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Elevating Whole Health and Advancing Health Beyond Healthcare
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We serve people across their entire health journey and address their full range of needs with an integrated whole-health approach.
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
The Evidence Is There: Doulas Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
March 6, 2023
One of the most promising strategies to support maternal and baby health is an approach that has been around for generations: doula care. A certified doula can help mothers communicate with their doctors or midwives; they can ease the stress and physical demands of pregnancy, labor and delivery; and they help new parents ease into what is a significant life transition providing lactation support and referrals to other support services.
A Whole Health Story
Hybrid Healthcare: The Benefits of Integrating In-Person and Virtual Behavioral Health Care
March 9, 2023
During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the delivery of behavioral health care shifted radically along with many other aspects of care delivery. By April 2020, overall virtual care visits had risen to 78 times the utilization of just two months before. The future of telehealth arrived seemingly overnight, and people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders continued receiving vital treatment when in-person care might not have been available.
Highlights: Understanding the Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers
February 28, 2023
Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) manage the prescription drug portion of the health benefit for more than 266 million people in the United States. This includes individuals who are enrolled in commercial, government-sponsored, and employer group health plans. What is a PBM? What do they do? How do they help people? Elevance Health convened discussion on these questions, and these are the highlights:
Elevance Health Public Policy Institute’s study on Long COVID published in JAMA Health Forum Study
March 3, 2023
Individuals who experience long COVID are at increased risk for a wide range of adverse cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions and mortality, according to a new study published in JAMA Health Forum. The study, led by researchers at the Elevance Health Public Policy Institute, found substantially higher mortality rates for individuals with long COVID than what had been found in previous studies.
A Health Equity Story
Expanding Broadband for the Health of Communities
January 25, 2023
Reliable broadband internet access could offer the same kind of community-wide health boost in the United States that safe drinking water did a century ago.
As we work to improve community health — the collective level of overall health of a group of people — we look at what common factors affect their health. In many places, one of those factors is a lack of broadband access (defined as wired or cellular internet service such as cable, DSL, fiber optic or 5G).
Health equity is about giving everyone the chance to be as healthy as possible. More equitable healthcare is attainable. However, health inequities impact all of us, causing higher illness and death rates and greater financial strain at both community and national levels. It is imperative we overcome these barriers that prevent better health for everyone.
A Health Equity Story
The Real Benefits of Achieving NCQA Health Equity Accreditation
Using data-based evaluation techniques and a rigorous dedication to quality, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is one of the nation’s most respected healthcare quality measurement organizations. Elevance Health has recently demonstrated our dedication to advancing health equity by undergoing NCQA’s first full Health Equity accreditation survey. As a result, 22 of our Medicaid plans are some of the first in the nation to earn a full three-year NCQA Health Equity Accreditation. This brings 93% of our 8 million Medicaid members into an accredited plan, which is an industry first. While many companies can say they are committed to health equity, this accreditation validates we are leaders in doing the work to advance health equity.
We believe everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, clean air, stable housing, transportation, and nutritious food — access that leads to better health. When some of us don’t have equitable access, everyone is affected."
Dr. Shantanu Agrawal
Elevance Health Chief Health Officer