Medicaid, Medicare Consider New Updates With Social Determinants of Health

Healthcare Financial Management Association
– Moving to the Next Generation of SDOH Initiatives

Cindy Mann, a partner in Manatt Health, spoke to the Healthcare Financial Management Association about new developments in the push for Medicaid and Medicare to address the social determinants of health.

Mann is the former head of the Medicaid office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Speaking at the annual policy event of America’s health insurance plans, she said there’s been a “fair amount of experimentation—a lot led by health plans themselves” with moving from the experimental phase to the operating phase.

“States and plans—and to some degree health systems—are now thinking about that next generation,” said Mann. “How do you bring it to scale, how do you systematize it, how do you think about a sustainable financial arrangement, and also how do you test it—what interventions work, what interventions don’t work.

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