MetroHealth receives $500,000 from UnitedHealthcare to expand two social determinants of health programs

With the help of a $500,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare, MetroHealth will expand two programs addressing social determinants of health for underserved populations in the Cleveland area, according to a news release.

The three-year collaboration aims to expand initiatives that target high-risk pregnant mothers and medically complex patient populations through the programs, both of which connect participants to wrap-around services like housing support, food assistance, financial resources and employment resources to improve health outcomes, according to the release.

UnitedHealthcare and MetroHealth will collaborate to design and test effective care management strategies based on program findings, according to the release, which notes that this could impact many of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid members in the Cleveland area.

“The need for payer and provider partnerships to address the health needs of the underserved has never been more evident,” Mike Roaldi, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community & State Ohio, said in a provided statement. “The COVID-19 pandemic

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A Unique IPA Centers on Social Determinants of Health

By Jacqueline LaPointe

September 28, 2020 – More and more healthcare providers and payers are teaming up with ride-sharing companies, food pantries, and other community-based organizations to address one of the largest drivers of patient outcomes – social determinants of health.

Where a patient lives, what food she can afford, her education level, if she drives, and a host of other socioeconomic, behavioral, and environmental factors drive health outcomes, whereas purely clinical care contributes to just 10 to 20 percent, according to commonly cited statistics.

As healthcare providers strive to reduce costs while improving quality of care, especially under risk-sharing contracts, they have realized the value of addressing these social determinants of health.

But developing, implementing, and notably, generating ROI on programs that target social determinants of health has been a major challenge for both providers and payers, leaving many to wonder if the programs will last long enough to

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