Opinion: Tackle top cost drivers in health care


April 9, 2021

By Patty Starr, President & CEO, Health Action Council
As it appeared in the Colorado Springs Business Journal

A recent white paper by the Health Action Council and UnitedHealthcare finds companies that build deliberate strategies around their employees’ most common chronic health conditions may improve overall employee health and achieve cost savings over the long term.

The findings are based on a study of five chronic health conditions — hypertension, diabetes, back disorders, mental health and substance use, and asthma — across more than 280,000 HAC members insured with UnitedHealthcare. Many of us will suffer at least one of these conditions during our lifetime, with a real impact on health care costs. The study also revealed a number of important disparities in care, which can be improved through a combination of lifestyle modifications and targeted wellness programs.


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