Humana announced Wednesday a new program that reimburses health systems for referring Medicare Advantage members to social services such as food banks and affordable housing. The program, called the social determinants of health value-based program, aligns with the Trump administration’s push for commercial payers to address social determinants of health in the Medicare population. Last April, the CMS unveiled new policies that allow MA plans to cover meal deliveries, transportation and home cleaning services. By offering a reimbursement option, Humana is addressing a frequent argument from health systems leaders that the current fee-for-service payment structure is a barrier to tackling patient social risk factors.
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