Health Systems as Community Change-Agents: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
Across the healthcare ecosystem, awareness is growing of the importance – and potential payoff – of investing in screenings and programs to tackle the true drivers of well-being, from food security and employment to early childhood literacy and housing stability. Providers and insurers alike increasingly understand that succeeding at value-based care and population health requires taking care of such unmet needs. Many hospitals and health systems have implemented programs, such as investing in housing programs to address homelessness and housing insecurity, embedding clinicians in schools and community organizations, and working with national and regional payers to explore front-line solutions to help keep people well. North Carolina and other states are finding ways to make their Medicaid programs more accommodating. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has decided to allow Medicare Advantage plans to begin addressing some of these social factors starting in 2019. Hear from pioneers with lessons to share about improving effectiveness and equity of care.