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Integrating benefits can improve health

By Georgi Johnson | Jul 28, 2016

Integrating benefits can improve health

Did you know that combining dental, vision and disability benefits with medical benefits can mean better health outcomes and lower costs?

Combining benefits and coordinating care is known as integrated health care and it’s a big trend in population health management. When pharmacy, dental, vision and disability data are connected to population health data, companies get specific information so they know how to target wellness and clinical programs to get the most involvement.

Sharing data adds to a holistic approach

When health care providers have a head-to-toe view of their patients’ health, they can give the best care. When data from primary doctors, insurance companies and other care providers is combined, it can be analyzed to develop health profiles and action plans for the patients. The data helps support doctors’ decisions and offers a more holistic and collaborative approach to health care, with safer diagnoses and treatment.

How it helps

Chronic diseases account for 86% of our nation’s health care costs.1 By connecting health data, at-risk and chronic conditions can be detected early and better managed. For example:

  • In pharmacy, drugs can be tracked better and coordinated among all types of care.
  • In dental, treatment of gum disease may reduce the harmful effects of certain chronic conditions, which can help lower health care costs.2
  • In vision, eye doctors can detect early signs of diseases such as diabetes during an exam.3
  • The leading cause of long-term disability is illness, not accidents.4

Getting started

There are three steps to building a new integrated health care program:

  1. Developing goals, looking at costs and risks, and creating a formal plan.
  2. Choosing your health care benefits and implementing your program, then educating your members.
  3. Evaluating the program’s success.

Healthier members mean lower health care costs

  • Up to 74% lower medical costs and hospitalizations when patients who have chronic disease or who are pregnant treat their gum disease.2
  • 52% of companies see benefits related to medical costs and claims-based savings.6
  • More than 23,000 diabetics are identified early through a yearly routine eye exam.3
  • 31% of companies see improved health outcomes including weight loss and less tobacco use.6


For more information on the advantages of Anthem’s integrated benefits, talk to your Sales representative.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (accessed August 2016):
  2. American Journal of Preventive Medicine’s Impact of Periodontal Therapy on General Health Study, June 2014.
  3. Medline Plus website: Diabetes eye exams (accessed July 2016):
  4. WebMD website: Leading Causes of Disability (accessed July 2016):
  5. Anthem Productivity Solutions data study and Actuarial validation, 2015.
  6. Employee Benefit News and SourceMedia Research for Anthem, Integrated Health Care Benefits Study, August 2015.

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