An initiative by Humana (NYSE: HUM) that addresses social determinants of health posted positive results in five of seven target communities in 2018. On average, Humana Medicare Advantage (MA) members in participating communities saw a 2.7% reduction in “unhealthy days” experienced in 2018, according to the insurer’s 2019 Bold Goal progress report.
Unhealthy days are tracked using a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assessment tool called Healthy Days, which measures self-reported mental and physical health for people over a 30-day period.
That 2.7% dip is compared to numbers from 2015, when the Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana first announced its “Bold Goal” initiative. The goal of the program is to improve the health of select U.S. cities 20% by 2020 by focusing on members’ clinical and social needs alike.