Making the Business Case for Addressing Health-Related Social Needs

Making the Business Case for Addressing Health-Related Social Needs

Published: Jun 15, 2022
Publisher: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Associated Project

Accountable Health Communities: Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Time frame: 2017–2022

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Authors

Laura Hanson

Mario Gruszczynski

Risa Nakajima

Key Findings
  • AHC Model participant Reading Hospital found that addressing health-related social needs (HRSNs) through screening and referral services reduced avoidable emergency department visits by 15% in one year, saving an estimated $1 million.

Making the Business Case for Addressing Health-Related Social Needs (HRSNs) is a spotlight on Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model participant Reading Hospital. In an initial assessment of their screening, referral, and navigation services, Reading Hospital found a 15% reduction in avoidable emergency department visits in one year, an estimated savings of $1 million.

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