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  From diabetes to depression, sleep to stress, and just about everything in between, Vida treats the whole person — and a whole population — by bringing together the best technology solutions and the human touch of compassionate and experienced therapists and coaches. With the best clinical outcomes across a broad spectrum of health conditions, Vida’s comprehensive solutions meet people where they are to drive lasting change and meaningful cost
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  MaxorPlus is changing how employers and employees think about pharmacy benefits. Because there is no one-size-fits-all solution, MaxorPlus uses a powerful analytics engine that enables their team to use financial, clinical and operational insights to view plans and patient needs from every angle. With a focus on service, flexibility and clinical strategy, employers and employees realize up to 20% total savings and up to 19% improved
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  Unlike typical online health coaching programs, SelfHelpWorks lifestyle and disease management courses and 1:1 health concierge services are not merely about education. They are designed to eliminate tough-to-break habits at the core, creating lasting behavior change through a step-by-step cognitive behavioral training process that literally reconfigures the mindset and emotional context from which participants operate. Participants learn to permanently end their struggles with unhealthy behaviors in just a few weeks so they can enjoy a higher quality of life and bet
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Using AI and augmented reality to improve ergonomic health, Brightday helps workers replace pain, discomfort, fatigue and stress with energy and relaxation. By focusing on the individual, not the desk, employers can help employees become more focused, positive, creative and productive so they don’t join the 80% of American adults who will experience back pain at some time in thei
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  With health plans, only 24% of members who received mental health care demonstrate reliable clinical improvement. With Lyra, 71% of members see reliable clinical improvement; 75% recover; 83% improve or recover. Lyra puts an end to “vanity metrics,” delivering only meaningful, measurable change. By offering personalized care options, real-time appointments, opportunities to learn and practice new real-life skills, and tracking and measuring progress, the innovative Lyra platform helps people develop new skills to overcome daily
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  Imagine you receive a cancer diagnosis and wait a decade or more to seek care. This is the reality for countless people with mental health and substance use disorders. emVitals is a scalable high-touch technology solution that engages individuals along the continuum of emotional health to enable prevention, early identification, and connection to care. Traditional behavioral health benefits are reactive and crisis focused, supporting individuals only after symptoms have caused troublesome personal and professional disruption. The emVitals behavioral health and well-being questionnaire offers immediate results, helping employees identify symptoms early ...
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  Onduo brings the best, most up-to-date care to people with diabetes — anywhere, anytime. Onduo users get the right tools for free; are paired with a personal health coach; and get targeted advice. The Onduo virtual care program helps people learn about type 2 diabetes and their body’s reactions to everyday decisions. With Type 2 diabetes typically having a high rate of prevalence and a low rate of patient engagement, Onduo uses measurement-based care to stimulate action and results. Best of all, people with type 2 diabetes make steady progress toward better health so they can li
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What if people with diabetes had evidence-based, personalized nutrition at their fingertips? Now they do — with DayTwo. DayTwo’s science empowers clinicians and people with diabetes, providing a food-as-medicine approach to manage glucose levels and improve overall health. People process the same foods differently, so nutrition based on averages does not work well for everyone. By identifying each patient’s unique microbiome through a simple home test, DayTwo provides the tools to manage blood glucose through personalized Smart Food Combin
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Big Health offers proven, creative, entertaining digital tools that equip employees to effectively address mental health issues. Sleepio is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), delivering tips to help workers improve the quality of their sleep and reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia. Daylight also uses CBT, but to help workers combat their worries. With the health and wellbeing of employees and their families top of mind for employers, Big Health supports organizational programs and initiatives with its “integrate, don’t duplicate” implementation s
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Happify Helps Employees Overcome Stress, Worries, Challenges When employees are feeling sad, anxious or stressed, they struggle to be their best at work and at home. And a complex mental health ecosystem and stigma keeps millions from the care they need. Happify offers ready access to tools and programs proven to increase control over thoughts and feelings and improve mental health and we
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SleepCharge by Nox Health, was our first Affiliate vendor member to record a podcast earlier this week in our one on one series with the CEO. Click on the image to listen to the 10 minute interview with John Letter, President & CEO, SleepCharge by Nox Health and Mike Thompson, President and CEO, National Alliance.   Restorative Sleep: A Biological Imperative About 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year; another 20 million experience occasional sleep problems. Over 80% of them are undiagnosed. Poor sleep is clearly linked to significant mental and physical health risk factors. Learn now SleepCharge by Nox ...
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One in four Americans has trouble paying for prescription drugs. That’s why The National Alliance is pleased to join Employers’ Prescription for Affordable Drugs (EmployersRx), a coalition uniting employers to advocate for policies that will address one of our nation’s biggest health care challenges—the high cost of prescription drugs.   Built on the tenets of transparency , competition and value , Employers’ Prescription for Affordable Drugs supports public policies that drive down the cost of drugs as part of a value-based health care system. The National Alliance joins the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) and the ERISA Industry Committee ...
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I have often cited that employers, as the main purchasers of healthcare, sit on top of the supply chain and have the potential to lead the much-needed transformation of this market. While a number of substantive changes in this industry have come from Medicare, many improvements that have occurred in our public programs have been built on the learnings and innovations led by employers themselves. The historical list of employer-led innovation is long -- cost containment, managed care, quality measures (NCQA), hospital patient safety (The Leapfrog Group), population health, consumerism, etc.   But the job is far from done, and the issues have become even ...
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On March 1st, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (the "National Alliance") submitted a letter to Senator Alexander's office in response to his request for recommendations on ways to reduce waste in the U.S. health care system. Read the full letter here .
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State of the Union from the healthcare purchaser lens   Last night’s State of the Union address was light on healthcare, but here are a few key takeaways:   The Administration’s Drug Blueprint is still alive - After last week’s announcement proposing to eliminate drug rebates, the President refocused on the lack of pricing equity for drugs between the United States and other countries. This is a critical issue (see our key Rx Purchaser Policy Issues) but it’s focus should not be limited to Medicare as US employers cannot afford to be the last ones standing to pick up the brunt of the costs associated with pharmaceuticals. Other areas not addressed ...
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This guest post by Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder and President, Foundation for Art & Healing originally published on September 25, 2018 on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention   Lifesaver blog As a physician and public health expert, I was startled by two recent reports. We learned from a May 2018   Cigna survey   that nearly 46 percent of Americans say they sometimes, or always, feel alone. In June, the federal government   released data   on our country’s growing suicide problem: between 2000 and 2016, the age-adjusted suicide rate rose 30 percent, with an average rise of about one percent per year from 2000 through 2006—a rate that ...
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Guest post by Robert Smith, executive director,   Colorado Business Group on Health,   written on September 7, 2018  Earlier last week I read an article from   The Washington Post   titled   Where Did Our Raises Go? To Health Care.   The piece not only pointed out that health care increases are usurping salary increases for middle class workers and that, “for the bottom 60 percent of US workers, wage gains have been completely wiped out by contributions for employer-provided health insurance.” The above noted article was based on a report released on August 31 citing how “rising health care costs are diminishing US workers’ take-home pay and putting ...
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Guest post by written by Robert Smith, Executive Director, Colorado Business Group on Health Earlier last week I read an article in The Washington Post titled Where Did Our Raises Go? To Health Care. The article not only pointed out that health care increases are usurping salary increase for middle class workers and that, “for the bottom 60 percent of US workers, wage gains have been completely wiped out by contributions for employer-provided health insurance.”   Another report released on August 31 cites how “rising health care costs are diminishing US workers’ take-home pay and putting the American Dream further out of reach, particularly for ...
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Earlier this week the Trump administration announced it will finalize new rules for “short-term” limited duration insurance plans. According to HHS, the new regulations will allow this type of “skinny” plan to last up to a year, and consumers will be able to keep them for as long as three years.   Short-term insurance plans are not subject to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) regulations, are a cheaper alternative for consumers meant to provide relief to middle-class Americans facing high premiums in ACA-compliant plans, many of whom are leaving the non-group market.   The availability of coverage regardless of health status through ACA, materially ...
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Last month, the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) and the Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) released a report and contracting tool to help organizations effectively manage care programs that improve the health outcomes of high-need, high-cost (HNHC) patients. HNHC patients are a small percentage of individuals with complex medical, social, and behavioral needs. By their nature, the individuals represent a disproportionate part of the medical spend for employers and are some of the most complex patients to identify and support. The report and accompanying tool explore different types of contracting and offer specific, practical guidance ...
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