HOS: More Than Just the Other Survey

Over the last four cycles of the CMS Stars program, the 4 Star cut points for the HOS and CAHPS-based measures have remained relatively stable. Since 2017, some measures such as Improving or Maintaining Mental Health have seen a slight decline from a score of 85 to 82...

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Who is the Captain of Your Members’ Health?

Who is the Captain of Your Members’ Health?

Patients are increasingly influencing the direction of medical research, according to a recent story by NPR. This is exciting and promising news. But how about patients influencing the direction of their own medical care? Is there a lesson to be...

Are Your Members Skipping Their Medicine?

Are Your Members Skipping Their Medicine?

More than 30 percent of patients with hypertension aren’t taking their prescribed medicine, according to a new study published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Medication adherence is a problem for more Americans than we...

The Gap In Smoking Cessation Support

The Gap In Smoking Cessation Support

The American Cancer Society released new data spotlighting smoking’s leading role in cancer-related deaths. According to the study, cigarettes are to blame for nearly 3 in 10 cancer deaths in the U.S. And the damaging effects go beyond just cancer....

Looking Behind the Curtain at Breast Cancer Screenings

Looking Behind the Curtain at Breast Cancer Screenings

A new argument for not participating in health screenings involves a theater analogy. Two researchers, Dr. Andrew Lazris and Erik Rifkin, ask you to imagine a sold-out house of 1,000 playgoers or concertgoers, all getting a particular kind of...

The Best Thing You Can Do For Members with Chronic Disease

The Best Thing You Can Do For Members with Chronic Disease

People with chronic conditions spend 99% of their time outside of the doctor’s office. What they do in that time determines the quality of their health—and the cost of their healthcare. That’s why healthcare plans and employers are starting to...

Big Pharma, Bigger Gaps in Healthcare

Big Pharma, Bigger Gaps in Healthcare

Prescription drugs now account for almost 17% of personal healthcare expenditures – up from about 7% in the 1990s – according to the federal Health and Human Services Department. Massive price increases for pharmaceuticals like the EpiPen stem from...