Deploying to Amazon AWS vs Microsoft Azure

Posted By: Jordan Byrd  On : October 26 2020
Aws vs azure

As a company we weren’t sure whether to use AWS or Azure as our preferred cloud platform. To get a better idea of which platform is better, I decided to test them both. Here’s what I learned.

 

 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its competitor Microsoft’s Azure are a mixture of several types of services: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).  These tools enable the creation of virtual servers, databases, website hosts, etc, all configured to the users needs. Cloud platforms elim

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BHA Stars Planner Updated for 2021

Posted By: Jordan Byrd  On : October 19 2020
Stars planner 2021 update announcement

The BHA Stars Planner is now updated with 2021 Medicare Star Ratings results and new measures! The tool is still completely free. Test scenarios for getting your plan to 4 Stars using peer contracts for comparison.

 

BHA is pleased to announce that we've incorporated the newly released 2021 CMS Stars ratings data into our tool set. Who are the top performers? Who improved and declined? You can see all the details from various plans like Humana, Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser, Blue Cross, etc -- Star ratings for every measure in an interactive and easy u

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Tools to Raise Star Ratings in the Age of Covid-19

Posted By: Kathy Lester  On : September 16 2020
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Recent guidance from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicates that even during the pandemic that is Covid-19, they expect MAPD health plans to continue to emphasize clinical and service quality. CMS also indicates that they expect data collection for HEDIS® measures to “return to normal” in 2021.

 

Whether there is a return to normal or not, it is clear that CMS expects that health plans will be able to generate HEDIS® reports in 2021 related to care given in 2020. Plans need to be taking action now to both assure members are gett

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Covid-19, 2022 Star Ratings, and What’s Left for 2020

Posted By: Kathy Lester  On : September 16 2020
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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a sudden and far-reaching impact on Medicare Advantage Star Ratings. CMS will shortly publish 2021 Star Ratings including numerous adjustments for data that was not collected due to the pandemic.  CMS has also shared their plans for 2022 Star Ratings - how they will score the quality of care and service occurring in this unprecedented year.  In this post, Baltimore Health Analytics shares the key points of the communication and guidance from NCQA® and CMS regarding this year and what levers may still be pulled in the

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The Stars Planner Demo

Posted By: Jordan Byrd  On : July 27 2020
Stars demo ad

BHA creates innovative tools for managing Star Ratings.  Our leading product, the Stars Planner is free to use and we just added our first video tutorial!

 

The Stars Planner is all about visualizing the way individual measure goals fit together to impact the plan’s Star Rating and CMS bonus.  It’s interactive -- start with published CMS star ratings data for your plan and your competitors -- then use it to figure out where to improve.  It keeps tally, shows historical trends, and allows experimentation with measure goals to get the best plan f

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