Providers and payers are being asked to tackle the ‘upstream’ causes of poor health. Medicaid managed care organizations are being asked to screen enrollees for social needs. Some targeted efforts have translated into cost savings and make sense in value-based arrangements. But are we asking the health sector to take on too much?
A look at three different approaches that seek to address social needs in a strategic and somewhat comprehensive way. At this point, all of them are experiments, and no one knows which will prove to be sustainable, replicable, or even beneficial to the patients and communities they seek to serve.
CMS is granting waivers that impose work and other new requirements on some Medicaid beneficiaries. Medicaid managed care plans are wary of the added administrative complexity—and possibly a change in the Medicaid population’s risk profile.
The CMO of Molina Healthcare of Utah grew up, let’s say, not rich. He says that and a varied background—including a stint in the Air Force—helps him deal with changing policies involving a challenging population.
Consultants predicted it would be a major business. Large employers and insurers were experimenting with it. But medical tourism has not lived up to the heady expectations. The ACA and moderation of increases in health care costs cooled off interest. Besides, who really wants to go to an unfamiliar place for health care?