DALLAS, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when health plans are doing more to evaluate the health risks of plan members and stepping up communications to help them better manage their health, 75% of U.S. employees believe their health plan has never alerted them to a health risk. This finding of the HealthMine 2018 Rising Risk Survey underscores the challenges health plans face when educating members about potential health risks and motivating them to take action to prevent becoming ill.
"When a person is identified as having a health risk, it doesn't mean they will definitely get sick," said Bryce Williams, president and CEO of HealthMine. "However, it's well known that 86% of the nation's $2.7 trillion in annual health care costs are for people with chronic conditions. In addition, at any moment in time, about 20% of any defined population are likely to have multiple risk factors that can push them into the high-cost category if the risks are not addressed. And while people can't change all the attributes that determine a health risk—age, family history, or genetics—there are many things they can change. Examples include diet, physical activity, sleep, and habits such as smoking or alcohol consumption."
Added Williams, "Despite the challenges they face, health plans can play a key role in improving members' health outcomes while lowering health care costs by helping plan members make sense of their health risks and take action to prevent getting ill."
About the Survey
The HealthMine 2018 Rising Risk Survey queried 500 full-time U.S. employees age 26-64 who are enrolled in a healthcare plan sponsored by their employers. The survey was fielded by Research Now SSI (formerly Survey Sampling International) in December 2017 and January 2018. Data were collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error was 4%. Research Now SSI has been the worldwide leader in survey sampling and data collection solutions across every mode for 40 years.
HealthMine's proprietary SaaS platform and product suite is the early detection system for health plans that finds more gaps in care and closes them faster. Through the continuous collection and analysis of both clinical and personal data, HealthMine heads off the progression of chronic disease. With HealthMine, health plan executives no longer have to accept unchecked rising health risk, and the costs that come with it. For more information, visit www.healthmine.com.