Healthcare Economist May 27, 2024
Jason Shafrin

As I do every Memorial Day, I highlight some recent news about the health care system serving our veterans, Veterans Affairs (VA).

First off, VA is starting to use social determinants of health, and health-related social needs when conducting hospital discharge planning.

VA deputy assistant IG Julie Kroviak: “…there’s a citation in the report where 20% of a patient’s outcome is due to actually what happens clinically. And it’s this other 80% that influence the true outcomes and their true recovery outside of the clinical space. So, this is a way to address and measure, potentially measure those issues.

…We need to make sure that we understand where exactly we’re sending that patient to. And you’re right. We can’t...

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