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Helping people maneuver non-clinical ‘life factors’ that exacerbate unhealthy lifestyles a defining aspect of population health management

It’s widely known now that chronic conditions and preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease not only cause vast suffering but are costly. In an insured population, they are often the source of great cost. What MissionPoint Health Partners is observing is that when you provide individuals with a plan of care that incorporates great clinical care and roll-up-sleeves, hands-on support as the individual maneuvers the life factors that place him or her at risk in the first place, health status improves and costs go down. Patients often face hard realities that expand far beyond a clinic or doctor’s office: depression, food insecurity, inability to pay for medications, transportation challenges, complex family dynamics and isolation. Addressing these challenges, often called… read more

Population health management about focusing resources both on those at risk as well as those already suffering from chronic conditions

Self-insured employers and payers who want to improve health outcomes within their insured population, and cut costs while doing so, are wise to get away from the prevailing idea of simply directing the majority of health plan resources to individuals already suffering from specific preventable diseases. It’s true that individuals with chronic conditions are the highest-cost users of a health plan and have the greatest potential for improved health status. That’s why the “disease management” approach was such an innovation when it first arose. But the more reliable way to improve health outcomes and cut costs today is a significant evolution on that now ubiquitous model. MissionPoint has found that to really reduce costs and improve health, companies must move… read more

Root-cause intervention an opportunity to mitigate major depression costs

Depression is one of the most noteworthy root causes of costly conditions that doesn’t reliably present in the clinic. More than 15.5 million Americans have major depression – more then the populations of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City combined. That means that within every health plan are individuals living with depression. They suffer in myriad ways, and the treatment of depression’s comorbidities is particularly costly. Treating people with depression costs around $4,000 more annually than treating those without it, and a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that: Only 40% of the costs associated with major depression are directly related to treating the condition. Major depression is associated with higher risk for heart disease, obesity, stroke,… read more