Becker's Healthcare June 22, 2021
Hospitals and insurers have prioritized social determinants of health programs that aim to increase accessibility through transportation and housing initiatives — but it’s unclear whether the programs improve health and lower medical costs, according to Kaiser Health News.
Four things to know:
1. Several academic studies have found that while investments in early life, income support and health insurance interventions can lead to health benefits, many analyses of social determinants of health programs “were underpowered to detect health outcomes,” according to The Milbank Quarterly.
2. For example, a program giving Medicaid patients one free ride to Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania Health System clinics didn’t lower patients’ 36 percent no-show rate, according to a 2018 study of 786 Medicaid patients. A subsequent study found that some...