Subscribe
Should social risks factor into health care quality measures?

A Health Podyssey

Should social risks factor into health care quality measures?

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview David Nerenz from the Henry Ford Health System about social risk factors and their controversial inclusion as a measure of health care…
April 27, 2021

Should social risks factor into health care quality measures?

A central tenant of the move to value-based payment in health care is that quality can be measured and high quality providers should be rewarded for their excellence. But efforts to define and measure quality of care can run into challenges.

It’s considered benign to take certain types of risk factors, such as disease severity, into account when measuring quality of care. But accounting for social risk factors, like poverty or housing instability, is a lot more controversial.

It’s also the subject of today’s A Health Podyssey.

In an April 2021 paper as part of Health Affairs‘ Policy Insights series, David Nerenz, director emeritus of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Henry Ford Health System, and colleagues reviewed the arguments surrounding social risk factors and their inclusion in quality metrics. They concluded that “social risk adjustment should be the default option,” and that is can be an important tool for promoting health equity.

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview David Nerenz on social risk factors, his research, and what it means for hospitals to take responsibility for social determinants of health.

Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Podcasts

You may also like

Top Health Podcasts. Delivered to Your Inbox and Eardrums.

Proudly supported by:

cover
Cultivating Resilience During Times of Crisis and Existential Threat Keith interviews Dr. Chris Recinos, the CEO and founder of Nurse Leader Network, regarding mental health, adaptive and maladaptive mechanisms of resilience, and conscious self-development.