Health Insurers Use Data Acumen to Tackle Health Disparities

Fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic’s deepening of disparities and the Biden administration’s own focus on the issue, health equity is undeniably top of mind for health insurers these days. But how can firms move beyond just appointing new C-suite officers or setting lofty mission statements — and instead weave equity initiatives into the fabric of their businesses?

To answer that question, payer executives during AHIP’s recent National Conference on Health Policy and Government Health Programs explained the business case for furthering health equity and how they’re marshaling processes like data analytics and vendor selections to achieve their goals.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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