Healthcare Industry

August News Roundup: CVS Takes on Social Determinants of Health and Hospitals Step Up to Connect Patients with FQHCs

Stay ahead of healthcare industry news for FQHC and Health Center leaders with our monthly news roundups. CareMessage curates the most important developments around healthcare technology, underserved patient care, value-based care, social determinants of health, and more to keep you informed in your role as a healthcare leader. 

Patient Communication

Texas Hospital Uses Texting to Remind Patients of Prescriptions

Cuero Regional Hospital is leveraging the asynchronous power of texting to keep patients updated on the status of their prescriptions. Patients receive a text 10 minutes after the prescription is sent to the pharmacy and are also connected with important information like the drug name, strength and quantity, as well as educational materials and cost and discount information. 

Social Determinants of Health

CVS Targets Social Determinants of Health

CVS has partnered with the Aetna Foundation in a new set of initiatives that expand the chain’s reach into social determinants of health. The new platform, Destination: Health, is intended to increase access to social support for certain dual-eligible members. The project will be available for Aetna Medicaid members in Kentucky, and for dual-eligible members in Tampa, Florida and in the second half of the year, in southeastern Louisiana. 

Cross-Industry Group Develops Ethical Principles for Social Determinants of Health Data

In an effort to educate and guide industry and policymakers on the value of using social determinants of health, the eHealth Initiative (eHI) Foundation has recently released “Guiding Principles for the Ethical Use of SOcial Determinants of Health Data.” These principles came about as a result of collaboration of cross-industry groups including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Mayo Clinic, and LexisNexis Risk Solutions. The group acknowledges the sensitive nature of consumer data and the importance of setting boundaries around the ethical use of data collected. 

Social Determinants Screenings Found to Cut Hospital Admissions by Almost 30%

Analysis from AmeriHealth Caritas revealed that Medicaid members who receive community-based services, especially those that screen for and address social determinants of health, saw a 26.3% drop in hospital admission rates. The analysis came from reviewing the outcomes from about 1,000 members who had one or more chronic illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. 

Health Centers

HHS Awards $41M to Health Centers to Expand HIT

HHS has awarded a $41.9 million contract that will allow 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) to expand their health information technology initiatives. HHS has emphasized the importance of investing in advanced HIT to help center patients and “unleash the power of data.”

Hospitals Connecting Patients with FQHCs

Hospitals across the country are stepping into the space of social service agencies and providing services like connecting patients with social workers or referring them to FQHCs to help get their primary needs met. The move to “upstream” care has long been popular in Europe and the U.K. and is gaining traction across the U.S. 


5 Things to Know About HEDIS 

Becker’s Hospital Review is covering 5 key points to know about HEDIS, including a review of the 90 measures, six areas of care, and new measures added in 2019. 

Do you want to learn more about HEDIS education and training options for FQHCs? Start here. 

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