Summer 2019 Volume 2

Summer’s end and Fall begins

Introduction

Welcome to Volume 2 of my Summer 2019 newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website with some additional background materials, different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. Join me in improving and coordinating initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: caregiving realities; the growing role of home care in improved living conditions; ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in Frederick Maryland, an example of a non-healthcare sustained investment in improved communities; USDA and USCIS policies threatening living conditions, providers opposing the USCIS rule while the healthcare industry continues to invest in needed community support; CAN Community health’s LGBT youth mentorship program; Intermountain Health, CVS Aetna and Cedar Sinai continue to expand their efforts; Many studies – one saying few hospitals and physician practices screen for top 5 social needs, another saying the US spending on social services is comparable to other countries, parent focus groups raising concerns about certain pediatric screening questions and AmeriHealth Caritas showing substantial impact on hospital utilization; A NASEM consensus report recommending 5 goals for integrating social care into healthcare; AHRQ announcing 12 semifinalists in an SDOH visualization challenge; and a new BU Community Wellbeing Index.

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Summer 2019 Volume 1

My favorite place all year round

Introduction

Welcome to Volume 1 of my Summer 2019 newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website with some additional background materials, different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. Join me in improving and coordinating initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: Realizing a personal bias; many community transportation initiatives; an introduction to some of the non-health driven community investments; a new health literacy definition; Medicaid directors view on where funding to address social determinants of health should go; Geisinger Food Farmacy; CareSource Job Connect; AHIP’s Project Link; Modern Healthcare articles on the SDoH symposium and Insurers and loneliness; Updating the definitions of ADLs and IADLs; Potential Medicare savings of $4B; United Hospital’s Framework for building Clinical Community partnerships; AAFP wants more consistency and clarity around SDoH terminology; Kaiser’s survey indicates patients want providers to help with social needs; Pilot study on the benefits of home meal delivery programs; Lifting the funding ban on a unique patient identifier; Guiding principles for ethical use of SDoH data; and three data partner initiatives.

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May 2019 Newsletter

Introduction

Welcome to the May 2019 monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website with some additional background materials, different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. Join me in improving and coordinating initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: My recent blog on why asking for help shouldn’t be so hard; Fannie Mae’s innovation awards for improved housing; several stories about the substantial impacts of poor living conditions on healthcare in hospitals, FQHCs and primary care and the breadth of needed changes; More initiatives from Cerner and Kaiser and Blues plans investing in Solera Networks; a Health Affairs’ article on the need for further research; and many surveys from different vantage points.

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April 2019 Newsletter

April showers bring…

Introduction

Welcome to the April 2019 monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website with some additional background materials, different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. Join me in improving and coordinating initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: a young man with a cello as a life line from poverty; Humana’s Bold Goal progress; Medicare Advantage increased flexibility to invest in improved living conditions; Medicare expanded coverage for telehealth; suggested changes in hospital community benefits; Texas Health Resources’ investments, and Medicaid trends in investments, designed to address living condition improvements; Proposed ICD-10 Z codes to improve payment and tracking of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH); addressing drivers of community-wide problems verses addressing the needs of sicker individuals; almost 50% of cancer deaths tied to modifiable behavior that are impacted by living conditions; and the  challenges facing the “middle market” i.e., older adults with middle level income.  Also checkout Equality Health’s Webinar about culturally-based innovations in Arizona.

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March 2019 Newsletter

Spring in my front yard

Announcement Module

Introduction

Welcome to the March 2019 monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website with some additional background materials, different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. Join me in improving and coordinating initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about:

Living on $3 a day; The Healthiest U.S. Communities, Legal support at a public health clinic and Anthem Indiana Medicaid; The NSTC report on emerging technologies for an aging population; Oregon Medicaid’s approach to contracting for improvements in living conditions; the AZ Medicaid Innovation Challenge featuring many lead organizations in member engagement and technology and services support for improved living conditions; Molina Healthcare’s 90-day free Amazon prime accounts; PQA’s Conceptual framework on medication access; Several technology based partnerships — Kaiser and Community Solutions, BCBSI and Solera Health and Signify’s acquisition of TAVHealth; Research efforts from Tufts and Pew Charitable trust; and Femtech investments in unique health needs and living conditions of women.

Shannah’s Insights

Momentum of the health industries investment in living condition improvements continues, particularly in Medicaid and across large insurer and delivery systems. Are we using the right metrics? If we measure solely on health impacts, we may be missing an opportunity for true change. If Oregon is successful, could we ultimately invest more in community support that in healthcare?  Who will AZ choose as their partners for member engagement and improved living conditions. When looking at outcomes should we be looking across safety net programs and at quality of life?

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February 2019 Newsletter

Introduction

Welcome to my February 2019 monthly newsletter. This marks the beginning of my second year sharing an overview of what is happening at the intersection of health care and living conditions also known as social determinants of health. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: Funerals spurring some thoughts on living conditions; health screening and education in barber shops and salons; SIPPRA a Treasury program funding state and local government investment in social impacts; CMS’s efforts to minimize financial impacts; North Carolina’s move to managed care; initiatives from Lyft, Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute, HealthBegins and AHA’s Physician Alliance; and, the breadth of sessions and announcements a HIMSS annual conference.

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January 2019 Newsletter

Winter can be beautiful, but also harsh.

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: a federal contract employee whose husband’s life is put at risk by the government shut down; trends and initiatives in western New York, Arkansas and Memphis; the Institute for Medicaid Innovation report on social determinants and Medicaid Managed Care; A Health Affairs blog and Lund Report opinion on why current approaches to addressing living conditions are not enough; CVS and Kaiser investments; The two way relationship of public housing authorities and healthcare providers and insurers; two data initiatives — the SHELI project and Casenet’s integration of community services for Medicare advantage; The #1 JPMorgan takeaway and the NQF and Aetna foundation project to identify scalable approaches for improved living conditions.

Please share the newsletter and connect via LinkedIn or email kossoncare@starpower.net with your reactions and input.

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December Newsletter

Best Wishes for 2019!

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: a barefoot patient; isolation during the holidays; a hands-on college class about living conditions; HomesRenewed modification initiative; Healthy People 2030 comment period; Cigna’s loneliness survey, the Cost of Care project; Community organizations partnering with health plans; Waystar’s social determinants survey findings; TAV Health and Health BI partnership and LexisNexis’ new socioeconomic health score.

Please share the newsletter and connect via LinkedIn or email kossoncare@starpower.net with your reactions and input.

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November Newsletter

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletters in my LinkedIn articles and on my website. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: an inspiring community impact officer at Atrium Health; community initiatives in New Jersey and Minnesota; HHS Secretary Azar’s public announcement on emphasizing social needs; Changing ACA waiver guidance; Dignity Health, Humana Foundation and Geisinger investments in improved living conditions; and Harvard’s Housing America’s Older Adults 2018 report.

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October Newsletter

Introduction

Welcome to the monthly newsletter. You can find past newsletter in my LinkedIn articles and on my website. They have some additional background materials with different stories and initiatives that might be of interest. My goal for the newsletter is to inform improved and coordinated initiatives that advance health, health equity and community and healthcare redesign.

This month you can read about: the living conditions and healthcare challenges of individuals who self-identify as transgender; Aetna Foundation awards; Manatt’s recent webinar on social determinants and Medicaid managed care; an award to Thundermist health center and its collaborating Health Equity Zone partners in Rhode Island; a collaboration on improved care for at-risk families in Oregon using a technology screening platform; the positive role of community health workers and care coordinators with tools to screen and refer to needed community services; and research showing the challenges of integrating living conditions data into electronic health records and healthcare workflow.

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