Striving for more Healthy Days for every TRICARE beneficiary in the East Region.
By focusing on social determinants of health that impact military families most, such as food insecurity, social isolation and tobacco and alcohol use, we can provide the support and care needed to help Active Duty Service Members (ADSM), Reservists, those on National Guard and their families be ready to meet the needs of their service and country.
We will use the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Days assessment tool to help us report the health progress of our beneficiaries. This tool allows us to track self-reported behavioral and physical Unhealthy Days in a 30-day period.
Military spouses are the engine driving toward family resiliency in the military community. We are excited to partner with organizations like Humana Military that are committed to the education, empowerment, and advancement of military spouses.
Through the Office of Population Health, we look outside of our Humana Military walls to determine which community leaders are already working on improving the health of the military community and how we might act as a catalyst to bring together and lift up those existing programs.
Director of Population Health, Humana Military
Humana Military’s population health strategy is a lever to aid in our mission of lowering healthcare costs. Through the projects we co-create with community organizations and military health influencers, we anticipate improvements to Healthy Days, non-emergent ER visits, re-hospitalizations, medication adherence and better management of chronic conditions. These improvements will lower healthcare costs for both beneficiaries and the government, while also setting the stage for a more medically ready and productive force. Studies, like this one from Gallup, have proven a connection between improved Healthy Days, a more productive workforce, and lowered healthcare costs.
There are so many best practices the Humana Military team has been able to leverage from the population health work we've been leading over the years at Humana. I'm thrilled to see this work come to life for TRICARE beneficiaries in San Antonio, Jacksonville and other Prime Service Areas.
In 2015, Humana’s CEO, Bruce Broussard, set out a Bold Goal to improve the health of the communities we serve by 20% by 2020. Since then, Humana has launched its population health strategy in several local Bold Goal markets and has measured success via the CDC’s Healthy Days measure. Humana’s Bold Goal is a population health strategy focused on both community and business integration to improve the clinical and social health outcomes of our members. Throughout our business, we address social determinants of health by working with Humana care teams, nonprofit organizations, business and government leaders as well as healthcare professionals to identify, screen and refer members to community resources and long-term support. By using data, technology and evidence-based solutions, we’re able to connect, learn and make health improvements easier and more attainable.
Since 2015, Humana Medicare Advantage (MA) members in Bold Goal communities continue to have more Healthy Days than those in non-Bold Goal communities. Humana MA members in Bold Goal communities reported 2.7% fewer Unhealthy Days, whereas MA members in non-Bold Goal communities experienced 0.6% more Unhealthy Days. In San Antonio, the first Bold Goal market launched in 2015, Humana MA members experienced a 9.8% reduction in Unhealthy Days.
We cannot do this work alone. Does your organization have programs in place focused on improving the physical and mental health of the military community?
We want to connect with you!