Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have changed the final calculation to increase the weight of customer experience measures. By 2023, the influence of customer experience metrics will increase to 57% of the final score.1 High performance on customer experience metrics is a significant challenge among health plans, when as recently as 2018, a Net Promoter Score (NPS) score comparison revealed that the health insurance industry had a 19 percent lower score than every other sector except utilities.2
The inability of health insurers to positively impact customer experience leaves them vulnerable to lost revenue and increased customer acquisition costs. More specifically, insurers participating in the Medicare Advantage Stars program compete for $15 billion in additional incentives for those members.2 A significant portion of this Star rating and subsequent reimbursement utilizes customer experience measures, including the CAHPS survey. The need for new, innovative and data-driven solutions in this facet of health insurance is required for insurers to make intentional gains in their customer experience ratings, thereby preventing financial losses due to low retention rates and Star ratings.
At ProspHire, we believe that health plans have the opportunity to improve customer experience through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other data-driven approaches. The application of AI in healthcare has dramatically increased in recent years. Forecasts by Business Insider project healthcare spending on AI will grow at an annualized rate of 48% between 2017 and 2023.3 Presently, AI benefits are typically associated with claims processing and fraud prevention, with figures of $122 billion in savings due to automatic claims processing realized in 20204 and a reduction of $527 million in losses due to fraud in 20165. While these areas are driving healthcare forward, how does the healthcare system utilize AI to assist patients with navigating, understanding and utilizing their health insurance benefits, thereby ensuring a positive customer experience with their plan and respective insurance provider?
Personalized Outreach and Product Recommendations for Improved Retention
One method to improve retention in the health insurance space is to increase relevant engagement with members, specifically those deemed high retention risk. Retail sectors have extended the application of AI to improve customer experiences through personalized marketing and product recommendations to specific groups of customers based upon past purchase history. MA members prefer personalization, with 86% of respondents to an online Harris Poll requesting more personalization to their communications, medical care and services.6 This concept may seem impossible in the healthcare space due to the inherent complexity of the market, but ProspHire has developed an innovative approach for health plans.
ProspHire’s approach involves a partnership of artificial intelligence, behavioral science-based insights and marketing and health plan expertise to deliver a service of the following attributes:
Turn-Key Solution for Improved Retention and CAHPS Scores
The competitive health insurance landscape is not a new phenomenon. As a result of this market pressure, most clients have one or many competitive resources, such as AI and machine learning, excellent product design or competitive marketing and sales groups. The reality of bringing all those resources to bear to deliver personalized marketing or product recommendation campaigns in a performance cycle is unlikely. This partnership provides a calibrated AI platform, project management support and tailored interventions with little disturbance to employees’ current duties and responsibilities. Selected interventions can be launched just a few weeks after project initiation.
This program is designed to be self-sustaining and operate adjacent to key business owners and IT professionals at the organization. Once the program is effectively running, it is transitioned back to business owners to manage long-term. There are six essential program components included in this service:
Realizing Value with a Team-based approach to AI and Customer Experience
In industries outside of the health sector, 75% of business executives report prioritizing customer experience investment over the prior three years and the next three years.7 Health insurance companies may have a similar commitment, but the results today are not being realized at the level of these other industries. ProspHire, with the partners of Limetree and Unsupervised, can make a noticeable change in retention and CAHPS performance. This intervention not only delivers a quick win within a performance cycle but provides a long-term surveillance system to continually improve these areas. Once a client achieves and maintains the desired level of performance, the platform is easily scalable to other areas of customer experience or general operations. Some of these additional areas can be Stars quality measures, care/utilization management or connecting sales processes to member profiles.
Impact Retention Today
Do not let the current performance year pass before acting to improve key revenue driving metrics.