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In Their Quest for Health Equity, Some Insurers Emphasize Mothers and Babies

In Blog by BHI

If we look back on 2020 as the year that thrust racial inequities into the national consciousness, 2021 may be the year we see the tide start to turn. We’re starting to see efforts to address health equity progress across the healthcare ecosystem.  Anthem, the largest of the Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates, announced in August the creation of a …

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Whyzen™ Analytics’ Latest Release Provides Faster Pathways to Healthcare Intelligence

In Blog by BHI

By Sonal Sheth, Senior Director, Product Manager, Whyzen Analytics, and Kelvin Evans, Sales Executive BHI’s enhanced Whyzen™ Analytics platform enables health plans, employers, and brokers to quickly find and act on trends, cost savings, and care improvement opportunities. New guided analytics pathways and a more intuitive interface allow this next-generation reporting and analytics solution to sort through vast healthcare data …

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Artificial Intelligence Saves Payers Time, Money

In Blog by BHI

BHI’s Roxanna Cross was recently interviewed by Managed Healthcare Executive® magazine on the topic of AI, machine learning, and health insurance. The premise was simple: AI can save health plans money while improving care delivery and outcomes. An excerpt follows: “At Blue Health Intelligence (BHI), which provides clinical data expertise for Blues plans around the United States, programmers attacked the …

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From Coronavirus Pandemic to Mental Health Epidemic

In Blog by Mary Henderson, PhD, Executive Vice President, Sales and Product Innovation

How employers are handling the mental health challenges of employees in the wake of COVID-19 The public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have saved millions from dying of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. But, according to researchers, the lockdowns, social distancing, and masking also had a significant impact on people’s mental health. COVID-19 was particularly hard on young adults and …

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Health Plans Required to Provide Price Comparison Tool by January 2022

In Blog by BHI

At the end of 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) which includes a number of key provisions for health plans. Among them is the requirement that health plans offer a web-based price transparency tool that will communicate expected costs of various services provided in a health plan member’s service area. The tool must provide out-of-pocket costs for these …

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Telehealth Use Spikes Amongst Commercially Insured Individuals During the Pandemic, but a Digital Divide Remains

In Blog by BHI

BHI co-authored a recently published study in JAMA Network Open that found almost 24% of privately insured working-age individuals used telehealth for outpatient care in the early phase of the pandemic compared to just 0.3% during the same time in 2019. However, persons living in areas with limited social resources were significantly less likely to use telehealth, suggesting barriers to …

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Suspected and Actual Infant Child Abuse Cases Increase During the Pandemic, According to Medical Encounter Data

In Blog by BHI

New findings by BHI add to the increasing evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it have taken a terrible toll on children.  In the interest of understanding the pandemic’s impact on children, BHI examined pediatric trends for 2020. We found that in the previous year, the trend in the cost of an ED visit for children under …

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Top Five Ways COVID-19 has Changed Employers’ Approach to Health Benefits

In Blog by Mary Henderson, PhD, Executive Vice President, Sales and Product Innovation

After more than a year of dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19, employers anticipate feeling the impact of the pandemic for years to come. The past 14 months have changed our interactions with and our assumptions about work. They’ve also changed what employers and employees expect of each other. Additionally, COVID-19 has surfaced some truths about the way employers approach …

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Advisory Council Explores COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Health Insurance Coverage

In Blog by BHI

BHI’s Advisory Council members kicked off their research projects this year and in one COVID-19-focused effort, found that research often adds value through counterintuitive findings. BHI Advisory Council members Michael Chernew, PhD, of Harvard University and Vivian Ho, PhD, of Rice University have been looking specifically at COVID’s impact on Blue health insurance disenrollment rates and how the pandemic has …

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Transparent, Meaningful Physician Performance Metrics

In Blog by BHI

Last year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) set out to share actionable, credible, and accurate cost and quality reports with providers. BHI has been partnering with the Plan since March 2020 to design and implement such reports for practitioners in BCBSLA’s Specialty Care Insights program. In delivering enhanced “Provider Index” reports, BCBSLA utilizes BHI’s proprietary Episode of …

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Analytics-based reporting solution takes the fast track to deployment

In Case Studies by BHI

Undeterred by a tight development schedule, complex user needs, and a pandemic that brought shutdowns and remote work, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and BHI’s Whyzen Analytics team successfully replaced a legacy data reporting platform for Blue Cross’ agents, brokers, and consultants in just four months. The new analytics-driven solution, Scheduler for Agent Reporting, or SAR, benefited from the …

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BHI claims data is helping Concert Genetics connect a much-needed genetic health information network

In Case Studies by BHI

Combining its genomic data with de-identified claims data from BHI has helped Concert Genetics shine a bright light on unnecessary coding variations and price disparities in the genetic health information network. The demand for genetic testing is dynamic and difficult for payers to discern. Using the BHI claims data along with their own data, Concert Genetics watches trends and helps …

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How Population Advyzer helped three health plans achieve significant ROI in risk adjustment

In Case Studies by BHI

Population Advyzer was employed by three health plans to help improve their risk score accuracy and ensure reimbursement reflected the actual risks within their ACA and MA populations. Using the advanced analytics, predictive models, machine learning, and clinical logic within Population Advyzer, plans were able to uncover the most impactful opportunities to resolve coding discrepancies, close care gaps, and maximize …

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Data supports therapy provider’s claims of lower costs, higher quality

In Case Studies by BHI

Airrosti wanted to expand outside of Texas and instill a culture of continuous improvement. To meet their objectives, Airrosti leaders utilized data and analytics to improve their care model, manage their providers, and further prove their worth to payers and employer groups. Data from Blue Health Intelligence helped Airrosti show that their methods reduced the total cost of care, limited …

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Blue Health Intelligence Achieves HITRUST CSF® Certification to Manage Risk, Improve Security Posture, and Meet Compliance Requirements

In News by BHI

Chicago, January 20, 2022 – Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®), a leading provider of healthcare data analytics, today announced its Whyzen™ Analytics employer reporting platform, Population Advyzer risk adjustment solution, and its Common Data Platform have earned Certified status for information security by HITRUST. HITRUST CSF Certified status demonstrates that the organization’s three technologies have met key regulations and industry-defined requirements …

Blue Health Intelligence Hires Chief Strategy and Growth Officer

In News by BHI

CHICAGO (January 12, 2022) – Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®), a national healthcare analytics and consulting firm, hired Mayur Yermaneni, MBA, MS, as its new Chief Strategy and Growth Officer. Yermaneni brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare information technology and services, medical and population health, analytics, and strategic business development to expand BHI’s presence in the payer, provider, employer, …

Blue Health Intelligence’s Benchmarking Solutions Offer Tailored and Comprehensive Views of Healthcare Performance

In News by BHI

CHICAGO (November 3, 2021) – Healthcare stakeholders that are seeking to improve competitiveness, reduce costs, and close performance gaps can take advantage of two benchmarking resources developed by Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®): the Whyzen™ National Benchmark Module (NBM) and the Customized Benchmarking Data solution. The NBM is an easy-to-use, standalone application that allows clients to visualize and analyze cost, quality, …

Blue Health Intelligence Releases Enhanced Whyzen™ Analytics Platform

In News by BHI

Analytics Tool Drives Users to Most Valuable Healthcare Insights CHICAGO (October 12, 2021) – Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) recently infused guided analytic pathways and a more intuitive interface into its cutting-edge employer analytics and reporting solution, Whyzen™ Analytics, to enable healthcare stakeholders to quickly sort through vast healthcare data and identify key cost savings and care improvement opportunities. “These updates …

Prognos Health and Blue Health Intelligence® Partner to Improve Accuracy of Underwriting Decisions for the Group Risk Market

In News by BHI

Combined offering enables health plans to quote with more accuracy to win the right business at the most optimal rates. NEW YORK (July 21, 2021) —  Prognos Health and Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®), two of the nation’s leading healthcare data analytics companies, have partnered with a multi-year agreement that combines Prognos’ lab data registry of 325 million de-identified lives comprised …

Blue Health Intelligence Partners with AnalyticsIQ to Enhance Understanding of National Health Disparities

In News by BHI

BHI to Augment its National Data Repository of 217 Million Unique Health Plan Members with Comprehensive Race and Ethnicity Information CHICAGO, May 3, 2021 – Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) announced today a partnership with AnalyticsIQ to augment BHI’s rich healthcare data with race and ethnicity information. The partnership will add 13 ethnicity and language-related data elements to BHI’s large, longitudinal …

BHI Data Briefs Paint a Picture of Current Healthcare Dynamics in the U.S.

In News by BHI

CHICAGO (January 28, 2021) – Like most health data analytics organizations, Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) was laser-focused on COVID-19 last year. Still, a compendium of its research briefs from a busy 2020 serves as a reminder that COVID leads an array of clinical care challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. Using its National Data Repository, which reflects the care experiences …

Komodo Health Expands Its Healthcare Map™ in Deal with Blue Health Intelligence

In News by BHI

The Deal Enriches Komodo’s Real-World Data for 325 Million U.S. Patients, Driving Insights to Help Close Gaps in Care, Identify High-Risk Patients, and Speed Drug Development 26 JANUARY 2020 – San Francisco: Komodo Health and Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) today announced a multi-year agreement to integrate BHI’s longitudinal, de-identified, real-world patient data into Komodo’s Healthcare Map™, which provides the world’s …

New Year, New Numbers: Blue Health Intelligence Accelerates Analytic Insights from its Ever-expanding Data Set to Improve Health Outcomes

In News by BHI

CHICAGO (Dec. 29, 2020) – As the New Year brings hope for mass immunization and a return to some semblance of normal life, Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) looks to leverage its growing database of commercial medical and pharmacy claims, access to Medicare data, new partnerships, and rapidly expanding analytics capabilities to help the industry transition to a post-COVID future.  As …

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“Delay to TKA in Patients Treated with a Multimodal Approach using High Molecular Weight, Biologically Derived Hyaluronic Acid”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

The Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants, March 2021 The primary objective of this study was to determine the effect of single versus multiple rounds of intra-articular hyaluronic acid (IA-HA) in delaying the need for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in patients with knee OA, and if additional benefits were seen when used in conjunction with other multimodal treatment options. Methods …

“Delay to TKA and Costs Associated with Knee Osteoarthritis Care Using Intra-Articular Hyaluronic Acid: Analysis of an Administrative Database”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders, March 2021 The primary objective of this study was to examine the relationship between intra-articular hyaluronic acid (IA-HA) treatment and delaying TKA in patients with KOA compared to patients not receiving IA-HA, as well as to identify differences in KOA-related costs incurred among patients who received or did not receive IA-HA.

“Knee OA cost comparison for hyaluronic acid and knee arthroplasty”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, August 2020 Limiting treatment to those recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon Clinical Practice Guidelines has been suggested to decrease costs by 45% in the year prior to total knee arthroplasty, but this only focuses on expenditures leading up to, but not including, the surgery and not the entire episode of care. BHI’s …

“Medical Utilization Surrounding Initial Opioid-Related Diagnoses by Coding Method”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

The American Journal of Managed Care, February 2020 A budget impact analysis was conducted from a U.S. commercial payer perspective over a 1-year time horizon with patients who received the implant or revision ESS. Primary outcomes of interest were annual total and per-member per-month (PMPM) direct health care costs. Costs were estimated using a decision analysis model, assuming 50% implant …

“Lymphedema-associated comorbidities and treatment gap”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, September 2019 To determine the proportion of LE patients with various LE-associated comorbidities as well as the rate of associated treatment, deidentified Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant commercial administrative claims from the Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) research database (165 million Blue Cross Blue Shield members) were queried. We analyzed a BHI …

“Budget Impact of a Steroid-Eluting Sinus Implant Versus Sinus Surgery for Adult Chronic Sinusitis Patients with Nasal Polyps”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, August 2019 A budget impact analysis was conducted from a U.S. commercial payer perspective over a 1-year time horizon with patients who received the implant or revision ESS. Primary outcomes of interest were annual total and per-member per-month (PMPM) direct health care costs. Costs were estimated using a decision analysis model, assuming 50% …

“The Influence of Physician Payments on the Method of Breast Reconstruction”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, October 2018 Using the Blue Health Intelligence® database from 2009 to 2013, patients were identified who underwent tissue expander (i.e., implant) or free-flap breast reconstruction. The implant-to-flap ratio and physician payments were assessed using quadratic modeling. Matched bootstrapped samples from the early and late periods generated probability distributions, approximating the odds of …

“Benefits of Advanced Pneumatic Compression Devices in Patients with Phlebolymphedema”

In Peer Reviewed Articles by BHI

Journal of Vascular Surgery, June 2018 This was a longitudinal matched case-control analysis of deidentified private insurance claims. The study used administrative claims data from Blue Health Intelligence® for the complete years 2012 through 2016. Patients were continuously enrolled for at least 18 months, diagnosed with phlebolymphedema, and received at least one claim for CONS either alone or in addition …

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QE Report 2021: Examining the relationship between socioeconomic factors and preventable diabetes- and hypertension-related inpatient admissions

In Thought Leadership by BHI

As a certified national Qualified Entity (QE), BHI combines Medicare fee-for-service data with our own rich set of commercial claims data from more than 234 million individuals to research and report on the quality and delivery of care in the U.S. Our first QE report focuses on diabetes due to its increasing prevalence and ability to be effectively managed if …

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

In Thought Leadership by BHI

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 …

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BHI 2020 Year-end Data Digest

In Thought Leadership by BHI

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.

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Using BHI Data to Uncover Secondary Impacts of COVID-19

In Thought Leadership by BHI

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.

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Whyzen™ Analytics Boost Your Skills

In Webinars by BHI

In this session, the Whyzen™ Analytics’ product development team focuses on: the new landing Page – a continuation of the tour through the new dashboard and satellite sheets; data visualization – how to create grid charts; and enhancements to community features, an outstanding collaboration tool for teams of healthcare data analysts.

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Whyzen Analytics Boost Your Skills

In Webinars by BHI

The Blue Health Intelligence® team demonstrates select features of Whyzen Analytics, our account analytics and reporting solution for health plans, employers, and brokers. This webinar includes tutorials on: Whyzen’s New Landing Page: A reimagined dashboard and several useful access points to the most important data Data Visualizations: Gauge Charts, Quadrant Charts Storytelling: A great way to walk your audience through …

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A Better Crystal Ball: Predictive Analytics for Member Risk

In Webinars by BHI

In this webinar, BHI experts Roxanna Cross, AVP of product management, and Russ Robbins, AVP of clinical informatics share: How to avoid the pitfalls of biased predictions using an equity adjusted model How using an ensemble of predictive models creates an impactful clinical narrative The role of SDOH factors in painting a holistic picture of individual members Sample BHI Member …

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Whyzen Boost Your Skills

In Webinars by BHI

The Blue Health Intelligence® team demonstrates how to use the many features of Whyzen Analytics, our account analytics and reporting solution for health plans, employers, and brokers. This webinar’s deeper dives include tutorials on: Custom Communities Enhancements: More Easily Sharing Analyses with Authorized Users Design Mode: A Faster Way to Edit Chart Objects Graphics Features of the New Release of …

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Whyzen Boost Your Skills

In Webinars by BHI

The Blue Health Intelligence® team provides demonstrations of current and upcoming features of Whyzen Analytics, our account analytics and reporting solution for health plans, employers, and brokers. This month’s focus is on Graphics and Data Visualization. This recording’s deeper dives include tutorials on: Fundamentals of Data Visualization Applying the Fundamentals in Whyzen: Combo charts, stacked bar charts, treemap charts, and …

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Insights from BHI: Intersection of Behavioral Health & Chronic Medical Conditions

In Webinars by BHI

In this webinar, Joe Bisson, vice president of business development, and Farid Alam, MD, director of clinical analytics with BHI provided unique analysis of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and mental health, illustrating how BHI’s closed claims dataset highlights the challenges that chronic conditions pose to the healthcare system. Chronic conditions account for over $3.5 trillion of …

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Whyzen Boost Your Skills

In Webinars by BHI

Jennifer Stoltz-Spiteri, guest presenter from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Michele Heeter, from Blue Health Intelligence, provide demonstrations of current and upcoming features of Whyzen Analytics, our account analytics and reporting solution for health plans, employers, and brokers. In this extended, 90-minute session, you’ll find tutorials on: Cleaning and organizing folders, converting chart types Importing data, pasting and …

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Whyzen Boost Your Skills

In Webinars by BHI

Mary Henderson, Patte Knuth, Penny Monical, and Donna Chessey – all of Blue Health Intelligence® – demonstrate features of Whyzen Analytics, BHI’s account analytics and reporting solution for health plans, employers, and brokers. This session’s deeper dives include tutorials of: Duplicating a Sheet – How to customize a sheet while preserving the original analysis Using Whyzen’s Associative Data Model – …

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Whyzen Boost Your Skills

In Webinars by BHI

Michele Heeter, Teena Karappally, and Janet Hughes – all of Blue Health Intelligence® – provide demonstrations of current and upcoming features of Whyzen Analytics, BHI’s account analytics and reporting solution for health plans, employers, and brokers. Topics include previews of Whyzen’s Expression Builder and BHI’s Episode Grouper and Standardized Pricing. This session’s deeper dives include tutorials of: New COVID-19 Reporting …

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