seniors

Forbes has taken note of Humana’s latest Value-Based Care Report, writing about how the shift from fee-for-service medicine to value-based payments for physicians is reducing costs and improving quality of care for seniors in Medicare Advantage plans.

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“Medical costs were nearly 16% lower for seniors enrolled in Humana Medicare Advantage plans that paid physicians via value-based models in 2017 compared to costs of those in traditional fee-for service Medicare,” Forbes said, citing the study.

“In the value-based approach, insurers reimburse providers for services plus additional pay if they meet quality measures, control costs and improve health outcomes of their patients. The traditional fee-for-service system pays for the volume of care delivered.”

The article quoted Dr. Laura Trunk, Humana medical director of provider development, who wrote in the report: “While we know that all physicians are committed to patient health, those in value-based care agreements have access to additional resources and capabilities to build the infrastructure they need to expand their reach outside the practice. Focusing on prevention and the whole health of their panel population allows physicians and their care teams to work more strategically to improve the care of their patients, thus keeping them home and out of the hospital and emergency room.”

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Have you ever knitted, crocheted or sewn a hat? How about hand-making more than 500 hats and then giving them to charity?

That’s exactly what the Humana Charity Crafters recently did, hand-making more than 500 hats, breast cancer pillows, blankets and stuffed animals to benefit cancer patients at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. The donation was in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27.

The Humana Charity Crafters are a group of mostly senior women who meet weekly in Mesa, Ariz., to knit, crochet and sew items for charity. The group is open to anyone and all crafting materials are provided by Humana. Together, this group finds purpose and connecting while giving back to their local community.

Want to learn more about the Humana Charity Crafters? Watch this short video from the 2016-2017 CSR Report.

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The Humana Foundation is investing $1.84 million to address social determinants of health in two communities – Knoxville, Tenn., and Jacksonville, Fla.

In Knoxville, the Humana Foundation will invest $1,020,000 in the Truck2Table pilot program and is partnering with InterFaith Health Clinic and Catapult 4D to address East Tennessee health barriers.

In Jacksonville, the Humana Foundation will invest $820,000 in the Health-Smart program and partner with the University of Florida to address social isolation and food insecurity.

Health-Smart brings together two existing health and wellness centers, six Health-Smart church centers and local stakeholders to create holistic health centers for minority, underserved and/or low-income Jacksonville seniors. The program features the Health-Smart Behavior Program and leverages Social Connections and Food Security Empowerment Coaches to increase participants’ physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being, social connections and food security. The program also includes Health-Smart group sessions led by trained coaches, connections to food security resources and job-seeking assistance, disease screening and referral as well as health insurance enrollment.

These investments are part of the Foundation’s new Strategic Community Investments work. Through the program, the Foundation will invest $7 million in 2018 in nonprofit organizations operating in seven communities: San Antonio, Texas; Louisville, Ky., Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla.

In each of these communities, Humana is pursuing its “Bold Goal” to improve the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020.The Humana Foundation is investing in nonprofit organizations that address food security, social connection, post-secondary success (sustained employment) and asset security, four social determinants of health that significantly impact people’s overall health and well-being. Social determinants are the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being.

About the Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our employees, the communities we serve, and our planet.

About InterFaith Health Clinic
InterFaith Health Clinic was established in 1991 to serve the low-income, working uninsured and underserved and to date has provided over 400,000 patient encounters to more than 24,000 individual patients. InterFaith provides comprehensive access to medical, dental, mental health, and prescription drug services and charges patients according to a sliding fee scale based on household size and income. With a small paid staff and a large network of volunteers, InterFaith receives financial support from individuals, foundations, area churches, city and county governments, civic organizations, the United Way of Greater Knoxville, and the state of Tennessee.

About Catapult 4D
Catapult 4D is a Knoxville-based development company specializing in health technology. Believing that a healthy business case can also provide great benefit to society, Catapult 4D strives to connect key players across sectors to identify achievable solutions to complex problems. The team at Catapult 4D is committed to social entrepreneurship, strategic thinking, and remaining nimble in a fast-paced environment. For more information, visit www.Catapult4D.com or contact media@catapult4d.com.

About the University of Florida
The University of Florida, the state’s flagship university, serves almost 56,000 students from 49 states and most countries. With five professional schools and 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus, and institutes on a single 2,000-acre campus, UF offers educational opportunities matched by only seven universities worldwide. UF alumni total more than 415,000, with alumni residing in every U.S. state and more than 150 nations. It is ranked No. 8 in the most recent U.S. News and World Report’s list of public universities.

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Humana’s agreement with Kindred at Home will help keep seniors living with multiple chronic conditions — from diabetes to congestive heart failure — out of hospitals and in their homes.

Dr. Roy Beveridge, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, recently wrote about that strategy in Home Health Care News.

“At Humana, we want to help our 3.5 million Medicare Advantage (MA) members stay in their homes and out of the hospital,” Dr. Beveridge wrote. “We’ve invested in our integrated care delivery strategy, which specifically supports and advances the care necessary for this population.

“It’s also why we finalized our agreement with Kindred at Home, which sees more than 570,000 patients daily across 40 states and is the leading provider of home health services in the country. Kindred at Home accelerates our goal to create a national care platform that extends into the home. Kindred at Home’s geographic footprint also covers approximately 65% of Humana’s membership nationwide.”

He cited the fact that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75% of people over the age of 65 live with multiple chronic conditions, and 1 in 5 have an unplanned readmission to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

He said an in-home, holistic care experience through a unified, transformative system will help keep seniors in their homes, where they want to be.

“In the end, seniors want to live life on their terms and the integrated care experience that Humana and Kindred at Home will deliver will transform health care.”

Read the article here.

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The Humana Foundation is investing more than $1.8 million in two San Antonio projects as part of its new Strategic Community Investment work.

The Humana Foundation will invest $1,020,000 and partner with OATS to bring the Senior Planet program to San Antonio and change the way people age by giving seniors free access to internet-connected technology. Courses are delivered in a group setting by professional instructors in Spanish and English in a flagship Senior Planet San Antonio Exploration Center and at least 6 local partner organizations across the city.

Additionally, the Humana Foundation will invest $833,000 in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank creating the Senior Wellness Intervention Model (SWIM). The SWIM program will provide seniors who screen positive for food insecurity with comprehensive services that stabilize their household and address prevalent health issues. Clinics and other health partners will make referrals to the Food Bank, which will pair the participant with a personal Nutrition Navigator who will provide locally sourced produce and supplemental food boxes to address the immediate needs of food insecurity. The Nutrition Navigators will also connect seniors with federal programs, nutrition education and wrap around services for their long-term needs, including transportation to Saturday Senior’s Day, an expansion of the monthly farmer’s market at the San Antonio Food Bank.

The two investments are part of the Foundation’s new Strategic Community Investments work. Through the program, the Foundation will invest $7 million in 2018 in nonprofit organizations operating in seven communities: San Antonio, Texas; Louisville, Ky., Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla.

In each of these communities, Humana is pursuing its “Bold Goal” to improve the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020.The Humana Foundation is investing in nonprofit organizations that address food security, social connection, post-secondary success (sustained employment), and asset security, four social determinants of health that significantly impact people’s overall health and well-being. Social determinants are the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being.

About the Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our employees, the communities we serve, and our planet.

About OATS
OATS is a social impact technology organization that builds sustainable new systems to change the way people age. They partner with government agencies, community-based organizations, national advocacy groups, and major corporations to engineer solutions that put technology in the hands of older adults to achieve meaningful outcomes, including improving their health, social engagement, finances, learning, and creative expression.

About the San Antonio Food Bank
Founded in 1980, the San Antonio Food Bank serves 58,000 individuals a week in a 16 county service area, one of the largest in Texas. Their strategy is to provide:
• Food for today, by providing emergency assistance is available to any person(s) who walk through their doors;
• Food for tomorrow, by helping clients access resources they need to stabilize their lives going forward, through their benefits assistance center, job training programs, and other resources;
• Food for a lifetime, by providing nutrition, health, wellness, and agricultural programs that take a holistic approach to nourishment.
San Antonio Food Bank is often referenced by name by other large food banks as being best-in-class. They have pioneered programs and shared best practices across the Feeding America network, enabling other communities to adopt and adapt their innovations.

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