At AHIP Conference, Data Rules and Social Determinants Dominate Conversation

AHIP’s annual conference — AHIP 2022, convened in Las Vegas — was the first in-person gathering of the health insurance trade group since COVID-19 arrived in the United States — so the health care professionals who gathered there had even more than usual to discuss. AHIP 2022 featured dozens of panels on a variety of subjects, but two themes stuck out: social determinants of health (SDOH) and the digital transformation wrought by interoperability and transparency mandates.

SDOH are the factors outside the health care system and clinical care that impact patient health — a group of social ills like racism, hunger and housing insecurity. Those needs are usually more pronounced in disadvantaged groups with limited access to health care. Presenters from health plans and other areas of the health care sector discussed how strategies like data analytics, community health workers and modifications to benefit design can improve health outcomes related to SDOH. Some 14 panels addressed issues like social health, equity and hunger directly, and many other panelists made mention of SDOH challenges during their presentations or answered audience questions on the subject.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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