Focus on Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health: The next stage of value-based care

A decade ago, who would have thought that in addition to treating the sick, hospitals and physicians would become providers of housing, transportation, food and other needs? As the industry has shifted to value-based care, many providers have found that investing in programs that address the social determinants of health is a way to tackle some of the root causes of illness, behavioral health challenges, readmissions and emergency room overuse. In September, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare IT News and MobiHealthNews will explore the many facets of SDOH, and how health systems, payers, vendors, policymakers and others are addressing them.
– Susan Morse, Senior Editor, Healthcare Finance News

What you need to know

How SDOH will influence the next wave of health tech startups
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The industry already has seen some startups working with social determinants of health. Their...
By Bill Siwicki |
Nurse caring for elderly patient
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Medicaid serves the population most adversely impacted by the social determinants of health.
By Susan Morse |

An community board greets visitors in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital's Transgender Health Clinic. (Photo by Jonah Comstock)

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Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital is one of many across the country adding sexual...
By Jonah Comstock |
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Providers nationwide need to make an organizational commitment to addressing social needs and...
By Mike Miliard |

HHS Chief Data Officer Mona Siddiqui speaks at Health 2.0

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At Health 2.0, HHS Chief Data Officer Mona Siddiqui spotlighted recent efforts, including some...
By Mike Miliard |
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What patients want from a healthcare provider is surprisingly uncomplicated. They want convenience...
By Jonah Comstock |
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Plans are hampered by current CMS policy and provider coding that often does not reflect social...
By Susan Morse |
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For its 13th annual National Health IT Week, which kicks off today and runs through Sept. 27, HIMSS...
By Mike Miliard |
Pop health IT helps Partners in Recovery reduce psychiatric hospital admissions by 50%
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Combining psychiatric and primary care data, including social determinants of health, has also...
By Bill Siwicki |
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The pressure on physicians and hospitals to address social determinants will likely increase, as...
By Jeff Lagasse |
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Plans are hampered by current CMS policy and provider coding that often does not reflect social...
By Susan Morse |
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Two consultants explain how the agility of remote hosting can boost readiness for social...
By Nathan Eddy |
Novant Health taps Jvion as first partner for its new AI institute

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (photo: David Bjorgen, Wikimedia)

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The prescriptive analytics company will start by helping researchers the Novant Health Institute of...
By Mike Miliard |
Health 2.0
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The conversation isn't just about apps anymore – it's about robust, patient-centered...
By Mike Miliard |
Health system takes an ‘Epic first’ approach to integrating all data, including SDOH

Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California.

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Contra Costa Health Services takes on whole person care by gathering every bit of data, not just...
By Bill Siwicki |
Arial shot of a suburb
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In high-priced areas in California, the partnership is working to keep affordable apartments from...
By Susan Morse |
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As part of its Healthy Opportunities Initiative, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human...
By Mike Miliard |
Emergency room
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Hospital closures represent a not-often reported social determinant of health, as they stress...
By Jeff Lagasse |
Barn
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Because access to health services can be an issue in rural locales, rural hospital closings had a...
By Jeff Lagasse |
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Plans will jointly operate 14 community resource centers across Los Angeles that will leverage...
By Susan Morse |
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At Health 2.0 this month, seven disparate companies will show how their apps and platforms are...
By Mike Miliard |
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AI and SDOH developed separately, but they're now converging as technology keeps up with the...
By Jeff Lagasse |
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First-of-its-kind partnership uses IT to connect patients to social service organizations in...
By Susan Morse |
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Momentum for more forward-looking SDOH initiatives is building across healthcare, as stakeholders...
By Mike Miliard |
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For much of the history of modern medicine, the model has been that patients go to the hospital or...
By Benjamin Harris |
U.S. Capitol
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Countries that spent more on social services tended to spend more on healthcare, even after...
By Jeff Lagasse |
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Investments in social care will reduce the cost of medical care, says Dr. Jacob Reider, CEO of...
By HIMSS TV |
IPA, insurer launch innovative new partnership to manage social determinants of health
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Healthy Alliance IPA, led by former ONC deputy Dr. Jacob Reider, will work with MVP Health Care to...
By Mike Miliard |
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Salesforce Health Cloud can help providers aggregate, analyze and make actionable the data...
By HIMSS TV |
People working out.
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New approach seeks to improve lifestyle choices and outcomes by steering members toward "best...
By Mark Klimek |
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A natural language processing algorithm has been helping the New York health system gain new...
By Mike Miliard |
Andy Slavitt
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"Medicaid is filled with success stories, but not the capital," Slavitt says...
By Susan Morse |
Care worker talking to senior man
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The national project is aimed at developing financially sustainable solutions to improve the health...
By Susan Morse |
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Health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, however, says the industry still has miles to go before public...
By HIMSS TV |
Homeless person sleeping on the street.
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It's the early days of data sharing and community partnerships when it comes to SDOH, but there...
By Jeff Lagasse |
Doctor talking to mother and daughter
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Most adults say it's important their provider offer programs and resources, but they don't...
By Jeff Lagasse |
Homeless man sleeping on the street
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The average health center only screened for 8 of the 16 domains in the pilot's standardized...
By Jeff Lagasse |
Emergency room
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Private hospitals are more likely to enact an ambulance diversion if a nearby public hospital is...
By Jeff Lagasse |
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Analytics are helping providers better understand and provide care for their patient populations.
By Benjamin Harris |
Doctors tending to sick patient
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The two organizations are working together to standardize how data is collected, processed and...
By Jeff Lagasse |
Care worker talking to senior man
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The collaboration allows health plans to pay for healthcare-related social services delivered by...
By Deirdre Fulton |
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The CEO of the Alliance for Better Health and former deputy national coordinator talks EHR and...
By Mike Miliard |
Apartment building
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The New York City health system created a program focusing on housing homeless patients that has...
By Susan Morse |