Healthcare Hotwire: Social Determinants of Health

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare risk sharing requires a new focus on the whole patient…addressing all of the factors that could impact the health of accountable populations.

Evidence is mounting that social determinants of health—social, economic and environmental factors that impact quality of life—significantly influence population health.

Initiatives such as CMS’ Accountable Health Communities Model and other population health platforms encourage healthcare organizations to tackle the broad range of social, economic and environmental factors that shape an individual’s health. Mission Health recently attributed its success in CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program to its care coordination model that addresses the whole person.

And 2015 research by Brigham Young University found that the social determinants of loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity.

In the new edition of Healthcare Hotwire, you’ll get details on how social health determinants impact patient populations and what healthcare organizations are doing to address these factors.

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