Unaddressed Social Risks Point to Preventable Hospitalizations

September 9, 2020

This article was published earlier this month in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and aimed to explore the topic of how “unaddressed social risks among hospitalized patients with chronic conditions contribute to costly complications and preventable hospitalizations” (Phillips et al). Dr. Phillips and the CHOIR team studied whether the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services State Innovation Models initiative would have a positive impact on the rate of diagnosis of social risk factors among hospitalized adults with diabetes. They concluded that “the State Innovation Models initiative slightly but significantly improved the diagnosis of social risks among hospitalized adults with diabetes. State-led delivery system and payment reform may help support movement of hospitals toward better recognition and management of social determinants of health” (Phillips et al).

Read the full article here.