May 21, 2020

SDoH and COVID-19

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The new face of the SDoH: The healthcare workforce The end of 2019 saw healthcare jobs become the hottest career around, with over 1.9 million jobs added and eager anticipation about job opportunities to come. However, the healthcare industry is incredibly fluid, with its own workforce now the latest face…
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Patients dealing with factors related to the SDoH are rapidly growing in number amid the viral pandemic. It has been several years since the social determinants of health (SDoH) went viral and became a top priority for healthcare organizations. Initially, those non-clinical factors impacting health outcomes were attributed to issues…
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Employment security, health insurance, and mental health are issues that are dominating care management. The dramatic rise in unemployment has received considerable focus across the country, with so many experiencing challenges with health insurance, access to care, and added numbers of persons at risk for issues associated with the social…
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Majority-black counties had infection rates of three times the rate of majority-white counties.   Daily COVID-19 data continues to be tough to digest, with everyone keeping a close eye on the numbers of: Persons tested, Positive tests, Hospitalizations, and Deaths across each county and state, and worldwide. Much recent attention…
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List of factors for front-line professionals to consider keeps evolving.  Everyone wants to know how to assess the social determinants of health (SDoH). The healthcare industry is working hard to integrate in the moment, creating assessments using the five main SDoH domains: Economic stability Education Health and healthcare Neighborhood and…
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Poor access to mental healthcare prompts increased behavioral health emergencies and greater costs of care. Rural communities face enough challenges with access to basic medical care. Accessing behavioral health has become increasingly difficult for every population, yet those in rural areas face obstacles of grand proportions. Data doesn’t lie, and…
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The divide between the two populations has consistently widened. Rural communities face an increasing number of challenges that impact their health and wellness. A new study has identified those that are most significant, and while the industry is abuzz, there were few surprises to those of us who have been…
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Industry studies highlight large investments, yet ACOs struggle to integrate SdoH. Several major research studies have emphasized the large sums being spent by healthcare organizations to better manage the social determinants of health (SDoH), amid ongoing struggles to mitigate service gaps, especially by Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). A study published…
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CMS report is based on 2016-2017 data. It’s been two years since the American Hospital Association (AHA) shouted from the rooftops that documentation by any interprofessional team would be accepted as validation to use the ICD-10-CM Z codes, as opposed to only documentation by physicians. In the social determinants of…
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New white paper addresses behavioral healthcare in the ED and the SDoMH The social determinants of health (SDoH) are on everyone’s watch list, but attention must also go to the social determinants of mental health (SDoMH). The costs incurred to treat behavioral health and substance abuse in emergency departments are…
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