Elevating Whole Health and Advancing Health Beyond Healthcare

We serve people across their entire health journey and address their full range of needs with an integrated whole-health approach. 

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Anthem, Inc. is now Elevance Health. Learn about our journey from health benefits organization to lifetime, trusted health partner.

Elevance Health brings together the concepts of elevate and advance, exemplified by our bold purpose of improving the health of humanity. We are a health company dedicated to making real progress toward improving the health of the people and communities we serve.

Ideas That Explore How to Elevate and Advance Health

A Whole Health Story Taking a Holistic Approach to Your Health
June 28, 2022
Long before you meet with your doctor, factors like the neighborhood where you live and your financial situation impact where you shop for groceries, whether you can breathe clean air, and whether you feel safe and secure. And these situations can have real impacts on your health: Unhealthy eating can contribute to diabetes. Air pollution can cause or aggravate asthma. High levels of stress can contribute to a range of chronic health problems. It’s not terribly surprising that an estimated 80% of health outcomes are driven by factors that, at least on the surface, aren’t related to medical care.
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Research Acupuncture Found to Reduce Opioid Use and Emergency Department Visits
June 2022
In response to the need for pain relief therapies that don’t involve opioid medications, acupuncture is one recommended alternative in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) announced in January 2020 that it would cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain in Medicare beneficiaries, citing the potential for acupuncture to reduce overuse of and addiction to opioids. Although acupuncture has been proposed to reduce exposure to opioids, few studies have examined its effect on lowering prescribed opioid use because is very difficult to study due to variations in applied techniques and a strong potential for placebo effects. This study compared outcomes in people who used acupuncture to those who used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and and/or physical therapy (PT).
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Whole Health and What Drives It

We are taking a holistic view that can transform health. It’s one that considers not just traditional physical factors, but behavioral and social factors too. This makes it clear that health is the result of our daily experiences and circumstances, from what we eat and where we live to our place of employment and how we get to work. When we consider the whole person, and the factors that influence their health, we can make lasting positive change.

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Improving Preventive Behavioral Health to Avoid a Crisis

As the health system evolves to a whole-health approach, prevention of illness and a focus on overall well-being becomes ever more prominent. This shift in focus may be most noticeable and most needed in behavioral health. It’s far too common for people to reach a behavioral health crisis before getting the support and treatment they need.

A preventive mental health and substance use approach requires two fundamental shifts in public sentiment. The first is toward widespread acceptance that behavioral health is health. The second is to decrease negative stereotypes around seeking diagnosis and treatment.

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Understanding the physical, behavioral, and social drivers of behavioral health conditions can illuminate the best path forward for each person.