SDoH in the News
Politico: (1/23) – Baltimore is fighting food deserts with the programs aimed at bringing more healthy foods to low-income neighborhoods, like the FreshCrate program, which is a food-service company that sells produce at cost to small stores.
Pharmacy Times: (1/22) – One of the 2020 trends in pharmacy is the relationship between value-based pharmacy and social determinants of health, as some retail pharmacies will grow their social determinants solutions offerings.
Becker’s Hospital Review: (1/21) – Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region based in Portland, Oregon, is investing $5.1 million this year to providing housing for 300 homeless seniors who have chronic diseases or other complex health issues.
Annals of Internal Medicine: (1/21) – The American College of Physicians published a paper on envisioning a better U.S. health care system for all, examining reducing barriers to care and addressing social determinants of health.
Annals of Internal Medicine: (1/21) – A supplemental article to the ACP paper, “Health is More than Health Care” discusses the interplay of social determinants of health and health equity, the critical role medicine plays in social determinants of health, and the need for a multi-sector approach to addressing social determinants.
Health Leaders Media: (1/20) – The recent trend of health systems partnering with ride-share companies highlights the belief that transportation is an essential component of value-based care programs and addressing social determinants of health.
Open Minds: (1/19) – The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is preparing to launch the Moving Massachusetts Upstream (MassUP) Investment Program to fund programs that address the social determinants of health and root causes of inequality. A total of $2 million is available to fund three to four awards up to $650,000.
Modern Healthcare: (1/18) – This editorial commented on the recent NEJM study, which found that “hotspotting” at the Camden Coalition did not reduce hospital admissions, arguing that the Camden experiment no longer reflects what is going on in the field and the health industry should look to hotspotting’s future, not its past.
Modern Healthcare: (1/18) – At St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, there was a rising trend of behavioral health patients presenting to the ED. As a solution, St. Joseph and three other Eds at other hospitals piloted a screening process to help behavioral health patients get discharged faster from the ED.
Fierce Healthcare: (1/17) – Aetna executives make a business care for addressing social determinants of health by shifting the conversation to include where most people spends many of their waking hours, the workplace.
Health Affairs: (1/17) – While Medicaid can’t pay for housing for its enrollees, it can help meet enrollees’ social needs by building partnerships across sectors and incent payers to make investments into housing.
Associated Press: (1/17) – Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente pledged $45 million to a new state fund that could be used to pay rents, subsidize affordable housing or help board and care homes.
Milken Institute: (1/16) – The Milken Institute hosted the Future of Health Summit, featuring a panel on the business case for addressing social determinants of health.
Becker’s Hospital Review: (1/15) – Illinois-based Advocate health Care has introduced effective nutrition intervention across different care settings, implementing three phases and demonstrating that nutrition care is scalable beyond the hospital.
Patient Engagement HIT: (1/15) – Sutter Health and Lyft created a partnership to both drive patient access to care and help providers get to their different job sites.
Fierce Healthcare: (1/15) – ONC released a 5-year federal health IT road map, including a push for social determinants of health data to be captured and integrated into EHRs to assist in care processes as one strategy to address social determinants.
Health Affairs: (1/14) – The Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC) partnered with the Community Transportation Association of America to document the interconnectedness of Medicaid NEMT and community transportation. The article highlights that cutting Medicaid NEMT will harm community-level public transportation since the two are often commingled to create efficiencies.
Health Payer Intelligence: (1/13) --- Blue Cross Blue Shied Rhode Island created the Rhode Island Life Index to fully understand the impacts of social determinants of health and identify the highest areas of need in the state.
Modern Healthcare: (1/11) – While social workers have an essential role in addressing the social determinants of health, hospitals and insurers are having trouble agreeing on how to pay for the work they do.