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Healthify Partners With Landmark Health to Address SDoH

The Partnership Will Address SDoH Across 97,000 Patients

On June 18th, Healthify and Landmark Health announced a groundbreaking collaborative partnership to address the social needs of 97,000 patients across 13 states—California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. The partnership between Healthify and Landmark signifies a notable milestone in Landmark’s mission to deliver comprehensive care to complex, chronic patient populations wherever and whenever they need it.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health coordinated care value-based care partnership

Collecting SDoH Data to Address Health Inequities

How gathering SDoH data can inform population health strategies

As the healthcare industry continues to recognize the impact of the social determinants of health (SDoH) on overall health, it's becoming critical for health plans and providers to look beyond the four walls of clinical care to address these nonclinical factors. And even though research has shown that SDoH can have an impact on up to 40% of an individual's overall health, for some communities that impact can be even more significant. In minority populations, particularly, SDoH can be challenging to overcome.

To close the health equity gap, a better understanding of the social needs impacting minority communities is vital. By having better insight into the different domains of SDoH affecting minority populations, healthcare organizations (HCOs), government, community-based organizations (CBOs) and advocacy groups are in a better position to create programs that drive targeted interventions for specific needs within those communities.

Topics: healthcare delivery population health minority health SDoH data

How ICD-10 Codes Can Improve the Identification of SDoH and the Delivery of Care

Healthcare organizations are leveraging ICD-10 codes to identify and address SDoH

Earlier today, UnitedHealthcare and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced a new collaboration to improve the way the social determinants of health are identified and addressed to improve access to care and patient outcomes. Through the new partnership, UnitedHealthcare and the AMA aim to standardize the collection, processing and integration of SDoH data.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health

Convenient Healthcare: Meet People Where They Are

With the rise of consumerism among patients in healthcare, many providers are expanding operations to improve patient satisfaction. But for many vulnerable populations, convenient healthcare is not a commodity—it’s a necessity.

Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities

Under-Addressed and Overlooked: The Mental Health Issue

When you think of the costliest chronic health conditions, diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease come to mind. However, topping the list is a disease that unfortunately has long had a stigma associated with it—mental disorders.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health mental health

Overcoming Barriers to Healthcare for the Transgender Community

The health challenges facing the transgender population are some of the steepest and most difficult for any population subset in the United States today. Across the board, a transgender person is at greater risk than the national average for drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and heart disease. Compounding the problem are the community’s significant barriers to regular healthcare and gaps in coverage.

Topics: healthcare delivery health disparities LGBTQ

Integrating Social Determinants into Redesigned Care

Teaching Medical Students about the Social Determinants of Health Improves Patient Care

When a patient comes seeking care, typically providers identify symptoms, diagnose, treat, and send the patient on their way with a care plan. But what happens when the patient returns presenting the provider with the exact same issue from the first visit? Are these patients treated exactly the same way again and simply deemed noncompliant?

Today, many teaching hospitals and medical schools are advocating a different approach. They are training residents and medical students on the social determinants of health. Instead of following the traditional model where physicians focus on the presenting illness, diagnosis, and treatment, they are asking these new physicians to identify the social circumstances or behavioral health conditions that are at the root of health issues.

Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health community resources

Treating Housing as Part of a Patient's Health

How Stable Housing Impacts Health

NPR recently put a spotlight on the University of Illinois Hospital's money-saving initiative to provide housing to frequent emergency room users. Those types of patients, who are often called "superutilizers" in the medical world, are people with a mix of chronic medical problems, mental health issues and homelessness that drive them to visit the hospital far more than the average patient, NPR reported.
Topics: healthcare delivery social determinants of health housing insecurity

Trouble Sleeping? Racing Thoughts? These May be Signs of Mental Illness

Assessing Symptoms of Mental Health 

Mental Health America, a nationwide, community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, has developed helpful screening tools to assist you, your family, your friends, and your clients in quickly determining your current mental health status.

Topics: healthcare delivery mental health

Meet Wyckoff's MICHC Team

Did you know, in New York State:

  • Over 30% of births do not have early (1st trimester) prenatal care? 
  • 14% of births are to women aged 25 years and older without a high school education?
Topics: Healthify healthcare delivery