A recent study published in JAMA Network Open suggests that increased focus on seniors’ well-being could result in solid savings for Medicare.
According to a Fierce Healthcare report, the study found Medicare spent $992 less on each fee-for-service beneficiary in counties with high well-being and $1,233 less per beneficiary in counties with the best access to basic necessities.
Well-being, as defined in the study, is “a holistic assessment of the overall health of [a] population comprising interrelated domains.”
The study’s authors used data from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index which includes information about physical health, emotional health, health care access, diet, job satisfaction and optimism, according to the report.
The study found living around health and happy people could also influence the well-being of an individual, too.