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Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Decrease Healthcare Expenditures

How identifying and addressing the social determinants of health can reduce rising healthcare expenditures and improve quality of care for at-risk populations

Over the last 50 years, health expenditure growth has more than doubled and continues to rise rapidly, while rates of chronic diseases continue to increase. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, health spending is projected to rise by 5.5% this year and will continue to rise over the next decade. The rise marks a sharp increase from last year’s spending, which is estimated to have been around 4.6%, almost $3.5 trillion. The increase in healthcare expenditures can be attributed to several factors including rising costs associated with medical goods and services, shifts in income growth, Medicaid and Medicare.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Population Health Vulnerable populations

The Implications of Fragmentation in Care

Minimizing the Dangers and Costs of Fragmentation In Care with Coordinated Care Models

Patient Story: Mrs. F

Mrs. F is a 60-year-old woman with diabetes and severe osteoporosis. She spends most of her time bedridden, uses a walking frame to walk, and has moderate memory problems. Her PCP prescribes her multiple medications but she also sees several specialists who are not affiliated with her PCP.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health care coordination Social needs

The Effects of Food Insecurity on Health Outcomes and Costs

Over the last 25 years, research has shown that social determinants of health have powerful effects on health outcomes, particularly food insecurity. Those who are food-insecure lack access to affordable and healthy foods, which has adverse effects on health and development. Maintaining a healthy diet becomes a subsidiary concern when there are multiple unmet social needs to address but social service programs offered by community partners can help address those unmet needs.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Based Organizations food insecurity

Positioning Social Service Providers as Leaders in the Future of Health

Compared to other wealthy countries, the United States has some unusual healthcare spending habits. Other developed nations like Germany, France, and the UK spend nearly twice as much on social services as they do on healthcare but in the United States, we spend almost twice as much on healthcare as we do on social services. However, there’s a growing consensus that social and behavioral factors determine over 60% of health outcomes and are better understood as intersectional health issues. There’s also significant evidence that shows that higher spending on social services addresses health outcomes more effectively than investing in healthcare alone. It’s clear that our priorities are misplaced.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Based Organizations care coordination

Learning in Review: How We Teach Each Other to Code

At Healthify, our software engineers collectively represent 52 years of programming experience, which is a detail not that interesting on its own. All of us learned how to code and at some point in time we each started doing it for money. Duh. We didn’t, however, all go about doing this in quite the same way. As a matter of fact, we have an eclectic mix of educational backgrounds in our department and those details are fascinating.

Topics: Healthify Recruiting

Social Determinants of Health Over the Last 20 Years:

 
Healthify announced our new Vice President of Sales, Jim Devlin. Jim joins us from IBM Watson Health, where he served as the Area Vice President and drove $24 million in annual contract revenue. With over 25 years of experience in sales and supporting solutions for healthcare systems throughout the U.S., Jim has been instrumental in accelerating growth for many companies working in the healthcare industry including, McKesson and MedAssets, Inc.  We sat down with Jim to talk about the changes he’s witnessed in the healthcare industry's approach to social determinants of health over the last 20 years.
Topics: Social Determinants of Health Population Health SDoH, care coordination

The Social Needs Funnel: Measuring the Impact of Community & Social Service Interventions on Population Health Outcomes

As the US Healthcare System continues to lag behind other developed nations in the relationship between healthcare expenditures and outcomes, more healthcare organizations are responding to research demonstrating that medical care is not the primary factor that determines the health outcomes. Indeed, major healthcare organizations are shifting investment towards initiatives that can help address the behavioral, environmental, and social determinants of health (SDoH).

Healthify: 2017 Year in Review

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Based Organizations Purple Binder Year In Review

3 Philosophical Pillars Used to Guide Recruitment at Healthify

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Mission Recruiting

SUNY Downstate Medical Center Using Healthify to Empower Future Community Health Workers

 

The places where people live, learn, work, and play”, known as the social determinants of health (SDOH), have been estimated to contribute from 40%-60% of an individual’s health outcomes.  For some time it has been known that community health workers (CHWs) play a significant role in improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of care within a patient population. In fact, a report published by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health, in 2016, showed how targeted CHW programs achieved returns on investment ranging from $2.28 to $4.80 for every dollar spent. Due to such studies, insurers, managed care organizations (MCOs) and other large health institutions are placing a greater emphasis on SDOH and many have begun to manage them more robustly.

Topics: Social Determinants of Health Community Based Organizations Community Health Workers