Defining Success In Resolving Health-Related Social Needs

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A recent Health Affairs blog offers a perspective on the challenges of addressing the social needs of patients – particularly when the health care system at large doesn’t have common language to describe what a successful intervention might look like. Programs such as Kaiser Permanente’s Total Health initiative and CMS’ Accountable Health Community model screen participants for unmet social needs, yet there is lack of clear definition as to how the community – or delivery system – should be accountable for resolving these needs. This will continue to be a complex area for exploration as health care increasingly moves outside of the exam room into the community, and as we continue to look at how factors such as where our patients live, work, play and pray impact their overall health.

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The ONC’s Kevin Larsen on Meaningful Use

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More highlights from Health IT Week: Kevin Larsen, MD, medical director of meaningful use for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, sat down with the Center for Total Health blog and answered a few questions about meaningful use. The video below captures that conversation.

The term “meaningful use” represents the set of standards outlined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Incentive Programs that governs the use of electronic health records and allows eligible health care providers to earn incentive payments by meeting specific criteria. For more detail on the incentive programs, check out the CMS website.