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Humana is the No. 1 company for workers in the healthcare provider industry, according to Forbes and the 2019 JUST Capital ranking of the Top 33 Companies for Workers by industry.

Each year, JUST Capital surveys Americans on what it means for a business to engage in just business practices. The Top 33 Companies for Workers list ranks companies that invest in workers and prioritize fair pay, benefits, a living wage, safety, equal opportunity, skills training, work-life balance and more.

Humana earned the No. 1 spot for workers in the healthcare providers industry because of its commitment to employee health and well-being. In 2018, Humana employees achieved their Bold Goal, improving their health and well-being 20 percent, through a variety of programs and services focused on mental and physical health.

To learn more about these and Humana’s other corporate citizenship efforts, read the company’s 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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Humana has again been named a Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly Employer by Viqtory Media. The 2020 list of organizations considered Military Friendly Employers and “Better for Veterans” distinguishes elite companies who boast the strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs for transitioning service members seeking civilian employment.

The Top 10 Gold level is Viqtory Media’s highest award, and Humana placed 5th overall out of 290 companies on the list. This is the ninth time Humana has made the list and the third straight year in the Top 10.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition,” said David Best, Humana’s Veterans Hiring Initiative Leader. “Our great culture, values and opportunities create high interest in the military community. This award recognizes that we are an employer of choice for our veterans and military spouses and represents our commitment to be a corporate leader in support of the military community.”

Humana has been recognized numerous times this year for the company’s veteran and military spouse hiring program.  Recognition includes DiversityInc’s Top Company for Veterans, Military Times Best For Vets Employer, U.S. Veteran’s Magazine’sAnnual Best of the Best, and Viqtory Media’s Military Friendly Spouse Employer. 

Viqtory Media serves as a vital link between the military community and the companies that want to hire them. For more than a decade, the Military Friendly Employers list has honored those organizations providing the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

About VIQTORY

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs and Military Friendly brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity.

Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.

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With a mission to address significant health disparities and unsustainably high health care costs in the United States, the University of Houston has hired an accomplished physician and leader in medical education and health services research to direct the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute. Dr. LeChauncy Woodard becomes the first director of the Humana Institute, which is committed to producing high-impact research that changes policy, innovative educational programs that prepare a new generation of health care providers and novel programs that support community transformation.

Woodard is a general internist and joins the UH College of Medicine after two decades at Baylor College of Medicine where she held several faculty positions in the departments of internal medicine, family and community medicine and more. She was also the director of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity because the unique partnership with Humana provides the foundation to unite the existing health disciplines at UH with the new College of Medicine which will enable our students to collaborate and lead integrated health care teams to increase the value and quality of care for patients,” said Woodard, whose vast research portfolio includes a focus on quality of care, treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, health disparities, and the interrelated social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to health outcomes.

Woodard said she plans to harness UH’s research expertise and form cross-disciplinary teams to tackle the most pressing complex health care problems. “I’m particularly excited to work with the underserved communities of Houston because I grew up in one. I believe that if we take care of the sickest people then we can elevate the health of the entire population.”

Woodard grew up in the Acres Homes neighborhood of northwest Houston where poverty is high and access to health care is low. Her late father’s struggle with chronic illness fueled her passion for medicine and desire to improve health disparities.

“It really impacts the quality of life for the whole family and limits the things you’re able to do,” she said. “I look forward to contributing in a meaningful way to address this problem.”

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Woodard join the UH family to lead the Humana Institute,” said Tray Cockerell, Strategic Relationships, Office of the Chief Medical Officer at Humana. “Dr. Woodard’s background, experience and passion for improving the health of individuals and communities aligns perfectly with our mission. She also understands the importance of integrating the components of care delivery – medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work and other non-traditional components of the healthcare system – to achieve value in healthcare.  She will be an excellent director of the Humana Institute.”

Along with serving on the College of Medicine faculty in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences and the Department of Clinical Sciences, she will treat patients at Lone Star Circle of Care, the Federally Qualified Health Center in UH’s Health 2 building.

“Dr. Woodard is a compassionate and confident physician, educator and researcher with an impressive track record and even brighter future. She’s the perfect fit to lead the Humana Institute and our charge to transform the health care system,” said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the College of Medicine. “Her professional and personal experiences with health disparities and quality of care will ignite development of new health care models to make the system more effective, equitable and patient-centered.”

The Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute was launched in September 2018 with a $15 million gift from Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) to help defray start-up and operational costs for the College of Medicine, as well as fund endowed chairs at the colleges of nursing, pharmacy, social work, optometry and medicine. The College of Medicine is scheduled to admit thirty students in its inaugural class pending accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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The Louisiana Department of Health announced Mon., Aug. 5 that it has selected Humana to negotiate a contract with the state to participate in its Medicaid Managed Care program to provide coverage to eligible children and adults across the state beginning in January 2020. 

“Humana has a long history in Louisiana of ensuring high-quality care, health and well-being for families, seniors, employers and our military servicemen and women,” said Humana Medicaid President John Barger, “and we’re excited and honored to have been chosen by the state to serve Louisiana’s Medicaid Managed Care recipients starting next year.

“We believe we can help enhance coverage provided through the Medicaid program,” Barger said, “leveraging our innovative and integrated health delivery platform; longstanding community presence; strong provider partnerships; and unique commitment to population health.”

“We’re looking forward to expanding our reach in the community to serve this important population,” said Tony Mollica, Humana’s Louisiana-based Medicaid leader, “and partnering with the state of Louisiana to improve health outcomes across the state.”

Medicaid managed care plans for Louisiana’s statewide program were chosen through a competitive bid process.

The program is scheduled to begin enrolling eligible Louisianans in January 2020 and the statewide program is expected to provide health care to approximately 1.3 million Medicaid enrollees. The statewide contract term is set to last through 2022, with the potential for an additional two-year contract extension.

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Integrating patient care and social determinants of health (SDoH) — the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age – is vital to improving population health, according to a recent article in Managed Healthcare Executive that uses Humana’s work as an example.

The author spoke with Humana’s Caraline Coats, MHSA, vice president of Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy, and Andrew Renda, MD, MPH, associate vice president of population health.

Humana “has made strides in incorporating SDoH into their population health strategies with their Bold Goal initiative, a unique program to help better care for patients with chronic medical conditions,” the article said. “Humana aims to improve the health of the communities they serve by 20% by 2020. Part of that strategy is considering SDoH factors like food insecurity and social isolation in their population health programs.”

“We understand that food insecurity, social isolation, transportation security, and housing are all directly related to health,” Andrew said.  “This program allows us to bring those things into the mainstream of healthcare so we can start treating SDoH for what they are—clinical gaps in care.”

Caraline said healthcare has been too medically focused for too long. “Today, as an industry, we only spend 4% of every healthcare dollar on social health. Everyone knows it’s important to health outcomes, particularly the clinicians. But we needed to find a way to provide the data and resources providers needed so they could treat social health factors too.”

The article said, “After only a few years, Bold Goal is seeing clinical gains. The integration of SDoH information helped to increase the number of self-reported “healthy days” by Medicare Advantage members in Humana communities by 2.7 days. While 2.7 days might not seem like much, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in communities who did not participate in the Bold Goal program saw a decrease of 0.6 healthy days for the year.”

Read the full article here.

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