Health Data Management January 11, 2019
Tushad Driver

A large body of research now confirms what health practitioners have long known—social determinants like access to transportation and nutritious food—have a significant impact on patient outcomes.

A widely cited study by ICSI has estimated 80 percent of an individual’s health is influenced by social determinants. Consequently, a survey by Change Healthcare found that 80 percent of payers are investing in tools to address social determinants of health. Payers, hospitals and other healthcare organizations are eager to act on these recent findings and strategically invest in new social and community programs.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in May that Medicare Advantage plans could, in 2019, expand the health-related benefits they offer. If anything, Medicare Advantage would...