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Weekly News Scan: States seeing significant impact from value-based care, Crafting care plans based on social determinants of health

This week in the news, we include a look at three recent studies from around the healthcare industry examining physical activity levels in our population, states seeing benefits from value-based payment reform and more. We hope you enjoy!

48 states running value-based reimbursement, care initiatives, RevCycle Intelligence, April 17, 2019: While a lot of attention is focused on the federal government’s role in catalyzing healthcare reform, significant work is being done at the state level as well. In fact, a new report found that nearly all 50 states and territories use value-based care models in some fashion. Six states have implemented value-based strategies for four years or more, 34 states are at the two-year mark and eight states are in the early stages of development. Further, Virginia’s ACO initiative has generated Medicare savings of $97 million over three of the five implementation years. This goes to show states’ authority in moving the needle in the race to value-based care.  Learn more about the critical role state government is playing in this article.

How social determinants of health impact patient behavior change, Patient Engagement HIT, April 16, 2019: Social determinants of health have been defined for a while but now healthcare providers are beginning to understand which certain determinants play a part in patient motivation and behavior change. A new study found that primary determinants in physical activity and motivation include race, age and socioeconomic status and that these factors not only impact activity levels but also their cost of healthcare. These findings are essential to better target behavior change interventions and the care plans that providers put together. Learn more in this article.  

New phys ed studies say there’s more work to do, PT in Motion, April 16, 2019: Despite concerns in recent years that physical education (PE) is being squeezed out of schools, two recent studies are spotlighting the gap between widely accepted PE standards and what the day-to-day reality is in schools. While one study does prove that the frequency of PE classes hasn’t dropped since the mid-1990s, another is showing that class recommendations put into place such as providing daily PE classes, limiting class size and more haven’t been widely adopted. These studies are a reminder of the overall lack of progress in incorporating more movement in schools and that while we can develop great ideas to keep students healthy, without implementation we will continue to see a rise in the population of unhealthy children. Learn more about these studies in this article from the APTA.

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