For many Americans, social determinants of health (SDoH) reflect unyielding circumstances that keep them from living healthy lives and accessing the essential preventive healthcare services that could help them avoid developing chronic conditions, requiring costly hospitalizations or facing premature nursing home placements. The clear and considerable challenges and opportunities posed by SDoH are what make it a bipartisan issue, according to Lance Robertson, a director at Guidehouse, and former US Assistant Secretary for Aging at the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living.
“Keeping people healthy and in the community is a win-win,” Robertson told HFMA. “So if you're a member of Congress, that speaks to you. It’s not just a specific health policy kind of discussion. It applies across anything that is common sense in trying to address and bend the healthcare cost curve in America.”
Read the full Q&A with HFMA.