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Capitol Correspondence - 04.01.18

New Health Payer Coalition Forms to Address Social Determinants of Health

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According to HealthPayer Intelligence:

“A group of commercial payers and other healthcare organizations haveformed a coalition to explore how addressing the social determinants of health can lower care costs and improve outcomes.

A number of large payer companies have joined the Aligning for Health (AFH) coalition, including the BlueCross BlueShield Association, CareSource, Humana, UPMC Health Plan, and WellCare.

AFH stakeholders cited research that suggests social factors including access to healthy food, safe housing, and financial security account for nearly 70 percent of all health outcomes. Addressing these social factors can have positive effects on healthcare outcomes, costs, and utilization, the coalition said. 

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The coalition will promote holistic healthcare solutions through policy and outreach. AFH will work to extend opportunities to local communities that help address social factors related to health.” Read the full article here.

Interested in discussions such as these that seek to go traditional health care? Then do not miss the Monday Keynote Session at ANCOR’s Annual Conference, featuring Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber!

Dr. Tamber is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bridging Health & Community, a Seattle-based nonprofit that expands upon social determinants of health to lead health sector transformation from the perspective that a community’s and individual’s agency play vital roles in a sustainable health sector. ANCOR invited Dr. Tamber to lead a discussion on: re-imagining a health sector that shifts from a narrow bio-medical perspective to defining health from the perspective of what individuals and communities value; how to design health sector interventions based on those values; and what we can measure to determine success or failure in health.

See our full session schedule here – click on the “Sessions” tab. Have not registered for the Annual Conference yet? It’s not too late! Click on the “Register” tab on that same link to register.