Press Press Releases & Media Coverage about First Choice Health


Now offering prescription opioid use report free of charge to Seattle-area employers

Thursday, July 11, 2019

FCH is excited to announce we will offer a prescription opioid use report free of charge to employers in the Puget Sound area. The report will help identify high rates of opioid use which can be associated with potential misuse and addiction among employees. No personally identifiable information will be used.

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First Choice Health launches innovative program to curb opioid misuse and abuse in the workplace

Monday, June 3, 2019

FCH has launched a new program to reduce opioid misuse and abuse in the workplace. This is one of the most comprehensive programs in the country to offer data analysis and outreach on an ongoing basis, providing much-needed support and education for our clients and their workforces who are struggling with chronic opioid use.

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Announcing new senior hires, Anisha Sood and Gordon Thomson, focused on growth and innovation

Thursday, May 23, 2019

FCH is pleased to announce the hires of two key strategic roles: Anisha Sood has been named Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, who will be charged with identifying, developing and maintaining external partnerships, while Gordon Thomson has been named Strategic Program Director, tasked with helping FCH increase its cost advantage and dramatically improving the pace and receptivity to change.

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First Choice Health EAP expands behavioral health access for employers with new platform

Monday, May 20, 2019

FCH announces a new innovative telehealth technology that will greatly improve behavioral health access for the more than 600 clients using the standalone Employee Assistance Program, as we continue to focus on addressing behavioral health in the workplace.

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Mentor Creative Group partnership to develop cutting-edge platform for employers

Monday, February 25, 2019

Newly announced joint project between First Choice Health and Mentor Creative Group, a full-service digital agency based in Seattle, will work to identify needs of employers, leveraging data-driven insights to deliver an innovative platform for the fast-growing number of employers using First Choice Health.

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First Choice Health closes out 2018 on a high note, builds momentum entering 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

FCH enters the new year celebrating a momentous 2018, which included notable growth in members and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) usage, and a strategic expansion of our presence in Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota. In addition to growth, we've increased focus on smart, practical data and advanced population health metrics to supply employers with the tools and metrics they need to inform decision-making. With more exciting programs, partnerships and hires on deck, we're on track for an even bigger 2019, and look forward to working towards an improved health outlook for all of our members.

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Two strategic hires, Ron Cornell and James Cassel, to drive innovation and growth

Thursday, August 2, 2018

We're pleased to welcome Ron Cornell as the director of product innovation and James Cassel as the director of Oregon sales. Both directors join First Choice Health with an array of departmental expertise and were strategically hired to drive forward CEO Jaja Okigwe's vision for innovation at the company.

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New director at First Choice Health

Thursday, June 14, 2018

First Choice Health has named Wendy Walker as Director of Account Management. Since joining the company in 2014, Wendy has worked hard to build strong and trusted relationships both internally and externally. Congratulations, Wendy!

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First Choice Health announces appointment of new President and CEO, Jaja Okigwe

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

We're excited to both celebrate Ken Hamm's career and contribution to First Choice Health, as well as welcome Jaja Okigwe as our new President and CEO. "I wanted to work on initiatives that had a more direct impact on people's health," said Jaja. "What attracted me to First Choice Health is the ability I have here to make larger-scale changes that can drive growth and serve our customers far into the future." Read more about Ken's 12 - year tenure and Jaja's 20-year career in healthcare.

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FCH and MultiCare Health System debut new ACO contract

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Puget Sound High-Value Network (PSHVN) unites premier health care organizations throughout the region to provide high-quality, cost-effective, and comprehensive care at a reduced cost to employers. Participating providers share a strong commitment to embracing a new approach to health care delivery.

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Coalition of health care providers debuts high-value network

Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Choice Health and MultiCare Connected Care (MCC) coordinate to create access to MCC's clinically integrated network for First Choice Health clients, with a focus on improving the patient experience and providing high-quality, cost-effective care.

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Becker's: Seattle insurer releases opioid use data for free

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"We wanted to offer this report as a public service to the local community that is so important to what we do at First Choice Health," Jaja Okigwe, CEO and president of First Choice Health, said in a press release. "This data will not only provide insight to our local businesses about how this growing epidemic might be impacting their employees, but it provides a pathway to addressing it head-on."

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An insurer built an opioid-tracking algorithm; now they're giving away the data for free

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

First Choice Health (FCH) is aiming to make opioid use data available to employers - even those that don't contract with it for health coverage. The reports can be used to identify high rates of opioid use among the workforce, information that can then be adapted into initiatives to mitigate the problem, John Robinson, M.D., chief medical officer at FCH, told FierceHealthcare.

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PSBJ: First Choice Health offers Seattle employers free prescription opioid report

Friday, July 12, 2019

More than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day, and First Choice Health is trying to help employers address the crisis head on by using data to create practical solutions. Dr. John Robinson, FCH's chief medical officer, spoke with Puget Sound Business Journal to share how this company is using pharmacy claims data to identify opioid abuse in the workplace.

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PSBJ: First Choice Health program helps employers tackle opioid abuse

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Chief Medical Officer John Robinson: "The problem has been employers really haven't known if they have [an opioid misuse or abuse] problem. They may occasionally find an employee with a problem but they don't really know the scope of it."

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First Choice Health rolls out aggressive program to stem workplace opioid abuse

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Opioid abuse and addiction continue to be one of the biggest health epidemics facing employers and employees today. CEO Jaja Okigwe spoke with Seattle Business Magazine about First Choice Health's new program aimed at preventing opioid misuse and abuse in the workplace.

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Fast Company: This healthcare company is using pharmacy claims data to identify opioid abuse in the workplace

Monday, June 3, 2019

More than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day, and First Choice Health is trying to help employers address the crisis head on by using data to create practical solutions. Dr. John Robinson, FCH's chief medical officer, spoke with Fast Company publication to share how this company is using pharmacy claims data to identify opioid abuse in the workplace.

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Managed Healthcare Executive: The state of employer-sponsored healthcare

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Employers have become frustrated with year over year healthcare cost increases that are three to four times the inflation rate while their employees realize poor health outcomes. Poor outcomes lead to high disability rates and low productivity, adding insult to injury. CEO Jaja Okigwe, along with other industry experts, offers his insight on changes and strategies employers have taken to mitigate costs.

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Workforce Magazine: 4 myths of healthcare cost reduction

Monday, March 11, 2019

With healthcare costs soaring, cutting those costs is the elusive white whale for many businesses. FCH CEO Jaja Okigwe and other leading healthcare experts offer their thoughts on four prevailing myths to cutting employer health expenses. Read the full article in the March/April issue of Workforce Magazine.

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362 hospitals & counting: Why FCH CEO says its network is an 'alternative to traditional healthcare'

Thursday, February 14, 2019

CEO Jaja Okigwe recently spoke with Becker's Hospital Review about First Choice Health's past year, which included adding 20,000 new members in the fourth quarter of 2018 alone. He talks about challenges adding new providers to the FCH PPO network, developments in the Opioid Prescribing Metrics program, and more.

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Puget Sound Business Journal Outlook 2019: What Seattle's newest CEOs expect for the year to come

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

First Choice Health CEO Jaja Okigwe: "Seattle is such a leader, not just in the country but in the world, in terms of ideas. I'm excited about seeing what new things we'll come up with. I was really excited about the announcement from Microsoft (pledging $500 million to fund construction loans for affordable housing). I think for us, confronting the challenges both from a business standpoint but also from an environment standpoint is really interesting.?

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12 CEOs Outline Their Strategies For 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The top priority for many business leaders in 2019 is finding, keeping, training and deploying workers and managers who can succeed in the digital era. Chief Executive Magazine spoke with FCH CEO Jaja Okigwe about his thoughts on creating unity in a remote workforce.

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How a proactive approach to health care data can improve worker well-being

Monday, November 26, 2018

FCH's Jaja Okigwe recently authored an article on exploring how health care data can help identify countless risk factors and warning signs, reduce patient readmission, and lower costs and stress for patients, employers, and providers alike.

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How to Create a Healthier Workforce - Seattle Business Magazine

Thursday, October 25, 2018

According to a new study, the prescription opioid crisis caused almost one million people to be absent from their jobs in 2015. Over a 15-year period, absences resulted in a $700 billion loss in economic output. In Seattle Business magazine, FCH's CEO Jaja Okigwe discusses ways for organizations to determine if they have an opioid problem among their staff, and effective strategies to address the problem.

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A New Crisis in the Opioid Epidemic... Overdoses on the Job

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Healthline Media explores the rise in employee drug overdoses on the job in a new article. Five factors for a successful, modern drug-free workplace program are identified, including information on employee assistance programs like the First Choice Health EAP.

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Cover Story: FCH CEO Plans to Simplify Healthcare

Friday, September 14, 2018

First Choice Health CEO Jaja Okigwe spoke with Puget Sound Business Journal about his plans to simplify healthcare. Learn more about his vision for growth and the changes happening in the healthcare industry.

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