Just over year and a half ago Eliza launched its employee wellness program – Walk the Talk. Yes, the name has a double meaning – the first is more obvious - walking…exercising…taking actions to be a healthier you. But it’s also so much more – we, at Eliza, wanted to follow in our own footsteps, set an example for others. In other words, we wanted to be sure to practice what we preach.
Eliza’s thought leaders weigh in on the latest developments from Eliza, our clients, and the healthcare industry at large.
Eliza attended AHIP Policy Conference and Health Insurance Exchange Forum this week in Washington, D.C.. Below are 5 key findings and takeaways from these important events:
My husband Donald is a registered nurse who works with medically fragile pediatric patients in their homes. His primary work is very hands-on, very physical—administering crushed up medication through feeding tubes, clearing and monitoring breathing vents, and being constantly vigilant—for seizures, for infections, for pain—in a population that cannot articulate or advocate for their own needs. His secondary work is holistic in nature—working with the parents, fitting into and navigating the sometimes very emotional landscape of their homes.
As 2015 Exchange Open Enrollment comes to a close, it is safe to say that we, as a nation, have exceeded the 9.1 million enrollment goal. Or have we?
While many think about getting their flu shot, or their children’s flu shot, during the fall, January through May is still an active time for the flu -- and the flu hits the hardest in February when the nation-wide rates are nearly double than any other month of the year.
In 2007, my 70-year old mother’s right hip joint imploded—an unusual form of bone loss that led to hip replacement surgery. In 2009, she stumbled on the stairs during a midnight trip to the bathroom, and fractured two lumbar vertebrae. Eight months later, she slipped on a patch of ice outside the front door while retrieving the newspaper, and broke her ankle.
Our family oversaw her recovery from these events with great concern—falls of this nature in the elderly female population so often are the first signal of the end of life’s journey.
Knowing how important health risk assessment (HRA) data are to our customers, we, at Eliza, continually evaluate response rates by various preferences – with a specific focus on channels that provide fast and reliable turnaround, namely telephone outreach (IVR) and email/web-based administrations.
AHIP Institute is a wrap – now it’s time to put all that great momentum to work. Here’s a quick roundup of just three of the themes that caught our attention:
Making sense of big data: There was a lot of talk about bringing big data into healthcare – and just as many questions about how to most effectively use these massive data sets. Eliza has already seen the value in bringing together demographic, claims, clinical, social, behavioral, and other consumer-centric information to help build 360-degree member profiles.
We saw it back in 2012, and now it’s back with a vengeance. Whooping cough outbreaks -- especially in states like California – are creating public health problems of "epidemic proportions."
It’s particularly dangerous for certain populations and highly contagious. Healthcare professionals suggest that the vaccination is still the best way to prevent the spread of the disease.