Calendar for Safety organizes safety topics by season from the National Safety Council. Check out Agricultural and Farm Safety during planting and harvest seasons, or the other categories: Healthy Living (includes Halloween safety), Environment, On the Road (including Cell phone safety, Distracted Driving), and School Bus Safety
Traumatic brain injury/concussion (2.5 million TBI-related ER visits each year), prescription drug overdose (opioids killing 47,600 people in 2017), falls, mass casualties, alcohol-related injuries, distracted driving injuries, teen drivers and car accidents, fires and burn injuries, motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, suicide, and violence, and prevention opportunities and more
Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for more than 100 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, depression, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2019. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Updated 2019
Falls caused about 3 million trips to the ER, and over 800,000 hospitalizations for older people. Head injury and hip fractures were the most common reasons for fall-related hospital stays. Find out steps you can take: home safety, exercise, eye exams, and medicine use. Unintentional fall death rates have been rising in the last 10 years (see graph)
CDC’s guide for preventing the flu, including who should get the flu shot, and how vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu
Healthy People 2020 is the US government’s set of national goals to prevent disease and promote health. There are hundreds of objectives in 42 areas, including Cancer, Physical Activity, Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight, Tobacco Use, Substance Abuse, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immunizations, Chronic Kidney Disease and more. New topics & goals for genomics, global health, dementia/Alzheimer’s, adolescents, older adults, preparedness, sleep, healthcare-associated infections and others. Interesting objective is to reduce the number of measles cases from the baseline of 115 (2008) to 30 by 2020. For the most recent full year 2019, the CDC reports 1,282 cases of measles, the highest in 10 years. This is due to outbreaks in unvaccinated populations. (See data at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html ). The Healthy People 2020 goals show data only through 2017 or 2018; the goal is adjusted to count only “US-acquired cases”. Influenza vaccination data and goals are also included in this set.
Find out what steps are recommended to stay healthy at age 50 and older. Includes list of screening tests and preventive medicine for men. AHRQ at US Dept. of Health and Human Services March 2014 now archived
Detailed report by US Department of Health and Human Services (September 2003) addressing the cost of disease and illness. Specific sections are included on Overweight and Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Asthma, and Tobacco Use. Metabolic Syndrome also discussed
Rankings of preventive services and scoring each for cost effectiveness. HealthPartners Institute, working with the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP), sponsors this information.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached toll-free at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK). There are over 150 crisis centers across the country, and you will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Special services for Veterans, Native Americans, LGBTQ+ and others. Provided by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Find out what steps are recommended to stay healthy at age 50 and older. Includes list of screening tests and preventive medicine for women. AHRQ at US Dept. of Health and Human Services April 2014 now archived
Find California HMO, PPO and Medical Group ratings report card for 2019-2020. Kaiser Permanente of Southern California’s HMO Plan and Sharp Health Plan HMO received the highest ratings. The lowest rating went to Aetna PPO. Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp Health Plan, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 6 of the largest PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net Life Insurance Company, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system (5 stars = excellent; 4 stars = very good; 3 stars = good, 2 stars = fair; 1 star = poor) used for overall rating. Actual performance scores are not given, but may be available through NCQA. Quality measures (based on HEDIS scores) for asthma, cancer screening, child health, chlamydia screening, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and other expected care. Member satisfaction stars also shown. Complaint rates are reported for health plans in a separate report. Nearly 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. For example, nearly 60 different Kaiser Permanente medical groups are included; Sutter, Scripps, Sharp and many more. Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), published December 2019.
The CDC Vaccine Contract Price List shows the vaccine cost for pediatric or adult vaccines (contract prices to CDC and private sector cost per dose). Vaccine prices for influenza, DTaP, Hepatitis A and B, Hib, HPV, Meningococcal, MMR, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Varicella, and Zoster. Shows manufacturers Sanofi Pasteur, GSK Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck, Pfizer, Grifols, Seqirus USA, Dynavax, AstraZeneca. The most expensive is HPV – Human Papillomavirus 9-valent (Gardasil 9) at $187.01 (CDC contract price through 3/31/2021, up 5% from last year), $227.93 for private sector. Updated May 5, 2020. Prices do not include doctor’s office visit cost.
County Health Rankings 2020 for all states, lets consumers compare your county’s health status to the rest of your state. It provides the latest results for smoking, obesity, alcohol use, flu vaccination rates, preventable hospital stays; primary care, dentist and mental health provider rates, percent uninsured (as of 2017), alcohol impaired driving deaths, severe housing problems, social associations, and much more. Very interesting information on health behaviors and health outcomes. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Univ. of WI Population Health Institute
Find Florida health insurance plans member satisfaction and quality ratings. Topics include cancer screening, diabetes, prenatal care, well child care, children’s dental care, high blood pressure for HMOs, Medicare HMOs and Medicaid. Aetna, AvMed, Better Health, Capital, CIGNA, Clear Health Alliance, Community, Coventry, Florida Health Care, Freedom Health, Health First, Health Options, Humana, Molina, Neighborhood, Positive, Prestige, Simply, Staywell, Sunshine, United Healthcare, Children’s Medical Services and others. Data reflect services received in 2017 or 2018 for satisfaction ratings; measurement year for the Quality ratings is not shown. Search by county. Member satisfaction for Aetna, AvMed, Capital Health Plan HMO (highest member satisfaction), Cigna, Coventry, Florida Blue, Florida Health Care Plan, Golden Rule PPO (lowest member satisfaction), Health First, Humana, Molina, Neighborhood, Sunshine Health, United. Easy to read. Choose stars or actual ratings. FL reports from floridahealthfinder.gov.
Find Georgia health insurance plan ratings and comparisons for 2019. Scroll to the bottom to find External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) which lets consumers read about performance of health plans in GA. Large report using HEDIS measures. Compare quality ratings and member satisfaction scores for Medicaid, Amerigroup Community Care (Anthem), CareSource, Peach State Health Plan, WellCare of Georgia and The Georgia Families Amerigroup 360. Covers access to care, cancer screening, immunizations, dental visits, opioids at high dosage, ER visits, diabetes care, prenatal care, 7-day followup after mental health admission, member satisfaction (CAHPS) and more using 2018 performance scores. Other reports are at this website that may have more information. Released in April 2019 by Georgia Dept. of Community Health at dch.georgia.gov
Find Maryland HMO and PPO Health Insurance Plan Ratings for 2018. Compare Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, CFMI & GHMSI; Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, MAMSI, MD-IPA, Optimum Choice and United Healthcare on member satisfaction (CAHPS), getting appointments, flu shots, and many clinical measures of care such as Diabetes, breast cancer screening, behavioral health, well child care. Check both Consumer Ratings & Clinical Ratings. Other Medicaid HealthChoice plans (Amerigroup, JAI, Maryland Physicians Care, Medstar, Priority Partners, University of MD Health Partners) are listed separately. 2018 Performance Report by Maryland Health Care Commission uses 2017 data
Memory Screening survey by MetLife for institutions and people concerned about Alzheimer’s disease. No outcomes or referral rates appear to be included in the study, but report describes who attends these screenings and how they learn about the screenings. Report dated October 2006
Compare side-by-side (5 measures at a time) over 500 participating medical groups, hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers in Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, and some Wisconsin communities for diabetes, knee replacement, vascular care, mental health (depression), cancer screening, controlling high blood pressure, heart (coronary artery) disease, asthma, vaccinations, appropriate care for children with colds and sore throats and more. Some clinics also have patient satisfaction scores. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children’s Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, North Memorial, Northfield, Olmsted, Park Nicollet, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic (Essentia), Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Health Services, and more; OB-GYN clinics and Orthopedic clinics. Report by MN Community Measurement (founded by the MN Medical Association and seven non-profit health insurance plans). Annual data, but report doesn’t specify what year (unclear why that is a secret). Otherwise, the interactive format is easy-to-use.
Find how much physicians charge for over 100 professional services in Minnesota, ND, SD, WI through Minnesota HealthScores’ Cost Report feature. Compare prices perhaps 500 participating medical groups, and hundreds of clinic locations in Minnesota, and some border communities, for doctor office visits, lab tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, minor office surgical procedures such as ear wax or wart removal; immunization, psychotherapy. Obstetric services, including inpatient delivery. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children’s Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic, Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Report by MN Community Measurement. Does NOT include facility charges which are in the thousands for colonoscopy or childbirth. Interactive easy-to-use format. Costs shown are claims through BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One in 2017 (we think). Unclear if it’s price before or after discounts
Compare six New Jersey health insurance companies (HMO/POS and PPO/EPO health insurance plans. Performance reports from Aetna, AmeriHealth, CIGNA, Horizon, Oxford and United, on quality ratings related to asthma, COPD, cancer screening, heart care, hypertension, diabetes, new moms, immunizations, strep tests, mental health medication and followup; frequency of imaging tests for lower back pain, cardiac cath and tonsillectomies; well child care, more. Easy to read. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, June 2019
Prescription drug abuse information relevant to teens and kids. Practical advice for parents who want to prevent problems of kids – teenagers and children – misusing prescription drugs. A growing problem addressed by the nonprofit organization Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, drugfree.org.
Find top NCQA ratings for health insurance plans in Rhode Island. Tufts Associated HMO plan earned the top 5.0 rating from NCQA. Based on Quality, Member Satisfaction and accreditation results. 2019-2020 Ratings
The Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2018-2019 shows detailed clinical quality comparisons of HMO health insurance plans. Compare HMOs Aetna, Christus, Cigna, Community First, FIRSTCARE, HMO Blue Texas, Humana, Memorial Hermann, Scott and White and United Healthcare of Texas. Indicators include asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, antibiotic utilization rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Lengthy (211 pages) but valuable report. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council
Compare Utah HMOs and PPOs – health insurance plans Aetna, Altius, Cigna, Deseret, Educators Mutual EMI, Humana, PEHP, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, SelectHealth, United Health Care, and Medicaid plans (Health Choice, Healthy U, Molina, SelectHealth CHIP) on member satisfaction, antidepressant medications, back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure; diabetes, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, and more. Shows actual performance rates. 2018 Performance Report published by utah.gov uses 2017 data
Compare Virginia HMOs on both quality and member satisfaction. Easy to use tool to compare insurance plan ratings: Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, HealthKeepers (both Peninsula and Priority), Innovation Health Plan, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, Optima, Optimum Choice, United Healthcare MidAtlantic and River Valley. Choose measures for access, asthma, ADHD, heart, diabetes, arthritis, immunizations, medications, mental health care (e.g., best plan for 7-day follow-up is Kaiser at 69%, compared to UnitedHealthcare of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. at just 39%), preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2017 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data.
Compare Wisconsin physician clinics on 30 measures related to satisfaction with getting a timely doctor’s appointment, patient recommendations on clinics; scores for diabetes, heart care, high blood pressure, HPV vaccine, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer; Ischemic Vascular Disease care, BMI, Depression screening, well child visits and more. Includes Affinity, Aspirus, Aurora, Bellin, Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton, Associated Physicians, SSM Dean, Mayo Clinic Eau Claire and Franciscan La Crosse, Fort Healthcare, Froedert, Gundersen Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Mercy, Meriter Unity Point, Monroe, Prairie Clinic, Prevea, Primary Care Associates Appleton, ProHealth, Reedsburg, ThedaCare, UW Health, Wildwood and others. Some medical groups report scores by individual clinic location. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ); 2017 and 2018 data