Integrating Community-Based Organizations Into Value-Based Care Networks is Easier Than You Think

September 28, 2021 1 min read

Even the highest-quality medical care cannot overcome all of the factors patients encounter that lead to poorer health outcomes. One highly cited study attributes 81% of outcomes to socioeconomic factors and health behaviors and just 16% to clinical care.

The presence of these factors has led health systems to spend billions of dollars helping patients overcome social determinants of health (SDOH) challenges – such as access to healthcare, safe housing and economic stability – and remove non-clinical obstacles to positive outcomes.

Many SDOH interventions align with value-based care (VBC) programs in that they are a lever to reduce higher-cost healthcare utilization in support of more personalized care to drive better outcomes. However, health systems cannot do it all by themselves; instead, success demands that they, the payer, or both partner with community-based organizations (CBOs) that offer expertise and services that contribute to improved physical and mental health for their patients.

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