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Social Determinants News November 16-December 6, 2019

Social Determinants Updates

November 16 – December 6, 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aligning for Health’s Social Determinants Updates newsletter. We hope it will be a helpful and informative biweekly compilation of news, reports, events, and opportunities. 

News Clips and Reports 

Forbes: (12/5) – One of the sessions at the Forbes Healthcare Summit discussed eight potential solutions to address social determinants of health “right here, right now.”

Health Leaders Media: (12/5) – A hospital in New Ulm, Minnesota has partnered with a local payer to split the payroll expense of a social worker to curb ER overuse and connect frequent ED users to social services that may be underlying their ED over usage.

Patient Engagement HIT: (12/4) – Nurses are essential figures in healthcare that are perfectly positioned to address social determinants of health by fostering strong patient relationships and driving a quality patient experience, but adequately addressing social determinants requires training, community resources and clinical integration. (more…)

2019-12-06T19:54:25+00:00December 6th, 2019|SDoH Updates|

Senate Introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act

Aligning for Health applauds the Senate introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation introduced by Senators Young (R-IN) and Stabenow (D-MI).

The Social Determinants Accelerator Act will help states and communities devise strategies to leverage existing programs and authorities to address all aspects of health, including food, housing, transportation and workforce.

This bill was previously introduced in the House (H.R. 4004) by Representatives Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA), and McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA).

2019-12-05T21:14:30+00:00December 5th, 2019|Press Release|

Social Determinants News Updates September 7-20, 2019

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Aligning for Health’s Social Determinants Updates newsletter. We hope it will be a helpful and informative biweekly compilation of news, reports, events, and opportunities.

News Clips and Reports

Modern Healthcare: (9/19) – The Urban Institute conducted interviews with MA insurers, health insurance experts and social services providers findings that plans were slow to expand benefits to address social determinants despite recent CMS changes to increase benefit flexibilities.

Institute for Medicaid Innovation: (9/19) – The Institute for Medicaid Innovation released its 2019 Annual Medicaid MCO Survey, which found that 78 percent of all Medicaid MCO respondents indicated that they offer targeted social determinant of health programs.

Signify Health: (9/19) Equity Health and Signify Health launched a new integrated platform that will facilitate collaboration among healthcare providers and community-based organizations (CBOs) to create ‘whole person health’ teams for underserved and at-risk populations.

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2019-09-23T14:45:39+00:00September 23rd, 2019|SDoH Updates|

HCSC Joins as New Member, NACo Joins Advisory Board for Aligning for Health

Aligning for Health is excited to announce the newest member of the coalition, Health Care Service Corporation. HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and fourth largest overall, serving more than 16 million members across 5 states.

We are also delighted to welcome the National Association of Counties to our advisory board. NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.

We look forward to working with both organizations as we continue to advance policy proposals that test the idea that the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations can be improved by better aligning programs and services addressing the social determinants of health.

2019-09-20T17:39:09+00:00September 20th, 2019|Press, Press Release|

H.R. 4004 Lauded as an Important Opportunity to Advance Social Determinants Efforts by Experts at Alliance for Health Policy Event

The Social Determinants Accelerator Act (SDAA) was praised as an important opportunity to help advance state and local efforts to address social determinants during Alliance for Health Policy’s “What’s Next on Social Determinants of Health” event on the Hill last week. Karen DeSalvo, Len Nichols, Ana Novais, Samuel Ross, Kathy Stack, and William Young spoke at the event.

We applaud the speakers for sharing their leading work on the social determinants of health and the Alliance for Health Policy for helping to raise awareness about social determinants.

Full event video:

2019-09-19T21:34:15+00:00September 19th, 2019|Press, Press Release|

Led by America Forward, 30+ Organizations Express Support for Social Determinants Accelerator Act

America Forward, a leading coalition of local, state, and national organizations committed to investing in what works and advancing innovative and effective solutions to our country’s most pressing problems, led a group of over 30 organizations and individuals in a letter to Reps. Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA) and McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) thanking them for their leadership on the Social Determinants Accelerator Act .

2019-08-28T11:44:23+00:00July 31st, 2019|Sign-On Letter|

Social Determinants Accelerator Act Introduction

Aligning for Health is proud to support the bipartisan introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, which is sponsored by Reps. Bustos (D-IL), Cole (R-OK), McGovern (D-MA), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and eight additional cosponsors. The Social Determinants Accelerator Act will support state and local officials in developing cross-sector approaches that address the environmental and social factors contributing to health outcomes.

2019-08-28T11:40:20+00:00July 25th, 2019|Press Release|

Social Determinants Accelerator Act Introduction Event

Aligning for Health is pleased to invite you on July 25, 2019 to the bipartisan introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, a bill to support state and local officials in developing cross-sector approaches that address the environmental and social factors contributing to health outcomes.

2019-08-28T11:40:55+00:00July 19th, 2019|Invitation|

UNDERSTAND Act Letter of Support

Aligning for Health is proud to support the introduction of S. 1323, the Utilizing National Data, Effectively Reforming Standards and Tools, to Address Negative Determinants of Health (UNDERSTAND) Act, which would improve the collection of data related to the social determinants of health for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

2019-08-28T11:41:19+00:00June 17th, 2019|Sign-On Letter|
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