Successfully working with Americans to stay healthier and helping control healthcare costs requires both preventive care, appropriate education, and follow up. According to the CDC, more than 8 million Americans have undiagnosed diabetes resulting in direct healthcare costs of $176 billion; this figure could be significantly lowered by early diagnosis and appropriate education. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the US, yet early identification of risk factors as well as education and follow up may significantly lower the more than $100 billion in direct and indirect costs. These are just two of many health issues that may be mitigated in part by having a system in place that identifies problems early and creates a pathway toward optimal health. MedXM health risk assessments begin that process and provide the foundation on which a comprehensive and personalized health plan is built.
In-home health risk assessments. MedXM health risk assessments are not simply a form to fill out or a rushed interview. Our risk assessment visits are a comprehensive conversation, a big picture of the patient's overall health supported by all the details meant to optimally coordinate care.
Patients, providers and health plans benefit directly from this model.
Direct benefits for patients. First impressions are everything. The patient is not a number, although much about healthcare may leave them feeling that they are no more than a data point in a report. We've constructed the ideal in home health risk assessment that creates an atmosphere of collaboration and gives the patient real value.
- Time. Our HRA is an hour-long conversation in the patient's home with a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. This time spent is about more than data collection; it is also important for the patient to have their concerns and questions addressed in a more relaxed setting than might be possible elsewhere. The patient is a proactive participant in maintaining their best overall health.
- Information. Our HRA includes data collection; information about medical and surgical history, chronic conditions, medications, and lifestyle issues are all collected as a baseline from which to evaluate future care plans. This information is then made available to the PCP and health plan, thus reducing the number of times the patient needs to repeat the same information.
- Prevention. The HRA provides a platform for both effective treatment as well as preventive care. For instance, early identification of high risk factors for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease can set the stage for education and resources to help the patient make desired lifestyle changes. Identification of living conditions that make it difficult for patients to access care or follow medication management plans can result in concrete ideas rather than waiting until they are labeled non-compliant. Early identification and preventive measures means better health overall.
Direct benefits for health plans. The MedXM health risk assessment is part of a system designed to assess risk, lower costs, and track return on investment.
- Risk assessment. Early identification of high risk members is essential to not only help craft an effective health care strategy, but also to reduce potential high costs of missing those early diagnoses.
- Personalized member education. The comprehensive HRA provides the building blocks necessary to educate members on how they can proactively work with their PCP to maintain optimal health. By identifying potential problems early and instituting wise planning, members use high-cost resources such as emergency services less frequently.
- Data analysis and tracking. Data collected during the HRA is made available to both plan and PCP, along with targeted tracking to help measure outcomes based on follow-up care for risks initially identified. Our HRA also adheres to the latest CMS recommendations by being just one component of a comprehensive care coordination strategy that results in measurable ROI.
The MedXM health risk assessments are just one component of a comprehensive strategy for optimal patient health, cost containment, and quality care. Simply collecting data is not enough; used in conjunction with the built-in patient education and tracked through ongoing prevention and treatment measures, analysis continues to confirm the overall benefits for patients, providers, and plans. Contact us today to explore how this can work for you.