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When Is a City Not a City?

Posted by Laura McMullen on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

One of the most common questions we get from NetMinder users when they run reports comparing provider networks in specific cities is why aren’t there any providers in ______________? (Fill in city name here.)

Often the reason is that the client’s definition of a city is different than the preferred US Postal Service definition. That’s why, to ensure you always get apples-to-apples comparisons, we base the city designations in NetMinder on the USPS preferred city designation. 

  • Cleveland is a good example. There are a number of ZIP codes in Cleveland that have both preferred and acceptable city names. See list below:

Cleveland zips resized 600

  • Here’s a screen capture from www.usps.com for zip code 44118 for an example of preferred and acceptable city names.

Cleveland preferred

So, what can you do when you’re running a NetMinder report to avoid this problem? The best thing to do is to run your report at the ZIP code or MSA level. Those geographic areas are more firmly agreed upon than city names. MSA, or Metropolitan Statistical Area, reports can be helpful in this situation because city names are included in the name of the MSA, i.e. CLEVELAND-ELYRIA, OH. If you choose to run a county report, I recommend including city and 5-digit ZIP subtotals to make sure that you include all of the areas you need since county names might not be as familiar as city names.

Try this tip out when you log into NetMinder next time and let us know how it goes in the NetMinder User Group on LinkedIn.

 

Tags: compare networks, data management, business intelligence, data analysis, provider counts, ZIP codes and cities

NetMinder Snapshots and Reports: Something for Everyone

Posted by Laura McMullen on Thu, Feb 27, 2014

When I’m talking to new NetMinder users, they ask when to use the different reports. This blog post compares NetMinder Snapshots to standard NetMinder reports.

We recently launched Snapshots to give users a quick way to compare all of the networks in their subscriptions at the same time and to give insight into where one network ranks in a market against all networks in our database, even the ones that aren’t in your subscription.

To run a Snapshot, users make just three selections:
  • a geographic area
  • counting method
  • whether to compare to the networks in their subscription or to the market at-large

Snapshots, which run with just a few clicks on a single screen, work well as a complement to standard NetMinder reports, which give users more flexibility to include multiple geographic areas, choose which specialties and/or networks to include or exclude, and choose between summary counts and detailed lists.

In general, use Snapshots for high‐level overviews of provider counts and metrics in a particular area and use Standard Reports for more detailed information. Here are some examples:

 

Standard Reports

Snapshots

I want to compare counts for all networks in my subscription to each other for the whole country or a single state, MSA, or county for all specialties.

   Yes

I want to see a detailed list of provider contact information.

 Yes  

I want to compare my network to all the other networks in a market.

   Yes

I want to see the counts of adds and drops for a network since the 
previous update.

 Yes  

I want to see the counts for three networks in my subscription in five
ZIP codes.

 Yes  

I want to see the overall increase or decrease in a network since the previous update.

   Yes

Right now, Snapshots are available for dental PPO subscriptions; we plan to launch for the other products soon. Have you tried the NetMinder Snapshots yet? What do you think?

Tags: market comparison, network metrics, network rank, dental PPO networks, provider counts

 

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