Contracting to Align Health and Social Care Ecosystems: A Webinar Series Sharing Leading Practices

The Partnership to Align Social Care, the Aging and Disability Business Institute, and Camden Coalition recently hosted a webinar series offering a deep dive into leading contracting practices to effectively and efficiently address HRSNs. Each webinar focuses on the essential elements of contracting between health care and community partners and features leading practices from the field.

Healthcare entities and social services providers are increasingly recognizing the importance of partnerships among historically siloed sectors to address health-related social needs (HRSNs). While the number of community-based organizations (CBOs) and community care hubs (CCHs) pursuing contracting relationships with healthcare organizations is increasing, CBOs and CCHs can experience challenges entering into contracting arrangements with the healthcare sector.

Each webinar is intended to address essential elements of contracting between health care and community partners and feature leading practices from the field and highlight key findings from a four-part toolkit, Healthcare Guide to Contracting with CBOs, developed with extensive input from CBOs, health plans, and health systems.

While these resources were developed for a healthcare audience, CBOs, CCHs, and other health and social care ecosystem stakeholders will benefit from understanding how healthcare organizations approach the contracting process. Also included in this series is a webinar featuring the first resource in the toolkit, Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations: Opportunities for Health Plans to Create Value 

Webinars in this series include:

Each of the webinars feature:

  • Guidance on designing a payment structure/model that aligns contracting parties around shared goals and produces value for each party;
  • Recommendations on how to develop an effective Scope of Work, based on insights from healthcare organizations and CBOs with extensive cross-sector contracting experience;
  • Insight on how payers can improve collaboration with CBOs and strategies to anticipate, avoid, and respond to common challenges that arise when CBOs, CCHs, and payers set out to work together; and
  • Perspective from CBO and healthcare leaders highlighting leading practices from community and health care partners that have effectively contracted to address HRSNs for multiple populations.