Obesity

What health plans need to know about QHPs now that the ACA is here to stay

The provision of Qualified Health Plans, or QHPs, that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act has become an integral part of many health plan offerings. Now that numerous repeal requests and lawsuits filed against the ACA over the years have failed, health plans can finally invest with confidence in this line of business. …

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Microbial polyphenols in the Mediterranean diet improve cardiovascular health

In Europe, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of premature death. Cardiovascular diseases are associated with an individual’s existing health conditions and habits, such as smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, poor dietary habits, and diabetes mellitus. She studies: Association of microbiota polyphenols with cardiovascular health in the context of a Mediterranean diet. Image Credit: …

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The study shows an improvement in host health by modulating the intestinal microbiota

In a recent study published in Gastroenterologyresearchers have presented gut microbiota modulation as a likely therapeutic option for diseases such as Crohn’s disease (CD). Study: Microbiome Modulation for Disease Treatment. Image Credit: Emily Frost/Shutterstock Background Studies have reported that dysbiosis or imbalance in the gut microbiome could promote degenerative disorders, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, …

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Point32Health Taps has included health for LGBTQ+ assistance

Traditionally offering virtual assistance and navigation services to employers, inclusive health is now moving into the health plan space. It is partnering with Point32Health to serve its commercial members in the LGBTQ+ community, companies announced Wednesday. Based in San Francisco Health included offers patients access to virtual and in-person urgent care, primary care, behavioral health, …

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Researchers examine the impact of gamification on the effectiveness of digital health interventions

An adequate amount of sleep and physical activity helps alleviate several health conditions, such as obesity, depression and cardiovascular disease. However, the recommended amount of sleep and physical activity is not achieved in most cases. An earlier US-based report indicates that more than a third of American adults fail to sleep the recommended seven hours …

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The interrelationship between diet, physical health and depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is a common mental health condition affecting approximately 280 million people worldwide. Approximately 700,000 deaths occur each year from depression-driven suicide. Therefore, it is imperative to formulate effective interventions and preventive measures to manage depression. Study: The association between gut health-promoting diet and depression: A mediation analysis. …

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A travel medical record can improve patient outcomes and alleviate health concerns while traveling

New data reveals that 28% of Americans have gotten sick or injured while on vacation. Illness and injury are among the worst-case scenarios when traveling, because in addition to ruining our plans, we are far from our medical team and perhaps even from the comfort of family, friends or colleagues who could help us. If …

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Health equity and the push for value-based care

Social, economic and geographical disadvantages create significant disparities in health care, such as lower quality of care and lower health outcomes. To help improve these issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) redesigned the global and professional direct contracting model under the new name, the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community …

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Technology-enabled transportation puts health plans in the driver’s seat to improve outcomes

A disabled elderly African American man is getting out of a car, in his wheelchair. His wife is helping him, holding the door open. Focus on the man. Healthcare needs better infrastructure. Millions of Americans, covered by the nation’s safety net programs that span Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care, rely on transportation to access …

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Bridging cultural gaps to improve health equity

Achieving health equity benefits both payers and members of health care. Culturally diverse publics experience disparities in access to health care and health outcomes. Patients with poor English proficiency (LEP) experience poor health outcomes across the board, including emergency room visits and above-average hospital stays. Most healthcare leaders agree that we need to work to …

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