics: Episodes of Care
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Compassion and Empathy: Shaping the Future of Work

By Manjula Julka, MD, MBA on 8/12/21 9:27 AM

“There is no way to compassion; compassion is the way.” -- Chinese proverb.

Topics: Values
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Building a culture of inclusivity through allyship

By Cathey Law on 7/9/21 3:06 PM

June 2021 was a meaningful month for inclusion. We celebrated Pride Month with our LGBTQ+ colleagues and this year, Juneteenth became a national holiday. As I reflect on the past month, I’m encouraged by the progress Signify Health has made to become a more inclusive company by helping colleagues across the company become stronger, more committed and understanding allies.

Topics: Diversity & Inclusion
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For older Americans, the home must become a choice for patients

By Damien Doyle, MD and Krista Drobac on 5/24/21 12:52 PM

May is Older Americans Month, and this year we should use it as a time to think big about changes we can make for how seniors receive their health care. Coming out of the pandemic, we have an opportunity to embrace the lessons we learned about what is possible. Millions experienced their first home visit, their first doctor’s appointment by telemedicine, their first sharing of biometric data remotely to improve care management or even their first admission to the “hospital” at home.

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Nursing at Signify: Leading the transition to value-based care, one person at a time

By Laurel Douty on 5/12/21 1:00 PM

When you work at a company whose mission is to help people live more healthy, happy days at home, you have the opportunity to see the magic of nursing in practice in many different ways.

Topics: Nurses Nurses Week
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Bundles for Babies: Episodes-of-Care Making Motherhood Healthier

By Tami Hutchison on 5/8/21 11:40 AM

Pregnancy is a journey. Through each trimester, the investments expectant moms make in their health — from prenatal vitamins to clinical check-ups — culminate into what is (hopefully) a healthy, complication-free birth and adjustment of mom and baby to their new world.

Topics: Episodes of Care
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Autism Acceptance Month: Building community networks to break down barriers for families managing autism

By Amy Huebner on 4/29/21 12:06 PM

Roberto and Dora Hernandez were thrilled when they delivered a healthy, 9-pound baby boy. He was meeting all of the developmental milestones — he was sitting, crawling and walking at the right time. But he wasn't babbling and talking like other children. More concerning, he wouldn’t make eye contact with them, didn't respond to their smiles, and wouldn’t return his parents’ hugs and kisses. Roberto and Dora thought there might be something wrong with their son, and were concerned when their pediatrician said he should be evaluated for autism. They didn't know where to turn or what to do next.

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Earth Day: Building a healthier place for us all to live and age in

By David Pierre on 4/22/21 9:58 AM

One of the many lessons we learned this past year is that the world is a dynamic and fragile health and environmental ecosystem — closely connected and constantly evolving. We all have a role — sometimes big, sometimes small — in caring for our home, our living world.

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How health plans and employers are using episodes of care to maximize their contracts with ACOs

By Marc Rothman, MD and Tami Hutchison on 4/21/21 10:42 AM

Health plans and employers are increasingly contracting directly with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in hopes of lowering the cost of care provided to plan members and improving health outcomes. Unfortunately, ACOs have a problem: Although they have proved to be a vital component in the movement toward value-based care, ACOs rely extensively on their primary care members to drive value improvement, and primary care physicians can only influence a portion of the health plan spend — estimated to be 40%. The challenge ACOs share across all their risk arrangements is how to create tighter incentive alignment between the ACO and its PCPs -- and the downstream medical/surgical sub-specialists they rely on — to achieve increasingly more value, and assume increasing amounts of risk on both an upside and downside basis.

Topics: Accountable Care Organizations
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Advancing Equity In Clinical Trials

By Peter Boumenot on 4/15/21 8:43 AM

Last month, we were invited to participate in a South by Southwest (SXSW) panel discussion on clinical trial diversity alongside Pfizer’s Head of Clinical Trial Diversity Sandra Amaro and Parexel Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer Peyton Howell, two leaders doing important work in this space. Moderator Eric Roberts, VP of Trial Diversity at Hū, part of Real Chemistry, engaged the panelists in meaningful conversation around advancing racial equity in clinical trials — starting with lessons learned from COVID-19.

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National Public Health Week: Strengthening Communities Through Member-Centric Community Partnerships

By Theresa West on 4/7/21 12:01 PM

Those working in public health are familiar with the statistic that social factors influence 60% of a person’s health. As the broader healthcare community has begun to consider social determinants of health (SDOH) at a systems level, the main challenge before us today is less about what to address or why, but how. Specifically, how do we go about identifying and coordinating social care so that it is integrated with medical care within what is a largely fragmented healthcare system?

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Celebrating Physicians Week: Stories from the field

By Marc Rothman, MD on 3/30/21 8:53 AM

Medical school barely teaches physicians how to open practices, balance the books and staff appropriately, let alone how to mitigate the challenges of running a small business and stay afloat in a pandemic. This past year has turned the practice of medicine — and by extension, many physicians’ lives — upside down; and so, during National Physicians Week, we want to recognize the contributions that physicians make to the lives of their patients and the communities they serve.

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ConnectAbility: Lifting up those with life-altering injuries

By Theresa West on 3/15/21 9:31 AM

Twelve-year-old Sophia’s life changed dramatically when she suffered a traumatic brain injury and stroke after a horrible car accident. She spent 109 days in the hospital, fighting for her life. When she was finally released to go home, she and her family faced a long, difficult recovery journey —Sophia had to relearn the basic skills necessary to help her reclaim her life.

Topics: SDOH
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Powering up primary care

By Marc Rothman, MD and Tami Hutchison on 3/11/21 9:32 AM

Believe it or not, only 5% of the total $3.8 trillion spent on healthcare every year in the U.S. goes towards primary care. That makes primary care one of the specialties we spend the least on, despite being our first-stop in care and wholly focused on disease prevention and our overall health.

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Shining a Light on Multiple Sclerosis

By Marc Rothman, MD on 3/8/21 11:04 AM

Today kicks-off National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, a time to show our support of the MS community and increase awareness of this debilitating disease.

Topics: Biopharma
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Moving Health Home: A New Coalition with a Bold Vision

By Damien Doyle, MD on 3/3/21 6:15 AM

As the saying goes, “home is where the heart is.” Those working in healthcare also know this to be true, “home is where the health is.” Today marks an important milestone towards making the home a viable health hub for more people with the launch of the Moving Health Home coalition.

Topics: Healthcare Policy Homeward Healthy aging
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Black History—Moving Forward With Every Story

By Cathey Law on 2/26/21 9:38 AM

This year Black History Month was especially significant for me. The 2020 social justice events—particularly those relating to Black Lives Matters--motivated so many of us to listen more closely to the personal stories of colleagues, friends and neighbors from diverse backgrounds. It opened the eyes of many people and made diversity, equity and inclusion personal.

Topics: Diversity & Inclusion
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Time for a Change of Heart

By Theresa West on 2/25/21 10:19 AM

Each February, the healthcare community rallies to raise awareness around heart healthy behaviors and the importance of regular screenings. When there isn’t a pandemic, we are doing heart walks, wearing red to work, and volunteering at screenings in our communities. Despite the strides forward in prevention and treatment, heart disease remains the leading cause of death (outside of COVID-19) among high-income countries, and is projected to be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.

Topics: SDOH
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Sowing the seeds of value-based care

By François de Brantes on 2/23/21 11:59 AM

A decade after its creation, it’s time to take stock of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) progress and challenges.

Topics: Value-based care
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Health Heads Homeward

By Kyle Armbrester on 2/11/21 8:02 AM

To enjoy more healthy, happy days at home. This is something I want for myself, for my children and for my family and friends. This is why I chose a career in healthcare and it is our mission at Signify Health. While the pandemic has made our collective work more challenging in many ways, it also has put the importance and the urgency of our work into sharper focus.  Today, as Signify Health becomes a publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, we are positioning ourselves to achieve this mission for our company, our customers and partners and the people in our care.  

Topics: Expansion
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Building Up the Women Around You

By Laurel Douty on 2/2/21 12:32 PM

Inclusion requires more than words stating a company’s commitment. It needs clear purpose, actionable goals and measurable progress. It is one of our core values at Signify Health and a key driver behind many of our internal initiatives and training programs. While our Inclusion Value recognizes the need to support our entire universe of diverse populations, today, I want to share what we are doing to uplift our women colleagues.

Topics: Diversity & Inclusion
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Martin Luther King Jr Day: A Day of Reflection and Giving Back

By Cathey Law on 1/18/21 8:32 AM

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Today honors a great man—a once in a generation visionary—who inspires us to transcend race, come together, celebrate diversity and improve the lives of everyone.  

Topics: Diversity & Inclusion
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Novel support for novel therapies

By Marc Rothman, MD on 1/13/21 8:15 AM

As a practicing physician, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges people face with medication adherence, especially when their prescribed medicine requires a complex set of steps to both start and continue taking it over a period of months, even years. And, as the Chief Medical Officer of Signify Health, I’ve seen how the logistical challenges of facility-based dosing regimens can be mitigated by moving care homeward.

Topics: Biopharma
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Seven years and still going strong

By François de Brantes on 12/18/20 8:00 AM

When the Medicare Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program was launched in 2013, it was the first national alternative payment model that put providers at financial risk (for any losses incurred on the patients they manage) from day one of the program. In 2018, BPCI was replaced by BPCI-Advanced. By then, it had grown substantially from its early roots to representing over $10 billion in at-risk contracts per year with providers in all but one state. And it’s still going strong today.

Topics: Episodes of Care
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The culture power potential

By Kathi Tourjee on 12/9/20 5:41 PM

This Summer, when Signify Health announced our new set of Core Values, I was delighted by the positive team response. I had just joined the company as Chief Human Resources Officer, and I expected the normal uptick in excitement and enthusiasm during and immediately following the event. But, I was surprised it didn’t end there. 

Topics: Culture
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Diversity+ is everyone's responsibility

By Cathey Law on 12/4/20 8:46 AM

Earlier this year, I was asked to help lead our Corporate commitment to living our value “Inclusive, be one team” in a meaningful way by going beyond the expected and inspiring real change in the way we work. Between the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the country’s polarization over the November election, I thought this would be a challenging goal. But, as an African-American woman, I am passionate about Diversity & Inclusion and was honored that leadership gave me this opportunity.

It hasn’t been easy. There is so much to do, and we’ve just begun tackling this issue; however, I quickly realized that my colleagues truly want Signify Health to be a diverse and inclusive company. From Kyle Armbrester, our CEO, and the Executive Leadership Team to our entry-level new hires, everyone has been encouraging, they are eager to learn, and most importantly, they want change. They are adamant that a diverse and inclusive culture is a core strategic advantage. I had to help make it happen.

When you delve into diversity and inclusion, sticky questions pop up. What does diversity and inclusion mean in our daily work? Who needs to change and how? How do we monitor and enforce change? Where do we start? These are not easy questions to answer, but we always returned to our value, “Inclusive, be one team.”

This year we implemented a series of Diversity & Inclusion training programs for the entire company, including critical topics like unconscious bias. We also began hosting roundtable discussions, starting with one on allyship. In addition, we launched two Employee Resource Groups (ERGs):

Topics: Diversity & Inclusion
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Competing on value in Connecticut

By François de Brantes on 11/24/20 7:00 AM

For decades now, employers have been at the forefront of health care transformation, continuously pushing for greater price and quality transparency, demanding better value from the delivery system, and encouraging plan members to be better consumers. Despite their efforts, progress has been slow. Employers continue to see health care prices increase, crowding out other investments and stifling pay raises. Quality improvements have been modest and, in some cases (like maternity), have worsened. Pricing transparency remains elusive.

Topics: Episodes of Care Value-based care
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Charting the path forward to sustainable payment innovation

By François de Brantes on 11/17/20 3:03 PM

Two new posts (1 and 2) on the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) show the importance of taking a rigorous lens to the evaluation of any alternative payment program and continuously working to improve them. Importantly, the posts remind us of the significant impact these models have had on the healthcare system.

Topics: Value-based care
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Innovation in the Heartland: How Iowa is leading the future of whole-person care

By Peter Boumenot on 11/12/20 11:44 AM

In 2017, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) asked, “How can we help our people, specifically women and children?” While the question was simple, the answer was complicated.

Topics: SDOH
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Eyes forward on the road to value

By Kyle Armbrester on 10/28/20 4:42 PM

As we’ve radically rethought care delivery over the past 15 years, we’ve found a way forward in value-based care. This is an opportunity that transcends political parties. Both the current administration and the prospective one have discussed policies that will help accelerate the movement to value. 

Topics: Value-based care
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Safeguarding privacy to optimize outcomes: Building a safe-sharing community network

By Signify Health Team on 10/20/20 8:39 AM

On October 5, 2020 Theresa West, Vice President Community Solutions at Signify Health, and Donna Wilson, Community Health Manager and Traci Spillman, Community Network Program Manager at Mosaic Life Care participated in a panel discussion at The Root Cause—Fifth National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health. They were joined by Linda Judah, Executive Director at Social Welfare Board for the presentation “The Elephant in the Room Preventing Collaboratives from Achieving SDoH Outcomes: Privacy. What It Takes to Build a Safe-Sharing Community Network.” Their presentation, summarized here, gives an insider’s look at what it takes to build a community network optimized for outcomes. 

Topics: SDOH
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Patient engagement redefined: Focus on health equity

By Signify Health Team on 10/15/20 3:02 PM

François de Brantes, Senior Vice President, Episodes of Care, was invited to participate in a panel discussion at this year’s HLTH VTRL, a trend-setting conference that brings together payers, providers, employers, investors, startups, pharma, policymakers, and the patient community to help solve some of the industry’s largest problems and to bring to life some of the most promising opportunities to improve health. 

Topics: SDOH Patient egagement
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Episodes of Care: A better path to improved clinical and financial outcomes

By François de Brantes on 10/13/20 9:46 AM

Frustrated by continued health plan inflation and point solutions that keep piling up and sometimes fail to live up to their promise, employers are looking for more comprehensive approaches that deliver measurable value today—and tomorrow. 

Topics: Episodes of Care Value-based care Healthcare price transparency Healthcare delivery reform Accountable care models Bundled payments
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Launching a new chapter for SDoH: Preserving health, protecting privacy

By Peter Boumenot on 9/30/20 6:10 AM

Today, Signify Health and Independence Blue Cross announced CommunityLink™, a new network of community-based organizations designed to break down the traditional barriers between social and clinical care and improve health outcomes for at-risk individuals in the Philadelphia region. 

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Transforming healthcare for lasting recovery

By François de Brantes on 9/25/20 10:31 AM

Each September, the health and mental health communities come together during National Recovery Month to reflect and discuss where we are and where we need to go to help those with substance use disorders achieve lasting recovery. This September, the discussion has taken on a whole new level of complexity with COVID-19 constraining access to services and limiting the in-person support that is a vital part of 

Topics: Substance use disorder
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Healthy aging: Learnings from the homefront

By Signify Health Team on 9/23/20 11:39 AM

September is Healthy Aging month, and anyone with older friends or family members wants them to be able to live their healthiest life, in the place where they are most comfortable and around the people they care about the most. 

Topics: SDOH Healthy aging
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Proliance Surgeons partners with Regence and Signify to accelerate value-based care

By Signify Health Team on 8/27/20 11:58 AM

One of the country’s largest surgical practices is teaming up with Regence BlueShield and Signify Health to transform healthcare for providers, employers, individuals and families in Washington state.

Topics: Episodes of Care
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Diversity & Inclusion: Sharing stories, leading change

By Cathey Law on 8/18/20 3:51 PM

As a Black woman in Corporate America I know what it’s like to be supported, mentored and sponsored, and just how important these dynamics are in growing and advancing in your career. However, while I am so grateful for these experiences, they do not outnumber nor erase the other experiences I’ve had of discrimination, racism, stereotyping, implicit bias, both macro- and micro-aggressions, as well as the underlying stress that comes with trying to fit-in when I am the only one or “token” African-American in the room.

Topics: Diversity & Inclusion
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Community Partner Spotlight: Community Rebuilders’s Vera Beech

By Signify Health Team on 8/5/20 12:31 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting most aspects of American life—and housing is no exception.

Topics: Community Spotlight
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Aggressively authentic, committed to purpose

By Kathi Tourjee on 7/20/20 11:20 AM

Three weeks ago, Signify Health leadership shared with our colleagues a new set of corporate values. Having recently joined the company as Chief Human Resources Officer, I was looking forward to being a part of this discussion. I’ve been in human resource management for more than twenty years and have announced a number of corporate vision and mission statements, and their supporting values and behaviors, so I usually know what to expect. But, this time I was surprised. 

Topics: Values Culture
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Social care in a time of social distancing

By Kyle Armbrester on 7/7/20 9:26 AM

In the course of a few months, all of our lives changed in profound ways we couldn’t have possibly imagined. Suddenly, nothing was taken for granted: a trip to the grocery store, spending time with family and friends, and receiving services from a healthcare system that’s overwhelmed.

This uncertainty was particularly felt by those already struggling to obtain basic necessities and social support. Seniors for example, many of whom grapple with feelings of loneliness, have been further isolated in a time of social distancing. Many had trouble accessing food, transportation to run errands, financial resources to afford their medications, and other social determinants of health (SDOH) that impacted their outcomes and quality of life.

As a healthcare community, we must continue to find ways to build a system that’s value-based and human-centered—one that takes care of people’s full spectrum of clinical, social, and behavioral health needs. While this crisis has exposed and exacerbated just how many people need help, it also has the power to mobilize change and inspire action.

Change Starts with a Recognition of the Problem
Providing care and support to vulnerable populations is a moral imperative. It also has financial and economic implications for our healthcare systems and country at large. A recent study found that a lack of social connection is as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or having an alcohol use disorder. Loneliness also appears to be twice as harmful to physical and mental health as obesity. When these issues are unaddressed, they end up in the emergency room.

I have the honor of leading an organization that oversees the nation’s largest network of mobile clinicians, who go into the homes of Medicare beneficiaries to identify and address their clinical and social needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our team conducted these visits by phone and video. From April 1 to May 5, 2020 our health risk assessment data showed that 1 in 3 Medicare Advantage patients live alone, 17% have trouble getting around the house, and 22% struggle with everyday shopping or errands.

Social issues like these are far too often the root cause of costly and unnecessary emergency room visits. We must think of healthcare beyond clinical procedures and prescription drugs, to address the very issues that drive these clinical events in the first place.

Breaking Down the Barriers Between Clinical and Social Care
While SDOH has quickly gone from a buzzword to the boardroom, these issues have always existed. We’re fortunate to live in a country with thousands of amazing community-based organizations (CBOs), each with the knowledge and trust of their local communities.

Those of us in the healthcare community must recognize that we cannot do what CBOs do. If we want to create a more equitable system focused on holistic, whole-person care, it’s imperative that healthcare and social service providers work together more effectively in addressing the SDOH that put outcomes at risk.

This isn’t easy. It requires partnership and collaboration across sectors, as well as a steadfast commitment to privacy and patient confidentiality. But when done correctly, the benefits on access and quality of care is immense.

At Signify Health, we have the unique privilege of helping build cross-sector collaborations across all constituencies that touch a person’s life: CBOs, providers, insurers, government agencies, and employers. From Arizona to Texas, Michigan to Iowa, these connected communities are helping residents access vital support services and community programs like never before.

To accelerate an era where each person’s needs are met once they leave the four walls of the hospital or facility, we must acknowledge our limitations. Partnering with community providers, and building safe and collaborative alliances, is the only way to tackle these deeply entrenched and interrelated social issues.

Topics: SDOH COVID-19
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Health heads home

By Signify Health Team on 7/2/20 10:18 AM

In the wake of COVID-19, we’re starting to see more and more discussion about the need to support people outside of the traditional health care setting. Setting aside the challenges of social distancing, this makes sense. You only need to think about yourself and those you care about to know that people recuperate and convalesce best in their home. That’s where we have the best chance to be comfortable and happy. That’s where health is won—or lost.

Topics: Homeward
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Father’s Day community partner spotlight: Hue-MAN Partnership's Clarence Jones

By Signify Health News on 6/21/20 8:00 AM

Building a community network isn’t easy. As communities form social service networks to collaboratively address social determinants of health, it’s important to recognize the trusted messengers that bring people together.

Topics: Father's Day Community Networks
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The COVID-19 pandemic has made healthcare more patient and home-centric: we can keep it that way

By François de Brantes on 5/28/20 9:01 AM

Will COVID-19 permanently reshape U.S. healthcare? Many experts seem to believe that’s the case. For Signify Health, reshaping healthcare starts with redesigning the way healthcare providers are paid.

Topics: COVID-19
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Signify Health nurses: a healthy dose of inspiration and heart

By Signify Health News on 5/12/20 7:40 AM

Today, on International Nurses Day, we salute those who care for others so selflessly—especially during a time when doing so may put their own health at risk.

Topics: Nurses International Nurses Day
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Making a difference for the mothers who make a difference every day

By François de Brantes on 5/9/20 3:22 PM

More than 6 million women will become pregnant this year, and, of those, more than 1 million will be facing the unknown as first-time mothers. A little over two years ago, one of those first-time mothers was Serena Williams. The story of her complications after delivery shed a light on what health care services and public health experts have known for well over a decade—that complications of delivery, including death, have been going up in the United States. What should be a time of rejoicing can quickly turn to tragedy.

Topics: Episodes of Care Maternity
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Promoting Long-Term Recovery in a Short-Term, Misaligned Delivery System

By Signify Health News on 4/13/20 3:46 PM

Promoting Long-Term Recovery in a Short-Term, Misaligned Delivery System

Today, over 20 million Americans are suffering from some form of addiction. Unlike many other chronic conditions — where “standards of excellence” inform consumers, health systems, and payers about best practices and services that should be available — today’s addiction recovery services are delivered through system that lacks alignment or integrated economic structures that incentivize long-term recovery.

Topics: Episodes of Care Healthcare Payments Healthcare Policy
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Insights on Employer Demand for Episodes of Care and Centers of Excellence: An Interview with Willis Tower Watson

By Signify Health News on 3/26/20 9:18 AM

Insights on Employer Demand for Episodes of Care and Centers of Excellence: An Interview with Willis Tower Watson

Topics: Episodes of Care Healthcare Policy
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Answering the call

By Signify Health Team on 3/15/20 7:47 PM

It’s not every day the phone rings and it’s the White House on the other end. Then again, it’s not every day we are faced with a global pandemic. 

Topics: COVID-19

Examining Medicare's Oncology Care Model

By Signify Health News on 2/4/20 7:00 AM

This podcast series is brought to you by Signify Health, the market leader in transforming the quality, delivery and cost of care.

Topics: Healthcare Payments Healthcare Policy
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SDOH in 2020: what you need to know

By Signify Health Team on 12/9/19 9:33 AM

Last week, Forbes published an article listing the top 8 predictions that will disrupt healthcare in 2020 according to Frost & Sullivan's Transformational Healthcare Group.

Topics: SDOH
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Why social service partners must have an active role in determining SDOH funding models

By Signify Health Team on 10/24/19 10:00 AM

The eHealth Initiative & Foundation (eHI) recently released a set of tools to help promote the use of ICD-10-CM Z codes in capturing social determinants of health (SDOH) data. As the transition from volume to value accelerates, having a unified approach to funding social care gaps is imperative to ensure hospitals and health systems can track needs, identify community-based solutions, and improve the health of their communities.

Topics: ICD-10 SDOH
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What JAMA's new SDOH study got right...and what it missed

By Signify Health Team on 9/24/19 1:54 PM

Last week, JAMA published a study that found few physician practices and hospitals screen patients for key social needs. Specifically, the researchers found that only about 24% of hospitals and 16% of physician practices reported screening for the five key social determinants of health outlined by CMS' Accountable Health Communities model: food insecurity, housing instability, utility needs, transportation needs and interpersonal violence.

Topics: Health Risk Evaluation Enhanced Clinical Services
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Incorporating SDOH into MA supplemental benefits: what plan leaders are saying

By Signify Health Team on 9/11/19 3:37 PM

Even as the summer winds down, the topic of using supplemental benefits to address social determinants of health (SDOH) in Medicare Advantage is getting hotter.

Topics: Health Risk Evaluation Enhanced Clinical Services
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Care coordination for Medicare Advantage: social determinants of health and care management

By Signify Health Team on 9/4/19 7:31 AM

Care management and social determinants of health (SDOH) programs must work together to address a more comprehensive picture of member health. Currently, more than 40% of the most substantial impacts on members’ health are social and economic factors. The idea of care is changing with the shift from service-based care to value-based care, especially for Medicare Advantage members with multiple chronic conditions. 

Topics: Care Management SDOH
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RISE to the occasion: 4 lessons for incorporating SDOH into value-based care

By Signify Health Team on 8/1/19 4:23 PM

Last month, several hundred people congregated in Washington DC for RISE’s National Summit on Social Determinants. It proved to be a rich, dynamic conference, jam-packed with education, discussion, and debate from diverse set of cross-sector attendees. 

Topics: Health Risk Evaluation Enhanced Clinical Services
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Benefits of a single vendor for health risk evaluation programs

By Signify Health Team on 7/30/19 1:21 PM

Many health plans experience vendor challenges when leaning on multiple vendors for their risk adjustment programs in the home or primary care setting. From inconsistent data, potential member overlap in programs, and more, all which cause several negative effects on your risk adjustment and quality programs resulting in less desirable overall results. 

Topics: Risk Adjustment
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Summer buzz: supplemental benefits for SDOH in Medicare Advantage

By Signify Health Team on 7/19/19 3:42 PM

Medicare Advantage (MA) is abuzz about Supplemental Benefits.

Topics: Health Risk Evaluation Enhanced Clinical Services
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Improving the OMW measure with bone density testing in the home

By Signify Health Team on 6/25/19 9:00 AM

The month of May, National Osteoporosis Month, served as a reminder that osteoporosis is an important part of taking care of members. This condition impacts approximately 10 million Americans (roughly 80% being women) and another 44 million have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk.

Topics: Health Risk Evaluation Enhanced Clinical Services
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Addressing PAD through Enhanced Clinical Services

By Signify Health Team on 5/28/19 9:00 AM

Approximately 8.5 million people in the United States have Peripheral Artery Disease  (PAD), including 20% of individuals older than 55 years old1

Topics: Health Risk Evaluation PAD Enhanced Clinical Services
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Signify Health addresses social determinants of health

By Signify Health Team on 3/15/19 11:28 AM

The first service platform to formally integrate social and clinical care plans

Topics: SDOH
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What to consider when evaluating clinical decision support tools

By Signify Health Team on 1/22/19 9:43 AM

Clinical decision support (CDS) is redefining the relationship between physicians and health plans, and industry professionals and patients.

Topics: Technology
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The exciting and evolving culture of healthcare technology

By Shane Henderson on 12/18/18 8:04 AM

Technology in healthcare has reached a new precipice. We may be a ways from the medical breakthroughs on Star Trek, but the healthcare industry, where once continuously behind in technology, has started to catch up. The industry is moving away from the constraints of working in analog systems and on paper and toward a digital renaissance.

Topics: Technology
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Complex care management services shifting to a holistic home-based approach

By Signify Health Team on 10/30/18 7:58 AM

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are evolving to address their growing market—10,000 baby boomers are now retiring every day, and Medicare Advantage health plans are set to become 50% of the Medicare market by 2025—increasing programs for care management and bringing services to the home to improve care and reduce utilization in their high-risk members.

Topics: Care Management Complex Care Management
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Three ways to reduce health risks for adults age 65 and older during the holiday season

By Signify Health Team on 12/20/16 8:30 AM

Adults age 65 and older are at higher risk for contracting contagious illnesses and diseases such as the flu, and can have a more difficult time rebounding. That’s why it’s especially important to communicate to health plan members ways they can stay happy and healthy during the busy holiday season.

Topics: Member Engagement
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Important updates from the CDC for this flu season

By Signify Health News on 12/5/16 8:05 AM

Anyone age 65 and older can experience greater severity in symptoms and complications from influenza—and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults accounted for roughly 60-80 percent of flu-related deaths in recent years. 

Topics: Member Engagement Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment
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Thanksgiving is also National Family Health History Day

By Signify Health News on 11/18/16 2:00 PM

The table is set, and the turkey is carved. Your family is all at the table—for most of us, that’s a rarity. So what will be the topic of conversation with the multiple generations sitting at your table for Thanksgiving Dinner? In honor of National Family Health History Day, consider using this opportunity to discuss the chronic conditions that affect or have affected your loved ones and relatives.

Topics: Member Engagement Care Management
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Closing the gap for diabetic health plan members

By Signify Health News on 11/14/16 2:00 PM

Diabetes impacts approximately 30 million people in the United States. More than a quarter of those individuals are 65 and older, making this a serious health concern for the elderly population. World Diabetes Day 2016 is meant to bring awareness to the vulnerable populations worldwide who battle diabetes every day.

Topics: Member Engagement Medication Therapy Management
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Honoring our veterans with each assessment

By Signify Health News on 11/11/16 1:00 PM

In honor of Veterans Day, Signify Health salutes veterans of our armed forces and the commitment and sacrifices they’ve made to protect our nation.
 

Topics: Member Engagement
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10 ways to maintain a healthy brain

By Signify Health News on 11/3/16 12:00 PM

Simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.
There are more than 47 million people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The month of November is dedicated to raising awareness and inspiring action. Knowing the early signs of dementia and taking a proactive role in keeping your brain healthy can help you reduce your risk.

Topics: Member Engagement Behavioral Health
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High risk medication prescriptions and the impact on a plan’s Star Rating

By Signify Health News on 9/20/16 12:01 PM

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) added benzodiazepines, commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and sleeplessness, as potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) according to the Beers Criteria in 2015. Older adults have increased sensitivity to benzodiazepines and decreased metabolism of long-acting agents; in general, all benzodiazepines increase risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls, fractures, and motor vehicle crashes in older adults.

Topics: Medicare Advantage Star Ratings Care Management