Category Archives: Health Assessment

Successful Health Behavior Change

Behavior change is difficult. Whether it is exercising more, eating healthier, or better managing blood pressure, attempts to change health-related behaviors often fail. But some individuals do successfully change a behavior and stick with it for the long term. Extensive research has identified the factors that contribute to sustainable health behavior change, and these best...
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Using a Health Risk Assessment to Improve Your Medicaid Quality Measures

In April 2016 CMS published a final rule requiring that all states implement a quality rating system for Medicaid managed care plans over a period of three years. The goal is to increase transparency in Medicaid and CHIP, allow States to compare plan performance, and empower consumers to consider health plan quality when selecting a...
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New NCQA Population Health Management Standards

The recently announced National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2018 Health Plan Accreditation (HPA) standards and guidelines include a new category: Population Health Management (PHM). PHM combines existing standards, such as wellness and complex case management, with data analytics for identifying population needs, targeting resources to the right individuals, and evaluating the impact...
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Health Risk Assessment for Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires a health risk assessment to be included in the Annual Wellness Visit. The purpose of the Medicare health assessment is to identify heath needs and risk factors so beneficiaries can be directed to appropriate care, ultimately improving outcomes and reducing costs. The Center for Disease Control and...
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Health Risk Assessment for Medicaid

Starting July 1, 2017 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plans are required to make their best effort to conduct a health risk assessment within 90 days of enrollment for all new enrollees. Many health plan clients already use ConXus Profile Health Assessment for Medicaid in both adult and pediatric populations. We deliver secure,...
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PDHI Earns NCQA Certification Again

PDHI has earned certification for the fifth consecutive time from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). As a result, our clients receive automatic credit when undergoing an NCQA accreditation survey. NCQA, a private nonprofit organization, is the most widely-recognized accreditation program in the United States. It conducts a rigorous process to ensure that...
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Replacing the UOM Health Assessment

The University of Michigan Health Management Research Center’s (HMRC) founder, Dee Edington, PhD, pioneered the use of health assessments as a wellness program tool over 30 years ago. Since then the center has processed over 12 million health assessments. The center will be closing on December 31, 2016. Current users who are affected by this...
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What Is a Health Risk Assessment?

A health risk assessment, or HRA, sometimes called a health appraisal or health assessment, is a screening tool that helps individuals identify and understand their health risks and monitor health status over time. A health risk assessment includes a questionnaire, an assessment of health...
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