Using asymmetric cost matrices to optimize care management interventions

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Title: Using asymmetric cost matrices to optimize care management interventions / Zoe Gibbs, Brian Hartman
Author: Gibbs, Zoe
Notes: Sumario: The majority of health care expenditures are incurred by a small portion of the population. Care management or intervention programs may help reduce medical costs, especially those of extremely high-cost members. For these programs to be effective, however, the insurer must identify and select potential high-cost members to be assigned to an intervention before they incur those costs. Because high medical costs are often connected to an accident or traumatic event that cannot be anticipated, it can be difficult to predict who will be high-cost in the future. In this article, we explore the use of machine learning in predicting high-cost members. Specifically, we use the extreme gradient boosting algorithm to develop risk scores for members based on demographic, medical, and financial histories. To select members for intervention, we develop asymmetric cost matrices that account for potentially unequal savings or losses for assigning interventions to members. We show how these matrices can be reduced to a function of the expected savings per dollar of intervention, which is easily used to optimize the risk score threshold at which members are assigned an intervention. These techniques, which can be tailored to the specific needs of an insurer, may help insurers select the optimal members for intervention programs, reduce overall costs, and improve member health outcomes.
Related records: En: North American actuarial journal. - Schaumburg : Society of Actuaries, 1997- = ISSN 1092-0277. - 01/03/2021 Tomo 25 Número 1 - 2021 , p. 62-72
Materia / lugar / evento: Gastos médicos Seguro de salud Información asimétrica Asistencia sanitaria Estados Unidos
Other authors: Hartman, Brian M.
Other categories: 6
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