Studies, Surveys and Reports: What Can We Learn?

Our monthly roundup of surveys and reports from around the industry. We found interesting information that continues to give a glimpse into where we are going in healthcare. In this month’s reports, Americans are skipping food, rent, & Christmas presents to afford healthcare, more employers are covering chronic disease prevention services, and HIMSS gives us a glimpse into the future of healthcare.

Americans Skipping Food, Rent, Christmas Presents to Afford Healthcare: Survey
Americans are balancing their healthcare needs against their inability to afford medical services. A new (@HealthCareInc) survey shows 44% of U.S. adults skipped medical services. Some key findings: Dental treatments 23%, vision (20%), and preventive medicine (14%) topped the list of skipped services; 30% of respondents said avoided healthcare services because they couldn’t afford them. Explore their full survey results through their interactive data visualizations.

Peer-Reviewed Study Validates Bamboo Health’s NarxCare as Effective Patient Screening Solution for Opioid Risk
Bamboo Health (@BambooHLTH), formerly Appriss Health and PatientPing, a healthcare technology solutions company focused on fostering care collaboration and providing information and actionable insights across the entire continuum of care, has announced that a newly published peer-reviewed study concludes the company’s NarxCare solution is effective as an “initial universal prescription opioid-risk screener.” The peer-reviewed study was conducted through the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) and funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) HEAL Initiative.

New GTMRx Study Finds 9 out of 10 Employers Feel They Would Benefit from a More Innovative Way to Manage Medication Therapy Problems 
The Get the Medications Right™ (GTMRx) Institute (@GTMRxInstitute), the catalyst for change to medication management that brings together critical stakeholders across health care, is revealing the results of a new study of more than 300 human resource decision-makers in the U.S. The survey, which polled HR leaders at companies with 200+ employees about the challenges in medication management, found that 87% feel their company would benefit from a more innovative way to manage medication therapy problems. Nearly all (92%) of those polled feel offering a medication expert and/or clinical pharmacist would be helpful in better understanding medications.

EmblemHealth Study Finds that the Healthcare Industry Needs to Do More to Educate Consumers on Value-Based Care
EmblemHealth (@EmblemHealth), one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, released its findings in a national survey of what Value-Based Care means to patients and consumers. The national study found that only one in four consumers are aware of the term “Value-Based Care,” and of those, only a quarter can define it accurately. These results are a call to action for healthcare professionals and policy leaders.

2021 Future of Healthcare Report
The 2021 Future of Healthcare Report from HIMSS (@HIMSS) and its Trust partners— Accenture, The Chartis Group and ZS—offers a unique view into an industry in the midst of a transformation. The stakeholder groups represented within the report—health systems, clinicians, payers and patients—all expect substantial changes to impact their industry over the next five years.

New Survey: More Employers and Health Insurance Providers Covering Chronic Disease Prevention Services
A new survey conducted by AHIP (@AHIPCoverage) and the Smarter Health Care Coalition (@Smarter_HC) found that most health insurance providers and many large employers have taken advantage of new regulatory flexibility to cover more chronic disease prevention services on a pre-deductible basis. The survey, which assessed health insurance provider uptake and changes in the benefit design for HSA-eligible high-deductible health plans, also noted that diabetes and heart disease are the two most commonly targeted conditions for reducing or eliminating cost sharing.

Belong.Life Publishes Real-World Data on Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine on Cancer Patients
Belong.Life, creator of the world’s largest cancer app, announced that it has published a study showing that the relative risk of non-vaccinated cancer patients being infected with COVID-19 is 21.5 times larger than that of those who are vaccinated. This research, which is the first large report on real-world data obtained voluntarily from cancer patients, will be presented as a poster at the ESMO Virtual Congress 2021.