AHA guide offers strategies for improving transportation for patients

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A new AHA guide offers strategies and case examples to help hospitals and health systems address transportation issues in their communities. The guide is the latest in a series of resources by AHA and its Health Research & Educational Trust and Association for Community Health Improvement affiliates on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: socioeconomic status

Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health

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Health isn’t created by doctors and nurses, but by friendships and families … by good air, food, houses, roads and jobs … by strong communities and good schools. Because improving health means going beyond hospitals and physicians’ offices, the AHA encourages the field to take advantage of our ongoing ... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, Redefining the H, members

AHA issues community guide to addressing social determinants of health

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders in vulnerable communities implement a multi-step strategy to address the underlying social conditions that often prevent individuals from being able to access health care or achieve health goals. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, rural

AHA guide offers housing strategies to improve community health

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A new resource from the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust and Association for Community Health Improvement highlights innovative strategies that hospitals and health systems are using to promote safe and stable housing for vulnerable populations. “The links between housing and health are clear:... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, Community health

Study: High-risk practices more likely to receive physician VBP penalty

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Physician practices that served a disproportionate share of medically and socially high-risk patients in the first year of the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program were more likely to receive a penalty compared with other practices, according to a study published today in the Journal of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, socioeconomic status, value-based purchasing, Medicare

Deaconess Health System sees opportunity to help homeless heal and recover

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deaconess-volunteersDeaconess Health System in Evansville, Ind., grappled with how to get homeless patients the supportive services that could help them stay healthier in the community and reduce their frequent visits to the emergency department (ED). The solution was to partner on a Homeless Medical Respite Program that has... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health

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

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