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The Partnership to Align Social Care (Partnership) aims to address social care challenges at a national level by bringing together essential sector stakeholders (health providers, plans, and government with consumers) to co-design multi-faceted strategies to facilitate successful partnerships between healthcare organizations and community care networks. The Partnership is a unique national effort to elevate, expand, and support a network-based approach to sustainably addressing individual and community health-related social needs. Learn more at www.partnership2asc.org and sign up for updates here.
Advancing Health Equity in Communities:
Join Partnership in incubating community-driven multi-sector health equity plans. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Partnership is launching a health equity learning collaborative (HELC) project, Community-Driven, Multi-Payer Health Equity Solutions: An ECHO Collaborative, over a two-year period.
Led by Freedmen’s Health Consulting, the learning collaborative will invite up to 20 market-based teams comprising participants representing health plans, health systems, community-based organizations or community care hubs (CCHs), and individuals with lived experience to address health equity in their communities.
More information and applications are available at www.partnership2asc.org/healthequity.
Promoting Community Care Hubs:
When CBOs organize into a social care delivery system to partner with healthcare organizations with the purpose of implementing sustainable, equitable, and scalable interventions to address social drivers of health (SDOH), the organization that assumes the lead role within that CBO network is the Community Care Hub (CCH). However, several important questions remain:
- What is a Community Care Hub?
- Why is this model part of an important evolution toward achieving an equitable health and social care ecosystem?
- Where are examples of successful existing Community Care Hubs?
Read more from the Partnership about this important model to align health and social care.
- Report from the Community Care Hub Workgroup: Functions of an Advanced Community Care Hub
- Community Care Hub Primer: Background, Evolution, and Value Proposition of Working with a Local CBO Network Led by a Community Care Hub
- Slide Deck: Evolution of the Community Care Hub Model to Align Social Care with Healthcare
- Publication from Manatt Health and the Partnership: Working with Community Care Hubs to Address Social Drivers of Health: A Playbook for State Medicaid Agencies
- Health Affairs Blog, 11/29/22: Improving Health and Well-Being Through Community Care Hubs
Streamlining Health and Social Care Contracting Opportunities:
Health care entities are increasingly recognizing the importance of addressing health-related social needs (HRSN) such as housing, food, and transportation to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Most government health care programs now require health plans and providers to identify and address members’ HRSNs as a part of a holistic approach to health. Partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) is an efficient and effective means of providing essential social care benefits to health plan members. The Partnership to Align Social Care aims to streamline these efforts by leveraging and augmenting existing CBO resources to provide tools for health care payers to identify and pursue contracts with CBOs and CCHs.
Check out Partnership resources to enhance contracting opportunities between health and social care ecosystem stakeholders.
- A Toolkit for Health Plans, Providers, Payers, and Key Stakeholders
- Partnerships with community-based organizations: Opportunities for health plans to create value
- A Health Plan’s Guide to Paying CBOs for Social Care
- Coming Soon: Developing the scope of work
- Coming Soon: Operationalizing contracts: Methods payers can employ to improve collaboration with community-based organizations
- A webinar series sharing leading practices
- Addressing the Complex Needs of Older Adults Through Strong CBO and Health Plan Partnerships (webinar event with The Better Care Playbook for People with Complex Needs)
- Designing the Payment Structure: A Health Plan’s Guide to Paying CBOs & CCHs for Social Care (Recording and Slides)
- November 14 @ Noon ET: Defining Core Activities: Developing an Effective Scope of Work for Contracted Partners
- December 12 @ Noon ET: Operationalizing Contracts: Improving Contracting Implementation and Collaboration
Facilitating Expanded Social Care Billing:
The Partnership envisions a landscape of opportunities for CBOs and CCHs to efficiently code and bill for social care labor and services by analyzing and building upon existing leading practices to expand accepted and adopted core billing codes for the most common social and community contracted services for key populations served. A key focus of this work will be to look toward opportunities to implement codes to bill for services addressing Health-Related Social Needs (HRSNs), including Community Health Integration Services (CHI), Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Risk Assessment, and Principal Illness Navigation Services (PIN) approved in the CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
Check out the Partnership’s work to promote approval and implementation of coding and billing opportunities to address HRSNs.
- Webinar: What Does the CY 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Mean for Addressing HRSNs? (Recording and Slides)
- Partnership letter in response to the proposed CY 2024 Physician Fee Schedule, September 15, 2023