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.
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.
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.