Healthy Days

We use the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assessment tool, Healthy Days, to measure the mentally and physically unhealthy days of individuals over a 30-day period.

Due to our active involvement and partnerships within Humana’s Bold Goal communities, we have seen a 2.7 percent reduction in unhealthy days since 2015.

See our Healthy Days Guide.

See the Data

We want every employee, member and community we serve to have more Healthy Days

With community-based organizations and healthcare practices, we are creating evidence-based, scalable and financially-sustainable solutions to improve population health at a local level. We track our progress using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assessment tool, Healthy Days, which measures self-reported mentally and physically unhealthy days of an individual over a 30-day period.

Healthy Days 4-Question Survey

  1. 1 Would you say that, in general, your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?
  2. 2 Thinking about your physical health, which includes physical illness and injury, how many days during the past 30 days was your physical health not good?
  3. 3 Thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression and problems with emotions, how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?
  4. 4 During the past 30 days, about how many days did poor physical or mental health keep you from doing your usual activities, such as self-care, work or recreation?
“Every community we serve is unique. Because of this, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to improving population health. The CDC Healthy Days assessment tool allows us the flexibility we need to pinpoint where and when health happens in each community, so we can measure health outcomes and create proactive interventions."
Andrew Renda, MD, MPH
Vice President
Bold Goal, Population Health Strategy
Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Humana

In 2018, Humana Medicare Advantage (MA) members in our original seven Bold Goal communities saw a significant 2.7 percent reduction in their unhealthy days since their baseline. We know that for each unhealthy day a patient reports, it is equivalent to 10 hospital admissions per thousand patients, and there is a potential $15.64 per member per month higher medical cost associated with having an unhealthy day. This indicates that there is a long-term potential for cost savings that could result from improving individual Healthy Days.

In the communities that did not see significant improvements, three factors influenced the trends: the complex health status of new members joining the population, social determinants of health and higher mentally unhealthy days versus physically unhealthy days. While we have significant experience supporting people with chronic conditions through care management programs, we know that we can do more to address behavioral health and social needs.

Reduction in Unhealthy Days

Humana Medicare Advantage members* in Bold Goal communities continue to have more Healthy Days than those in non-Bold Goal communities.

Other Communities
+0.6% Unhealthy Days
Bold Goal Communities
-2.2% Unhealthy Days

Performance of our seven original Bold Goal communities (2015–2020) – Humana Medicare Advantage members

2015 Unhealthy Days
2020 Unhealthy Days
Unhealthy Days