How ACOs Are Trying to Meet Their Patients’ Nonmedical Needs

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<p>In their efforts to improve the overall health of the populations they serve, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are increasingly focused on patients’ nonmedical needs—from safe housing and reliable transportation to nutritious food.</p><p>For our latest Q&A, we spoke with Taressa Fraze of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, lead author of a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study in <em>Health Affairs</em> that examines how ACOs go about addressing these “social determinants of health.” In our conversation, Fraze describes some of the innovative models ACOs are using, how they leverage both internal and community resources, and what the key organizational, financial, and policy challenges are.</p> Read the Q and A