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Addressing Patients’ Social Needs: the Business Case for Health Provider Investment

Social factors, such as income, employment, housing, and education, may have a significant impact on the health outcomes of patients and the costs of caring for them.

This report looks at how the changing healthcare environment — new reimbursement models, accountable care, population health, readmission penalties — is spurring new economic incentives and benefits for provider involvement with the social needs of patients. Strategies for addressing unmet social needs of patients are covered, along with case examples of current programs involving providers.

Source: Backrach D and others, Manatt Health Solutions. Addressing patients’ social needs: an emerging business case for provider investment. Commonwealth Fund; Skoll Foundation; Pershing Square Foundation, May 2014. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2014/may/addressing-patients-social-needs

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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