Social Determinants

How to improve health equity? Start by bringing care beyond the clinic

The pandemic has revealed many health inequities across society. A panel of speakers at MedCity News’ INVEST Pop Health conference discussed the various ways that they are working to reduce inequities and improve outcomes.

Register for INVEST Pop Health to learn about the role of data and analytics in population health

Industry executives will share their insights at the INVEST Pop Health virtual conference, held in collaboration with New Orleans Business Alliance, scheduled for November 15-16. Register today.

Healthcare leaders share lessons learned addressing social determinants of health

Leaders with insurers and health systems said that taking a holistic approach and partnering with community organizations is key to standing up a successful social determinants of health program at a panel discussion hosted by MedCity INVEST Digital Health. 

Unite Us acquires NowPow to bulk up SDOH screenings, referrals platform

Unite Us will integrate NowPow’s tools and community partners into its closed-loop referral system, which can be used to screen for social factors that negatively affect health, like food or housing insecurity, and then electronically refer patients to resources in their community.

How payers, providers are tackling homelessness & extending care access

Homelessness, a key social determinant of health, is on the rise, prompting action from payers and providers. Though their efforts are varied, ranging from subsidizing housing to making it easier for those living in encampments or temporary housing to access care, they have a common goal.

Hackensack Meridian Health partners with NowPow to create SDOH referral program

The NowPow referral platform, which is integrated into the New Jersey-based health system’s EHR, will enable clinicians and other care team members to provide patients — whose socioeconomic conditions are negatively affecting their health — with referrals to community resources, like food banks or rental assistance.

INVEST Digital Health preview: What’s the recipe for a successful social determinants program?

SDoH is just one of the topics at the MedCity INVEST Digital Health conference, a virtual event scheduled for September 20-23, in collaboration with Medical Alley.

With eviction moratorium set to end, millions of people are still behind on rent

With the CDC’s eviction moratorium set to lift at the end of the month, many people are still struggling with rent payments and utility debt. Insurance and healthcare technology leaders shared how they’re preparing and what’s needed to address the housing shortage in the long term.

Hit hard by the pandemic, one California county looks to vaccinate its most vulnerable

Often overshadowed by its larger, more affluent neighbors to the west, Imperial County had few testing and vaccination resources early on. Now, flush with vaccines, groups in the county are taking targeted efforts to reach vulnerable communities.

A new report ranking urban hospitals based on racial inclusivity finds ‘de facto segregation’

A new analysis from the Lown Institute identified the most and least racially inclusive hospitals in America, but hospitals at the bottom of the list dispute the methodology. Still, the analysis indicates a troubling trend of racial segregation in healthcare.

UnitedHealthcare’s new social determinants effort spans 23 programs

The payer’s Community Catalyst initiative includes 23 programs that involve collaborations with various community-based organizations and health centers. They tackle different types of social determinants of health issues, including food insecurity among seniors and the health needs of those in public housing.

NYC Health + Hospitals drops use of two race-based clinical assessments

The nation’s largest public health system will stop using clinical assessments for kidney function and vaginal delivery after C-sections that use race-based calculations for determining illness severity and risk. These assessments can result in people of color not receiving the diagnoses and treatments they need.

Clover Health, Roundtrip to offer MA members non-emergency transport services

The health insurance startup and transportation service company are joining forces to offer Medicare Advantage members access to non-emergency medical transportation. With transportation being a key social determinant of health, Clover Health and Roundtrip are aiming to improve member experience and outcomes through the partnership.

Covid-19 and chronic disease: A spotlight and a stoplight 

Covid-19 has demonstrated the grave need for us to invest in chronic disease prevention and support by building stronger, deeper relationships with patients and families, and by focusing more on the environmental, social, and psychological factors that lead to chronic disease and impact long-term disease management.

BCBSA to take aim at racial inequities in health, starting with maternal care

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association recently announced its new national health equity strategy that will focus on maternal health, diabetes, cardiovascular care and mental health. The association’s first goal is to cut racial disparities in maternal health by 50% in the next five years.

Providers, payers are ready to listen, root out racism and regain the trust of minorities. Here’s how.

Racism has always existed in healthcare, but the Covid-19 pandemic laid bare how entrenched the problem still is. In response, providers and payers have vowed to fight for health equity by examining the racism within their organizations, listening to minority communities and mounting strategies that take aim at widening care gaps.

HIEs uniquely positioned to advance social determinants of health efforts

Healthcare information exchanges could provide the missing link between providers, payers and community-based organizations working to address social determinants of health. Efforts in Nebraska and Ohio show the ways in which HIEs could advance care coordination and interoperability.

How the pandemic transformed primary care for seniors

Seniors in the U.S. are among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and providing them with primary care proved to be a major challenge. But several organizations rose to the occasion, deftly changing their care delivery strategies as the pandemic evolved.

How UCSF created a data platform that leverages 150+ social determinants variables

UCSF’s interactive data platform allows users to drill down into 150 social determinants of health variables. This data, layered with EHR data, can give researchers and clinicians invaluable insights into the nexus of social factors and health.

AMA Innovations, Onyx to develop tool linking providers, social services

The solution will connect providers with social services organizations, enabling the secure exchange of messages, referrals and personal health information. The FHIR-based technology can help providers factor in social determinants of health when caring for their patients.

Patients report unmet care needs despite rising telehealth use

Roughly a third of adults had a telehealth visit in the first 6 months of the pandemic, according to a new survey conducted by the Urban Institute. But not everyone who wanted a telehealth visit was able to access it, leaving some adults with unmet care needs.

Why healthcare orgs are joining an effort to create 1M jobs for Black Americans

The newly created organization, dubbed OneTen, aims to create 1 million jobs for Black people over the next decade. Its founders include some big names in healthcare, such as Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare and Humana.

Cleveland Clinic to help bring affordable broadband to city neighborhood

The Ohio-based health system is working with three organizations to provide residents of Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood with access to high-speed internet at affordable prices. The collaboration aims to alleviate health disparities that arise from a lack of reliable access to the internet.

Why prioritizing health equity in the Covid-19 vaccine distribution is not just right, but necessary

Even though Covid-19 is distinct from any health crisis the country has previously faced, assessing U.S. public health strategies during past crises can provide insight into what has contributed to a more or less equitable response.

RWJBarnabas Health’s new program aims to identify social barriers to care without stigmatizing patients

The New Jersey-based health system’s culturally nuanced social determinants of health program will screen all patients for social and behavioral factors that impact their health, in the hopes of improving outcomes and encouraging appropriate use of healthcare services.

How is population health innovation unfolding in Louisiana? [Sponsored]

With the annual INVEST Population Health virtual conference coming up November 16-18, here’s a look at our collaboration partner New Orleans Business Alliance. It plays a vital role in helping to stimulate the local economy by supporting the development and advancement of the healthcare and biotech infrastructure.

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Secrets to Pop Health Management success: Take a leap of faith, be strategic, and collaborate

Population health management advocates need to demonstrate how redefining care management by adopting a holistic viewpoint to include what’s happening outside the hospital will help systems influence health at scale and improve care at a lower cost.

How a group of CA safety-net clinics mobilized tech to respond to Covid-19

A network of community health centers in northern California quickly built out telehealth tools, mapping services and other technologies to respond to Covid-19.  Leaders with two organizations shared how they did it.