CHICAGO, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) shows
Diabetes ranks third in terms of its health impact nationally on quality of life and cost for the commercially insured population among the more than 200 conditions measured by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Health Index. The "health impact" of a specific condition reflects the prevalence and severity for that condition as well as the years of life lost due to disability and risk of premature death.
The report, "Diabetes and the Commercially Insured U.S. Population," represents an analysis of the BCBS Health Index data on diabetes which leverages the claims of more than 40 million BCBS members.
The study also finds that:
"This report uniquely quantifies the health impact of diabetes on the longevity and quality of life," said Dr. Trent Haywood, senior vice president and chief medical officer for BCBSA. "Despite the impact of diabetes' continued growth across America, the good news is that this epidemic is preventable. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the country are continuing to provide members with services and tools to proactively prevent diabetes through effective diet and disease management."
For more than 85 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have been actively involved in the health of their communities. Preventing the continued spread of diabetes in America is a key priority, as BCBS companies work to improve access to medical care and healthy lifestyle options in their communities.
This is the fourteenth study of the Blue Cross Blue Shield: The Health of America Report® series, a collaboration between BCBSA and Blue Health Intelligence, which uses a market-leading claims database to uncover key trends and insights into health care affordability and access to care.
For more information, visit https://www.bcbs.com/the-health-of-america/reports.
About Blue Cross Blue Shield AssociationThe Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for one in three Americans. BCBSA provides health care insights through The Health of America Report series and the national BCBS Health Index. For more information on BCBSA and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog.
About Blue Health IntelligenceBlue Health Intelligence (BHI) is the nation's premier resource for data-driven insights about healthcare trends and best practices, promoting healthier lives and more affordable access to safe and effective care. BHI leverages a team of analytics experts and advanced technology, coupled with access to the greatest number of healthcare claims—172 million lives—gathered over 10 years in a safe, HIPAA-compliant, secure database. The resulting conformed, reliable data set has the broadest, deepest pool of integrated medical and pharmacy claims, reflecting medical utilization in every ZIP code. Blue Health Intelligence (BHI) is an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. BHI is a trade name of Health Intelligence Company, LLC. www.bluehealthintelligence.com.
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