Insights on Today's Healthcare Consumer

Brent Walker

As Chief Marketing Officer, Brent's primary responsibilities include leading marketing strategy and execution for c2b solutions, development of c2b solutions' proprietary consumer segmentation model and insights products, research on healthcare consumers’ motivations and behaviors, and providing marketing guidance to c2b solutions clients.
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Why Some Patients Don’t Pay Their Bills — and How Psychographic Segmentation Can Help

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Feb 19, 2019

Nearly 43 million Americans face medical debt­, but are they all uninsured? Not quite. One in five patients with health insurance admit that medical bills put a strain on their finances. This data is close to what c2b solutions’ market research study illustrates with 27 percent of the general population agreeing with the statement “I have a hard time paying my healthcare bills”.

These aren’t the sickest patients either. Nearly 70 percent of patients struggle to pay off hospital bills of $500 or less within a year and the challenge isn’t going away. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services projects national health spending will grow by 5.5 percent annually for the foreseeable future, reaching a staggering $5.7 trillion by 2026. But by using psychographic segmentation to gain insights on healthcare consumers, hospitals can boost patient payment collections even as healthcare costs continue to grow.


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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Automated Payment Reminders, Revenue Cycle Management, patient payment collections, amplify engagement

3 Tips for Improving Health Outcomes of Millennials in 2019

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Jan 29, 2019



While the aging baby boomer population still dominates healthcare utilization, this cohort is shrinking, having peaked at 78.8 million in 1999. Meanwhile, millennials currently outnumber baby boomers by approximately 11 million—and their numbers won’t be on the decline anytime soon. No surprise, then, that millennials are a hot topic across the healthcare industry.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, millennial health, health outcomes, amplify engagement

How to Improve Health Outcomes of Baby Boomers in 2019

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Jan 15, 2019

In 2017, CNBC projected that Medicare and Medicaid costs will more than double by 2020, thanks to baby boomers who are retiring at an impressive rate of 10,000 men and women a day. Is the healthcare system ready? Not quite. As an AARP report notes, “The U.S. stands out for the high cost of healthcare and its failure to generate better health outcomes.” Since healthcare costs tend to climb as people age, we’re facing a potential financial crisis­—unless healthcare providers focus on improving baby boomer health outcomes.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, baby boomer health outcomes

3 Factors Poised to Impact Health Outcomes in 2019

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

“The current system is broken. We need to move towards an era of disease prevention and personalized medicine,” writes Dr. Emmanuel Fombu in his book The Future of Healthcare: Humans and Machines Partnering for Better Outcomes. He’s not alone in this assessment.

With healthcare expenditures continuing to rise in recent years, providers across the industry recognize the need to develop new procedures that both reduce medical costs and improve health outcomes.

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Tags: health outcomes, health outcomes in 2019

3 Important Takeaways from 2018 Health Outcomes Research

Posted by Brent Walker on Sat, Nov 17, 2018

The United States outspends other nations when it comes to healthcare—to the tune of $3.3 trillion or nearly 18 percent of GDP in 2016. The growing price tag for Americans’ healthcare isn’t down to demographics alone. Certainly, the aging baby boomer population is increasing utilization­ and consequently spending. But healthcare organizations recognize that improving health outcomes play an important role in bringing down costs.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes

Why Psychographics are Key to Solving Open Enrollment Challenges

Posted by Brent Walker on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced steady enrollment through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange for 2019, with 8.4 million people selecting or automatically re-enrolling in plans by the close of the open enrollment period. Final numbers are expected to rise when the CMS releases additional data on enrollments through State-based exchanges. But if past years are any indication, approximately 10 percent of those consumers will lose coverage by failing to pay their premiums. How can insurance companies address this crucial revenue cycle management issue?

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Automated Payment Reminders, Revenue Cycle Management, patient payment collections

How Market Research and Consumer Insights Are Being Used to Improve Health Outcomes

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Sep 27, 2018

Kaiser Family Foundation research on healthcare spending and health outcomes reveals that Americans have higher disease rates and shorter life expectancies than healthcare consumers in other wealthy nations. KFF says, “Unfortunately, ranked with other comparable countries, the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths that are preventable by good healthcare.”

Since the U.S. spends more on healthcare than comparable countries, throwing money at the problem won’t solve it—and neither will the status quo.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes

McKinsey’s Consumer Health Insights Survey: Key Takeaways That Could Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by Brent Walker on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Healthcare is personal. Patients are sharing private details with relative strangers and engaging in myriad one-to-one interactions with physicians, pharmacists and insurers along their journey through the healthcare landscape.

Despite the intimacy of these situations, however, healthcare consumer experiences are often seen as depersonalized and disconnected—which certainly won’t drive the patient engagement needed to improve health outcomes.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Healthcare Consumerism, Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes

Data Uses that Dictate Health Outcomes for Your Patients

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Aug 29, 2018

Several years ago, population health expert David B. Nash, MD, said, “The most important five-digit number I need to predict your health status and well-being is your ZIP code, bar none.” Is it hyperbole to suggest that where a healthcare consumer lives is a determining factor in health outcomes?  

Not according to the expert panelists this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin. During the hour-long session, “Your Zip Code: The Key to Health,” Jay Bhatt of the American Hospital Association, Eric Gertler of US News & World Report, Garth Graham of the Aetna Foundation and Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution & Johns Hopkins Medicine Sibley Primary Care confirmed that a person’s zip code can be just as predictive of health as genetics.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes

Health Data Insights You Need to Improve Patient Outcomes

Posted by Brent Walker on Wed, Aug 15, 2018

The increasingly digital world allows for increasingly personalized tactics for engaging consumers—whether they are potential retail customers or healthcare patients. The mountains of data available offer transformative potential when organizations unearth meaningful insights into individual customers’ needs and expectations.

As your hospital or healthcare organization works to connect with modern healthcare consumers to drive better health outcomes, you can learn from leading customer-centric organizations—regardless of the industry and consumers that they serve—to  pinpoint the types of health data insights you should be collecting about your patients.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, health outcomes

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