Social Determinants of Health
It is well known that various populations have less access to care, yet there are many nontraditional healthcare issues that are affecting access to care. These vary from lack of transportation, proper nutrition, education, safe housing conditions, and child care. Identify and translate those at risk using our extensive data and expert guidance to address this societal issue.
Malnutrition is a complex and burdensome condition that is often connected to social determinants of health—including food insecurity—that can widen disparities in health outcomes.
While some food industry stakeholders have begun to integrate their operations into the healthcare system, opportunities remain for further collaboration to improve outcomes and quality of life for their patients, customers, and members.
The FY 2022 update of the ICD-10-CM includes 19 new Z codes that relate to social determinants of health (SDOH). Z codes present an opportunity to standardize and improve patient SDOH data collection to assist stakeholders in addressing non-clinical needs that impact health outcomes and healthcare costs.
While proponents of universal pre-K (UPK) and other early care and education (ECE) programs have long cited its value for promoting children’s cognitive and social emotional development, preliminary evidence shows that these programs have similar direct health benefits.
Worse air quality leads to preventable negative health outcomes that increase healthcare costs. Further, urban and minority populations are often exposed to disproportionate pollution risks, leading to impaired health and increased financial burden on both individuals and broader health and social systems.
Avalere analysis shows that the COVID-19 pandemic had disproportionate impacts by race and ethnicity on Medicare enrollees.
In light of proposed changes to the ESRD Treatment Choices Model to address health disparities, an Avalere analysis of Medicare claims found gaps in access to and utilization of specific dialysis-related services by patient race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
In the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, CMS proposed to include an Avalere-submitted malnutrition-focused improvement activity (IA) in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Reducing health disparities is critical to advancing health equity, and each stakeholder has a role to play.
COVID-related concerns influenced shifts in utilization and changes to the delivery of major pregnancy-related services. The expanded use of telemedicine in the maternal care continuum increasingly provided expectant patients with access to healthcare services while adhering to social-distancing guidelines.
On March 8–9, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) discussed avenues to achieving equitable access to HIV prevention products for at-risk populations as well as next steps in revising the National Strategic Plan to End the HIV Epidemic.
Tune into another episode of Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, we are joined by experienced dietitians to discuss the rise of telehealth in providing nutrition care during the pandemic, as well as barriers and future opportunities in virtual care.
Tune into another episode of Avalere’s Journal Club Review podcast series on Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, our experts discuss the findings, themes, and relevant application of a study comparing taste-focused and health-focused food labels and how they affect consumption.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by pregnancy-related death in the US, which has a higher maternal mortality rate than 10 other developed nations worldwide.
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and recent social events highlighting systemic inequities, life sciences companies have issued bold statements reaffirming their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and health equity.
Tune into another episode of Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, we are joined by experts from nutrition service organizations to discuss the impact of medically tailored meals (MTM) on health outcomes and healthcare costs, and future opportunities to expand their reach through health insurance plans.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color since the first cases were identified in the United States.
Grantees will evaluate models for transforming health systems to promote health equity for Medicaid populations.
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) rates have grown substantially over the years and have placed a significant burden on the US healthcare system. While prevention efforts continue to advance, including the availability of screening tools and early prevention therapies, systemic disparities still preclude equitable access to preventive services. These will need to be addressed as a key component of strengthening patient access to preventive care and lowering the incidence of disease.
Tune into another episode of Avalere’s Journal Club Review podcast series on Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, our experts discuss the findings, limitations, and implications of a recent study that examined disparities in the health development of young children with respect to race/ethnicity and income.