Social Determinants Of Health Being Tackled By Humana

Humana Launches Program Regarding Social Determinants Of Health

The health company Humana has always supported its clients beyond healthcare. Recently they announced a new way of doing this through a value-based care payment initiative. Through this new means, the company will address nonmedical heal risk that might be affecting the members negatively. The Social Determinants of Health Value-Based Program will aim to improve those outcomes using a holistic approach.

Social Determinants Of Health

Social determinants of health can vary, but all pose a risk to clients’ health. These factors can include food insecurity (inconsistent access to nutritious food), social isolation (lack of interaction with other people), loneliness (feeling of being alone), and housing instability (lack of stable housing).  The current model will also provide tools to help combat the social determinants of health to all members who need help. The three components of the program circle around patient screenings; documentation of assessment findings; and connecting the patient to appropriate resources.

Humana Statement

“Humana is committed to advancing the transformation to value-based care, and incorporating a focus on social determinants of health is the logical next step in that evolution,” stated Vice President of Population Health Strategy at Humana, Caraline Coats. “Through this program, Humana is pleased to invest in a new approach that includes focusing on nonclinical barriers to health. We’re better able to support clinicians as they broaden the scope of patient care to improve health outcomes.”.

Programs Backed By Humana Providers

The program is being backed between Humana and its providers. One provider Ochsner Health is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic health care system. The plan is to continue moving forward offering the agreements to other providers as it seems to be widely received. A recent report on Humanas  Value-based Care, done last November showed that clinicians in the arrangements enjoy more engagement with Humana MA members compared to providers in non-value based contracts.

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

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