A 2017 survey of healthcare executives finds that, like Medicare and Medicaid, private insurance is also changing payment models, thereby pushing hospitals and doctors to address social factors that influence health outcomes. Still, progress remains in slow in many areas.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a successful bipartisan state/federal partnership since 1997, is about to be lost amid D.C. bickering, and the real losers will be children and families.
Nonprofits have an ethical responsibility to pay close attention to any potential for harm that might come from a data breach or, worse, an internal mistake like Aetna’s recent exposure of the HIV status of 12,000 members.
The philanthropic arms of such companies as Humana, Aetna, and Cigna support initiatives like diabetes education and prevention, leading active lifestyles, and heart health through their grantmaking. Now, Humana is taking the lead in addressing the social determinants of health.