A FUTURE OF KNOWLEDGE & DISCOVERY
While Humana has years of experience in value-based agreements, we are still learning. There’s always more to research, understand and share. But one thing we know for certain is that value-based care is vital to achieving population health. This is due to its focus on quality measures that increase preventive screenings and care coordination to better manage chronic conditions.
In order to drive population health, we are continuously looking at how new technologies, pharmaceuticals and social determinants of health can better inform our population health strategies. We are also optimizing how we support physicians in value-based agreements who address social determinants of health since they are critical to the well-being of our communities.
Value-based physicians are making progress and seeing results. This is only the beginning.
Social determinants impact patient health more than we can imagine.
I had a diabetic patient whose sugar levels were under control at times, then uncontrolled at the next visit. After months of assessing, I learned that she was managing her sugars mid-month because that’s when she got paid and could afford to buy healthy food. Once her money ran out, she relied on food pantries and neighbors, and was eating more processed foods rather than fresh, healthy options. So her sugars would go off the chart by the end of the month.