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.

The Needle and the Damage Done

It’s not who you think. That’s the immediate observation we made after examining a dataset of 200,000 individuals, over 6,000 of whom had an opioid disorder diagnosis. What are some of the distinguishing behaviors of people with an opioid addiction problem? Some behaviors that got flagged were not surprising; others prompted deeper thought and empathy…

Magic Bus

When it’s time to visit your doctor, how do you get to and from your appointment? Do you have a safe, convenient, and affordable method of transportation? How about your elderly parents? You might have perfectly good answers to these questions, but for a growing number of Americans, transportation insecurity is a burden preventing better…

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 like the A’s at a…

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 be offered in each service…

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 person’s ZIP code is a…