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US Government Proposes to Integrate Healthcare Programs With Social Services

by Reshma Anand on January 6, 2016 at 3:12 PM
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US Government Proposes to Integrate Healthcare Programs With Social Services

People who are in Medicaid and Medicare programs find these services as a potential medical intervention. But still prevalent social issues act as a barrier for patients to receive full medical care at community-based services like hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations.

Common social issues like housing instability, hunger, or lack of transportation have a direct effect on health. To eliminate this barrier, the US government has planned to unite Medicare services with the social services.

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The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) along with the Department of Health and Human Services has planned a $157 million project called "Accountable Health Communities Model."

The model focuses on identifying patients with non-medical needs and connect them with available services in their communities. The project will fund up to 44 separate experiments over five years.
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"The test will assess whether systematically identifying and addressing health-related social needs can reduce health care costs and utilization. Many community service organization might be able to help patients with health-related social needs. But many clinics and hospitals aren't linked well to these organizations," said Dr. Patrick Conway, chief medical officer at CMS.

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