Social Services

The social service market is defined as supports and services related to the social determinants of health such as poverty, food insecurity, lack of education, racism, discrimination, environment, and community conditions. Addressing social determinants of health has become a common strategic conversation in a market focused on whole person care and the value equation. Payers and health plans are taking a more structured approach to addressing social support needs and this opens new possibilities for managers of organizations that provide social support programs that have typically been excluded from health care financing arrangements.

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Few Health Care Organization Social Needs Referral Programs Were Designed With Community Input

About half of administrators at 50 health care provider organizations that provide social needs referrals said the programs were designed without the input of consumers or community-based organizations (CBOs) that deliver the services needed by consumers. The administrators were from 28 health care provider organizations (hospital systems and physician practices), or 22 bridge organizations participating… Read

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