1. Hospitals: New Social Determinants of Health Quality Measure: Starts 2023

Hospitals will be required to report what portion of their population is screened for various social determinant of health (SDOH) and how many screen positive in each category. CMS’s new SDOH quality measures were published in the 2023 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, released on August 1.

Hospitals will capture screening and identification of patient-level, health-related social needs—such as food insecurity, housing instability, transportation needs, utility difficulties, and interpersonal safety. By screening for and identifying such unmet needs, hospitals will be in a better position to serve patients holistically by addressing and monitoring what are often key contributors to poor physical and mental health outcomes.

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