Latest SDOH Guidance Highlights Long Road to Health Equity

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on many of the barriers facing low-income Medicaid enrollees and communities of color when it comes to accessing health care, plans have sought more ways to address social factors that are known to impact health outcomes. In an effort to help states address social determinants of health (SDOH), CMS on Jan. 7 issued a new “roadmap” describing how states can use existing program flexibilities to tackle adverse health outcomes that can be impacted by determinants such as nutritious food, affordable and accessible housing, and quality education.

“With the release of today’s SDOH guidance, CMS acknowledges that an understanding of the social, economic, and environmental factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicaid and CHIP populations can be an integral component of states’ efforts to realign incentives, reduce costs, and advance value-based care in their health systems,” said CMS in a Jan. 7 press release.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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