Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Older Adults – #HITsm Discussion Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat taking place Friday, 7/15 at 12:00 PM ET (9:00 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Dr. Melissa Urrea from @naviHealthPAC on the subject Addressing the social determinants of health in older adults.

In this week’s #HITsm chat, naviHealth’s Executive Medical Director, Dr. Melissa Urrea, will take over the naviHealth Twitter account (@naviHealthPAC) to talk about “How to Address the Social Determinants of Health in Older Adults”.

The social determinants of health (SDoH) can encompass many different aspects of life. Its impact on senior care has sparked conversations about the future of the industry. But to make substantial changes to the way we care for older people, a broader conversation needs to take place between providers, payers and policy experts.

The emphasis on SDoH, in general, is to keep patients healthier, more independent, and more functional. But improving health care outcomes is impossible if patient needs cannot be fully met due to factors such as socioeconomic disparities, food insecurity, or lack of access to transportation.

As a board-certified family physician, Dr. Urrea can attest that the funding and tools needed to properly treat SDoH have not been prioritized in the past, making it difficult to implement. changes. Today, with the growing focus on outcomes and value-based care, there is renewed energy to fund solutions to address SDoH, with policy shifts paving the way for positive change. .

For example, the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act amended the Social Security Act section to expand the types of additional benefits that can be offered by Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to enrollees with chronic conditions. Supplementary Special Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) includes additional benefits that are not primarily health-related and may be offered inconsistently to eligible enrollees with chronic conditions, such as benefits for supplementary feeding, non-medical transportation, pest control, indoor air quality equipment and services, employee benefits (such as marriage counseling, family counseling, programs to combat isolation and improve cognition), structural changes to the home and more.

This amendment was a huge step forward in the fight against SDoH. But we still have a long way to go. Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll discuss the following topics.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm chat:

T1: When you hear the term social determinants of health (SDoH), what specifically do you imagine? #SDoH #HITsm

T2: Which SDoHs impact the senior population the most? #SDoH #HITsm

T3: What is the potential role of future health policies regarding SDoH? #SDoH #HITsm #HealthPolicy

T4: Which social determinants are most affected by policy changes? #SDoH #HITsm #HealthPolicy

T5: Where are we missing the mark? What other changes are needed to address SDoH and health equity? #SDoH #HITsm

Prime: How can health systems engage their communities to address SDH locally? #SDoH #HITsm

#HITsm chat schedule coming soon

7/22 – Access to care and digital health/health informatics
Hosted by Derek Streat (@dexcare)

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you would like to host a future #HITsm chat or know someone you think we should invite to host.

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Jessica C. Bell