Can engaging patients with social determinants of health (SDOH) and chronic conditions, benefit from engaging with providers and others, in the context of care delivery by accountable care organizations (ACOs) and similar entities? That’s the question that a team of healthcare policy researchers has asked.
The results of their research have just been published online in Health Affairs, in an article entitled “Health Care Impacts Of Resource Navigation For Health-Related Social Needs In The Accountable Health Communities Model.”
The article’s authors—William Parish, Heather Bell, Fang He, Noah D’Arcangelo, Melissa Romaire, Lucia Rojas-Smith, and Susan G. Haber, write in the abstract to their article, published online on May 17, that “Social determinants of health can adversely affect health and therefore lead to poor health care outcomes. When it launched in 2017, the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model was at the forefront of US health policy initiatives seeking to address social determinants of health. The AHC Model, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, screened Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for health-related social needs and offered eligible beneficiaries assistance in connecting with community services.”