Integrating Social Determinants of Health as a Standard of Care
Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Research proves what our common sense already knows: the biggest factors that affect our health are our daily choices and experiences. Health care systems that are able to seamlessly integrate these “social factors” into their care delivery and reimbursement strategies will be significantly more effective in managing health, improving experience, and creating value for their customers. We know this first-hand, after leading the development, implementation, and assessment of an internal protocol to assess social determinants of health – like adequate food, safe housing, and dependable relationships - as a standard of care at primary, specialty, and community-based care delivery sites.
Outcomes from the first three years of work showed measurable pre/post improvement in patient health outcomes, family experience, and provider satisfaction while lowering total annual spending on healthcare.
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