Modern Healthcare quoted the panel remarks of L.A. Care CEO John Baackes in "AHIP 2018 discussion dominated by social determinants of health". The article describes how talks at last week's 2018 AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans) Institute and Expo in San Diego focused primarily on the social determinants of health.
AHIP noted that over the last 12 to 18 months, more health insurers are looking at issues like food insecurity, housing instability and lack of transportation, and how such daily conditions influence chronic disease.
Baackes talked about L.A. Care's efforts to address the social determinants of health, including a $20 million commitment to provide housing for the homeless. L.A. Care is also part of a three-year pilot project to deliver medically tailored food to 1,000 congestive heart failure patients in Los Angeles.
What we're trying to prove is that food is medicine. The investment in meals versus a day in the hospital. You know the math. It's a no-brainer.
CEO, L.A. Care
L.A. Care and other pilot project participants hope to document that providing nutritious food to patients will reduce hospital readmissions. The goal is to change health care policy so food delivery is a reimbursable expense for insurers.
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L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.