This Viewpoint discusses the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Accountable Health Communities project to test the role of community integrators—organizations within a community that can represent its needs and engage stakeholders to work toward improvements in health—as a possible mechanism to decrease life expectancy disparities across the United States.
This cross-sectional study assesses whether physician practices serving more socially high-risk and medically high-risk patients are associated with performance in the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program.
This Viewpoint urges all medical and health professional training programs to make social mission a central curricular focus to help evenly distribute health care and to eliminate health disparities among patients who have little means and access to health care.
This Viewpoint discusses the complexities of the health disparities in the United States and argues for better integration of genomic basis for understanding health disparities with social models of disease and disparities.
In this Special Communication, the president of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and colleagues describe the findings of NAM’s 2016 Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative, which convened experts and opinion leaders to identify infrastructure and policy priorities essential to improving health and health care in the United States.
Although US racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates of poor health because of health care inequities, more low-income white individuals are affected because of greater population numbers. This Viewpoint explains that efforts to improve poor outcomes would be more effective if strategies were not based on proportions of race.
This Viewpoint discusses the narrowing life-expectancy gap between the US black and white populations and points out categories of disease and death that could further narrow the gap.
This Viewpoint from the National Academy of Medicine’s 2016 Vital Directions initiative emphasizes the importance of refocusing some health policies toward addressing social and behavioral determinants of health and the potential effects of reducing health inequalities and improving the health and longevity of all people in the United States.
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