Healthy is harder for some: Study confirms the link between health outcomes and socioeconomics

April 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

A study by the healthcare analytics firm Inovalon proves what we’ve long known at Commonwealth Care Alliance: socioeconomic factors like income, education, and where a person lives have an enormous impact on the health outcomes of dual eligibles.

The study found that “disadvantaged beneficiaries—such as dual eligible beneficiaries covered by both Medicare and Medicaid—have worse health outcomes that cannot be attributed to a health plan’s quality of service.” For example, the research revealed that living in a neighborhood with a high poverty rate (greater than 23% of households) was the largest contributing factor to whether a patient was readmitted to a hospital.

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