Millions of Americans have unmet social needs. These needs are often attributed to the community-level social determinants of health—health behaviors and socioeconomic factors that are estimated to contribute to 80 to 90% of a person’s health. Underlying issues such as systemic racism and chronic poverty lead to social needs that affect patient health outcomes. Research shows that unmet social needs have implications for cost, quality, and access for health systems.
In its report, “Implementing High Quality Primary Care,” the National Academies supports a payment model for primary care that assists people in addressing the social determinants of health. The work of tackling the social determinants of health by addressing patient social needs and gathering data often falls to primary care, layering more accountabilities on providers that often lack sufficient resources.
Work is underway to support providers in incorporating data on social determinants of health, and to enable providers to help their patients meet their social needs, in primary care. Watch video from Industry Initiatives' May 12th event that grounds attendees on the social determinants of health and health-related social needs, and describe how payment innovation can help address these drivers of population health outcomes.
Objectives for the event:
Hear from leaders in primary care, payment innovation, and research. Speakers include: