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Unite Us and Metro United Way Invest One Million Dollars Directly into Greater Louisville Community

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This pilot marks the first of future community investments, as Unite Us partners with local community leaders to take direct action to help residents. 

 

NEW YORK, April 8th, 2021 10:10 a.m. ETUnite Us, the enterprise technology company that builds coordinated care networks nationwide, today announced it’s investing half a million dollars in Greater Louisville, Kentucky – matched by the same amount from Metro United Way – to provide longer-term housing and wraparound support for those struggling with the continued effects of the pandemic. 

 

The funds will be used for housing-related costs to help Greater Louisville residents impacted both by the COVID-19 pandemic and persistent, historical inequities. The funds will be distributed and tracked through community-based organizations (CBOs) in the United Community network using Unite Us Payments. 

 

“This donation to United Community is validation to us, as well as our early investors, that connecting individuals through this innovative platform with what they need, when they need it is vital,” says Theresa Reno-Weber, president and CEO of Metro United Way, and one of the co-chairs of the United Community effort. “We thank our partners at Unite Us for investing dollars into our local community – dollars we wouldn’t have otherwise received. We have to get this right because of what’s at stake for so many kids and families, and we’re happy to announce that we’re matching this donation 100% to ensure this crucial work is maximized, giving our local nonprofit partners more power to do what’s needed,” she says. 

 

The ultimate goal is to keep Greater Louisville residents in their homes.  In order to do that, the program will provide financial support for both rental/mortgage payments, and flexible cash assistance for housing-related costs not typically funded by traditional grants and government programs. 

 

“While many cities have received significant federal funds to address the impacts of the pandemic, they don’t address every community in our region, nor cover specific needs seen through the United Community network, which is causing people and families to fall through the cracks,” Reno adds. 

 

The Unite Us-Metro United Way program is composed of the following components:

  • CBO care coordination: Several CBOs will be funded to provide care coordination support as an intervention for enrolled households, and support capacity-building within the community.
  • Longer-term rental/mortgage payment assistance: Enrolled households will be able to receive up to six months of rental assistance.
  • Flexible cash assistance: Since there are so many variables that keep someone housed, enrolled households will be able to receive flexible cash assistance to provide wraparound support (e.g. transportation to a job interview, diapers for a newborn, utility bill payment assistance, child care assistance, and more).

 

Greater Louisville has been hard hit by the pandemic, social upheaval, and long-term housing inequalities, and residents are struggling to achieve economic stability. This investment, while not the only solution, will help families and individuals with the greatest need find solid ground as they start to build back after an unprecedented year of trauma, extreme social challenges, and financial uncertainty. 

 

Unite Us is committed to this work in Greater Louisville and hopes to find and work with additional funders to be able to continue to help keep people in their homes. 

 

“While Greater Louisville is the first place where Unite Us has invested, it will definitely not be the last,” says Taylor Justice, Co-founder and President of Unite Us. “United Community is an example of true cross-sector collaboration, where partners from government, community, and the private sector have worked tirelessly to find common ground in people’s best interest. The Unite Us Payments pilot is a game-changer, because community investors will be able to connect the outcomes to the dollars spent, and know that they’ve made an impact,” he adds. 

 

Unite Us Payments will not just track dollars, but also create essential pathways and relationships between healthcare systems, payers and CBOs to coordinate reimbursement for social services, not by replicating the medical system, but by introducing a methodology and framework more appropriate for social care. Most importantly, Unite Us Payments will contribute to sustainable, targeted funding for social care–something CBOs have been seeking for decades. 

 

The data from Greater Louisville will help drive and inform future, ongoing investments from the company. For those interested in supporting efforts and helping Greater Louisville communities through additional local investments, please contact Metro United Way at [email protected]

 

About Unite Us

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

About Metro United Way

For more than 100 years, Metro United Way has empowered individuals and families to achieve their fullest potential by generating meaningful and lasting change in our community. We use data-driven insights to identify and prioritize the community’s greatest needs with a focus on equitable outcomes for all. Together, we fight to improve the disparities that persist in education, income, health, housing, and racial equality in Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties in Indiana. We invite you to stand with us and be a part of transforming Greater Louisville.   

 

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Unite Us Announces It Has Raised $150M to Scale Nationwide Social Care Infrastructure

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New York, New York, March 16, 2021 – ​Unite Us​, an enterprise technology company providing the digital infrastructure to power the integrated health and social care ecosystem, today announced that it has raised $150 million in a Series C financing led by ICONIQ Growth. The investment follows a record performance in 2020 for Unite Us that saw it expand into 42 states, including 16 new statewide networks, driving cross-sector coordination and improved health in community-based settings. Investors in the round include Emerson Collective, Optum Ventures and Transformation Capital, as well as existing investors, Define Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and Town Hall Ventures, and several healthcare partners. This investment will ensure the mission-driven company, now valued above $1.6 billion, is able to continue to deeply invest in community-based organizations to bring social care to the same priority level as medical care.

Unite Us is the market leader with its outcome-focused coordination software securely connecting community-based organizations with health care providers, health plans, state and local governments, and private foundations. Together, these partners are leading the care transformation movement towards whole-person care. The financing will catalyze the company’s ability to bring its core product, Unite Us Platform, to all communities across the country by 2023, as well as accelerate Unite Us Insights and Payments solutions to amplify support and investment for all community partners.

“We are excited to double-down on our vision for a person-centered, coordinated, nationwide, social care network,” said Dan Brillman, CEO and Co-founder. “Our community-based partners’ ability to drive improved outcomes is critical in a value-based care world, and we know that bringing the necessary technology into every community will accelerate our impact.”

Since its founding in 2013 by military veterans, Unite Us has had the opportunity to connect, learn from, and support thousands of community-based organizations, and has earned the trust of hundreds of partners nationwide, including Kaiser Permanente, CyncHealth, the state of North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Humana, CommonSpirit Health, CVS Aetna, the Cleveland Clinic, and United Ways across the country. The industry has recognized the essential role social determinants of health (SDoH) play in a person’s health, reinforcing Unite Us’ mission to continue to invest in cross-sector partnerships that lead to better health and equitable access to services.

“Unite Us’​ leadership and vision in enabling coordinated, connected communities gives us hope for a future where every individual receives the holistic, whole-person care they need,​” ​says Caroline Xie, General Partner at ICONIQ Growth. “We are delighted to be embarking on this partnership with the Unite Us team and look forward to supporting the company’s growth and vision with our team and global resources.”

The company plans to use a part of the proceeds from this round to invest heavily in Unite Us Payments, which relies on the Unite Us Platform infrastructure to record and process payments to their trusted network of community partners. In addition, Unite Us will further fund its interoperability framework to ensure that those serving clients in need are able to do so seamlessly across operating systems.

“For the last decade, Unite Us has helped communities become operationally efficient by building the only operating system for social care. Over the next decade, with Unite Us Payments, we will facilitate an economic relationship between healthcare and social care to integrate both the delivery and reimbursement of services in communities,” says Taylor Justice, President and Co-founder of Unite Us. “We are thrilled to be partnering with ICONIQ Growth, who understands our commitment to our mission and belief that we are building a generational company,” Justice adds.

About Unite Us:

Unite Us​ is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive
secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.

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Unite Us Launches a Coordinated Care Network to Address Social Determinants of Health in The Keystone State

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New York, New York, March 4, 2021 – Unite Us is building a statewide coordinated system of health, human, and social service providers to facilitate care across the state of Pennsylvania. This statewide initiative will build upon existing Unite Us-powered networks in Pennsylvania that include PAServes and United for Women. These networks will provide a solid foundation for the statewide growth, beginning in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Unite Pennsylvania will connect partners through the Unite Us Platform, allow an exchange of secure, electronic referrals, address social determinants of health, and track outcomes within communities, all of which promote health equity.

“Since day one, Unite Us has worked hand-in-hand with communities, prioritizing their needs and supporting them in their work to take care of the people who need help,” says Taylor Justice, President and Co-founder of Unite Us. “Eight years of experience has taught us that to coordinate care, it takes more than a resource directory and a referral. Providers need to be able to know what happened to the referral and more importantly, to the person. We plan to bring this accountable, secure and outcome-focused network to every county in Pennsylvania.”

A Country in Crisis
The nation has struggled for almost a year with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of the virus itself, and the ensuing implications on people’s social needs such as housing, employment and food insecurity. It’s widely accepted that 80 percent* of a person’s health is affected by the social determinants of health (SDoH) – conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, work, play, worship, and age – that impact a range of health, quality of life, and risk outcomes. Unite Us continues to engage with health and social service partners who are on the frontlines helping their communities each day, developing solutions that appropriately meet each community’s needs.

Community-focused
The goal of the Unite Pennsylvania network is to meet people where they are, and ensure that they are able to access the resources they need, when they need them, without redundancy or having to retell their stories repeatedly. Unite Us seeks to ensure that service providers across the Commonwealth have access to the tools and resources that can help them effectively work together to best service their shared patients, clients, members, and residents. Unite Us works side-by-side with community leaders and organizations to build relationships and trust, and provide them with an efficient, accountable and seamless workflow that enables them to better help the people they serve. Network partners benefit from increased collaboration across sectors, access to a wealth of data on local service delivery, and the confidence in tracking their clients’ care journeys through to outcomes.

A Secure and Trusted Platform
Community partners, health systems, plans and governments across the country rely on Unite Us’ secure and HIPAA-compliant platform to coordinate care. With robust protections aligned with industry-leading privacy and security frameworks, Unite Us makes it possible for providers to improve the health of their clients and community while maintaining privacy and trust.

Statewide Solution
With networks in more than 42 states, 19 of them statewide, Unite Us is leading the care transformation movement by providing digital infrastructure to connect health care providers with community-based organizations, and building teams of community engagement and public health experts who live in the very communities they serve throughout the state of Pennsylvania. To find out more about how your organization can join the network, visit the Pennsylvania.UniteUs.com website.

About Unite Us:
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.
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* Hood, C. M., K. P. Gennuso, G. R. Swain, and B. B. Catlin. 2016. County health
rankings: Relationships between determinant factors and health outcomes. American
Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(2):129-135.

After Successful First Year, CVS Health and Unite Us Expand Partnership Across Kentucky

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With this agreement, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky members throughout the Commonwealth will benefit from this coordinated care network of health and social care providers, improving access to services for people where they are, when they need it most.

New York, NY, January 19, 2021: Unite Us today announced that they’ve partnered with CVS Health to build upon a foundation established over the past year in Kentucky, and offer Kentuckians across the entire state the opportunity to build healthier communities by breaking down barriers between health and social service providers.

This news couldn’t have come at a better time, as COVID-19 continues to significantly impact the Commonwealth, affecting people’s medical and social well-being in profound ways. Now Aetna Better Health of Kentucky (ABH-KY), a Medicaid managed care plan that serves more than 240,000 members across Kentucky, will expand the services community health workers, case managers and member services representatives have been offering. ABH-KY will use the Unite Us Platform to better support people across the Commonwealth who are in need of critical social services such as food, housing, employment and mental health care. In addition, ABH-KY is committed to identifying additional entry points of care and social needs screening opportunities to reach as many members as possible and inform them of how they can get help, in what’s commonly known as a no-wrong-door approach.

Known to Aetna members as the LocalWorks program, the network is powered by the Unite Us Platform and supported by a local community engagement team that works hand in hand with longstanding community-based partners and providers. Established in 2019, United Community was originally created in partnership with Metro United Way of Louisville, Kentucky. Focused initially on the Jefferson County region, Metro United Way will continue to lead this work in their seven-county footprint in Kentucky and Indiana. Over the past year, more than 70 percent of service requests in Jefferson County alone have been resolved.

Now with this expansion agreement, Aetna Better Health members across Kentucky will have access to the same accountable, secure and outcomes-focused network that ensures people are not only referred to much-needed social services, but in fact receive those services.

By the end of 2021, anyone in Kentucky will be able to access services via the network – which will be available in every county to everyone in need of support. This means simple, convenient and local access to comprehensive care. Community members can request help from their pharmacist, primary care provider or community partner, and in minutes be connected to a robust network of social service providers who can refer to each other and be certain that services are delivered. This network is free for the community-based organizations providing care, as well as the people requesting services.

“Over the past year, our collaboration with Unite Us has resulted in over 250% growth in the number of local organizations who utilize this important tool to work together and coordinate the services they provide to our members and the community,” said Jonathan Copley, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky. “These seamless connections to community resources and services help improve health outcomes, and we look forward to continuing to build upon that success as we expand the network statewide and make sure our members are getting the resources they need.”

“We are thrilled to continue this work with CVS Health and grow our partnership with Aetna Better Health to commit even more resources to Kentucky,” says Taylor Justice, President of Unite Us. “The rising number of COVID-19 cases and the increasing demand for unemployment and nutritional services are indicators of the second wave of social needs caused by the pandemic,” he adds. “Now we can work quickly to help as many people as possible have their critical needs met.”

About Unite Us:
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. 

Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

Virginia to Partner with Unite Us to Create Statewide Infrastructure Connecting Health and Social Services

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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will allocate $10 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to create Unite Virginia, a statewide technology platform designed to connect vulnerable Virginians to health and social services. Working with Unite Us, a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers, the Commonwealth will implement an integrated e-referral system that unites government agencies, health care providers, and community-based partners and supports Virginia’s continuing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

“The ongoing and widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic underscore the need to unite traditional health care settings and community organizations that address social determinants of health,” said Governor Northam. “This is about connecting people with the supports they need to live healthy lives. Having this critical infrastructure in place will also position our Commonwealth to better respond to and recover from the twin public health and economic crises we face, and advance health equity by ensuring medical care and social services are appropriately delivered to Virginians, reducing barriers to care, and identifying gaps to better our target resources.”

This initial funding allocation will cover startup and implementation costs to operate the e-referral system, which can integrate with widely used electronic medical record systems in place at hospitals, health systems, and medical practice groups across Virginia. Establishing those links will enable health care providers to refer patients to social service organizations that can provide other supports such as food, transportation assistance, housing, employment services, and more. In turn, participating organizations will be able to refer patients and clients to each other. This interconnected approach also increases the likelihood that vulnerable Virginians will access support services to manage their health conditions and the environmental factors that contribute to them. Data insights gleaned from the integrated technology platform will help state government, providers, and other partners identify critical needs and better focus efforts to serve these Virginians.

“Developing this type of e-referral system has been a longstanding goal of our statewide Partnering for a Healthy Virginia initiative,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “With this funding, we can take the necessary steps to continue our important work on promoting health equity and addressing the social factors that influence individual and community health. This work is more important now than ever because the economic harm and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on vulnerable Virginians.”

“Virginia’s hospital community is committed to the mission of addressing social determinants of health by ensuring that all Virginians have access to care and working to reduce health disparities,” said Sean T. Connaughton, President and CEO of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. “To that end, our members have worked closely with the Virginia Department of Health on planning for the buildout of this system in the Commonwealth and its key features, such as a two-way communication mechanism between health care providers and community partners. We look forward to full implementation of this program.”

Unite Us provides unifying infrastructure between health care providers and community-based organizations as the foundation for social care transformation at scale. With networks in more than 40 states, Unite Us is the statewide technology platform in North Carolina and the company is developing programs similar to what is planned in Virginia in communities in Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, and South Dakota. In Virginia, Unite Us already powers networks in the Hampton Roads and Shenandoah Valley regions. When fully established, this network will be an integral part of the Commonwealth’s broader public health framework.

“We are ready to work alongside our partners in Virginia to provide both the technology and hyper-local community engagement that will give individuals comprehensive access to the care and services they need,” said Unite Us President Taylor Justice. “Thanks to the leadership of Governor Northam, Unite Us will help mitigate the current effects of the pandemic, build the infrastructure to strengthen connectivity between all care providers, and ultimately help build healthier, more equitable communities.”

CVS Health, Humana, Ochsner Health, and Unite Us Join Forces to Support Unite Louisiana, Expanding Social Care Throughout the State

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NEW YORK, November 18, 2020, 10:10 a.m. ETUnite Us, the technology company building coordinated care networks nationwide, today announced that its Unite Louisiana network has partnered with CVS Health, Humana, and Ochsner Health in an effort to expand and improve community health and social care throughout the state. 

 

Unite Louisiana was established in partnership with Louisiana Association of United Ways and Louisiana 211. The network connects clinicians and social service providers through Unite Us’ shared technology platform, to serve the health and social needs within communities and parishes statewide. Unite Louisiana is currently in 14 parishes and growing. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, access to basic needs such as food, health care, housing, and economic resources are strained more than ever. Unite Louisiana bridges the care gap for the basic needs of Louisianans, now extending into New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport with these new partnerships. The Unite Louisiana network is also supported by Aetna Better Health of Louisiana and Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

 

“Unite Us has been doubling down on its efforts across the country to ensure Americans are receiving the care they need during these volatile times. Louisiana residents need access to care now more than ever, as COVID-19 cases continue to be high across the state,” said Taylor Justice, president of Unite Us. “As we continue to expand Unite Louisiana, joining forces with CVS Health, Humana, and Ochsner Health was the natural next step.” 

 

Here are some examples of how these partners are utilizing the network to serve their patients and communities in Louisiana: 

 

  • Care Managers at Louisiana Healthcare Connections are using Unite Us to connect Medicaid members with social services.
  • Care Managers at Aetna Better Health of Louisiana are using the platform to connect their Medicaid and Dual-eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP) members with social services.
  • Care Managers at Humana are using Unite Us’ technology to connect their Medicare Advantage members and DSNP members with social services.
  • Teams across Ochsner Health, including the Digital Medicine team and Outpatient Case Management team, are using Unite Us to coordinate social services for their patients.

 

”When helping people on their path to better health, we value innovation and collaboration. Unite Louisiana brings together community-focused companies to help Louisianans get access to the resources and support they need,” said Richard Born, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, a CVS Health company.

 

 Louisiana’s daily case rate has remained high and there continues to be a need for electronic connectivity among community-based organizations during the pandemic, especially in rural areas of the state. With the addition of CVS Health, Humana, and Ochsner Health, Unite Louisiana is now connecting even more Louisianans to critical resources through a single entry point, which is crucial to reduce exposure and provide support during the pandemic and enable a no-wrong-door approach for anyone in need.

 

“This strategic partnership with Unite Louisiana helps us continue to focus on both community and business integration to improve clinical and social health outcomes for individuals throughout the state. We see this as an investment that drives real and lasting change for those who need social support,” said Matt Berger, President-Gulf States at Humana.

 

Unite Louisiana’s impact has been critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since April 1 2020, the network has grown by 70 percent. In that same time period, the network has been meeting community demand particularly around food assistance requests, with nearly 98 percent resolution of food assistance service episodes.

 

“We are excited to be working with Unite Us to provide critical resources to underserved communities across Louisiana,” said Kevin Green, Vice President, Community Based Clinics at Ochsner Health. “As we continue to face COVID-19, this is the time to invest in the people we serve and provide support to create a healthier region. Together, Ochsner and Unite Us can help remove barriers and support the foundation of a healthier life for our community.”

 

Unite Louisiana currently serves 14 parishes across the New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport regions, including Acadia, Ascension, Bossier, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion, and West Baton Rouge parishes. Interested community-based organizations can learn more about joining the network at Louisiana.UniteUs.com.

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

About CVS Health:

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We’re evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that’s in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we’re transforming health at www.cvshealth.com

 

About Humana:

Humana, Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

    • Annual reports to stockholders
    • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
    • Most recent investor conference presentations
    • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
    • Calendar of events
    • Corporate Governance information


About Ochsner Health:

Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Ochsner Health is a not-for-profit committed to giving back to the communities it serves through preventative screenings, health and wellness resources and partnerships with innovative organizations that share our vision. Ochsner Health healed more than 876,000 people from across the globe in 2019, providing the latest medical breakthroughs and therapies, including digital medicine for chronic conditions and telehealth specialty services. Ochsner Health is a national leader, named the top hospital in Louisiana and a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report. As Louisiana’s leading healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. Ochsner Health is innovating healthcare by investing in new technologies and research to make world-class care more accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner’s team of more than 26,000 employees and 4,500 providers are working to reinvent the future of health and wellness in the region. To learn more about Ochsner Health, please visit www.ochsner.org. To transform your health, please visit www.ochsner.org/healthyyou.

 

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Unite Us, Oregon Health Leadership Council, and Partners Announce Connect Oregon: A Collaborative Network to Address Social Health Statewide

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NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A coalition of local health organizations in Oregon has committed to expand existing infrastructure to connect people to health and social services.

Central Oregon Health Council, PacificSource, CareOregon, Columbia Pacific CCO, Jackson Care Connect, Health Share of Oregon, AllCare Health, and the Oregon Health Leadership Council today collectively announced that they’ve chosen Unite Us as their technology partner to electronically connect health and social care providers throughout the state, ensuring that more people in Oregon and Southwest Washington can get the care they need, when they need it.

With this partnership, these organizations have made a bold commitment to invest in social health infrastructure with an emphasis on community, through one coordinated care network: Connect Oregon. They join InterCommunity Health Network CCO and Samaritan Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, 211info, and local health and social service organizations who were already working with Unite Us to lay the groundwork in the state. Now, those existing efforts will continue to grow and strengthen.

For a comprehensive list of all stakeholders, and to read more in their own words why this work is so critical right now, visit Connect Oregon’s website.

Community-based organizations who provide social services such as nutrition, housing and shelter, employment, and behavioral and mental health support can onboard to Connect Oregon at no cost and will be able to connect with each other and clinical providers, sending and receiving electronic, closed-loop referrals in Unite Us’ secure, accountable network—while following their clients’ journeys beyond the walls of their own organizations and tracking outcomes. The coordination center is powered by 211info and supports community engagement.

“The desire to drive positive outcomes and results for those individuals most vulnerable is a powerful force when combined with a solution such as Connect Oregon to support Community Information Exchange,” says Ronda Lindley-Bennett, Community Information Exchange Administrator, InterCommunity Health Network CCO. “A closed-loop referral platform that offers a seamless, comprehensive, easy to use user interface is vital for efficiency in service delivery from a community perspective. Keeping the member’s whole-person care and well-being in the center of focus has driven our commitment and leadership every step of the way.”

“I really appreciate the partnership and collaboration across Oregon and Southwest Washington with our partners to stand up Connect Oregon. Amidst both a climate of systemic racism and demand for social justice, alongside the pandemic and recent historic wildfires, we know we must, as a society, better provide for total health of all people. Connect Oregon is a step toward closing the gaps on social determinants of health, in addition to addressing the physical and mental health needs in our community. We all must own it together,” says Imelda Dacones, MD, President and CEO, Northwest Permanente, PC, Kaiser Permanente.

It’s widely accepted that 80 percent* of a person’s health is affected by social determinants of health (SDoH)–conditions in the environment in which people are born, live, work, play, worship, and age–with the remaining 20 percent attributed to medical issues. By prioritizing social services and ensuring that people’s needs are appropriately met within their own neighborhoods and communities, Oregon is on the path towards achieving health equity and improving health outcomes throughout the state.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on communities and affect employment, housing, nutritional security and other essential social needs, it’s more critical than ever for providers to have a tool to seamlessly refer to each other and account for all outcomes, ensuring that no one falls through the cracks.

“Every time we get a referral in Unite Us and are able to connect people who need nutritional support with meals is a success,” says Jody Grant, Operations and Programs Manager for Meals on Wheels People. “Early on, we got a referral from Kaiser Permanente for a patient discharged from the hospital with COVID-19. Her husband, who also contracted COVID-19, died unexpectedly. When we delivered her meals, we called to tell her they were on her porch and checked in weekly. Once she was able to get back to cooking for herself, she told us she felt like it saved her life to have people checking in on her on a regular basis. This is the miracle of service. To serve our community best, we need partners like Unite Us to show us the people in need.”

In addition, recent demands for social justice across the nation have shed light on existing health disparities–particularly in communities of color–confirming that there is even greater need for collaborative work to provide person-centric, community-based care, that breaks down silos across providers.

“Our work together on Connect Oregon represents the best of our commitment in Oregon to collaborate among healthcare, social services and community to truly coordinate care, with particular attention to our most vulnerable citizens,” says Greg Van Pelt, President, Oregon Health Leadership Council. “It’s the fulfillment of our vision to cross boundaries and transform care with a focus on each person we serve, to meet them where they are and provide the services they need.”

To support these efforts, Unite Us provides a robust and proven community engagement process, hiring team members from the communities where they live and who continuously strengthen the network’s health through outreach, training and continued support. The Unite Us team relies on the expertise of local leaders and existing coalitions to build trust–those grassroots advocates who’ve been doing the work long before anyone coined the term, “social determinants of health.” This community-driven approach has been successful in over 40 states around the country.

“Across Oregon, community-based organizations have long been helping people get the services and care they need, but in many regions, they lacked the connectivity, infrastructure and outcome data,” says Taylor Justice, President of Unite Us. “With this collective investment and alignment on the part of the healthcare sector, care coordination will become faster, seamless and trackable, and the state can move towards one connected network of social and health care service providers,” he adds.

Connect Oregon currently serves Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, Marion, Polk, Lincoln, Linn, Benton, Lane, and Deschutes counties in Oregon, and Clark and Cowlitz counties in Southwest Washington. With these newest partners on board, there is now a commitment to serve 21 of the 36 Oregon counties through the statewide collaboration. The long-term goal is for the network to be available in every county throughout the entire state.

About OHLC:
The Oregon Health Leadership Council (formerly the Health Leadership Task Force) is a collaborative organization working to develop practical solutions that reduce the rate of increase in health care costs and premiums so health care and insurance are more affordable to people and employers in the state. OHLC’s work with Connect Oregon reflects its stakeholder commitments to health care transformation and to addressing critical social needs for Oregonians.

About Unite Us:
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.
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* Hood, C. M., K. P. Gennuso, G. R. Swain, and B. B. Catlin. 2016. County health rankings: Relationships between determinant factors and health outcomes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(2):129-135.

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Unite Us and Nebraska Health Information Initiative Expand Partnership to Bring Coordinated Care to Six Additional States

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Unique growing partnership will continue to break down barriers between medical and social care in multiple states throughout the country

 

NEW YORKOct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Unite Us, the technology company building coordinated care networks nationwide, announced today that it is expanding its partnership with Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII), a Health Information Exchange (HIE), to six additional states including IowaMissouriSouth DakotaNorth DakotaKansas, and Minnesota. This growing partnership aims to break down existing obstacles between clinical and social service providers to allow for comprehensive, whole-person care with trackable outcomes and data.

Beyond the clinical care a person receives, 80% of an individual’s health and quality of life is affected by their social determinants of health (SDoH), conditions in the environment where people are born, live, work, play, and worship.* It is critical that health care providers have access to this full picture of their patients’ lives beyond the clinic and hospital walls, in order to identify and help eliminate potential barriers to their health and well-being.

NEHII is committed to helping organizations addressing SDoH improve their workflows, track results and metrics, avoid wasteful and repeated care, and create sustainable long-term models for care. NEHII will utilize Unite Us’ person-centric platform to provide transparency, accountability, and outcomes data to providers, and to incorporate community-based social care into state ecosystems, particularly in rural areas with geographic variations in access to critical services. This expansion and continued partnership paves the way for additional collaborations with other HIEs, multiple health systems and state Medicaid departments as they collectively move towards systems change.

“NEHII is thrilled to be expanding our partnership with Unite Us into six new states, to enable better support and health outcomes for all Americans,” says Jaime Bland, President and CEO of NEHII. “We know patients don’t seek care in a single institution, let alone a single state, especially along our borders. Statewide infrastructures for health and social care are more crucial than ever as COVID-19 continues to devastate the nation. We’re eager to help additional states combine their clinical and social care data in one secure location to provide patients and providers a more comprehensive view of their longitudinal health record.”

“Our ultimate goal is to help all Americans lead healthier lives, and this extended partnership with NEHII enables providers to better address whole-person needs, including nonmedical issues and social determinants of health,” says Taylor Justice, President of Unite Us. “We continue to lead on bringing social care to the same level of priority as traditional health care, at a time when it has never been more important to build this infrastructure. While much of the national response to COVID-19 so far has been in the clinical realm, our social support systems are seeing an unprecedented strain due to high demand.”

This expansion between Unite Us and NEHII comes on the heels of Unite Nebraska, the pair’s first joint statewide network that was announced in June 2020 and launched last month, and will allow more people in need across the country to get the services they need. Unite Us and NEHII have begun rolling out the partnership into the additional states, and all networks will be live by August 2022.

About Unite Us:
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

About NEHII:
NEHII’s mission is to bring trust and value to health information technology by creating solutions for moving health data forward. NEHII, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a public/private governance model that includes health care providers, payers, and the State of Nebraska. NEHII is a statewide Health Information Exchange designed to share clinical and administrative data among providers in Nebraska and neighboring states. NEHII’s purpose is to achieve health care transformation through community betterment collaboration while protecting the security and privacy of medical information. Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

* Hood, C. M., K. P. Gennuso, G. R. Swain, and B. B. Catlin. 2016. County health rankings: Relationships between determinant factors and health outcomes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(2):129-135.

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Unite Us Expands Executive Team With Appointment of Chief Technology Officer

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NEW YORK Unite Us, the technology company building coordinated care networks of health and social service providers nationwide, has today announced the appointment of Shandy Guharoy as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

With a deep understanding of healthcare information technology, Guharoy joins Unite Us with over 20 years of experience specialized in population health management, consumer-driven healthcare, payer platforms, and healthcare portals. His role at Unite Us will be heavily focused on engineering, product development, and solutions architecture in an effort to lead the company’s continued technology innovation within the health and social care industries.

“We’re excited to welcome an expert of Shandy’s caliber to the Unite Us team, ” said Dan Brillman, CEO and Co-founder of Unite Us. “Our technology is what fuels our business and with Shandy’s leadership it will continue to transform the industry. As we continue to expand into new states and regions across the country, Shandy’s expertise and guidance will be crucial to identify new innovations and continue to deliver the best solutions and experiences to our customers and partners.”

Prior to joining Unite Us, Guharoy was Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Evolent Health, where he was responsible for development and commercialization of the company’s core technology platform and client relationship. Before that, he was Vice President, eBusiness Delivery, at Anthem, where he directed application development for all online assets. Prior to Anthem, Guharoy was Vice President, Application Development, Information Technology, at Lumenos Inc., responsible for formulating and executing technology plans for the organization. Guharoy received his Bachelor of Engineering from Jadavpur University in India and his Executive MBA at Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

“My career has been building towards this moment, when I can put my skills and experience to work for a mission-driven organization such as Unite Us,” says Guharoy. “I’ve been following Unite Us for some time now, and am eager to contribute to the company’s work to connect people to care, wherever they are, whenever they need it. It’s the combination of first-in-class technology with a person-centric model, that puts Unite Us ahead of the pack,” he adds.

The expansion of the executive team coincides with the company’s rapid growth and the overall acceleration of the health-technology industry and an increasing demand to meet social care needs in the wake of the novel coronavirus. With economic resources strained now more than ever in the midst of the pandemic, communities have increased demand for Unite Us’ services by over 287% since March, with the most frequently requested social care needs including access to food, healthcare, housing, and transportation. In direct response to COVID-19, Unite Us has expanded and launched new networks into areas of the nation hit hardest by the pandemic, including Unite NYCNCCARE360Unite Nebraska, and more.

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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MetroHealth and Unite Us Join Forces to Connect Health and Social Care across Cuyahoga County

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CLEVELAND, OH – The MetroHealth System has partnered with an innovative technology company to connect health care and social care providers through a shared electronic resource referral platform.

 

Building on MetroHealth’s commitment to integrating information such as whether a person is struggling with housing, food insecurity, employment and other factors into its electronic medical record, the Unite Us platform allows for efficient electronic referrals to and between social service organizations to meet those needs and track the outcomes.

 

New York-based Unite Us has developed software that combines person-centered care coordination and hands-on community engagement for health systems, social service organizations and government agencies – and seamlessly integrates into MetroHealth’s electronic health records – to meet the shared goal of improved individual and community health.

 

This is a significant, multi-year investment by MetroHealth, but the tool will be available to community-based organizations at no cost.

 

“This partnership allows us to help provide connections to social services for the people in our community who need it — and allow us to track and measure if it is making a difference,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “This will enable all of the community’s health and social service agencies to work together efficiently and transparently. We believe our partnership with Unite Us will make our community healthier.”

 

MetroHealth is a national leader in tracking social determinants of health – the idea that up to 80% of a person’s health depends on factors that occur outside of the walls of a hospital or medical clinic. They include safe housing, adequate food, socialization, employment and transportation. COVID-19 has exacerbated these factors for so many across our county.

 

MetroHealth is the first hospital system in Ohio to partner with Unite Us. MetroHealth’s Institute For H.O.P.E.TM will help onboard social service agencies, develop referral networks and analyze data to make sure the hospital system is meeting the needs of our community.

 

“Improving the health of the community is the core of MetroHealth’s mission. Part of that means continuing to deliver excellent medical care. But we must also expand the reach of our care,” says Institute For H.O.P.E.TM President Susan Fuehrer. “We need to see the full picture of our patients and their lives, beyond our walls, so we can identify and help eliminate potential barriers to their health and well-being. We must find and fix the root causes of health disparities in our region. Unite Us will help MetroHealth and the Institute For H.O.P.E.TM to identify and address these health disparities in an even more efficient and effective way.”

 

“MetroHealth has a strong network of longstanding community relationships and a well-established service model,” says Dan Brillman, CEO of Unite Us. “Unite Us brings a robust technology platform and local community engagement model to ensure we reach and serve those in need. Combining these strengths will super-charge the community’s ability to coordinate services, improve health, and measure impact across Greater Cleveland.”

 

The selection of Unite Us is the culmination of a community-wide process led by Better Health Partnership, Center for Health Affairs, CWRU, and United Way along with other hospital systems and nonprofit organizations.

 

Since committing to screening for social determinants of health, MetroHealth has screened over 10,000 patients and connected many with social service referrals. Screenings showed the top three risks for our patients are social isolation (47% at high risk) , food insecurity (40% at high risk) and lack of physical activity (39% at high risk). Now the system will be able to monitor the results and impact of those referrals.

 

 

About The MetroHealth System:

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood. MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid. The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center. As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.  Follow Unite Us on LinkedInFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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Dorsena Drakeford
Media Relations Specialist

216-598-9908

 

Emily Rogan
Communications Manager
Unite Us
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