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Eat! You’ll Feel Better

And maybe need to spend less on health care. That is the lesson learned from a program in Massachusetts that provided home delivery of food to dually eligible Medicare/Medicaid recipients who were struggling with their meals. In a limited experiment, selected individuals received home delivery of food:  some received general meal deliveries while others received food tailored to their individual medical conditions.  The purpose:  address a major social determinant of health in this difficult-to-serve population. The result, according to a report published in the journal Health Affairs, was that Participants in the medically tailored meal program also had fewer inpatient [&hellip

Tackling Social Determinants of Health

The growing awareness of the impact of social determinants of health comes at a time when health care providers are assuming unprecedented degrees of risk for the health of their patients, leaving many providers wondering how best to invest resources that will meet both their own needs as well as the needs of their high-cost, high-need patients. A new document from the Commonwealth Fund, “Investing in social services as a core strategy for healthcare organizations:  Developing the business case,” seeks to serve as a manual for providers seeking to move into this relatively new territory. The report takes providers through [&hellip

Addressing Socio-Economic Challenges Through Medicaid Payment Policies

Amid the growing awareness of the impact of social factors on health, policy-makers are increasingly interested in finding ways to address those factors through state Medicaid programs. In a new blog post, the journal Health Affairs offers six ways for states to address social determinants of health through Medicaid managed care programs. classify certain social services as covered benefits under the state’s Medicaid plan explore additional flexibility afforded states through section 1115 waivers use value-based payments to support investment in social interventions use incentives and withholds to encourage plan investment in social interventions integrate efforts to address social issues into [&hellip

NQF to Medicaid: Do a Better Job of Addressing Social Determinants of Health

State Medicaid programs need to do a better job of measuring and addressing the social risks their patients face, the National Quality Forum has asserted in a new report. To do so, NQF concluded, state Medicaid programs should “…work more with healthcare organizations and communities to better manage social disparities.” How? According to the NQF, state Medicaid programs should: Acknowledge that Medicaid has a role in addressing social needs that impact health. Create a comprehensive, accessible, routinely updated list of local community resources for healthcare organizations. Harmonize tools that assess social needs that impact health to ensure that they collect [&hellip

Medicare Penalizes Hospitals for Avoidable Injuries, Illnesses

Medicare is reducing payments to 751 hospitals because of the high rate at which their patients have suffered avoidable injuries and illnesses while in the hospital. The penalties come under Medicare’s Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, which was established by the Affordable Care Act. Among the penalized hospitals, more than half were penalized last year as well 115 are academic medical centers – about one-third of all such facilities more than one-third of all safety-net hospitals were penalized Over the years NAUH has argued that the program is unfair to urban safety-net hospitals because it fails to give any weight to [&hellip

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