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Social determinanants of health. A partnership with Modern Healthcare.

The Importance of Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Payers and Providers

Environmental, economic and social barriers to health have been tied to increased health risks and poor healthcare outcomes. These barriers are known as social determinants of health and include access to healthcare and healthy food, safe and healthy housing, education, employment, and social exclusion, among others.

In a partnership with Modern Healthcare Custom Media, Envolve is exploring the importance that social determinants of health play in how payers and providers serve their members. This study included a survey of more than 600 payers and providers, and is designed to address social determinants of health and actions that organizations are undertaking to address their effect on member healthcare and outcomes so all individuals have the opportunity to achieve their best health.


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Keeping Pace with Social Determinants of Health

A recent survey found 75 percent of payers and providers feel at least somewhat prepared to address social determinants of health, but experts believe opportunities to focus on areas of greater impact remain.

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Strategies for Payer-Provider Collaboration Around Social Determinants of Health

When it comes to making an impact on social determinants of health, the biggest barrier healthcare providers and payers face is funding these initiatives and getting paid for their efforts, according to a survey by Modern Healthcare Custom Media.

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Choosing the Right Approach to Social Determinants of Health

When it comes to addressing social determinants of health, care coordination for low-income or geriatric members and nutrition education top the investments made by payers and providers, according to a survey conducted for Envolve Health by Modern Healthcare Custom Media. But are these the right areas for investment?

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About Our Survey

Modern Healthcare Custom Media, on behalf of Envolve Health, commissioned Signet Research, Inc., an independent company, to conduct a survey of healthcare professionals. The objective of this study was to gain insights on social determinants of health and any actions organizations may be taking to address their impact on patient/member outcomes.

On Aug. 3, 2018, Modern Healthcare Custom Media sent a broadcast email to a sample of 57,590 healthcare executives who subscribe to Modern Healthcare, asking them to participate in a survey, followed by a series of two reminders to certain readers. By Aug. 9, 2018, 579 returns had been received. The base used is the total number of respondents answering each question. Survey findings may be considered accurate to a 95 percent confidence level, with a sampling tolerance of approximately +/- 4.1 percent.