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September 26, 2019

Few Providers Adequately Screen for Social Determinants of Health

A recent study of US hospitals and physician practices found that “[A]pproximately 24% of hospitals and 16% of physician practices reported screening for food insecurity, housing instability, utility needs, transportation needs, and interpersonal violence.” These five measures are part of the CMS Accountable Health Communities model. Among the organizations sampled, federally qualified health centers, Medicaid accountable care organizations, and academic medical centers screened for social determinants more than other practice types.