AHIMA April 6, 2021
Margaret M. Foley, PhD, RHIA, CCS

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the socioeconomic factors that impact a person’s health. Examples include food insufficiency, limited access to healthcare, social isolation, and unemployment. SDOH have been shown to have a far greater impact on a patient’s health outcomes than either the clinical care provided or genetic factors.1 Healthcare providers and payers are directing significant attention towards SDOH to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. HIM professionals need to ensure that SDOH information is being captured to support these initiatives, including improving ICD-10-CM coding for SDOH.

Increased Focus on Social Determinants of Health

An increase in value-based purchasing and at-risk payment models has contributed to a greater interested in improving the health of populations being managed.2 Healthcare providers...

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Topics: Equity/SDOH, Healthcare System, HIM (Health Inf Mgmt), Provider, RCM (Revenue Cycle Mgmt), Technology
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