The conference is adding new speakers and panels every day, and we are thrilled to garner insights from the White House, CDC, CMS, HUD, and FCC as well as other industry leaders. Registration is taking off, so secure your spot now via the registration link below!
findhelp: Findhelp and TennCare: Serving Tennesseans Through Technology
(8/31) – findhelp announced that it will work with the State of Tennessee’s Medicaid Agency (TennCare) to help Tennesseans find the non-medical social care assistance they need.
AHA: Best Practices for Equitable Maternal Care (9/1) – The AHA published a new AHA resource highlights ways health care organizations can foster equitable practices in maternal care, individually and systemically.
UPMC: UPMC Program Improved Equity in Allocation of Scarce Medication (9/1) – UPMC equitably distributed Evusheld, a COVID-19 prevention therapy for immunocompromised patients, program based on the national Area of Deprivation Index.
findhelp: Supporting South Dakotans: Our New Partnership with the Dept. of Health (9/6) – findhelp
is working with the State of South Dakota’s Department of Health to build a statewide social care referral system, known as a Community Information Exchange (CIE), that will connect South Dakotans in need of social care services.
Unite Us: Azara Healthcare and Unite Us Announce Integration for Seamless Connection to Social Services Support Unite Us (9/7) – Azara Healthcare, the leading provider of population health management solutions, and Unite Us, the nation’s leading software company enabling cross-sector collaboration to improve people’s health and well-being, announced an integration to provide their mutual clients with connections to care.
PR Newswire: Recommendations for Addressing Health-Related Social Needs in Cancer Care Introduced at NCCN Policy Summit (9/12) – At the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Policy Summit, the Blue Cross Blue Sheild Association discussed some of the work being done by payers to address health disparities and called for national data standards to be developed and adopted in order to address social needs.
CareSource: Envisioning a better tomorrow for children and families (9/13) – CareSource HealthAlliance partnered with the Children’s Alliance of Kansas to address child welfare concerns, including parental social determinants of health such as housing, food and safe neighborhoods.
CMS Issues Infographic on SDOH Data Collection Via Z Codes
CMS: Improving the Collection of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Data with ICD-10-CM Z Codes (9/1) – CMS issued an infographic about leveraging Z codes to document SDOH.
CMS:CMS Announces Transformative Model to Give States Incentives and Flexibilities to Redesign Health Care Delivery, Improve Equitable Access to Care (9/5) – CMS unveiled the States Advancing All-Payer Health Equity Approaches and Development (AHEAD) Model, under which participating states will be better equipped to promote health equity, increase access to primary care services, set health care expenditures on a more sustainable trajectory, and lower health care costs for patients.
FNS:Agency Information Collection Activities: Assessing Equity in Work Requirements and SNAP Employment & Training (9/6) – The Food and Nutrition Service is inviting public comment on its proposed information request “Assessing Equity in Work Requirements and SNAP Employment and Training.” Comments are due November 6.
ACL:ACL Awards Center of Excellence to Align Health and Social Care (9/12) – ACL’s Office of Network Advancement (ONA) is announcing a new award to USAging for the Center of Excellence (COE) to Align Health and Social Care: Enhancing Community-Based Aging and Disability Organizations to Improve Access to Long-Term Services and Supports. The project period is September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2026, with first-year funding totaling over $5.5 million.
CMS: Accountable Health Communities Model Announced: Communicating the Value of Addressing Health-Related Social Needs posted (9/12) – CMS released a resource to highlight communication efforts from three organizations to address health-related social needs (HRSN) as part of the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model.
SDoH & Health Equity in the News
Center for Health Care Strategies: Meeting the Health and Social Needs of LGBTQ+ Older Adults Through Medicaid (9/6) – This brief found that a long history of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community has led to unmet health and social needs that result in health disparities for these populations when compared with cisgender, heterosexual individuals.
Medical Xpress: Addressing social determinants of health in post-overdose outreach associated with reduction in overdoses (9/14) – Boston Medical Center found that municipalities in Massachusetts that offered overdose survivors ways to access a wide range of social services to address social determinants of health experienced 21% fewer fatal overdoses compared to municipalities that offered less robust social services to overdose survivors.
New Research & Reports
Journal of Medical Systems: Assessing Patient and Community-Level Social Factors; The Synergistic Effect of Social Needs and Social Determinants of Health on Healthcare Utilization at a Multilevel Academic Healthcare System (9/1) – Researchers investigated the role of both individual-level social needs and community-level SDOH in explaining emergency department (ED) utilization rates.
Association for the Study of Medical Education: Preparing students to address the social determinants of health in integrated care settings (9/4) – This paper describes large-scale, community-engaged learning that is required annually of students from nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work. Students are trained to be SDOH change makers who can readily adopt integrated care service delivery frameworks into their future practice.
American Journal of Emergency Medicine: A descriptive study of screening and navigation on health-related social needs in a safety-net hospital emergency department (9/10) – Researchers evaluated whether navigation services for high-risk patients led to the resolution of HRSN. During the study period, one-third of HRSN were successfully resolved with another one-third in-process.
December 4-6 – RISE and Aligning for Health, “Social Determinants of Health Policy Forum.” Aligning for Health is thrilled to be partnering with RISE for the Second Annual Social Determinants of Health Policy Forum this December, where we will convene leading policymakers with cross-sector practitioners to identify opportunities and advance policies that support stronger communities, better health, and solutions to address health and social needs.