Health Policy & News

Social Care Providers Play a Key Role in Promoting Better Health for All

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

May 29, 2020

Taking social risk factors into account is critical to improving the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic illness. Social workers are specialists in providing social care who have a long history of working within health care delivery, and in-depth training and credentialing. With expertise in patient and family engagement, assessment, care planning, behavioral health, and systems navigation, social workers identify and address multiple factors that contribute to health and well-being.

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Improve Health Care Outcomes by Integrating Social Care

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

May 29, 2020

Decades of research demonstrate that improving social conditions — such as access to stable income and housing, nutritious and sufficient food, appropriate health care, and reliable transportation — is critical to reducing health disparities and improving overall health across the United States. Health care systems can adopt strategies to prevent and address social risks and social needs for patients, families, caregivers, and communities.

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Community-Based Organizations Are Important Partners for Health Care Systems

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

May 29, 2020

As health care systems take steps to address social needs, community-based organizations (CBOs) will be key partners. Effective partnerships and contracts between health care organizations and CBOs are an important way to improve the overall health and well-being of the individuals and communities served by each organization.

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Integrating Social Care into Health Care Requires Better Data and New Digital Tools

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

May 29, 2020

Data and digital tools can help address the many upstream factors that contribute to illness and poor health care outcomes. Extending the latest data and digital tools to social care partners is key to integrating social care into health care and improving coordination of care across all sectors and services.

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Integrating Social Care Into Health Care Requires New Financing Approaches

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

May 29, 2020

The system used to pay for health care today does not encourage integration of health care and social care, nor can it adequately adapt to the trending shift toward value-based payments for care — paying for better quality and better health outcomes. New financing approaches are needed to enable the health care sector to engage in activities that strengthen social care and community resources.

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New FDA Rule Requires Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Mar 17, 2020

In March 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule to require new health warnings on cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements. Beginning in June 2021, these new cigarette health warnings will be required to appear prominently. The new warnings show the deadly consequences of smoking and will promote greater understanding of the ways in which smoking harms the human body.

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