Social Determinants of Health: The Future of Healthcare

Social Determinants of Health: The Future of Healthcare There’s an old saying, “You can’t manage, what you can’t measure.” When it comes to the Social Determinants of Health (#SDOH), it is clear that the healthcare industry has a long way to go to be able to manage and measure the factors, experiences, and barriers beyond […]

Star Ratings Impact of Medicare Advantage Members Use of Veterans Affairs Facilities

Improving Medicare Advantage Star Ratings by Documenting Veterans Care As 2019 is officially here, Medicare Advantage plans are continuing to look for opportunities to positively impact their Star Ratings. The Star Ratings are important for Medicare Advantage plans for a variety of reasons including Quality Bonus Payments and marketing rules. Many of the Star Ratings […]

A Social Determinant Health Plans Can Impact: Veterans in Managed Care

Recently, the Aetna Foundation became the latest in a long-line of health stakeholders to make a statement regarding the need for solutions to address the “social determinants of health” (SDOH). They awarded nearly $2.4 million in grants to address SDOH challenges. A collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson […]

What Happens to the 7-8% of Medicare Members Who Use the VA During a Government Shutdown?

The once remote threat of a government shutdown has become an immediate probability. As Aaron Blake wrote in today’s Washington Post, the “government looks quite likely to shut down at midnight.” One of the more complicated elements of government shutdowns is understanding the impact on services. What government agencies cease operations? Which continue? At BeneLynk, […]