Managed care is an approach in which managed care organizations (MCOs) contract with state Medicaid agencies to deliver health care benefits and services for a set payment amount per member per month.
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Whether it’s short-term acute pain relating to an injury or long-term chronic pain that continues after an injury has healed, effectively managing pain is a key goal for the American health care system. As our country faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic it is incumbent on health care institutions and professionals to find better approaches to lessening suffering and improving quality of life for those who have chronic pain.
Last week, the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) held an event that explored current efforts underway by U.S. health plans to confront the opioid epidemic. The event featured panelists from three different health plans, including Anthem’s Vice President of Behavioral Health & Clinical Programs, Dr. Sherry Dubester. Panelists were invited to share various programs and strategies their companies are employing to stem the tide of this crisis.
On Thursday, September 14, Robert Ruiz-Moss, Vice President of Individual Business at Anthem, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as part of a series of four bipartisan Congressional hearings on the individual market.
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in America, killing tens of thousands of people every year.
On August 2nd, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board published a commentary on health care reform efforts and the state of the individual insurance market, which included language that was critical of the health insurance industry.
Julie Schilz, Vice President of Care Delivery Transformation at Anthem, Inc., gives her take one the critical role of primary care and what can be done to right-size it.