First SDOH measures approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
New grant program launches for state and county medical associations to address patient SDOH
The friend announced to advance physician-led SDOH programs
BOSTON, August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Physicians Foundation announced three key advances as part of its comprehensive recommendations to address social drivers of health (SDOH). Released earlier this year, the Physicians Foundation Part One of Three: The 2022 Survey of America’s Physicians emphasized the importance of SDOH and demonstrated the barriers that clinicians face in their efforts to treat them. In fact, while nine out of 10 doctors want to treat their patients’ SDOH, six out of 10 lack the time and skills to do so. In response to these findings, the Physicians Foundation announces the following milestones that will advance the way we pay for and deliver care to improve health:
- The first established SDOH measure, presented by the Physicians Foundation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was approved for inclusion in federal payment programs
- A new grant program for medical associations begins to develop state-level capacity, resources and data collection to support physicians in integrating SDOH screenings and navigating SDOH-related resources into their medical practices
- A new friend, Ryan LoweryMD, was appointed to advance research on SDOH and their impact on all aspects of the healthcare environment
“We know that eight out of 10 doctors believe this United States cannot improve health outcomes or reduce health care costs without addressing the social drivers of health,” said Gary Price, MD, president of the Doctors Foundation. “The Physicians Foundation is committed to continuing our efforts to provide solutions that include strategies and structures for physicians to manage SDOH, ultimately improving patient health outcomes. The advances announced today show great progress in these efforts, and we are excited to see others in our health care system commit to this critical topic as well.”
SDOH first measures
asset August 1, CMS released the final Future hospital patient payment system FY23 rule, in which she officially approved the first SDOH measures. These measures are control and positive screening rates for the proportion of patients 18 years and older for food insecurity, housing instability, transportation problems, community assistance needs, and interpersonal safety. They will allow hospitals to better serve patients holistically and provide quality care for physical and mental health.
This milestone comes as a result of the proposal the Physicians Foundation submitted to CMS last year for the screening rate and screen positive rate measures. These measures align with the Foundation’s practical recommendations to address SDOH: Improving America’s Health Care System: Recognize the Realities of Patients’ Lives and Invest in Addressing the Social Drivers of Health.
SDOH Medical Association Grants Program
The Physicians Foundation is launching a new grant program focused on increasing the capacity of medical associations to help physicians with SDOH reviewing and linking resources. The program will support field initiatives that empower physicians to optimize the integration of SDOH in their practices in a way that improves patient health and increases value.
Medical associations stay up-to-date with physicians and patients in their local communities, providing important insights into SDOH screening and resource navigation implementation – especially when meeting the unique needs of small practices. The intent of this grant program is that the information learned can strengthen each association’s future policy efforts related to other key strategies identified, including community capacity, administrative burden, and the creation of financial incentives.
To apply for the grant program, register and log in to the Physicians Foundation online application system.
The Fellowship Program announces a new member
Ryan LoweryMD, a board-certified physician specializing in pediatrics, has been selected as a new fellow of the Physicians Foundation Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program aims to expand leadership skills for physicians to be equipped to address barriers to physician well-being, improve practice environments, and build understanding of SDOH implications for patients and physicians. Throughout his career so far, Dr. Lowery has devoted his work to addressing SDOH and health equity, including working in systems to monitor and respond to the social health needs of the patient in his community.
“The Physicians Foundation is making strides in providing practical solutions to help physicians address the social drivers of health,” said Robert Seligson, CEO of the Doctors Foundation. “We know the critical impact of health-related factors on patient care, and we hope that a focus from the health care system will continue to improve health, reducing health care costs and easing the administrative burden on physicians. “
About the Doctors Foundation
The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and help them facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care to patients. As the US health care system continues to evolve, the Physicians Foundation is steadfast in strengthening the physician-patient relationship, supporting the sustainability of medical practices, and helping physicians navigate the changing health care system. The Physicians Foundation pursues its mission through research, education and innovative grantmaking that improves physician well-being, strengthens physician leadership, addresses social drivers of health, and elevates physician perspectives. For more information, visit www.physiciansfoundation.org.
SOURCE Doctors Foundation