Providers Go Deeper With Population Health, Weighing Social Factors (Healthcare Dive)

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[By Les Masterson]

The industry transition to value-based payments is leading to more population health management programs, but providers are finding it’s difficult when patients lack secure housing, access to food or a way to get to appointments.

So many are now going beyond one buzz word, population health, and taking into account the role that another, social determinants of health, play in a person’s health.

“Population health management efforts are most successful when they are tied to efforts to address social determinants of health issues, since the challenges that patients face around housing, food and transportation, for example, are completely tied to their ability to engage in the healthcare system, manage their chronic conditions and stay well,” said Dr. Amy Flaster, an assistant medical director for the… View Full Article Here

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