Opioid addiction has deep roots in the United States. During the Civil War, the Union Army issued nearly 10 million opium pills and nearly 3 million ounces of opium powder.1 Injured soldiers who were given opium for the pain sometimes returned home as addicts. The current opioid epidemic has similar origins—liberal opioid prescribing for pain has led to an epidemic of addiction.Read more
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The good, the bad, and the ugly of opioids: For large employers, the epidemic can stretch far beyond medical claimsby George Van Antwerp, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
First the good news. While we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic, large employers have seen prescription rates fall significantly since peaking in 2009. That year, 17.3 percent of covered employees or dependents had at least one opioid prescription. People who work for large employers are now using fewer prescription opioids.1 This is likely due to an increased focus—among health plans and clinicians—on limiting opioid prescriptions among patients who might be at risk for opioid dependence.Read more
Know what you owe: Lifting the veil of secrecy in health care pricing can boost the consumer experienceby Srini Attili, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
As we were getting ready to step out for brunch a few weeks ago, my wife complained of sharp abdomen pains. I scoured the internet in an effort to diagnose her condition. But as the pain grew unbearable, I knew we needed expert help. My first instinct was to head to an urgent care clinic.Read more
Blockchain could help improve physician directories, but trust among health plans likely must come firstby Bobby Vaitla, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
The health care industry spends an estimated $2.1 billion a year to maintain physician data.1 Despite this substantial annual investment, physician directories are often inaccurate.
Some health plans are exploring blockchain as a possible technology that could solve this problem. While I agree that blockchain holds tremendous potential to improve the accuracy of directory data,Read more
Health plans have been investing in care management, wellness, and population health programs for decades. While the size and scope of health-management programs vary by company, many face the same challenge: The ability to accurately determine a return on investment (ROI).
The definition of health management is broad. It can include everything that helps a member effectively manage a chronic condition.Read more
Data and evidence were front and center at Academy Health’s recent National Health Policy Conference (NHPC). The event included a wide range of perspectives from the 700 attendees. Despite the diversity in the audience of health policymakers, legislators, practitioners, and academics, a common theme was that data and evidence should inform policy debates and decisions.Read more