Public Policy

On November 14, 2018, Intermountain Healthcare and the Hatch Center for Civility and Solutions hosted a symposium titled The Root of the Issue: America’s Social Determinants of Health. Many health care leaders and policy makers attended the symposium to discuss the impact of “upstream” factors such as housing instability and chronic hunger on the health of people in Utah and across the nation. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, provided remarks on the ongoing Departmental policy efforts to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). NASDOH appreciates Secretary Azar’s remarks in a letter submitted in early December 2018 that highlights the Department’s efforts and commitment. Please click here to view the letter.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law on February 9, 2018. The Act includes Title VIII — Supporting Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results (SIPPRA) and was first introduced by Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), but appears to have bipartisan support from Members of Congress. SIPPRA would fund social programs that achieve real results and redirect funds from ineffective programs to programs with demonstratable results. See the SIPPRA legislation here and a summary, including goals, social impact partnership requirements, process and governance, and funding aspects here.

NASDOH is grateful for the opportunity to provide our collective comments on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules could better promote coordinated and value-based health care, particularly as it relates to the ability of covered entities to disclose protected health information (PHI) to social service agencies. Please click here to view NASDOH’s comment letter.

NASDOH appreciates the Surgeon General for his efforts to highlight the importance of community health and vitality through his interest in soliciting comments on the upcoming Surgeon General’s Call to Action document, “Community Health and Prosperity.” NASDOH provides an overview of multi-sectoral alliance efforts to achieve similar goals, including several examples of local, successful efforts on the part of our members. Please click here to view.


CMS Call Letter: Reinterpretation of “Primarily Health Related” for Supplemental Benefits

HPMS Memo Primarily Health Related 4-27-18 (002)

CMS Call Letter: Reinterpretation of the Uniformity Requirement

HPMS Memo Uniformity Requirements 4-27-18