Better insights lead to better outcomes.

Driving Better Outcomes

Improved health outcomes takes a commitment to growth and innovation, and Ohio’s health plans are on board.
OAHP members use an array of tools, such as creative partnerships, emerging technologies and direct member engagement, to achieve better health outcomes for Ohioans. Plans measure outcomes data to determine what efforts prove most effective so that they can be replicated and expanded across the state.
Granting Wishes
Each year, 40 wishes are granted as a result of the 36-hour Wish-a-thon event hosted by Wishes Can Happen. AultCare volunteers support the annual event which raises funds to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Ohio.
The Gift of Creativity
Medical Mutual partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art to gift 4,500 activity kits in fall of 2020 to Cleveland-area youth.
Holiday Help
Molina Healthcare partnered with six community-based organizations during the 2020 holiday season to address food insecurity and children’s health. In all, approximately 17,000 individuals were touched by the drive-through food giveaways and toy distribution for children.
Supporting Expecting Mothers
100 expecting mothers in central Ohio were supported by an innovative pilot program, Healthy Beginnings at Home, driven by a partnership between CareSource and CelebrateOne to improve birth outcomes.
Stabilizing Housing
Rosewind Columbus, a community of 500 affordable housing units, is receiving a $15 million investment from Aetna to rehabilitate the community structures and provide new health and wellness programs.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Each year, St. Aloysius serves 3,000 students and families across southwest Ohio. Medical Mutual donated Chromebooks through the organization to students to provide access to learn remotely and connect with therapeutic services and counselors. access to learn remotely and connect with therapeutic services and
Affording the Essentials
Buckeye Health Plan donated 1,200 gift cards, each valued at $35, to help Ohioans purchase essential healthcare and educational items, including diapers, over-the-counter medicines, cleaning supplies, and books.
Broadening Access
95 practitioners across 21 counties in southeast Ohio are learning more about diabetes care and weight management through Ohio University’s Project ECHO, funded and supported by Buckeye Health Plan.Project ECHO, funded and supported by
Buckeye Health Plan.
Establishing Connections
875 households across five public housing units in Montgomery County are receiving free high-speed WiFi and Chromebook devices through a partnership between CareSource, Montgomery County, Greater Dayton Premier Management and Cincinnati Bell.
Supporting Mental Health
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield have committed $25,000 to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ohio work addressing the mental health crisis during COVID-19.
Serving Children and Young Adults
United Health Foundation has announced a three-year grant totaling $840,000 for Lighthouse Youth and Family Services in support of more than 5,000 transitioning and homeless children and young adults in the Cincinnati area.
Connecting Care
OhioGuidestone has been supporting the behavior health of Ohioans for 155 years. Through direct support from Medical Mutual, OhioGuidestone was able to increase critical services such as virtual therapy.
Supporting Customers
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield extended a 10% credit to small and large fully-insured commercial employers in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic
Addressing Food Needs
6,000 elder residents of northwest Ohio received weekly deliveries of groceries or meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc., and its provider network was able to carry out the program through a grant from Aetna.
Partnering to Show Appreciation
AmeriHealth Caritas partnered with 10 organizations to give lunch meals to providers in Ohio during the early stages of the pandemic.
Bringing Testing to Communities
UnitedHealthcare’s five-week testing initiative, STOP COVID, administered 3,500 COVID-19 tests in high-need neighborhoods on Cleveland’s east side during the pandemic.

White Papers from Our Members

New thought leadership from OAHP member organizations.

Xcenda | Life Sciences Commercialization & Consulting is a leading team of value experts, transforming evidence and market intelligence into effective global market access strategies and solutions.  Novartis commissioned Xcenda to prepare white paper on the state of ASCVD in the US and the need for continued innovation to treat ASCVD.

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States and the underlying cause in about 50% of all deaths in Western societies.  It is known more commonly by its myriad of negative outcomes, including myocardial infarction (MI), angina, stroke/transient ischemic attack, peripheral artery disease, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation, than by the collective term ASCVD.

Approximately, 60% of deaths due to ASCVD occur in people aged ≤65 years old, over 1,000 deaths per day are caused by ASCVD related events, and the age-adjusted death rate for it is 219.4 per 100,000 people in 2017.

Beyond healthier diets, smoking cessation, and other cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention methods, treatment options exist that target the main risk factors for ASCVD development, primarily HBP, high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and diabetes. But control of these diseases remains poor in the US (while prevalence continues to increase), and access challenges, clinical inertia, and poor adherence are barriers to effective prevention and treatment.

Improving outcomes will require a multifactorial approach, with players in all parts of the healthcare system working to identify risk factors, minimize or reverse the increasing prevalence of certain diseases, and effectively treat these diseases with all the tools available to us.  Like other chronic conditions, this will require a team-based medical approach with shared decision making.

To learn more read the Novartis white paper on the state of Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in the US and the need for continued innovation to treat ASCVD.

Please note:  This information represents the views of the author, not the Ohio Association of Health Plans (OAHP).  The publication, distribution or posting of this information by OAHP does not constitute a guarantee of any product or service by OAHP.

Sellers Dorsey is a national health care consulting firm that helps clients navigate the ever-changing health care landscape by providing a range of consulting services in Medicaid, as well as custom Medicaid financing solutions.  Since 2000 we have consulted on a range of financing, policy, and operational projects in nearly 40 states, delivering a fully integrated suite of services to a wide array of clients.  We help clients in multiple areas of expertise, such as delivery system reform, Medicaid financing, program administration, quality improvement strategies, and health care advisory.  Sellers Dorsey is home to former state Department of Human Services and Medicaid officials, former Medicaid directors, and industry executives with expertise in the development and implementation of reimbursement, financing, administration, and quality improvement strategies, along with highly qualified project management and research staff.  Our team’s diverse background enables us to appreciate and navigate each client’s unique path to success.

Sellers Dorsey on behalf of Pyx Health has provided a white paper study on Banner University Health Plans, Arizona (BUHP), which covers over 200,000 Medicaid, Dual Eligible Medicare, and Long-Term Care lives.  In 2018 Arizona integrated behavioral health care into their traditional Medicaid program.  This prompted BUHP to search for new approaches to address the whole-person needs of their members with a focus on key drivers of avoidable utilization—behavioral health conditions and social barriers to care.  The purpose of the study was to analyze the utilization patterns and medical expense of both general mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, and serious mental illness on increased medical expenditures, including general hospital admissions and emergency department use.  To learn more read the Pyx Health Expands Banner University Health Plans’ 24/7 Care Team To Decrease Medical Spend Among High-Utilizing Members white paper.

Please note: This information represents the views of the author, not the Ohio Association of Health Plans (OAHP). The publication, distribution or posting of this information by OAHP does not constitute a guarantee of any product or service by OAHP.

Sarepta Therapeutics is at the forefront of precision genetic medicine, having built an impressive and competitive position in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and more recently in gene therapies for 6 Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy diseases (LGMD), Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), MPS IIIA, Pompe and other CNS-related disorders, totaling over 20 therapies in various stages of development.  The Company’s programs and research focus span several therapeutic modalities, including RNA, gene therapy and gene editing.  Sarepta is fueled by an audacious but important mission: to profoundly improve and extend the lives of patients with rare genetic-based diseases.

The purpose of the Sarepta Therapeutics white paper is to provide a rational and feasible approach to monitoring patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a clinical setting to better assist providers and insurers in assessing response to treatment compared to the natural history of DMD.  Patient groups with different genetic mutations vary in their expected rates of decline, so genotype-specific natural history should inform evaluations when available.  To learn more, read the Outcome Measures for Patients With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy white paper.  For additional information or questions you may contact Kristie Bryerton, Director of National Accounts for Sarepta Therapeutics.  Ms. Bryerton may be reached electronically at: or by phone: (570) 916-3247.

Please note: This information represents the views of the author, not the Ohio Association of Health Plans (OAHP). The publication, distribution or posting of this information by OAHP does not constitute a guarantee of any product or service by OAHP.

Health Care Glossary

Health care terminology can often be confusing. Empower yourself to learn more with this helpful guide.

A person who receives benefits of any insurance plan or policy.

An employee or other insured named under a group health insurance policy.

A request for payment for services.

A specified dollar amount or percentage of covered expenses that an insurance policy or Medicare requires a beneficiary to pay toward eligible medical bills.

Federal law requiring that workers who end employment for specified reasons have the option of purchasing group insurance through the employer for a limited period of coverage (usually 18 months, but in some cases, 29 months or 36 months).

Provisions and procedures used by insurers to avoid duplicate payments when a person is covered by more than one policy.

Services for which an insurance policy will pay.

A specified dollar amount of medical expenses that the beneficiary must pay before an insurance policy will pay.

A procedure or condition that an insurance policy does not cover.

Medical treatment that is not generally accepted within the medical profession. Insurance policies often do not cover these procedures.

A statement from an insurance company showing which payments have been made on a claim.

Traditional insurance that does not place restrictions on which doctors you can use. The insurer pays for the expense incurred.

A contract between an insurer and an employer or association.

Federal law that guarantees health care plan eligibility for people who change jobs if the new employer offers group insurance.

A term for managed care insurers in Ohio. HICs include all Ohio HMOs and other companies that offer prepaid managed care.

A contract between an insurance company and an insured person.

A person who has been admitted to a hospital or other health care facility to receive diagnosis, treatment or other health services.

An individual or organization protected by an insurance policy.

The medical and social care given to one who has a severe chronic impairment over a long period of time.

A term traditionally confused with the term HMO. A general term used to describe a system that focuses on improving quality and controlling prices. Managed Care includes HMOs, PPOs and POS plans.

Treatments or services an insurance policy will pay for as defined in the contract.

A period of time when new subscribers may enroll in a health insurance plan regardless of their health.

A patient who receives care at a hospital or other health care facility without being admitted to the facility. Outpatient care also refers to care given in other locations such as outpatient clinics.

Requires an insured to obtain the insurance company’s approval before a medical service is provided. If the insured fails to follow the pre-certification procedures, the company may reduce or deny claim payment. Getting pre-certification does not guarantee claim payment.

Money paid in advance for insurance coverage.

Health insurance policy that pays first when a person is covered by more than one insurance plan.

A person or organization that provides medical services, such as a doctor, hospital, x-ray company, home health agency, pharmacy, etc.

Applies only when the insured has more than one health insurance plan. The secondary payer is the plan whose payments cannot be made until another plan (the primary payer) has processed the claim. (Also see Coordination of Benefits)

An organization (usually an employer) that pays health care costs out of the organization’s own pocket.