The issue of “non-medical” factors on health care outcomes and health care spending continues to get attention. The reasons are obvious—social determinants of health (SDH) like nutrition, transportation, housing, and more have a big impact on health (see Social Risk & The ‘Value’ Of Health Care, Paying For Social Services ‘Value’ Requires Measuring Cost Impact, and Tending To The Social Determinants Of Health – Or Not). So it is not surprising that 80% of health plan executives believe addressing SDH are important—42% are integrating SDH programs into their population health efforts, and 34% are using census and socioeconomic data to…
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