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Remember to discuss fall risk, urinary incontinence, and physical activity with Medicare patients

According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA):

  • Falls are the leading cause of death by injury in people 65 and older; every year, 1 in 4 older adults fall.
  • Urinary incontinence is significantly underreported and underdiagnosed.
  • Any amount of physical activity reduces the risk of developing certain chronic conditions and increases quality of life.

Due to these serious health concerns, the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) measures patient-reported outcomes for three HEDIS® Effectiveness of Care measures:

  • Fall Risk Management
  • Management of Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults
  • Physical Activity in Older Adults

The survey, which runs from April to July, asks randomly selected Medicare Advantage members questions about how providers talk about these important topics with them.

Read the Health Outcomes Survey tip sheet to learn more including what questions are asked and how you can address care opportunities with patients.

If you have questions regarding this publication, please contact your BCBSKS provider representative.

Professional Providers

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