Issue Briefs | Jul 14, 2017

Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health: Adjusting Payment and Measuring Outcomes

Ellen Breslin and Anissa Lambertino, Health Management Associates

State policy makers are increasingly focused on social determinants of health (SDOH) because of the important influence of these determinants on health care outcomes and Medicaid spending. Social determinants include a broad array of social and environmental risk factors such as poverty, housing stability, early childhood education, access to primary care, access to healthy food, incarceration and discrimination. This issue brief digs into to opportunities that states have to account for SDOH in Medicaid programs. This topic was also the subject of a recent State Health and Value Strategies webinar.