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Our Food is Killing Us-Let's Get Healthy!

Posted by Joe Antle on September 3, 2019 9:40 AM EDT
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Recently, I was lamenting about the raging debate over health insurance models with a couple of very good friends who are both executives with two separate health insurance carriers.  One of these gentlemen runs the Medicaid business with his employer Optima Health while the other runs the web analytics business with Anthem BC/BS of Virginia.  My points in the discussion was that the debate always seems to focus on the issue of should all insurance follow the "Medicare for All" model or should it go back to 100% privatization through the free enterprise market model?

My position is that the debate is ill-founded.  The focus needs to be on driving activities and lifestyle changes, healthcare education and other actions to improve population health and reduce demand on the American health care system.  I told them as an ex-media executive now working in substance use disorder services, it's an issue that the media is not focusing on fully enough.  All of this, of course, is brought back into the public dialogue in part due to the Democratic political debates..... 

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"Hybrid" Population Health Management Model May Work

Posted by Joe Antle on July 16, 2019 3:25 PM EDT
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Traditional command and control techniques can drive immediate change in healthy lifestyle behaviors.  But are these changes sustainable?  Open and collaborative management can create more participant engagement, but does this model maximize the benefits of the changes?  Perhaps a better concept....

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