Becker's Healthcare February 22, 2024
Jakob Emerson

Where an employee lives and the social risk factors they face affects overall health outcomes — employers should be incorporating SDOH data when designing health benefits to improve employee outcomes, productivity and associated costs, according to a white paper published Feb. 21 by UnitedHealthcare and the Health Action Council.

The research analyzed HAC members’ claims across more than 217,000 covered lives with an average age of 34. The study reviewed claims that happened between April 2022 to March 2023 and that were paid out through June 2023.

Six key takeaways:

1. The most common social determinant adults are at high-risk for are financial (36%) and social isolation (30%). Forty-eight percent of adults have no social risks, while 26% have...

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