Social Determinants of Health

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. All News Items | Case Management | Documentation | Coding

CMS Provides Tools to Measure these Factors

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are economic and social conditions (i.e., food insecurity, homelessness) that can impact an individual’s health status. As the number of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) increases the potential for a patient to have poorer health and increased healthcare utilization also increases.

In the May 2, 2019 issue of mlnconnects, CMS included the following tools that organizations can use to measure these factors to help achieve health equity:

In the newsletter, CMS went on to indicate they are proposing that some data elements specific to SDOH’s has been proposed in several post-acute care provider settings to help “strengthen our understanding of the relationship between social determinants of health and health care use across diverse populations, allowing us to develop solutions and better connect patients to much needed services.”

As a reminder, the SDOH Z-code Z59.0 Homelessness is being proposed for a CC severity designation in the FY 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule. You can read more about this in a related article at:

Article by Beth Cobb

Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc.  Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system.

In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Risk Assessment (CRA) Tool. You may contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.

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