PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For maximizing health outcomes in its Medicare population, Moda Health, an Oregon-based health plan provider, has replaced a manual Health Risk Assessment (HRA) process with an online tool from Wellsource, a premier provider of evidenced-based, NCQA-certified HRA and self-management tools. The Wellsource® WellSuite® IV HRA for Medicare has improved efficiency for both the health plan provider and its Medicare plan members to help facilitate better healthcare decisions.
"Wellness is an evolving industry and we constantly look at whether we are doing it in an efficient and effective way to foster the best population outcomes," said Mark Mitchell, Supervisor of Wellness and Health Operations for Moda Health. "After successfully using the Wellsource products for our workforce population, we extended the same online functionality for our Medicare population. The HRA not only speeds up what had been paper-based mail-in process with manual tabulation, but also drives our Medicare plan members to the MyModa portal where they can access Explanation of Benefits (EOBs), claims information and health tips from experts."
Adhering to the CDC framework, the WellSuite IV HRA for Medicare addresses a range of health topics to help Moda create care plans that successfully drive behavior change. Questions are written in plain language without medical jargon to collect data on demographics, self-assessment of health status, biometric values, psychological and behavioral risks, compliance with screenings and activity levels. The HRA also measures factors specific to senior populations, like cognitive decline, frailty and fall risk.
"Unlike a generic one-size-fits-all assessment, our NCQA-certified Medicare HRA is designed specifically to help health and wellness professionals improve the health and well-being of their age 65-plus members," said Dr. Brittany U. Carter, Director of Health and Research for Wellsource. "We understand the unique challenges that seniors face, and the challenges to care for them. Our assessment collects valuable data to help identify health risks, inform care plans, and comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements."
Mitchell at Moda appreciates the HRA's ability to engage patients, which is why it's given prominent placement on the MyModa portal, as well as its certifications and reporting capacity for internal use.
"We've placed the HRA near the top of the online portal and positioned it as a self-help tool for making lifestyle changes that improve health outcomes, in addition to all the other health information members can access from the portal," said Mitchell. "It lets members get a health baseline, which can be a big eye opener, and is perfect for those who don't like group health challenges. For Moda, we can use the HRA data and claims data to identify members that may need additional support managing their health, and the HRA's NCQA certification takes a huge load off our shoulders. The HRA balances simplicity of use for members with providing meaningful data for us."
In addition to its Medicare offering, Wellsource offers an HRA solution tailored for Medicaid. Dr. Carter will discuss related HRA and health topics at the 4th Annual Population Health Payer Innovations for Medicaid, Medicare & Duals on Tuesday, May 14, at the Hyatt Center in Arlington, Va. Her panel discussion on "Collecting, Sharing & Utilizing Data to Boost Outcomes" is at 2:40 p.m.
Wellsource Inc. has been a premier provider of evidence-based health risk assessments (HRAs) and self-management tools for four decades. With a strong reputation for scientific research and validity, the company offers an innovative family of products that empower wellness companies, health plans, ACOs and healthcare providers to inspire healthy lifestyles, prevent disease and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs. Wellsource's assessments connect lifestyle choices with healthy outcomes, measure readiness to change for maximum results and drive informed decisions with actionable data. For more information about Wellsource products, please visit www.wellsource.com or connect with Wellsource at [email protected].