Health risk stratification—for example, grouping diabetics in a single physician practice or drilling down to an ACO's subset of medication non-adherent diabetics with elevated HbA1cs—followed by risk-appropriate interventions can significantly enhance a healthcare organization's clinical and financial outlook.
For 9.4 percent of respondents to HIN's 2014 Health Risk Stratification Survey, risk stratification resulted in program ROI of between 3:1 and 4:1, while 6.3 said return on investment was greater than 5:1.
Stratification and targeted interventions also generated a healthy drop in healthcare cost, nursing home stays, ER utilization and time off work while boosting quality ratings, patient engagement levels and care plan adherence.
Survey respondents further quantified successes achieved from health risk stratification in their own words:
- "Decreased readmissions and decreased skilled nursing facility (SNF) utilization."
- "Improved treat-to-target for diabetes, blood pressure, and depression care."
- "Reduction in readmissions by 20+ percent."
- "Reducing heart failure, pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) Medicare readmissions."
- "Patient compliance to care plan."
- "Patient health outcomes, quality of life, and satisfaction with services."
- "Member satisfaction."
- "More referrals to patient-centered medical homes and fair retention with limited resources."
- "Decreased primary care-sensitive ED visits and increased quality metrics."
- "One-on-one interaction w/members to promote behavior change."
- "A reduction of costs in the range of 6 to 8 percent of target spend."
- "Lower readmission rates for those patients on AIM 2.0 program with home health and more compliance with meds. We meet with FQHCs every other month and discuss issues and case management."
2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Stratifying High-Risk Patients captures the tools and practices employed by dozens of organizations in this prerequisite for care management and jumping-off point for population health improvement — data analytics that will ultimately enhance quality ratings and improve reimbursement in the industry's value-focused climate.