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A Deeper Dive into the APH & New Ocean Partnership
Advanced Plan for Health and New Ocean announced their exciting new partnership in December. As a follow-up we interviewed New Ocean’s President, Joe Terrion (pictured here) to gain more insight into what makes them stand out in the marketplace – and allows them to deliver such solid results.
Q: What is your primary marketplace offering?

A:  New Ocean used the very best scalable technologies available to design and build the most innovative high performance platform at a fraction of the cost. New Ocean is passing on the savings to clients with a low price point but with the benefit of a superior platform. 

Included in the platform is The Voyage ® - New Ocean’s user-facing mobile solution that combines the latest research in behavior change science with each user’s personal health story to help employees and members make meaningful, sustainable improvements in their health at a much, much lower cost. The Voyage contains hundreds of lifestyle programs and has a full chronic condition management suite to address some of the costliest aspects of healthcare.

With the addition of Advanced Plan for Health’s Poindexter advanced and predictive analytics, we are better able to assess the health status of our clients’ total population and better recommend programs for their employees based on data insight . Poindexter also supports our ability to measure program results.
Q: What makes the New Ocean solution and approach different and better than others? 

A: The solution uses behavioral economics and behavior change science in a fun and easy way so that users will want to rely on the program and empower them to better manage their health and well-being. With a personalized plan, users can chart their own course to health and well-being, engage in programs uniquely tailored to them and get rewarded along the way.

Our users’ first encounter with the solution is through one of two reimagined health assessments. When users take either the Private Health Assessment (New Ocean PHA™) or the shorter Minute Health Assessment™ they receive a personalized report with recommendations for programs they can personalize so they can choose level of difficulty, and decide things like when they want a nudge and how often.

From a design and technology perspective New Ocean is best-in-class:

  • Our platform’s consumer oriented mobile user design incorporates behavior change science and behavioral economics.

  • New Ocean’s core offering incorporates a full suite of chronic conditions along with smoking cessation, diabetes prevention and weight management to serve a much broader set of needs.

  • Restful API design allows clients to port their own solutions onto our platform.

  • APH Poindexter integration delivers up-front insight and back-end results measurement.
For more information about New Oceans’ Platform and Products please visit their website at www.newoceanhealth.com . Advanced Plan for Health and New Ocean will soon be offering informational webinars on our powerful combined solution. Look for updates and webinar invitations via email.
In The News...
APH featured in Healthcare Business Daily News:     

We are pleased to share that Healthcare Business Daily News recently published an article featuring insight from our COO, Taylor Godbey
Over his many years at APH, Taylor has gained tremendous insights into the needs and pain points that over 250 APH clients are facing and addressing thanks to the visibility that Poindexter provides them in their areas of highest cost and risk. He shares a summary of some of his key learnings in this article.

Here We Grow Again - Headquarters Move Update

We wanted to share an update on the APH Headquarters move to Westlake, Texas (a Dallas suburb). The move began in mid-January, and the team is all setup and ready for business. The space was built out to encourage innovation and team collaboration.

Our new address is:
We look forward to hosting our valued clients and prospects here ongoing.
Blog Insights
We wrapped up our three-part blog series on Kidney Disease and Dialysis 

(blog parts 1 & 2 were featured in the January edition of Poindexter’s Points)

This post delivers important details that APH has learned from Poindexter findings and client needs related to the cost burden of kidney disease and dialysis, and also explains more simply the very complex topic of how Medicare fits into the picture timing and payment-wise.

Here’s an excerpt:

According to the National Kidney Foundation®, “the annual Medicare spending to treat kidney failure in the U.S. is approximately $31 billion." It is difficult to find documented dialysis costs applicable to the private-sector health plans, because the “totals” often include only actual dialysis and some direct associated costs, but don’t include additional associated costs from complications and acute emergency and hospital admissions that often occur from dialysis and other health conditions that these members may have. When these additional associated costs are added in, the real Plan claims paid by commercial health plans vary from $350,000 to $700,000 annually. 

At the conclusion of this blog post is a link to download an important guide that outlines APH’s best practices for kidney disease and dialysis . This download was featured in recent editions of prominent health plan and self-insured news clipping e-newsletters, and has been downloaded frequently as a result.

Our second January blog covered another topic that’s trending within our client base and the marketplace in general – innovative cancer treatments and related costs. Here’s an excerpt and a link to the post:

CAR-T Immunotherapy is a treatment which optimizes the body’s ability to target, attack and kill tumor cells. On August 30, 2017, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Novartis version of CAR-T cell therapy for children and young adults with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which is the most common form of childhood cancer in America. While current chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants result in remission for about 80 percent of people with ALL, there are still about 20 percent who do not respond to current treatment. These individuals are said to be refractory to treatment. For them, CAR-T is a lifesaving option. However, medical miracles come at a large cost to health plans and Payors.

Featured Content
APH recently published a TPA and Medical Management Kidney Disease & Dialysis Best Practices Guide authored by our Sr Vice President, Joy McGee-Cory. Joy is passionate about ensuring that members with chronic kidney disease have the support and medical management they need. She has assisted many clients in successfully navigating Medicare requirements for dialysis and obtaining favorable provider and facility contracts.
APH, On the Road
Upcoming Tradeshows and Conferences

February 5th-7th
Las Vegas, Nevada

Conference Overview - HCAA’s Executive Forum is a membership-only annual conference for the self-funding industry. It offers a program covering strategic ideas focused toward third party and benefit administrator executive leadership. The conference, attended each year by over 400 industry leaders, provides critical points of view, often disruptive, which are meant to challenge and to provoke thought, while providing education for all attendees.

September 23 rd -26 th
Austin, Texas

Conference Overview - The SIIA National Conference & Expo is the world’s largest event focused exclusively on the self-insurance / alternative risk transfer marketplace and typically attracts more than 1,700 attendees from around the United States and from a growing number of countries around the world.
The APH team would welcome the opportunity to meet you in person at any of our scheduled tradeshows or conferences. Contact us here or call (888) 600-7566 to arrange a time to meet with us.