Social Risk Factors and Health: A Paper by U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

The findings outlined in this report represent only the beginning of a body of necessary work around fair and accurate quality measurement in the context of Medicare’s increasing use of value-based purchasing programs.

The IMPACT Act lays out specific additional requirements for Study B [ a later study ], including the examination of specific social risk factors not currently available in Medicare data such as health literacy, limited English proficiency, and Medicare beneficiary activation (the degree to which beneficiaries have the knowledge, skill, and confidence to manage their health and health care).

Based on the findings in this report, future work may also include examining the impact of measuring and accounting for functional status or frailty on the relationship between social risk factors and performance, and identifying care innovations associated with the achievement of good health outcomes for beneficiaries with social risk factors.

Paper here.