Approximately 80% of a person’s health1 status relates to non-medical issues. While the factors typically out of a patient’s point of care significantly impact their overall health, only 62% of hospitals reported systematic or consistent screening of such problems2, leading to diminished health outcomes and a lack of healthcare equity.
These factors, known as the social determinants of health (SDoH)3, are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age. From homelessness, unemployment, and food insufficiency to domestic abuse and social inclusion, such factors prevent a patient from attaining health and well-being at its full potential.
Why is SDoH becoming more critical today?
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, socioeconomic disparities have become more pronounced, with thousands of people filing for unemployment in the U.S., adding to the financial woes of an already vulnerable population. Therefore, it’s becoming imperative for healthcare providers to effectively leverage SDoH data to promote health equity and community health.
Additionally, an increase in value-based purchasing and at-risk payment models has generated provider interest in improving the health outcomes for populations.
Moreover, when hospitals and provider organizations support patients in addressing their social needs, they can avert the risk of no-shows and reduce costs associated with repeated physician office visits and emergency department use.
The role of revenue cycle professionals when addressing SDoH
Revenue cycle professionals have a unique role in identifying population health trends, reducing provider costs, and ensuring a healthy revenue cycle.
We must ensure SDoH information is documented and reported accurately, with a specific focus on improving ICD-10-CM Z coding for SDoH.
As an end-to-end revenue cycle management partner for leading healthcare organizations nationwide, ECLAT has been helping clients address their SDoH documentation and coding needs.
We are excited to conduct a free-for-all webinar on “Social Determinants of Health in 2021: Healthcare Considerations for the Most Vulnerable” on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 1:30 pm EST/12:30 pm CST to share our knowledge and experience on the subject.
Key Points on our Webinar Agenda:
- What are Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)?
- Why are the social impediments of health significant?
- What are the preventative health services that manage the effects of SDoH?
- What can the participants conclude from the raw data on readmissions and no-shows?
- What is the impact of E&M on the health and well-being of patients?
- What is the role of revenue cycle professionals - official guidelines for coding and reporting and SDoH Z codes in 2021.
- Amidst the pandemic, how can healthcare providers meet the social needs of the population?
Why should you join the LIVE webinar?
- Obtain AHIMA credits - All live attendees are eligible to earn 1.00 CEU AHIMA credit. Though a handout and webinar replay will be available to all registrants, CEU credits will not be offered once the webinar is available on-demand.
- Free-for-all webinar - Gain an understanding of SDoH at no cost.
- Improve your ICD-10-CM SDoH Z coding skills - Understand the goal behind the high-performing standards of the revenue cycle today with detailed guidelines for SDoH reporting and ICD-10-CM Z coding capture.
- Practical knowledge - Acquire practical knowledge with real documentation case studies and get your questions answered by our experts.
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Social Determinants of Health in 2021: Healthcare Considerations for the Most Vulnerable