Payment structures that support social care integration with clinical care: Social deprivation indices and novel payment models

Am J Prev Med

The U.S. lags behind other developed countries in the use of indices and novel reimbursement models to adjust for social determinants of health (SDH) in medicine. This may be due in part to the inadequate body of research regarding outcomes after implementation of healthcare payments designed to address SDH. This perspective article focuses on four models employed both internationally and domestically to outline the implementation, successes, limitations, and research needed to support national application of SDH models.

Supplement information: This article is part of a supplement entitled Identifying and Intervening on Social Needs in Clinical Settings: Evidence and Evidence Gaps, which is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kaiser Permanente, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Huffstetler AN, Phillips RL, Jr. Payment structures that support social care integration with clinical care: Social deprivation indices and novel payment models. Am J Prev Med. 2019;57(6):S82-S88. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.011.

Publication Year: 
2019
Resource Type: 
Commentaries & Blogs
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