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Lessons from a Pandemic

| July 21, 2021 |

LESSONS FROM A PANDEMIC

Greater barriers to access and tremendous mental health challenges may illuminate a new way forward for companies and healthcare.

While the pandemic has devastated so many peoples’ lives and challenged the healthcare industry, there is hope. The sheer number of people struggling with mental health challenges now may lead to an easing of the stigma often associated with these issues. In addition, the realities of the pandemic—in which so many people have been working remotely and may be unable to make in-person visits to healthcare providers—have accelerated the adoption of technological tools that can reduce barriers to care. Psychologists have developed new ways to use technology to connect with patients, giving rise to mobile apps, text chats, and other innovations that have the potential to allow more access to behavioral healthcare at early stages of patients’ issues, when it can have a powerful effect.

The challenge now is to connect people with the help they need. “One of the biggest obstacles in providing behavioral health is getting the message to employees about the resources they have—letting them know that they do have a place to turn,” says Janis DiMonaco, founder and former president and CEO of HMC HealthWorks and strategic adviser to IBH/HMC HealthWorks. To improve worker awareness and increase participation, HMC has developed a new Virtual Mental Health Care Hub, which gives employees easier access to an enhanced menu of tools and services, helping address their behavioral health needs while reducing employer costs.

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Chronic Disease Management

CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Creating customized health solutions and engagements can reduce costs and improve health and wellness

Addressing your worker’s ongoing health concerns is a vital pillar of their health benefits. Chronic disease management can ensure your employees are receiving the best care possible for ongoing health issues such as asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol. Each chronic disease comes with its own set of unique obstacles to overcome. In that same manner, HMC Healthworks is dedicated to providing a unique set of solutions to each healthcare program.

When workers have options specifically designed to address their unique needs, they can maintain their health and wellness to remain happy and productive. With a healthier and confident outlook, these employees can ensure success in their personal lives as well as their work environments.

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Behavioral Health

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Quality, integrated care improves lives and can deliver healthcare savings

 

Healthcare is in a constant state of evolution. When people have referred to healthcare in the past, it typically meant every wellness facet, except mental and behavioral health. HMC Healthworks is dedicated to incorporating all sides of wellness into your healthcare plan. This includes the mental health portion. Dr. Janis DiMonaco, president and CEO of HMC HealthWorks says that “Behavioral health is sort-of the black sheep of the condition family within healthcare.” It is often overlooked or not covered in common medical benefits.

Our healthcare plans at HMC Healthworks offer support services for a consistent work-life balance. Address a person’s mental health and well-being, along with their physical health, allows you to focus on the entire individual. Behavioral health issues, such as substance abuse or opiate pain management can be a major factor affecting a person’s mental status. It is crucial to address the root issue of behavioral health to fully influence overall wellness.

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Innovation in Healthcare

INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE

Connecting the dots between data, risk identification, and care coordination

 

Like any thriving business, employees are the gears that keep your business turning. So, at the top of the list should be improving employee healthcare. Comprehensive health benefits that address wellness in its entirety is the goal of HMC Healthworks. Providing mental health programs and managed behavioral health programs are just some of the ways this is accomplished.

Employee Assistance Programs or EAPs are also part of the equation. We are committed to providing resources 24 hours a day to assist employees and families. Stress, domestic violence, depression and stress management are just a few areas HMC Healthworks will provide assistance to you or your family. There is no better way to thank your employees and show them that they are valued than providing them with fully inclusive healthcare plans to address physical and mental wellness. Healthy and motivated employees drive success and increase productivity, cash flow and worker retention for a successful team and a thriving business.

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The Value of Primary Care

THE VALUE OF PRIMARY CARE

Connecting employees with doctors promotes better health and lower costs

 

The doctor-patient relationship should be at the very core of the healthcare system. Ideally, this would help shape the most efficient healthcare model. Patients would have dedicated physicians that they trust, not only with their personal information but with their unique wellness goals. It is someone who knows them, as well as what they are trying to achieve. Specialized treatment plans would be the cornerstone of each patient’s well-being. Unique to each individual, these treatment plans would help restore health or maintain wellness in a fully comprehensive way.

A physician would also serve as a patient advocate to walk them through these intricate plans. Navigating specialists, hospital care and a full catalog of testing are just a few of the benefits of having this type of guidance. This would ensure trust and a clear vision, as well as enrich the doctor-patient relationship even beyond the standard of care. This in-depth level of patient focus is how HMC Healthworks can add value to your healthcare plan. Read more about the value of primary care in the article below.

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