(Oct. 9, 2020) – According to preliminary findings
released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, one-third of the initial 750,000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries screened through the Accountable Health Communities model reported at least one health-related social need. Of all beneficiaries who completed a screening and reported at least one core HRSN, food was the most common need identified, followed by housing, transportation, utility and safety needs. The ACH model currently serves beneficiaries in 21 states. Launched in 2017, the ACH model is being tested over a five-year period as a means to test promising service delivery approaches aimed at linking beneficiaries with community services that may address their health-related social needs.