- Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) significantly impact up to 50% of Americans' lives, emphasizing the need for strategic approaches in women's health care.
- Screening tools, such as PRAPARE, American Academy of Family Physicians tools, and CMS's Health-Related Social Needs Screening Tool, are essential for identifying relevant determinants and can be integrated into electronic health records (EHR).
- Health care practices face challenges in responding to positive screenings for SDOH, requiring the development of comprehensive resource lists, staff training, and evaluation of available services.
- Z codes (Z55-Z65) are becoming the industry standard for coding SDOH issues, providing a more accurate representation of circumstances not well-captured by other codes. Educating providers and billing departments on these codes is crucial.
- Payers are likely to emphasize screening for SDOH, with new measures encouraging interventions for unmet needs. The article underscores the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach, EHR integration, staff training, and community collaboration for effective care improvement in women's health.