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The roadmap is a comprehensive and exhaustive review of all services and supports available to Medicaid recipients. Last week’s report on the state of the social determinants of health (SDoH) offered my crystal ball of what healthcare organizations and systems can expect for the year to come. Most are still…
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A preview of issues on the SDoH Radar for 2021. We are less than two weeks into 2021, but the priority for healthcare organizations continues to be … wait for it … the social determinants of health (SDoH) and mental health (SDoMH). The industry’s hot-ticket item, pre-pandemic, has only grown…
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As the nation readies itself for the vaccine, distribution remains a challenge. COVID-19 has been with us for almost a year. There is light at the end of the tunnel, through vaccinations anticipated to start over the next month. But how to accomplish this, and more vitally, to whom the…
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Conversations about the social determinants of health (SDoH), along with health and mental health disparities, have escalated amid COVID and simultaneously occurring violence. Elimination of institutional racism has become an ever-present theme across the healthcare industry. The concept has been longstanding through history, although now it is a high priority…
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Medline grants bridge the SDoH gap. Among the most effective funding initiatives for addressing the social determinants of health (SDoH) are those in which communities step up to take care of their own populations. That effort received a big boost last week. Medline awarded grants of $250,000 to 13 organizations…
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The first end-to-end, universally applied, culturally tailored, and fully integrated SDoH program in the country. COVID-19 has widened the gaps between the have’s and have-nots, increased health and behavioral disparities, and driven up costs for healthcare organizations. Each day brings no fewer than five reports, white papers, or issue briefs.…
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Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will have wider access to plan choices.  With COVID-19 impacting every population, especially older and at-risk adults, payers are taking a critical look at what benefits would be an asset for the future. Opportunities exist to enhance coverage for these populations, with lots of action set for…
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New studies address health disparities and severity of COVID. Several major studies continue to advance the impact of health disparities and challenge the industry in how best to mitigate the ever-growing chasm. Research from Epic Health Research Network and the Kaiser Family Foundation validate that patients of color experience COVID-19 at concerningly…
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Food insecurity is on the rise. Amid the perils of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic are now growing concerns about food shortages around the country. Since COVID began, the U.S. Census has been tracking the impact of the associated economic crisis on the public. The numbers are important for healthcare organizations…
September 17, 2020

COVID and the SDoH

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New study reinforces SDoH impact Focus on the social determinants of health (SDoH) continues to intensify nationwide, and that means potentially higher costs of care for healthcare organizations. The recent study by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health has the…