Veteran Status: An Under-Recognized Social Determinant of Health in Medicare Advantage

A recurrent theme in the Managed Care Industry is the importance of understanding not just the member’s health status, but the broader factors impacting the member’s lifelong health and healthcare. A member’s “social determinants of health” are an increasing focus for managed care plans, as the MCOs recognize that socio-economic status and historical access to

What Happens to the 7-8% of Medicare Members Who Use the VA During a Government Shutdown?

The once remote threat of a government shutdown has become an immediate probability. As Aaron Blake wrote in today’s Washington Post, the “government looks quite likely to shut down at midnight.” One of the more complicated elements of government shutdowns is understanding the impact on services. What government agencies cease operations? Which continue? At BeneLynk,