Whether it's keeping peace at home or in Gotham City, consumers know
that tough jobs require solid partnerships. So, who takes the lead
position as the "all-time best partners" for most Americans? According
to a recent WellPoint survey, good 'ole Mom and Dad take the top spot;
however, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, as well as Batman™ and Robin
rank pretty high too when Americans think of a dynamic duo.
While most people don't think of their doctors scaling tall buildings -
or fussing over their kids' curfew - they do expect them to work as
partners. In fact, according to the recent WellPoint survey, most
consumers (76 percent) believe that doctors are collaborating about
their care; in addition, 40 percent of consumers also support the idea
of more coordination as a way to make their life easier. After all, who
has time to remember all of the details in their medical history -
vaccinations, medications, diagnoses - and all the rest? Forty-one
percent of consumers said they had trouble remembering important medical
history details - and about one-quarter (27 percent) find it challenging
to update various doctors on the details of their care.
However, while most Americans are optimistic about the collaborative
efforts of their doctors, the truth is, collaboration is not
the norm. According to a recently published report by The Joint
Commission, communication problems were the most common root causes of
unanticipated deaths or serious physical or psychological injuries to
patients in 2010.i
WellPoint is taking steps to solve this challenge by providing
clinically integrated vision and primary care (medical) benefits, which
gives doctors the ability to securely access claims data so they can
learn more about their patients' overall health. Other plans allow
access to claims data from their portals; however, the WellPoint tool
provides a summarized and organized analysis of information that can be
viewed and saved to the member's medical record in the provider's office.
"Many people don't realize it, but an eye exam can reveal important
clues about serious chronic conditions like high blood pressure,
hypertension or diabetes - conditions that are est managed for a
patient when detected early," said John Thorp, president of WellPoint's
Vision business. "We're the first insurer to use claims data to connect
the two, to tell the full story of a patient's health so that the vision and
primary care doctor are on the same page and can identify serious health
conditions before they become worse. Our clinical coordination program
is the closest thing to having all network doctors in the same room
providing care simultaneously."
Additional survey results show that almost three-quarters of Americans
(74 percent) think that increased collaboration among their doctors
would foster better treatment, while 73 percent of Americans believe
increased collaboration among doctors would provide a more comprehensive
understanding of their health, and 73 percent of Americans believe
increased collaboration would lead to more accurate diagnoses.
"We fully understand the value and importance of integration and making
it easy for providers to collaborate with each other. As a result, our
clinical coordination program provides all of our network providers with
access to relevant, HIPAA-compliant patient health information so they
can provide the best care to our members," said Thorp. "The
collaboration that takes place through our program benefits members,
providers and employers because it can help improve health outcomes,
lower total health care costs and make it possible to provide our
customers with more holistic care."
More information about WellPoint's Vision benefits can be found at www.wellpoint.com.
This report presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among
1,014 adults, 509 men and 505 women 18 years of age and older, living in
the continental United States. Interviewing for this ORC International
CARAVAN® Survey was completed on June 5-8, 2014. 614 interviews were
from the landline sample and 400 interviews from the cell phone sample.
The margin of error for the total sample is ±3.0 percent at the 95%
confidence level. This means that if we were to replicate the study, we
would expect to get the same results within 3.0 percentage points 95
times out of 100.
Batman is a registered trademark of DC Comics.
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint is one of the nation's leading health benefits companies. We
believe that our health connects us all. So we focus on being a valued
health partner and delivering quality products and services that give
members access to the care they need. With nearly 67 million people
served by our affiliated companies including nearly 37 million enrolled
in our family of health plans, we can make a real difference to meet the
needs of our diverse customers. We're an independent licensee of the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We serve members as the Blue
Cross licensee for California; and as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine,
Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New
Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New
York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or
Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only),
Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington,
D.C.), and Wisconsin. In most of these service areas, our plans do
business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or
Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). We also serve
customers in other states through our Amerigroup and CareMore
subsidiaries. To find out more about us, go to wellpoint.com.
i The Joint Commission (2014). Sentinel Event Data Root
Causes by Event Type 2004 -2013.
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