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Social Determinants of Health Innovation in New York State

By Amy Vreeland | September 28, 2018 at 3:45 PM

ACT.md was honored to be invited to share a poster presentation at the Social Determinants of Health Innovations Summit hosted by the New York Department of Health earlier this week.  It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to people about their innovative ideas and approaches to helping address the social determinants of health for New Yorkers.  Thanks to everyone for their interest in ACT.md’s approach, too. And wow - what a wonderful turnout of people who are committed to creating innovative approaches to help address the social determinants keeping people from their best health.

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How CareMore’s Togetherness Program is Tackling the Loneliness Epidemic

By Akshita Singh | September 25, 2018 at 10:26 AM

An increasing number of health care providers and health delivery systems are beginning to understand that loneliness is far more than a temporary feeling or theoretical idea, but rather, a condition with clear adverse effects on health. Physician and former US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, stated, “the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes, it was loneliness.” He went on to further explain that rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s and called the loneliness crisis a “growing epidemic.”

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Care coordination, SDOH focus helped NY reduce Medicaid readmissions by 18%

By Amy Vreeland | July 9, 2018 at 12:52 PM

As we all know, Medicaid systems are under intense pressure to redesign care and improve outcomes. Kudos to New York on an innovative approach that is showing great results. Through their Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) efforts, the state Department of Health recently reported an 18-percent decrease in hospital readmissions for high-risk Medicaid patients over a three-year period.

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Nearly 1 million Medicaid beneficiaries to be served by ACOs in Massachusetts, starting January 2018

By Dan Kamyck | June 13, 2017 at 5:48 PM

In the largest change to Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth) in 20 years, the state has named the 18 accountable care organizations selected to care for 900,000 MassHealth members. Following a successful pilot program, the new MassHealth ACO program will roll out across the state in January 2018.

Thomas Barker, attorney at Foley Hoag, told Boston Business Journal that no other state is moving as aggressively as Massachusetts to shift its Medicaid program to accountable care - “this is the state saying we’re progressing along, we’re not slowing down.”

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