AHA guide offers proven hospital approaches to reducing food insecurity

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A new guide from the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust offers hospitals and health systems strategic and evidence-based approaches to reducing food insecurity and its effects in their communities. The inability to afford or access nutritious and safe food has been associated with increased risk... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, Community health

AHA urges improved guidance for tax-exempt hospitals

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The AHA today urged the Department of Treasury to issue guidance clarifying that hospitals are promoting health for the benefit of the community as a whole when they address housing, nutrition, transportation and other social determinants of health. “We urge issuance of formal guidance recognizing what... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, socioeconomic status, Community benefit, ACO

Health Affairs examines health care equity, role of social factors

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The June issue of Health Affairs explores the pursuit of health equity, and the relationship between health equity and social factors. Studies compare health and health disparities in 32 countries; show U.S. progress in reducing racial disparities in surgical mortality and kidney transplantation rates;... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, equity

Study looks at hospital readmissions program trends

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Average readmissions penalties in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program doubled in the first five years of the program, from 0.29% in 2013 to 0.6% in 2017, according to a study published today in Health Affairs. “The penalty burden was greater in hospitals that were urban, major teaching, large, or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, teaching hospitals

CMS announces participants in Accountable Health Communities model

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Thirty-two organizations, including hospitals, will receive funding to test promising approaches to linking Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with community services to address their health-related social needs through the Accountable Health Communities Model, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, Medicare, Medicaid

Join the AHA, IFD in celebrating National Minority Health Month

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How much progress is your hospital making toward ensuring equitable care for all persons in every community served? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations.

Increasing... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, equity, access, leadership

AHA, others ask NQF to extend, refine trial of sociodemographic risk adjustment

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The AHA, America’s Essential Hospitals, Federation of American Hospitals, and Association of American Medical Colleges today urged the National Quality Forum to extend the trial period for its policy allowing the performance measures it evaluates to be risk adjusted for sociodemographic status, and to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status

NASEM issues report with solutions for communities to advance health equity

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released a report identifying root causes of health inequity in the U.S. and outlining solutions for communities to advance health equity. The report describes social determinants of health that are drivers of health inequities, including... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, equity

NASEM issues final report on accounting for social risk factors in Medicare payment

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released the fifth and final report in a series examining social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and how to account for these factors in Medicare value-based payment programs. The final report puts... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, Medicare

ASPE releases report on the impact of social risk factors on Medicare quality programs

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Medicare beneficiaries with social risk factors had worse outcomes on a range of measures in Medicare quality programs, regardless of the providers they see, according to a report released today by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, Medicare

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