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In less than a decade, social determinants of health (SDOH) have evolved from a new concept into a core strategic imperative for healthcare providers, payers and government health agencies alike. Few question the importance of addressing the nonclinical factors that impact health on an individual and population level. However, organizations often face obstacles in gathering relevant SDOH data, preparing it for analysis and putting it to use for clinical care and business planning. “As an industry, we need to take a thoughtful and methodical approach,” says Jeremy Racine, healthcare director for Tableau. “After meaningful use, we had hundreds of electronic medical record systems but no standardization and a culture of information blocking. I don’t want to see the same thing happen again with SDOH data.”
Most value-based payment programs have failed to significantly reduce healthcare spending or improve the quality of care for patients. Many have actually resulted in higher healthcare spending, and some have made it harder for patients with complex conditions to receive adequate care. The reason current programs have failed is that payers have tried to create “incentives” for physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to reduce spending without providing the resources and flexibility those providers need to improve the way they deliver services to their patients. The solution is not to increase the financial risk for providers in these incentive programs...
One in five people over the age of 55 have at least one mental health concern, with depression and anxiety being the most common. There are many factors that can negatively impact an older person’s mental health. Declining physical health, the onset of multiple chronic conditions, less independence, and more limited social interactions can lead to or escalate mental health conditions. If left untreated, these feelings and conditions can worsen, and in some cases result in suicide. Older adults have one of the highest suicide rates as compared to other age groups—with white men over the age of 65 having the highest rate.
Health Affairs | August 22, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the tight link between data and equity. Data are critical to identifying disparities, promoting social mobility, and advancing health for our communities. But gaps in data can have the opposite effect. Without data, opportunities to address inequities and social justice are erased. Although more than 27 percent of US adults have a disability, there remain only limited COVID-19 data for this community. The available data have come from people with disabilities living in congregate care settings, nursing homes, or are limited to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While these data represent essential members of the disability community and have provided critical insight, there are important lessons to be learned from the limitations of this information.
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November 13 - 16, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV
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