Humana was recently named a Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly ® Employer by Victory Media. The 2018 list of Military Friendly Employers distinguishes elite companies who boast the strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs for transitioning service members seeking civilian employment. Humana placed 4th overall of 200 companies in the prestigious list. View the entire list. This is the seventh time Humana has made the list.

“Because of the dedicated efforts of our organization to hire, develop, and retain Veterans, Military Spouses, and Wounded Warriors, Humana is again recognized as an employer of choice for the military community.” said David Best, Humana’s Veterans Hiring Initiative Leader. “This prestigious award is one of the best in the industry and to be honored with such an excellent ranking is a tremendous source of pride for the Humana team.”

For more than a decade, Military Friendly ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. Each year, the list of Military Friendly ® Employers is provided to service members and their families, helping them discover the best post-military career opportunities available.

About Military Friendly and Victory Media

The Military Friendly Employers and Military Friendly Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of leading companies and colleges nationwide. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent advisory council of educators and employers and are based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free. Find out more about Victory Media.

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As the world’s population ages, and chronic conditions become epidemic, healthcare leaders around the world “must shift from reactive, episodic care to managing health holistically, where the focus is helping people change their lifestyles so they can live healthier lives,” Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard wrote in a World Economic Forum blog post.

Bruce’s blog, in advance of this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, noted that for decades health professionals have reacted to health problems, rather than addressing their causes.

“America’s costly, fragmented healthcare system, known for isolating and confusing people, is not sustainable in managing a growing population of ageing people living with chronic conditions,” he wrote.

“But it’s not just a US problem. The global population of the oldest seniors, 80 years of age or older, is expected to triple, to 446.6 million people, by 2050. Combined with the 50% of the world’s population that lives with chronic diseases today, this will certainly challenge healthcare systems around the world.

“Healthcare leaders worldwide must shift from reactive, episodic care to managing health holistically, where the focus is helping people change their lifestyles so they can live healthier lives.”

He offered suggestions to hasten change, from addressing the social determinants of health, to moving toward value-based care, to adopting interoperable workflows and systems. Together, such initiatives can slow chronic disease progression across the world.

Read the entire blog entry here.

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Humana is the greenest company in the Health Care Providers and Services industry, according to Newsweek’s 2017 Green Rankings.

The annual list is one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. Humana ranked No. 18 out of 500 U.S. companies on the list and is the industry leader in the Health Care Providers and Services industry. Overall, Humana ranked No. 32 on the global list.

“Leading Newsweek’s Green Rankings in the Health Care Providers and Service industry is an honor, and something we’ve worked hard to achieve,” said Douglas Edwards, Vice President of Workplace Solutions at Humana. “Through innovative programs and initiatives, we encourage our employees, leaders, stakeholders and vendors partners to commit to sustainability. We plan to continue building on our sustainability efforts in 2018.”

Humana’s sustainability efforts focus on areas where the company believes it can have the greatest impact. Our goals include:

• 5 percent reduction in annual energy consumption from 2013 baseline consumption.
• 5 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from 2013 baseline emissions.
• 40 percent waste diversion rate of waste to landfill through reduction and recycling efforts.

Humana ranked No. 18 in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings of U.S. companies, No. 25 in 2015 and No. 69 in 2014.

To learn more about Humana’s corporate citizenship efforts, read Humana’s 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Progress Report.

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The holidays are a good time to give back to the community, especially to the men and women who served our country. In the spirit of giving, Humana’s Colorado Medicare Sales team partnered with VFW Post #3641 to host an event to benefit homeless veterans in Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo is a small community about 115 miles south of Denver.

At the event, homeless veterans received free clothing and toiletries, a hot meal, health and wellness checks provided by Kindred at Home, and free haircuts provided by Shine Bright Like a Diamond Salon Spa and Boutique.

More than 340 pounds of clothing and shoes were collected by Humana employees and VFW Post 5812, another post in Pueblo. Approximately 20 bags with clothing and toiletries were distributed to those who attended. Leftover clothing and toiletries will be distributed at VFW Post #3641’s weekly food pantry.

Sixteen homeless veterans received free haircuts, helping improve their self-confidence.

Representatives from Humana were on hand to volunteer their time and host a booth to share information about the company’s Veterans Initiative and its longstanding relationship with the military. In addition, Volunteers of America Colorado were present to provide resources to participants.

The event included a presentation of colors and the national anthem.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are close to 400,000 veterans in Colorado. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Colorado has 1,181 homeless veterans, which increased by 24 percent while other states decreased by an average of 17 percent.

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New research from Humana Inc. and the University of Louisville clearly demonstrates substantial missed opportunities for HPV vaccine administration in young girls. The findings, published in a peer-reviewed paper — “Missed Opportunities for Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiation in an Insured Adolescent Female Population,” in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society — illustrate that efforts are needed to improve vaccination rates to ultimately prevent certain types of cancer.

The results of the study are summarized in this helpful infographic.

Routine HPV vaccination of females has been recommended in the U.S. for a decade, and in males since 2009 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The prime age is 11 to 12 years, but it can be administered as early as age 9, with “catch-up” from 13 to 26 years in females.(1) The human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause cervical and other types of cancer.   Approximately 27,000 HPV-attributable cancers occur each year.(2)

This study evaluated how frequently doctor and provider visits are used as opportunities to administer the HPV vaccine in adolescent girls age 11 to 13 years when other adolescent vaccines, such as the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) or tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, are administered.

Of 14,588 adolescent girls in the study, only 42 percent initiated the HPV vaccination series.  The rates of HPV vaccine varied from 26 percent to 42 percent of provider visits, depending on the type of visit.  Nationally, approximately 88 percent of adolescent boys and girls receive vaccination for Tdap and 79 percent for (MenACWY), but  only 40 percent of girls and 22 percent of boys receive HPV vaccination.(3)

Low vaccination rates are considered a public health concern.  Previous research in this area has identified potential barriers to HPV vaccination, including parents’ attitudes toward the vaccine, inadequate insurance coverage and reimbursement, financial concerns, preference for vaccinating older adolescents, and knowledge gaps. Additional factors might be not receiving a provider’s recommendation, lack of information, concerns about timing of vaccination (child’s age), misconceptions about efficacy and safety, cost and availability.(4)

This study indicates that future research should focus on communication strategies that might facilitate the conceptual ‘bundling’ of HPV vaccine with other adolescent vaccines in the provider’s office.   Additionally, healthcare organizations should develop action plans that help providers avoid missed opportunities, and public health agencies should continue to focus public awareness campaigns on HPV vaccination as a critical element of community cancer prevention strategies.

Read the full study here.

The paper was authored by the following individuals:  Claudia M. Espinosa,1 Gary S. Marshall,1 Charles R. Woods,1 Qianli Ma,2 Derek Ems,2 Irene Nsiah,2 Laura E. Happe,3 and Michael J. Smith1

1 Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky;
2 Comprehensive Health Insights, Humana, Louisville, Kentucky;

3 Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Humana, Louisville, Kentucky

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommendations on the use of
quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine in males—Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
2. CL, Torrone E, Meites E, et al. Sexually transmitted infections among US women and men: prevalence and incidence estimates, 2008. Sex Transm Dis 2013;40:187–93.
3. Regan-Steiner S, Yankey D, Jeyarajah J, et al. National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2014. MMWR. 2015;64(29);784-792.
4. Holman DM, Benard V, Roland KB, et al. Barriers to human papillomavirus vaccination among US adolescents: a systematic review of the literature. JAMA Pediatr 2014; 168:76–82.
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