SDoH in the News
Health Affairs: (9/3) – As value-based care adoption continues to grow, this article notes that centering value-based payment models and quality measures around health equity is one way in which payers and providers can take action and dismantle institutional racism.
Patient Engagement HIT: (9/3) – Health disparities have emerged in telehealth use and access to virtual care during the initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Medical Economics: (9/1) – This article focuses on the growing recognition in health care that many chronic conditions can be improved by addressing the social determinants of health first, including the way that physicians screen patients, partner with community resources, and empower patients through knowledge to best improve outcomes.
Healio: (9/1) – Stand Up to Cancer has received a grant for research and education efforts to achieve health equity for underserved patients with lung cancer over three years, with a particular focus on black populations and people living in rural communities.
Patient Engagement HIT: (8/31) – As healthcare begins to better understand and address the role of health disparities, there is a need to prioritize cultural competence in medical care going forward.
Modern Healthcare: (8/31) – Sinai Health and DePaul University have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a new institute to conduct research projects and share educational opportunities focused on identifying evidence-based solutions to Chicago’s social and health inequities.
Healthcare Finance News: (8/30) – Despite the increased adoption of technology during COVID-19, the digital divide must be addressed, and more investment is needed to address the underlying social determinants of health.
STAT News: (8/27) – Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts cities and towns, recent immigration was the biggest predictor of infection, followed by living in a household with a large number of people and working in the food service industry, explaining the high COVID care rates among Latino communities.
Health Payer Intelligence: (8/27) – As children go back to school either virtually or in-person, this article highlights four population health strategies payers should use to incorporate strong population health strategies.
U.S. News: (8/25) – Researchers are exploring how COVID-19 affects heart health in black women, noting that many experience significant economic and health disparities but are often overlooked in research.
Health Affairs: (8/25) – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Health Sciences Colleges have launched an Anti-Racism Action Plan to actively work against racism by evaluating curricula, practices, training models, behaviors, and actions through a lens of anti-racism, calling for other academic medical centers and health care institutions to follow suit.
Modern Healthcare: (8/25) – The 2020 Census holds the fate of trillions in health-related spending for the next decade, but is facing unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political pressure. An inaccurate Census count is likely to result in increased challenges for disadvantaged populations, which that have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 and are more likely to rely on publicly funded social programs.
Health IT Analytics: (8/25) – Community Care Cooperative has a unique ACO and FQHC model that enables population health management to address the social determinants of health and overcome the social needs of their patients.
ABC 11: (8/25) – UnitedHealthcare’s Empowering Healthy program recently awarded $1 million in grants to six North Carolina-based health care programs to redefine access and address social needs..
Healthcare Finance News: (8/24) – New analysis of hospitalization rates shows that Black, Hispanic, Native American and Alaskan Native populations are significantly more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 than white populations across the 12 states studied.
Hospitals in Focus: (8/24) –The Federation of American Hospitals has launched a new podcast series that explores the connection between hospitals and social determinants of health.
Health Payer Intelligence: (8/21) –Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City redesigned its social needs referral network to meet regional social determinants of health demands during COVID-19, and argues that it is time for payers to improve their partnerships with community-based organizations and work alongside them to strengthen referral networks.