Studies, Surveys and Reports: What Can We Learn?

This month’s roundup of surveys and reports from around the industry includes the 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, the No Surprises Act prevents more than 9 million surprise bills since January 2022, caregivers in financial precarity, uncertainty of healthcare costs deters 35% of American from seeking care for themselves, and more!

MDaudit Annual Benchmark Report Reveals 82% of Claim Denials are Associated with Medicare, Increasing Pressure on Healthcare Organizations to Protect Revenues
With 82% of 2022 claims denials associated with Medicare, and third-party audit volume rapidly climbing, hospitals and health systems are under intense pressure to protect and grow revenues. These were among the key findings of the 2022 MDaudit Annual Benchmark Report released by MDaudit (@MDaudit), the healthcare technology company that harnesses the power of analytics and its proven track record to allow the nation’s premier healthcare organizations to retain revenue and reduce risk.

The 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
For the 20th year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (@AHRQNews) has reported on healthcare quality and disparities. The National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report presents trends for measures related to access to care, affordable care, care coordination, effective treatment, healthy living, patient safety, and person-centered care. The report presents, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to healthcare, as well as disparities related to race and ethnicity, income, and other social determinants of health.

No Surprises Act Prevents More than 9 Million Surprise Bills Since January 2022
A new survey from AHIP (@AHIPCoverage) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) (@BCBSAssociation) underscores the impact of the No Surprises Act (NSA) in protecting consumers from surprise medical bills and highlights the excessive use of arbitration by health care providers. More than 9 million claims from health care facilities and providers were subject to the protections of the law, which limit out-of-pocket costs for consumers. The number of those claims disputed by providers or facilities has far exceeded the federal government’s initial prediction.

TimelyMD: Three-Quarters of College Students Report Mental Health Boost After Virtual Treatments
Three-quarters (75%) of college students who accessed virtual mental health and well-being interventions reported mental health improvement—including 100% of students who presented as a potential suicide risk—according to anonymized outcomes data reported by TimelyMD (@TimelyMD), a health and well-being provider in higher education.

Caregivers in Financial Precarity
More than half of all healthcare workers (52%) feel less confident about their personal financial situation now compared to a year ago. In this IntelyCare (@IntelyCare) Research Group report, they look at how financial precarity and stress affect healthcare workers and they explore measures that can be taken to address the problem.

Uncertainty of Healthcare Costs Deters 35% of Americans From Seeking Care for Themselves, According to Survey
AKASA™ (@akasahealth), a developer of AI for healthcare operations, released findings from a new survey conducted on its behalf by YouGov, which highlights how limited price transparency in healthcare can influence patient decisions on whether to seek necessary care and how the lack of awareness about financial resources offered by health systems puts patients at a disadvantage when managing medical bills.

2022 Stericycle Communication Solutions U.S. Consumer Trends In Patient Engagement Survey
Stericycle Communication Solutions (@StericycleComms) surveyed more than 1,004 healthcare consumers across the United States. Their report sheds light on the current high and low points in the patient journey. It also illuminates how evolving consumer preferences and expectations are impacting health systems today.

New Consumer Research Underscores Self-Service Digital Patient Access as Essential for Healthcare Organizations
Kyruus (@kyruus) released findings from its sixth annual survey of 1,000 healthcare consumers which examines preferences for searching for, selecting, and accessing care. The findings from the 2022 Patient Access Journey Report confirm that patients are consumers first, with new data revealing sophisticated shopping behaviors, such as consulting multiple online resources to find care, and comparing cost, quality, and convenience information before selecting a provider. The report also shows that the concept of a “digital front door” is evolving to include a variety of entry points, from healthcare organization websites to mobile apps to Google.

Turquoise Health Publishes First Price Transparency Impact Report, Confirms 65% Of Hospitals Have Posted Negotiated Rates
Turquoise Health (@TurquoiseHC) published its first Price Transparency Impact Report. The report, free to download on their website, outlines the healthcare industry’s progress to date on price transparency compliance and provides a roadmap for achieving industry-wide adoption.

New HHS Report: COVID-19 Vaccinations in 2021 Linked to More than 650,000 Fewer COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Over 300,000 Fewer Deaths Among Medicare Beneficiaries
A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (@HHSGov) shows that the Biden Administration’s historic vaccination program, which has gotten over 90 percent of seniors fully vaccinated and over 70 percent of seniors a booster shot, is linked to more than 650,000 fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and more than 300,000 fewer deaths among seniors and other Americans enrolled in Medicare. The study, which was conducted by researchers with HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), underscores the importance of Americans – particularly seniors and others at high-risk of serious outcomes – getting an updated COVID-19 vaccine.

4 in 10 Fear Prescription Drug Spiral into Bankruptcy, Debt: Survey
With the Inflation Reduction Act recently passed allowing Medicare to have the ability to renegotiate some drug prices, would you consider using our survey data for a story on Americans’ struggles with high-cost medications? (@HealthCareInc) polled more than 1,000 U.S. adults 18 and up. Explore the full survey results and methodology.

Healthcare IT Consulting Market Staged to Make 2023 Rebound With Double Digit Revenue Growth, Black Book Research
The healthcare technology consulting sector is estimated to close 2022 at $36.0 billion and anticipating a CAGR of 19.9% from 2023 to 2028, determined by advisory clients’ projections in this year’s Black Book research. This rebound follows a 14% decline in engagements from the start of the pandemic period through Q4 2021. The Black Book (@blackbookpolls) survey of C-suites executives, IT leaders, financial and clinical management, and trustees revealed a significant 2023 uptick in health IT advisory contracts, curtailing the past two years’ losses.

New Brightside Health Research Indicates Telehealth Can Reduce Suicidal Ideation
At Brightside Health (@withbrightside), they are committed to conducting ongoing research that helps them identify the most effective mental health treatments for a broad spectrum of conditions. Their most recent peer-reviewed study, published in JMIR Formative Research, focuses on how their virtual care model and approach is able to reduce suicidal ideation among patients who receive treatment. The paper was co-authored by their Clinical Team, led by Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mimi Winsberg.

New Research from the Clarify Health Institute Highlights the Severity of Pediatric Mental Health Conditions in the United States
Clarify Health (@ClarifyHealth), a cloud analytics and value-based payments platform company, announced the publication of new research on pediatric mental health in a brief titled, “The Kids Are Not Alright: Pediatric Mental Health Care Utilization from 2016 – 2021.” The research was conducted by the Clarify Health Institute, which is led by Clarify’s Chief Analytics and Privacy Officer, Niall Brennan, and has a mission of delivering real-world insight into the quality and efficiency of US health care.