CommonSpirit Health Links With Startup To Integrate Behavioral And Primary Care

The large hospital and outpatient care provider CommonSpirit Health is partnering with the startup behavioral health company Concert Health to create a new model of primary medical care that better addresses depression and anxiety.

CommonSpirit, which was formed last year through the merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health, said patients with commercial health coverage, Medicaid insurance for poor Americans and Medicare benefits for the elderly will be able to access behavioral health support from a specialist they are connected to “in hours rather than waiting weeks to get an appointment,” CommonSpirit said Wednesday. 

Because CommonSpirit has more than 1,000 care sites and 137 hospitals across 21 states, those involved see the effort offering faster

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Comparably: Small and midsize companies with great perks and benefits

  • Having a good benefits package is just as important as a high salary. 
  • To figure out which companies offer the best benefits, career website Comparably released a new ranking of the small and midsize companies with the best perks and benefits. 
  • To do this, the company analyzed 10 million employee ratings on the site at 60,000 US companies from over a 12-month period. 
  • Accounting software company TaxJar made the top of the list, followed by the beverage company Zevia.
  • You can read the full list here.
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Employee benefits are an important part of any job.  

One of the most common reasons why employees leave their role is because they’re unhappy with the perks, according to Gallup’s state of the workplace report. The benefits employees want the most are paid time off, health insurance, and sick leave, Gallup found. Workers also want flexible schedules

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UnitedHealth (UNH) earnings Q3 2020

UnitedHealth Group Inc. headquarters stands in Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.

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UnitedHealth Group on Wednesday raised its annual profit forecast after its quarterly profit beat estimates, helped by growth in its Optum unit that manages drug benefits, and a slower-than-expected rebound in demand for deferred care.

Shares of the largest U.S. health insurer were up about 1% at $334.4 before the bell.

Large U.S. health insurers, including UnitedHealth, benefited from lower health care spending in the first half of the year, which more than offset pandemic-related additional costs.

The companies, however, signaled a rebound in demand for deferred services in May and June and projected higher medical costs for the second half of the year.

UnitedHealth reported a medical loss ratio (MLR) – the percentage of premiums paid out for medical services – of 81.9%, lower than last year’s 82.4% and analysts’ estimate of 83.55%,

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Substance Abuse Treatment Is Covered by More Companies as Employers Increase Mental Health Benefits to Combat the Stressors of COVID-19

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lionrock Behavioral Health, Inc., the leading telehealth provider of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services in the United States predicts a 100 percent increase in company-accessed online substance abuse benefits in 2021, as stigma surrounding mental health treatment drops amid the pandemic.

Prior to the Coronavirus crisis, a mental health movement was already well underway in work cultures across the United States. Since the pandemic took hold, attention on mental health and wellness has only increased, pushing employers further – to expand mental health benefits in order to keep a healthy and productive staff. Mental health encompasses much more than anxiety and mood disorders; it also includes substance use disorders. Over 40 percent of people with a substance use disorder also have a second mental health condition, yet fewer than half (48 percent) receive treatment for either disorder.

“Online substance use disorder treatment

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Mich. lawmakers approve unemployment benefits, new nursing home rules


Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, announces a lawsuit Wednesday against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, over her use of emergency powers.


LANSING — Michigan lawmakers worked until the wee hours Wednesday morning, waiting as legislative leaders and the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer debated behind closed doors on how best to help millions of workers and small businesses struggling due to the financial strain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Leaders from the House and Senate met off and on for more than 16 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday with representatives from Whitmer’s administration to discuss the measures. After midnight early on Wednesday, lawmakers formalized agreements to extend unemployment benefits, outline new safety measures for nursing homes and create new legal protections for health care providers and other businesses.

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, as they talk to reporters Thursday, January 30, 2020 about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State speech.

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, as they talk to reporters Thursday,

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Philly nonprofit links people in need with benefits they don’t even know they deserve

Unable to work because she’s hobbled by lupus and arthritis, Robin Gentry suffered silently in South Philadelphia, living on a Social Security disability check that never seemed to stretch 31 days.

a man standing in front of a building talking on a cell phone: Yvonne Cintron is the call-center supervisor for Benefits Data Trust, a nonprofit that helps connect people in need to public benefits.

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Yvonne Cintron is the call-center supervisor for Benefits Data Trust, a nonprofit that helps connect people in need to public benefits.

Gentry, 59, is separated and lives with two of her five adult children. Gentrification in her up-and-coming neighborhood is causing the taxes on the house she and her husband bought years ago to skyrocket. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has affected her children’s ability to stay employed.

“It was a struggle,” she said.

Then came what she called a “miracle” in the mail.

A letter from out of the blue informed Gentry, who worked on a clean-up crew at Lincoln Financial Field before illness struck, that she might be eligible for public benefits. A

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Social Security to raise benefits 1.3% in 2021; recipients say it’s not enough

It’s one of the smallest cost of living increases since 1975.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Social security recipients will see a 1.3% increase in their benefits in 2021. It’s one of the smallest cost of living increases since 1975.

While these kind of bumps are always bad news for seniors; Consumer Investigator Danielle Serino explains that the Coronavirus pandemic has made it even harder for them to stretch their checks.

Dana Showalter and his wife Barb are used to budgeting, both are retired, on fixed incomes, and depending on a cost of living increase in their Social Security benefits to make ends meet.

But 1.3%?  Well, that’s not even close to covering expenses.

And when he heard of the increase, Dana said, “I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Because seniors have become the most neglected minority there is.”

Together, they get about $2,000 a month, which they

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2021 changes include contribution hikes, HSA option


Here’s a look into Memphis’ FedEx Cold Chain Center and how it works.

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FedEx employees on the company’s health care plan will see their contributions increase again in 2021, one of several changes looming as the COVID-19 pandemic shakes up the health care landscape.

FedEx is not increasing deductibles or out-of-pocket maximums for current medical, dental or vision plans for 2021, according to a company newsletter for employees. However, paycheck contributions for medical, dental and vision benefits will increase the same amount they did for 2020.

For employee-only coverage, the monthly contribution increase will be $2. For coverage for an employee and children, the increase is $12. For employee and family coverage, the increase is $18. This applies for all FedEx operating companies, except FedEx Office, in plans with Cigna and UnitedHealthcare.

FedEx also detailed standard COVID-19 safety precautions in the newsletter, such as wearing a

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How Viagra’s repositioning brought unexpected benefits

Marketers need to reflect evolving social attitudes and expectations, including a greater openness to discussing personal and emotional topics in order to form more meaningful relationships with consumers; it’s in that context that Viagra has undergone a strategic transformation.

The Upjohn UK division of Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical manufacturer, has sought to expand the legacy audience of the erectile-dysfunction remedy (which largely had become older men) and bring a new tone to messaging, while also re-adjusting the focus from sexual gratification to emotional relief.

At Advertising Week 2020, Rob Elliott, Upjohn UK/Pfizer marketing director, explained how the brand’s research had illuminated not just how much of a taboo subject erectile problems are, but how much they affect men and their mental health and relationships.

“We were really hit by that,” said Elliott of the finding that opened the way for Viagra to explore a new interpretation of masculinity – and

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Benefits, Use Cases, Regulatory Compliance, Marketplace, Products, Providers

DUBLIN, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Electronic Health Information Exchange Market” report has been added to’s offering.

This report examines the technology, technology providers, and market trends in Electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE) services.

This report evaluates the current industry trends in HIE products and services. It also identifies the key vendors and their strategies. The report also answers the basic questions: What is an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR)?, What is an EHR database?, and Why is there a need for an HIE?

Simply stated, an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. While many leading companies are increasingly moving towards digital retention of records via EHR databases, information is typically available only within a closed system. In other words, medical facilities that are not part of the same group often cannot exchange data between their EHR systems.

To address this

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