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Social Determinants: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

There is much talk—and many pilot programs—about bridging the gap between health care and social services. The data is clear—80% of health outcomes are due to social, behavioral, and environmental… Read More

Will Investing In Social Determinants Pay Off?

We’ve heard the stats many times in the past decade—health care services account for only 20% of health outcomes, while health-related behaviors and socioeconomic factors—housing, food, environment, employment—can drive 80% of… Read More

Focusing On The Non-Health Factors Of Health

It’s no secret—social factors affect health care spending. Last year, Bechara Choucair, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente, provided the health plan perspective on social… Read More

Housing = Health: The Five Levers

Before the start of the pandemic, nearly 570,000 Americans were homeless. And now, as unemployment rolls mount and moratoriums against evictions and foreclosures expire, an additional 30 to 40 million… Read More

Crossing The Social Determinants Divide

A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that social determinants are a major impediment to managing care for high-cost Medicaid beneficiaries. The biggest impediments include a… Read More

Accountable Care & The Complex Consumer

Over the past couple of years accountable care organizations (ACOs) have become an increasingly important part of the evolution of health care delivery and financing. While the concept started with… Read More