Addressing Patients' Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment

Prepared for The Commonwealth Fund, Skoll Foundation and Pershing Square Foundation

Manatt co-authored a report for The Commonwealth Fund, Skoll Foundation and Pershing Square Foundation titled "Addressing Patients' Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment." With changes in the healthcare landscape catapulting social determinants of health from a topic for academics into an on-the-ground reality for providers, the report examines the economic rationale for investments in interventions that target patients' social, as well as clinical needs. It also describes the range of tools, both broad and targeted, available to providers looking to address patients' social needs and reviews the emerging evidence of their effectiveness in improving health and containing costs. With the confluence of sound economics and good policy, the report looks forward, concluding that investments in social interventions are starting to make good business sense.

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