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  • Writer's pictureRYAN FERGUSON

How Does Healthy People 2030 Address SDOH?

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

  1. Economic Stability,

  2. Education Access and Quality,

  3. Healthcare Access and Quality,

  4. Neighborhood and Built Environment, and

  5. Social and Community Context.

SDOH also contributes to wide health disparities and inequities. For example, people who don't have access to grocery stores with healthy foods are less likely to have good nutrition. That raises their risk of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity — and even lowers life expectancy relative to people who do have access to healthy foods. Just promoting healthy choices won't eliminate these and other health disparities. Instead, public health organizations and their partners in sectors like education, transportation, and housing need to take action to improve the conditions in people's environments. With this information, the federal government can determine which areas could use additional funding. Coded data plays a great role in this initiative by providing measurable data. To strengthen reporting of SDOH, the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OCG) have been expanded for the fiscal year 2022 (effective October 1, 2021). New OCG I.C.21. c.17. states that SDOH should be reported when the information is documented and that this information may be obtained from the following documentation sources:

  1. The patient’s provider (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner),

  2. Clinicians other than the patient’s provider whose documentation is included in the official medical record (e.g., social workers, community health workers, case managers, nurses), and/or

  3. Patient self-reported documentation, IF the documentation is signed-off by and incorporated into the medical record by either a clinician or a provider The future of healthcare is data-driven. Tools are available to assist with the capture of these additional data points that are integral to achieving health equity. RemitOneTM allows providers to spend. More time connecting with the patient to provide patient-centered care and less time on documentation. To learn more, contact our team at info@mccremitone.com. To see more about MCC and RemitOneTM, visit our documentary segment that aired on CNBC here: https://www.mccremitone.net/r1video/MCC_03.mp4.

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