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The CDC stance finally affirms how serious a threat racism is for population health.   The date of April 8 is important in my world: not only is it my beloved grandmother’s birthday (for the record, she would have been 121 last week), but it’s also the date in 1974…
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Loopholes in rental and lease agreements may force individuals and families into crowded living situations. I value when our Monitor Monday and RACmonitor  listeners reach out to me on social media; many did after last week’s broadcast and article on the topic of eviction moratoriums. With so many hospitalized patients…
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More people are expected to struggle with ongoing hardships. There continues to be considerable news focused on ongoing health disparities and inequities. First, the Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a report titled One Year in the Pandemic: Implications of COVID-19 for the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). The report takes…
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The iconic foundation has published three Federal Policy Recommendations to Advance Health Equity. First, I’d like to follow up on last week’s article about The Gravity Project’s presentation on social risk ICD-10-CM code changes at the March 10 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center of Health Statistics…
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Proposals were made during recent Coordination and Maintenance Committee. The healthcare industry has consistently asked when ICD-10-CM codes will better address the social determinants of health (SDoH). With the industry focused on the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, the ICD-10 code pendulum did not swing in this direction. Yet…
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New AHIP report touts Medicaid MCO action for SDoH. While pressure continues for states to rein in costs associated with health and behavioral health, strategies to leverage Managed Medicaid are getting fierce attention. America’s Health Insurance Plan’s (AHIP’s) latest report, Social Determinants of Health and Medicaid, is a worthy read…
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Drug overdose deaths were another influencer. Amid last week’s hottest reports was new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. While it was expected that COVID-19 would dramatically impact life expectancy across populations, the data for those persons most vulnerable was alarming. The first six months of 2020 revealed…
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Older adults continue to be at risk during the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccine distribution has prompted headaches across the country. However, older adults have been especially challenged with access; those who “have less” and are dealing with economic and/or health limitations, as well as family and peer support, are struggling. For…
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This is the first of many reports to come on the topic of SDoH. It’s just February, but a steady stream of reports and surveys touting the top social determinants of health (SDoH) and mental health (SDoMH) for 2021 have already begun to appear. First up is the 2021 Consumer…
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Nonprofit hospitals spend an average of $67.9 billion annually on community benefits. 2021 is off and running, and healthcare organizations are positioning themselves for success; community investment and development to address the profound costs associated with the social determinants of health (SDoH) is one hot-ticket item, especially for hospitals. The…