Funding, partnership concerns limit success of Medicaid SDOH interventions | Quick survey could help identify patient SDOH, study says | Texas physicians group partners with Innovista for coordinated care
Few state Medicaid agencies have experience with interventions to address social determinants of health, and many are concerned about lasting funding and community partnerships, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Oregon and California have implemented successful programs, but need outstripped funding, and community partners may have competing priorities.
A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found using a one-minute survey could help determine whether patients have social determinants of health. A report in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found clinician disagreement on the SDOH that should be included in screenings.
Innovista Health Solutions, a population health management organization owned by Health Care Services Corp., will help Texas-based Genesis Physicians Group coordinate patient care and reduce avoidable spending through the use of Innovista's population health management technology. The partnership will also help Genesis transition from fee-for-service to value-based care.
Home-based cardiac rehabilitation is a viable alternative for patients who experienced a cardiac event but can't participate in center-based rehabilitation programs due to cost, distance and other barriers, according to a scientific statement in the journal Circulation. Cardiac rehab programs "help patients recover better, feel healthier, and live longer," according to lead author Dr. Randal Thomas.
Sixty-four percent of health IT-related patient safety event reports analyzed were not resolved at all, and more than 50% only suggested conducting further education or training, according to findings published in the Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management. Based on a review of more than 1.7 million patient safety event reports, researchers highlighted the importance of resolving health IT-related events and incorporating effective solutions within health care systems.
The Physicians Foundation established a $500,000 interoperability fund in partnership with medical societies in Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey and South Carolina to help medical practices use health information exchanges to share health data with other health care providers and hospitals. Participating health care providers will receive support in building patient-provider relationships and gaining timely access to clinical data for care quality improvement.
A hybrid telemedicine platform could complement in-person mental health care, Relias and Genoa Healthcare reported in a new study that says a combined plan involving live visits reduced the amount of time before patients sought treatment by an average of seven days. Researchers also found that model boosted follow-up outpatient visits by one-third.
Healthy Nevada, a large-scale population health study launched in 2016, is seeking more participants and adding University Medical Center of Southern Nevada to its research network. Researchers are combining clinical, genomic, environmental and socioeconomic data to identify disease patterns, learn more about genetics and improve population health.
While adolescent black women had the largest decrease in new cases of HIV with a 21% reduction, racial disparities persisted with black women accounting for 60% of new cases among women from 2010 to 2016, according to a report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Overall, the rate of new HIV cases fell among adolescent women.
Seventy-one percent of babies received complete vaccination against rotavirus, while 14% weren't given any vaccine, with nonvaccination more likely among those with lower socioeconomic status, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers also found that among those who didn't receive any rotavirus vaccine, 83% had one or more missed vaccination opportunities as defined by the World Health Organization and 72% as defined by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, with missed opportunities more prevalent among those with higher socioeconomic standing.
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