Key nonmedical barriers to care that hospital leaders plan to address this year

Healthcare leaders plan to offer more programs focused on the social determinants of health, according to a new survey published by Change Healthcare and the HealthCare Executive Group.

The survey of 185 healthcare leaders asked which nonmedical barriers in healthcare organizations will act on in the next 12 months. Many respondents (63.7 percent) said they plan to offer programs addressing care coordination. Respondents also indicated a plan to offer programs addressing:

Transportation — 39.1 percent

Food insecurity/access — 27 percent

Benefits coordination for public assistance — 23 percent

Social isolation — 19.4 percent

Housing insecurity — 15.3 percent

In-home modifications (e.g. grab bars, ramps) — 14. 1 percent

Medically tailored meals — 10.9 percent

Financial literacy — 8.5 percent

Other — 3.2 percent

Only 17.3 percent of respondents said they won't be addressing nonmedical barriers to care at all within the next 12 months.

Read more about the survey here.


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