in on a timely and important topic: health care.
For months, the news has been buzzing about changes in our health care
system, like the Affordable Care Act and health insurance exchanges.
As millions of Americans begin to take a more active role in their
health care, now is an important time for everyone with health
insurance to make their voices heard.
From February through April, health insurers conduct a survey called
the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS),
which is mailed to select people with health insurance, including
those enrolled in an individual plan, an employer-sponsored plan and
Medicare. Responding to the survey by mail or phone is one way you can
become part of the broader effort to improve our nation’s health care
system. Responses are kept anonymous.
Survey responses help the government and insurance providers identify
ways to better serve people and improve the care they receive. The
government and insurers want to make sure that people in the Las Vegas
area receive good medical care from doctors they trust. The CAHPS
survey is one tool used to achieve this goal.
The CAHPS survey is an important opportunity for Americans to have a
say in how health care changes in the years ahead. I encourage people
in the Las Vegas area to respond to the survey, as this one simple
step can help improve health care for all of us.
Laurine Tibaldi, MD, FHM is the chief medical officer for Health Plan
of Nevada and market medical director for UnitedHealthcare in Las
Vegas. UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live
healthier lives. The company offers the full spectrum of health
benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid