Addressing social determinants of health – things like food insecurity, transportation and loneliness – can dramatically improve well-being while reducing health care costs, according to a recent article in Forbes that used Humana as an example.
The article noted that Humana is “investing and partnering in certain communities as part of a “Bold Goal Initiative” that targets a variety of social determinants.”
“Physicians are where we always start, but it’s also very important to work with non-profits, for-profits, faith-based and other organizations,” said Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roy Beveridge. “In the new world of population health, we need to drive community engagement and better health outcomes through local organizations like the grocery store, the local Y, and a food bank. And, we must define metrics and measure progress in order to demonstrate value back to the community.”
The article also noted the trend away from fee-for-service medicine and toward value-based care, where health care professionals are paid on the basis of improved health, rather than on the volume of care.
“The shift to value-based care and population health means more use of a CVS nurse practitioner, a nutritionist in the home via Humana’s Humana At Home service or a Walgreens pharmacist at the drugstore counter administering a vaccine or providing advice on the most effective medicine,” the article noted.