Offering Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) to your members, can be an essential tool in one's health arsenal. Through HRAs you save money, time, and sometimes even a person's life. Plus you get the true picture of the care that your members really need. Beyond that, however, there are a myriad of benefits to you and your members from utilizing an HRA program. Read on to learn about the top 10 reasons why you should offer HRAs to your members.
1. Early Detection
At the extreme end, an HRA could save a person's life. But at the very least, it can catch a potentially life-threatening problem in its beginning stages when there may be few or no physical symptoms. Treating disease at its earliest stages will always be less expensive than if the disease goes undetected.
2. Care Management
Many individuals find it difficult to get the level of care they need for an ongoing condition. Through an HRA, a professional can target the areas of weakness in their care and give recommendations based on the results. With the support of the results of their HRA and a Care Management Plan sent to the member’s PCP, they are able to receive the necessary level of care to stay on track.
Through an HRA, members can identify potential problems. Armed with this knowledge they can change their behavior patterns to avoid the problems entirely and make positive changes in their lives. Again, this simple action can lead to long term savings in money and in stress for the individual.
4. Risk Mitigation
Risk mitigation runs in tandem with the preventative aspects of an HRA. On their own, individuals are not often screened properly for potential health problems. Through your specific HRA, you know that the proper steps are being taken to detect conditions and high-risk members thereby avoiding larger problems later.
5. Up to Date Information on Members
The information gained from an HRA gives you a picture of the health of the entire body of your members. Armed with this information, you can watch the change in health patterns over time and make adjustments as needed.
6. Full Picture of a Member’s Health
The same perspective as #5 can be applied on a smaller scale. You are able to see the health on an individual level - not just the information you can glean from typical doctor insurance filings - you get the complete view of an individual’s health.
An essential part of an HRA is equipping members to manage their own health. During an HRA members are free to ask any questions they desire in a low key setting. A successful HRA program will drive home the necessity of proactive and preventative health care with the steps an individual can take to better health.
8. Member Satisfaction
If done correctly, an HRA provides a real benefit to members. Not only are they receiving the education and care they truly need, they are experiencing the better quality of life that results from health plan benefits.
9. Member Retention
When your members start to see the benefits of HRAs, they will want to stay with you as long as possible. Particularly when they start to see the monetary repercussions. HRAs lead to lower health care costs for individuals and their employers.
HRAs are a built in opportunity for referrals. Take advantage of any family groups to screen all at one time. You will generate more revenue, but you will also get a more complete picture of the health of your members.
As you can see, Health Risk Assessments are a beneficial service for you and your members. We make conducting HRAs easy with in-home or retail clinic, face-to-face assessments for you. If you are interested in learning more, contact us today.