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More Payers Tackling Social Determinants of Health

Survey good news for case managers skilled in working with complex populations

Addressing social determinants of health is viewed as a key way to improve population health programs by 80 percent of payers, the website HealthPayer Intelligence is reporting, citing a new Change Healthcare survey.

The online magazine says “the findings in the 8th Annual Industry Pulse Report, commissioned by the HealthCare Executive Group, indicate that payers are taking action to address (social determinants of health) through community programs and screenings as a way to support value-based care initiatives.”

The survey says “the overwhelming majority of … respondents report their organizations have started integrating social determinants of health. The results show a variety of strategies being employed, with 42% including community programs and resources; 33.7% integrating medical data with financial, census, and geographic data to better understand their patient populations; and 33.1% offering social assessments with health risk assessments.”

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Big Themes Energize Attendees at CCMC Symposium

Case Managers Share Ideas, Skills and Strategies to Advance the Field

Brandon McDonaldInspiring messages, interesting data and important themes were highlighted last month at the Commission for Case Manager’s New World Symposium in the beautiful city of Nashville, Tenn. – and Care Excellence was thrilled to be a part of it.

As an exhibitor supporting the event, Care Excellence Relationship Manager Brandon McDonald said it was exciting to hear experts speak on the challenges, victories and opportunities emerging in the field, and to share conversations with so many care managers committed to growing in their careers and better serving vulnerable patients.

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Celebrating the Year End Case Management Style With Jennifer Ballentine

The Sacred Role of Care Managers

Jennifer Ballentine

Greetings of the holiday season to all!

A friend of mine has a bumper sticker that reads “WARNING: DATES IN CALENDAR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR!” Ain’t that the truth! I expect you are all feeling as much whiplash as we are at how quickly another year is drawing to a close. As

artificial and corny as it seems, I’ve always appreciated the year end–new year pause to reflect, appreciate wins, absorb losses, and evaluate goofs – and plan ahead for fewer of the latter and more of the former.

I’m ending the year a little exhausted by the learning curve of taking up the leadership at the Institute, but much relieved by the committed, skilled, and thoroughly delightful members of our team! I’m learning more, too, about the world of care/case management and have come to appreciate, all the more, how it really is the key link in the continuity of care chain.

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