Category Archives: Health risk

Key differences between Engaged and Disengaged consumers

Engaged consumers have more favorable attitudes and behaviors Compared to Disengaged consumers, Engaged consumers are… More confident filling out medical forms (87% vs. 40%). Much more likely to feel prepared to select health insurance coverage for themselves (78% vs. 17%). … Continue reading

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Risky behaviors do not always come from expected sources

Consumers of all ages participated in a number of risky behaviors in the last month.  The most common activity is spending more than 20 hours per week watching TV or surfing the Internet.  Over three-quarters of seniors reported spending at … Continue reading

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Lack of involvement in personal health impacts self-perceptions

Involvement is below where it needs to be, but most people know they need to be doing something One-third of consumers say they are actively involved in their health. At the other extreme, 5% don’t even think about doing anything … Continue reading

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How different are the uninsured?

Uninsured consumers that will be eligible to purchase health insurance in exchanges in 2014 are different from those who have commercial coverage today. They are different in many key areas that will impact their likelihood to purchase insurance in an … Continue reading

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Weak linkage (at best) between satisfaction and health status

Last week, Kaiser Health News linked to two articles regarding a University of California, Davis study that indicates patient satisfaction and health status are not correlated (see http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2012/February/14/health-care-satisfaction.aspx for more details).  In fact, the study suggests that patient satisfaction and health … Continue reading

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Health insurance research trends for 2011

The top health insurance industry market research trends for 2011 as seen by DSS Research. Continue reading

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Risk-based segmentation

With increased governmental regulations and skyrocketing medical costs due to aging populations and greater disease burdens, it is time to consider risk-based stratification or segmentation to better understand your plan members, patients or employees. What is risk-based segmentation? In the … Continue reading

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Large and small group employers very similar

Although they differ significantly in terms of volatility of medical costs from one year to the next, the workforce of small and large employers share more similarities than differences.  Based on a health risk survey of over 6,000 consumers with … Continue reading

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