Managing the risks of alcohol abuse in seniors

April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, and reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism that often prevents individuals and families from seeking help. So how does alcohol affect the elderly, and what can health plans do about it? The effects of alcohol on the elderly Alcohol abuse is one... Read More

Screenings can save lives

Did you know colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the U.S.? Although the mortality rate has been declining for several decades, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there will be more than 135,000 new cases and over 50,000 deaths from... Read More

What health plans can do for diabetic populations

The diabetic crisis continues to grow around the world, but despite its prevalence, it remains an almost invisible disease. The month of November is dedicated to bringing awareness of this chronic illness and to bring a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people... Read More

Supporting member health literacy with in-home assessments

October is Health Literacy Month, which promotes the importance of individuals understanding information about their health. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 million Americans have low health literacy1, which affects their ability to make health decisions. Additionally, studies have found that limited health literacy skills correlate with poor health outcomes, including... Read More

Good sleep habits important for senior health

On Sunday, November 6 we will “fall back” as daylight savings time comes to an end, and people across the country set their clocks back one hour and gain an hour of sleep. Nights get darker earlier, but not everyone will experience better sleep. The National Sleep Foundation found that more than half of men... Read More

In-home health assessments make a difference for HEDIS and member outcomes

As the next HEDIS season approaches, health plans are looking for more sophisticated strategies to capture quality information, improve outcomes, and balance the bottom line. Engaging members in their own health can help plans achieve these goals while supporting member satisfaction and retention. In-home screenings and assessments create a personal experience for members while capturing critical... Read More