Carrot Health Insights

Carrot Health Insights is an email publication sharing intriguing connections between social, behavioral, environmental, economic, demographic, and other data sources with health outcomes. Select any of the Insights below to read more and subscribe to Carrot Health Insights to receive future Insights in your inbox.

Carrot Health Insights | Medicare Advantage Moneyball

In October 1997, Billy Beane, an outfielder-turned-front-office-executive, was named General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. The A's were one of the lowest-revenue teams in Major League Baseball, with an aging stadium and a small but dedicated fan base. With no salary cap and limited revenue sharing, the league placed teams...

Carrot Health Insights | 2019 Medicare Advantage Market Dynamics

  Around October 1 every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases detailed benefits data for every Medicare Advantage and Standalone Part D Plan that has been approved for the upcoming year. On this date, health plans learn exactly which competitors they will face, and exactly what products will...

Carrot Health Insights | These are the People in Your Neighborhood

Take a minute to look outside your window. Are you surrounded by parks, health food stores, and neatly maintained sidewalks … or fast-food restaurants, liquor stores, and bowling alleys? Physical environments play a significant, but undervalued, role in determining our overall health status, quality of life, and longevity. In fact, a...

Carrot Health Insights | Baby, You Can Drive My Car

If you're the proud owner of a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, like the beauty pictured above... you might want to visit your doctor. Why? There's nothing inherently unhealthy about the Cutlass Ciera (calm down, Ralph Nader!) But it turns out that people who own this particular car model tend to...

Carrot Health Insights | The Health State of the Union

In the last several issues of Carrot Health Insights, we discussed each of the "Big Four" social and behavioral determinants that affect population health and cost outcomes. To recap: a person cuts his or her risk of cancer by 60%, and risk of most chronic illnesses by 80%, if he or...