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Payer Program Addresses Loneliness as Social Determinant of Health

December 10, 2018 - Cigna is joining the fight against patient loneliness, a key social determinant of health, by offering a patient-facing survey and personalized health improvement recommendations on its website. Using a 10-question version of the UCLA Loneliness Index, Cigna will help patients reflect on their own loneliness and receive targeted suggestions from the health payer. The tool is available...


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Confronting Indirect Patient Healthcare Cost Hurdles, SDOH

by Sara Heath

Patients face numerous indirect healthcare cost hurdles that impact their ability to access treatment, according to a recent guidance from America’s Essential Hospitals. The guidance, which comes as a part of an entire library of...

Value-Based Care Drives Preventive Care, Care Management

by Sara Heath

Patients receiving care from a doctor in a value-based care model tend to experience better quality care, receive more preventive care, and yield higher medication adherence and adherence to chronic disease management plans, according to a...

How Do Mobile Health Clinics Impact Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Across the country, patients living in health deserts suffer from limited care access and other socioeconomic barriers to healthcare. But mobile health clinics are changing that, driving better patient access to care by pulling right into...

Focus on Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity Grows

by Sara Heath

University medical and public health schools are investing in community health groups working to address issues of health equity and the social determinants of health. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health...

How Community Health Workers Support Value-Based Care Principles

by Sara Heath

New data from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that community health workers can reduce hospitalizations by 65 percent, helping organizations deliver on value-based care principles. The research,...

How Do State Medicaid Provisions Impact Patient Care Access?

by Sara Heath

States are making changes to their Medicaid plan offerings that could have impacts on patient care access, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Specifically, Medicaid program changes would impact patient...

Payers Invest in Community Health Programs Tackling Opioid Crisis

by Sara Heath

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a large payer provider in the Maryland and Washington DC area, has earmarked over $2 million to fund community health initiatives aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and expanding patient access to...

Groups Call for Lifestyle Medicine, Policies Addressing SDOH

by Sara Heath

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is calling on the healthcare industry to put its focus on the social determinants of health and other root causes of chronic illnesses. Too often, health industry policymakers focus on the...

Payer Awards $2M for Social Determinants of Health, Community Health

by Sara Heath

The Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grant funding to 25 non-profit organizations working to address the social determinants of health. These grants come as a part of the Aetna Foundation’s Building Healthy...

Do Hospital Closures Impact Rural Patient Access to Care?

by Sara Heath

Rural regions are experiencing hospital closures at a disproportionate rate, putting patient access to care at risk, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Between 2013 and 2017, 64 of the 2,400...

NIH Funds Center for Chronic Disease Management Research

by Sara Heath

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a research facility targeted at supporting patient engagement in chronic disease management. The Promoting...

Mission Health Promises Millions in Community, Rural Health Funds

by Sara Heath

Mission Health has committed to donating parts of its proceeds from a proposed healthcare acquisition to community health services that address the social determinants of health in rural areas. The North Carolina-based health system...

Creating Community Health, Social Programs to Drive Health Equity

by Sara Heath

Healthcare industry leaders have made it part of their mission to drive health equity, giving all patients equal opportunity to achieve wellness. But as many organizations work toward this goal by expanding patient access to care, others...

NEMT Patient Care Access Cuts $40K in Medicaid Patient Costs

by Sara Heath

Non-emergency medical transportation yields a considerable return on investment (ROI) as it helps with patient care access in chronic disease management, according to new data from the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC). On...

Who are Community Health Workers, How Do They Treat Patients?

by Sara Heath

The transition to value-based care has expanded the definition of patient wellness to include both physical and social health. As patient care stretches into the community, the healthcare workforce begins to center on the community health...

Do Rideshare Tools Reduce Transport Barriers, Patient No-Shows?

by Sara Heath

Offering patients access to rideshare services can help address transportation barriers and decrease patient no-show rates by nearly one-quarter, according to recent research presented by Lyft in partnership with Hitch Health. The study...

UnitedHealthcare Invests Millions in Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

UnitedHealthcare has awarded multimillion-dollar grants to community health organizations to help address the social determinants of health in Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana, the health plan has announced. These grants...

Driving Health Equity in Value-Based Care Payment Models

by Sara Heath

Healthcare’s shift from fee-for-service payments to value-based payment models is an important step toward higher-quality healthcare and more judicious healthcare spending. However, emerging payment models must take into account the...

Intermountain Alliance to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Intermountain Healthcare plans to invest $12 million in programs to coordinate community care services that address the social determinants of health in two Utah cities, the organization recently announced. These funds will bolster the...

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