Q&A: The Importance of REL Data in Achieving Health Equity

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Q&A with BHI Expert Data Analysts Almost all commercial health plans are seeking to address health disparities, but few have the reliable and widespread race, ethnicity, and language (REL) data needed. Learn how, in the absence of self-reported data, Plans can continue to make progress.

Study: Telehealth Consults Increased Over 50-Fold During First Phase of Pandemic

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An article in Care Analytic News discusses the findings from a recent study co-authored by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Blue Health Intelligence®. The study found that telehealth consults among privately insured working-age patients accounted for almost 24 percent of outpatient consults with health care providers during the early phase of the pandemic, March … Read More

Using BHI data to assess the impact of COVID-19 on telehealth utilization

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The explosive growth of telehealth has been discussed extensively in the past year. To provide even greater insights into the nature of this COVID-19 driven-trend, BHI studied our conformed national medical claims data set, comprised of more than 22 billion claims that represent 217 million unique lives, to unearth different telehealth insights.

BHI 2020 Year-end Data Digest

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Throughout 2020, Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) used its access to more than 20 billion claims from over 200 million unique members to examine healthcare trends affecting the health of millions of Americans. This digest contains five studies on the following topics: COVID-19, men’s health, UV safety, HPV vaccinations, and childhood obesity.

Using BHI Data to Uncover Secondary Impacts of COVID-19

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This brief examines COVID-19’s impact on preventive services and telehealth using national claims data from 2019 and 2020.  The descriptive studies of preventive service episodes included doctor visits and related preventive screenings such as mammograms, pap smears, and colonoscopies. The study also looks at differences in the use of preventive services and telehealth between urban and rural areas.

BHI Data Report: Using Data in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) examined breast cancer rates in women between 40 and 64 years of age using national commercial claims data from 2016 through 2019. The study looked at costs and trends over the four years with a brief look into how the pandemic affected breast cancer screening and diagnostic mammograms utilization in 2020.

Cost of Care Snapshot: 3-Year Trends

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In this report, Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) presents a summary of recent healthcare trends using claims data from the most trusted commercial health plans. In looking across all this information, three trends continue to rise to the surface: Cost increases are outpacing healthcare utilization. Care settings continue to have a huge impact on costs. The prescription drug cost gap is still … Read More

The Impact of Caregiving on Mental and Physical Health

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In this Health of America report, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in collaboration with Blue Health Intelligence, examines the role that caregivers play an important role in the U.S. healthcare system. The commitment of time, labor and emotional support this role requires can have a substantial impact on caregivers’ physical, behavioral and emotional well-being.