CMS on the Reporting of Social Determinants of Health Among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a new data highlight that provides insight into the reporting of social determinants of health (SDOH) for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries using data from the ICD-10 codes. Click here to read the new data highlight!

From a CMS update sent this week:
In light of the growing awareness of the importance of SDOH in patient health outcomes and the need for the collection and documentation of this data in clinical settings to improve patient care, ICD-10 SDOH Z Codes Utilization among Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Beneficiaries in 2017 data highlight is the first analysis that looks into the reporting of ICD-10 Z codes, which identify individuals with potential health hazards related to socioeconomic and psychosocial circumstances.  This analysis shows that in the future, with an increase in data collection, ICD-10 Z codes offer great opportunity to standardize this capture of SDOH in medical practice and billing to provide more information about Medicare beneficiaries.
Population Health Management
SAE recognizes that an important goal of population health management is to foster an understanding of the mechanisms by which internal and external factors interact throughout the course of the lifespan to determine health outcomes. While “health” has historically been viewed as residing within the individual, influences from the social-cultural environment help to shape how people think and feel about their health and subsequently effect personal health behaviors and practices, individual motivation, coping skills, biological functioning, interpersonal and social development, and health services. SAE is committed to helping agencies address the tremendous burden imposed by health disparities at various individual, social, and economic levels through the delivery of population health management services.