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Medicine Looks to Social Contributors to Illness

New care models promoted by the Affordable Care Act seek to identify social factors that contribute to patients’ medical problems.

Medical homes, ambulatory intensive care units, medical neighborhoods, and other new mechanisms may do more to help providers get to the root cause of some of their patients’ ills.  Today, that frequently is not the case.  In fact, most doctors do not believe they are prepared to help their patients address their medical ills and they also want to be paid when they do provide such assistance.

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has long pointed to social factors – factors such as transportation problems, inadequate housing, language barriers, and more ­–as a major challenge urban safety-net hospitals encounter when serving large numbers of low-income patients.

Learn more about renewed interest in identifying and addressing social factors that contribute to illness in this MedPage Today articleSurgical Instruments.

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