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CMS Recognizes Unites Us’ Social Needs System as a Key SDoH Data Asset to Advance Health Equity

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In the 2023 Medicare Advantage Announcement, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recognized the Unite Us Social Needs System as one of the leading social determinants of health (SDoH) data assets to consider in Medicare Advantage Star Ratings and risk adjustment.

This recognition supports a broader shift for health plans as CMS emphasizes health equity, stratifying quality performance by social needs, incorporating SDoH in risk adjustment, and introducing social care quality measures as key themes in the 2023 Advance Notice and Final Announcement.

This is why innovative and forward-thinking plans are now investing in SDoH data and analytics capabilities: to better understand their populations and the quality of their performance with their socially underserved members.

At Unite Us, our Insights solutions take a human-centered approach. The Unite Us Social Needs System (SNS)—the industry standard framework for predicting and measuring SDoH—systematically predicts and measures social, environmental, and economic disparities, allowing for proactive identification of social needs.

As a health plan, using social needs data and analytics provided through the Unite Us SNS can help you adopt a more proactive approach to care management, program design, investment prioritization, and integration of health and social care. Integrating these innovative analytics allows you to drive better health outcomes and experiences for your members, contribute to cost reduction, and set your plan up for success with market innovations and regulatory trends.

Learn more about integrating the Unite Us SNS framework into your SDoH strategy to start driving impact through action today:

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About Unite Us

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.