Throughout 2020, Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) used its access to more than 20 billion claims from over 200 million unique members to examine healthcare trends affecting the health of millions of Americans. This digest contains five studies on the following topics: COVID-19, men’s health, UV safety, HPV vaccinations, and childhood obesity.
This brief examines COVID-19’s impact on preventive services and telehealth using national claims data from 2019 and 2020. The descriptive studies of preventive service episodes included doctor visits and related preventive screenings such as mammograms, pap smears, and colonoscopies. The study also looks at differences in the use of preventive services and telehealth between urban and rural areas.
Research from Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) found that trends in obesity increased in both adults and children from 2016 to 2019. Children ages 2-4 showed the highest annual increase (20.6%). Childhood obesity puts children at increased risk of disease, and these health risks can continue into adulthood.
The number of individuals with high-cost and very high-cost medical claims is continuing to grow, consuming more and more of the total healthcare spend in the United States. The ability to predict which individuals are on a path to high cost, and which interventions have the best chance of preventing that eventuality, has become critically important.
Almost $1 of every $3 spent in healthcare is wasted on services that have little or no clinical benefit, are potentially harmful, or are delivered in unnecessary high-cost settings. The potential to harm patients may stem directly from the risks of LVC, or indirectly from additional tests and procedures that contain risks and/or have little or no clinical benefit. Blue … Read More