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Below is an excerpt from CEO Tom Wicka's latest feature in Managed Healthcare Executive:
Chances are you’ve heard the buzz about wearable devices. The Consumer Electronics Association projects wearable sales will jump 61 percent to 30.9 million units this year, with revenue reaching $5.1 billion. As everyone from Apple to Google hits the fitness tracker market, it’s become almost assumed that wearable devices will play a role in the future of healthcare.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Member Connection Standards for Health Plans (MEM Standards) require health plans to be scored for all product lines, including Commercial, Medicare, Medicaid, and Exchange products. Novu is committed to helping its health plan customers better comply with these NCQA standards and can satisfy MEM1 and MEM2 standards, as well as impact the MEM6 and MEM8 standards.
Flu season typically peaks from December to February—and the CDC is advising that this year’s may be particularly bad.
The ACA has mandated the need for quality care in today’s health system, which has historically been judged on the number of consumers served rather than how well those consumers were served. Those plans participating in the public exchanges, for example, will have to report quality measures on all of their enrollees beginning next year. Tools and technologies that serve the health system need to be held to these same quality standards in order to add to the quality equation—rather than subtract from it with more inefficiency.
Back in July we announced the availability of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a digitally delivered National Institute of Health protocol through the Novu platform. Novu’s DPP addresses the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic in America for our clients. Today, our initial customer pilot has come to a close, and we’re pleased to share the results.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership today! Novu will be teaming up with Delta Dental of Minnesota, one of the largest providers of dental benefits in the Upper Midwest, to engage members in oral health practices and better overall health.
Diabetes prevention and mitigation requires programs that combine the latest technology, as well as a unique approach to content design. By looking at technology and content design holistically rather than individually, patients and members currently facing or at risk of developing diabetes can be better equiped to change outcomes and lead healthier lives.
In another first for the public insurance market, CMS announced earlier this summer that Plans can include information about Reward and Incentive Programs, such as those offered by Novu, in marketing materials. As such, Plans thinking about their marketing efforts for open enrollment have a strong opportunity to highlight the differentiating aspects of Rewards and Incentives to increase acquisition and retention rates. Open enrollment begins October 15, so there’s still time to add this to your strategy.
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