Humana’s 2019 Bold Goal Progress Report Details A Focus On Social Determinants of Health and Improved Healthy Days in its Medicare Advantage PopulationSource: Business Wire
Humana’s seven original Bold Goal communities reduced Unhealthy Days
Humana Medicare members in
San Antonioachieved a 9.8 percent improvement
- Screened 500,000 people for social determinants of health across Bold Goal communities and Humana, setting a new goal of 1 million by the end of 2019
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A comprehensive health and business strategy, Humana’s Bold Goal is
working to help improve the health of the communities it serves 20
percent by 2020 and beyond. The company reports its learnings and
results across specific conditions and social determinants of health, as
well as in populations through lines of business such as
Since the beginning of the Bold Goal, Humana has used the
The use of Healthy Days aligns with Humana’s holistic approach to
addressing the impact of social determinants and health-related social
needs on a person’s life, such as food insecurity, social isolation and
loneliness. For example, a Humana Medicare Advantage member who is food
insecure can have up to 26.6 Unhealthy Days a month, while someone who
suffers from loneliness can have 24.4 Unhealthy Days a month. Humana’s
research also shows that for each Unhealthy Day a person reports, it is
correlated to 10 hospital admissions per thousand, or the potential of
“A large part of Humana’s focus is to help people living with multiple
chronic conditions improve their health, which requires an integrated
The following key highlights reflect the progress Humana members and the communities the company serves achieved in 2018.
Humana Medicare Advantage members are improving their overall
Medicare Advantagemembers living in the company’s original seven Bold Goal communities have seen a 2.7 percent reduction in their Unhealthy Days since 2015.
The first Bold Goal community,
San Antonio, is halfway to its 20 percent healthier goal. Since 2015, Humana Medicare Advantage members in San Antoniohave experienced a 9.8 percent reduction in Unhealthy Days.
- 500,000 members, employees and patients were screened for social determinants of health in 2018. Humana worked with internal business partners, physician practices and community organizations to screen for food insecurity and loneliness and refer those who screened positive to community resources. They set a new goal of 1 million people screened by the end of 2019.
Despite the progress above, new Humana Medicare Advantage members
reported high mentally Unhealthy Days, which offset gains in several of
Humana’s Bold Goal communities. In fact, Humana Medicare Advantage
William Shrank, MD, MSHS, Humana’s new Chief Medical Officer, whose organization is responsible for the Bold Goal, believes the key to delivering more physically and mentally Healthy Days is to build a sustainable and scalable integrated care model around the patient where they live.
“The social barriers and health challenges that our
“Throughout the country, we are seeing a rise in mental health concerns
as well as loneliness and social isolation, especially in our aging
adult population. In fact, since the 1980s, the rates of loneliness in
adults over the age of 45 have doubled,” said Coats. “With the knowledge
that mentally Unhealthy Days and new membership are driving many of our
results, several of our Bold Goal communities are looking at ways to
address this growing need. We’ve already seen efforts emerge in
Please visit www.humana.com/boldgoal for additional information on Humana’s efforts and to learn how to get involved in one of the community Health Advisory Boards.
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.
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