Partnering for progress

Humana has engaged with many organizations to improve healthcare access, quality, and patient outcomes across the country. Here are some of the organizations we work with, and the ways we’re striving to make the healthcare system a better place.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

As part of a larger initiative of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation(link opens in new window) , Humana continues to participate in a pilot program targeting childhood obesity. The pilot includes a childhood obesity benefit for certain employer groups in Kentucky and Wisconsin and seeks to identify young people ages 3 to 18 with a BMI above the 85th percentile for their age. Participants are eligible for four office visits with their pediatrician or primary care physician, plus four visits with a registered dietician.

American Heart Association

Humana is one of the Million Hearts partners with the American Heart Association (link opens in new window) , a group of organizations that have made a formal commitment to help prevent 1 million hearts attacks and strokes by 2017.

Availity

Availity

One of the nation’s largest healthcare information networks, Availity(link opens in new window)  began as a joint venture between two leading payers, including Humana. Today, Availity helps hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers exchange data and manage transactions with any health plan.

Brookings

Brookings Institution, Dartmouth Institute and Norton Healthcare

At Humana, we believe new models of care like Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can make a difference in improving healthcare quality and outcomes and in controlling costs. Humana has built a range of innovative partnerships and new, collaborative delivery system models with hospitals and physicians, with a goal of providing better care and better value.

In Kentucky, Humana teamed up with the Brookings Institution, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and Norton Healthcare in one of five Brookings-Dartmouth pilot programs to develop a national model for commercial accountable care organizations. The results after three years are below. They show ACOs can help transform the U.S. healthcare system to one that delivers higher quality care while lowering costs. Humana continues its ACO partnership with Norton today.

Year 3 partnership results (2009-2012)

Inpatient admissions per 1,000

↓ 67%

Inpatient days per 1,000

↓ 67%

Physician visit within seven days of discharge

↑ 64%

Source: Humana-Norton ACO, 2013

 

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Campaign to end obesity

Campaign to End Obesity

Humana continues to work with the Campaign to End Obesity(link opens in new window)  on obesity-prevention policy and legislation. Humana provided information for an economic study that focused on prevention policies and how they can help control healthcare costs. Humana has also supported the Campaign’s efforts to bring healthy lifestyles to underserved communities. The Campaign is recommending the creation of a tax credit within federal law to encourage businesses to bring grocery stores and athletic facilities to these communities that exhibit a higher vulnerability to obesity. Humana joined the Campaign in asking key congressional committees to include this new incentive in their tax reform package.

Clinton Foundation

Humana is working with the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (link opens in new window)  to help improve the health of Adams County, Mississippi, by 20% by the year 2020. The multi-year initiative from Humana and the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative will work with people in Adams County, in and around Natchez, Miss., to remove barriers to well-being and improve the health of Mississippians.

Covering Mississippi

Cover Mississippi

Through its participation in the Cover Mississippi(link opens in new window)  coalition, Humana is working to address the many significant healthcare challenges facing the state. Cover Mississippi, which includes healthcare providers, community-based organizations, local businesses, religious institutions and national advocacy groups, formed in 2013 to educate residents about health coverage available through the online Health Insurance Marketplace.

During the 2013–2014 Open Enrollment Period, Humana contributed to the outreach effort by sending specially designed vehicles to cities and towns across the state so that Mississippians could have one-on-one conversations with Humana representatives about their healthcare and coverage needs. Learn more about Humana’s tour in this video(link opens in new window) .

Humana representatives again crisscrossed the state to offer in-person assistance during the 2014-2015 Open Enrollment Period.

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Health Care Cost Institute

Health Care Cost Institute

Healthcare cost growth has critical implications for families, businesses and federal and state governments. Humana is helping foster a better understanding of the true drivers of increasing healthcare costs by contributing data to the Health Care Cost Institute(link opens in new window) (HCCI). The non-profit HCCI collects healthcare cost and utilization data to aid researchers and policymakers in understanding the factors that influence healthcare costs. Humana agrees that greater transparency and insight into healthcare cost drivers will better equip the country to make difficult decisions about healthcare spending.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging(link opens in new window)  (n4a) aims to “build the capacity of its members to help older persons and people with disabilities live with dignity in their homes and communities for as long as possible.”

n4a focuses on coordinating care for seniors, and works in partnership with local, community-based Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). Humana works closely with n4a at the national level to support public policy-related educational sessions, including furnishing information about Medicare Advantage health coverage, as well as the company’s efforts to enhance quality of care and coordinate care through public/private partnerships, including new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstration projects for individuals who are “dually eligible” for Medicare and Medicaid. Recently, Humana has collaborated with local and state AAAs to present best-practice examples of partnerships designed to enhance home- and community-based services provided to dual-eligible beneficiaries in Virginia.

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National Park Foundation

As a National Park Foundation (link opens in new window)  premier partner for the Find Your Park movement and the official health care sponsor of the National Park Service centennial, Humana is encouraging people to enjoy America’s national parks as a resource to stay healthy and active.

Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative(link opens in new window)  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) concept around the world. Humana was one of the first members asked to join the Collaborative and is represented on the organization’s executive committee. Humana has contributed information on its early PCMH programs. For example, our partnership with Cincinnati-based Queen City Physicians demonstrated initial results that include a 34% decrease in emergency room visits, a 15% improvement in blood pressure control and a 10% improvement in diabetic management.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Humana has teamed up with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (link opens in new window)  to turn the health system’s focus to health rather than disease, and to make sustainable, positive impacts on communities. The effort started in New Orleans by identifying barriers to health and working in partnership with the community to remove those obstacles.