American for-profit managed healthcare company UnitedHealthcare, in conjunction with American Medical Association (AMA), the largest association of physicians, and medical students in the US, using data for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) to improve and simplify how referrals are made to social services. Both organizations are supporting the creation of nearly two dozen new ICD-10 codes related to SDOH. By integrating traditional medical data with self-reported SDOH data, the codes trigger referrals to social and government services to address the unique requirements of people, connecting them directly to local and national resources in their communities.
Physicians and care providers, in general, utilize a system of ICD-10 codes to classify and record all diagnoses, symptoms, and medical treatments and processes. Though, UnitedHealthcare has developed a data model concentrated on standardizing the capture and processing of SDOH-related information. Chief Medical Information Officer of AMA’s IHMI, Tom Giannulli stated that The AMA is excited to work with UnitedHealthcare through the continuing efforts of our Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) to foster collaboration around innovative data and technology-driven processes for incorporating social determinants of health into routine medical care. He further noted that the collaboration reinforces the importance of social and environmental factors in patient care, and will shape IHMI’s efforts to support clinical decisions with useful and valid data to achieve broad improvements in health and greater health equity.
Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, UnitedHealth Group Inc provides a full spectrum of health benefits programs. The group, in 2018, ranked in 5th position on the Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. It also offers health care products and insurance services. The With the purpose of fostering the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health, the Chicago, Illinois-based American Medical Association, which was established in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians, both MDs and Dos, and medical students in the US.