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Issue 07 / October 2015

How data analytics can help to identify health care solutions

At a glance
  • High-cost claimants presented opportunity to close gaps and lower medical spend
  • Company employed several health-related initiatives for more than 2,000 employees
By identifying health conditions resulting in higher medical costs and employing targeted health-related initiatives for employees, a US company was able to save more than $1million, explains Jim Blaney

A research and strategic consulting company in the Midwest worked with Willis to identify specific health utilisation patterns.

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The Willis Analytics team followed cost trend patterns for certain types of services, benchmark diseases, stratified population risks, identified excess gaps in medical care and identified which conditions were driving high claimant costs.

While the majority of the company’s health plan members have low risk scores, a threat (company risk) would be if they slipped to a medium risk score, which would result in an average cost increase of $4,000 per member.

With high claimants alone driving $2.8 million in costs — and 40 employees having both high risk scores and high care gaps — there was an opportunity to close gaps and lower high claimant spend.

Coupled with health awareness screenings and a targeted campaign against hyperlipidemia, the company employed several initiatives, including value based prescription drug management and targeted communications, for three segments of the company’s population, including more than 2,000 employees in 30 offices in more than 20 countries.

The recommendations saved the company $1.4 million. Thanks to the story told by the health care analytics the company, in partnership with Willis, was able to identify solutions and find savings opportunities. 

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James Blaney

james.blaney@willis.com | +1 610 254 5656

James Blaney is CEO of the Human Capital practice at Willis Global Solutions. He is responsible for overall human capital business unit growth specifically focused on new sales, client retention, training, talent recruiting and mergers & acquisitions.

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James Blaney

james.blaney@willis.com | +1 610 254 5656

James Blaney is CEO of the Human Capital practice at Willis Global Solutions. He is responsible for overall human capital business unit growth specifically focused on new sales, client retention, training, talent recruiting and mergers & acquisitions.

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