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Blue Cross, HCSC to Reduce Food Insecurity Among Plan Members

February 14, 2019 - Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Institute and Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) have launched a health food delivery service that will help reduce food insecurity and health disparities for plan members. Called foodQ, the service will bring nutritious, affordable meals directly to people living in areas that don’t have adequate access to fresh foods that are part of a healthy...


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Lyft Expands Work with BCBS, Humana Medicare Advantage Plans

by Jennifer Bresnick

Rideshare company Lyft is expanding its collaboration with the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Institute to offer non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) to Medicare Advantage members. In a blog post on the company website, Lyft also...

CMS to Expand Tailored Benefits for Medicare Advantage Plans

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is proposing significant changes to Medicare Advantage geared towards expanding choice and increasing competitiveness in a highly lucrative market. The proposals would increase the number and scope of supplemental benefits available...

After Buying Aetna, CVS Health Commits $100M to Address SDOHs

by Jennifer Bresnick

With its $69 billion acquisition of Aetna in the books, the newly expanded CVS Health is now investing heavily in developing and deploying new models to address community wellness and the social determinants of health (SDOH). The...

Better State Policy Needed to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Chuck Green

A report on social determinants of health (SDOH) has five recommendations for addressing these important but often overlooked health factors with effective policymaking. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) recently published...

Kaiser Awards $6M to Support Mental, Behavioral Health Services

by Chuck Green

Kaiser is making a five-year, $6-million investment in community health, the health system and payer announced earlier this week. Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Community Mental Health and Wellness will $6 million to 16...

HHS Sets Sights on Addressing Social Determinants of Health

by Chuck Green

Speaking at the Hatch Foundation for Civility and Solutions in Washington, DC, early this month, Azar pointed to social determinants of health as “the root cause of so much of our health spending,” contributing to the $1...

Medicaid Beneficiaries Face Significant Food Insecurity Challenges

by Thomas Beaton

Medicaid beneficiaries face significant food insecurity challenges and may require additional healthcare programs to reduce food insecurity risks, according to new research from the Root Cause Coalition. Many Medicaid beneficiaries...

31% of Beneficiaries Face Social Isolation, More Health Risks

by Thomas Beaton

A new survey of Humana’s commercial population has found that almost one-third of members over 65 years old experience social isolation. The survey reveals that payers could benefit by addressing social isolation among their elderly...

Medicare Advantage Star Ratings Tied to Member Socioeconomic Strata

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans with a greater proportion of socioeconomically challenged members are more likely to have lower star ratings, according to new research from Brown University. Insufficient risk adjustment criteria in...

First Steps for Payers Developing Value-Based Care Initiatives

by Thomas Beaton

Successful value-based care initiatives require payers to learn which populations experience a high prevalence of chronic disease, where their organizations overspend, and how value-based contracting can solve these problems. Carefully...

How Payers Can Address Food Insecurity among Plan Beneficiaries

by Thomas Beaton

Payers are constantly challenged to provide their health plan beneficiaries the best possible healthcare experiences, but may have trouble doing that if members experience food insecurity. Food security is just one lifestyle need that...

Using Social Determinants of Health for Risk Stratification

by Thomas Beaton

Engaging in meaningful risk stratification of beneficiaries requires accurate data that can highlight opportunities to reduce costs and improve outcomes for plan members. In order for payers to develop accurate and detailed risk...

How Payers Address Deep-Rooted Social Determinants of Health

by Thomas Beaton

The social determinants of health (SDOH) have gained traction in payer discussions and are driving payers to take a thoughtful look into factors that create long-lasting effects on healthcare costs and outcomes. Payers recently have...

CMS: Mix of Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Medicare Advantage

by Thomas Beaton

CMS found significant racial and ethnic disparities related to patient experience and chronic disease management in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, revealing potential health equity concerns within MA. A report published by CMS and...

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