NEW YORK, March 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Unite Us, the enterprise technology company that provides the digital infrastructure to power integrated health and social care, today announced the launch of its Social care payment solution, a first-of-its-kind solution designed to bridge the gap between healthcare funders and community-based organizations (CBOs), enabling social care funding at scale. It’s the only end-to-end social care solution that streamlines the implementation and management of paid social care programs for all health care funders, including health plans and managed care organizations.
We know from research* and intuition that people are healthier when they have secure housing, access to healthy food and stable employment. Despite this reality, there has been a historic lack of funding for organizations dealing with these social determinants of health in the communities.
“We see the health system recognizing the power that community organizations have to improve health and address health equity in ways that clinical care alone cannot,” said Melissa Sherryvice president of social care integration at Unite Us. “Funders and managed care organizations want to work with community groups to help their members and improve outcomes, and the Social Care Payments solution will make it easier task.”
Policy changes—including the US bailout, the CARES Act, and changes to state Medicaid 1115 waivers—have provided community organizations with much-needed funding; however, there has never been a simple model for funding, tracking and managing payment for the work they do within communities. Unite Us’ Social Care Payments solution solves this problem by introducing a new industry standard, elevating social care to the same level of priority as clinical care.
Until now, governments, health plans, providers and foundations have struggled to identify and partner with community organizations, contract with them, coordinate care and collect data they need to prove the value of social care. The Social Care Payments solution enables all stakeholders to access and pay for social care through an integrated process and technology platform. The solution offers payers the ability to partner effectively with social care providers, manage programs for greater efficiency, and increase program impact.
- Access a contractual network of community organizations
- Streamline eligibility and authorization processes
- Simplify billing and invoicing to reimburse community partners for services
- Measure the effectiveness of social care financing and reduce avoidable medical costs with solid data and better visibility
With a launch in Q1 2022 by Healthy opportunities in North Carolinathe Social Care Payments solution is uniquely positioned to provide the necessary infrastructure across the country for Medicaid programs seeking to fund social care.
Community-based organizations and non-profit social service organizations that provide important non-clinical services spend their days serving communities and should not spend their limited resources navigating the complex medical billing ecosystem. Some of the barriers these groups face include unfamiliarity with medical coding and billing and the inability to collect data. Health plans must demonstrate the value of their interventions. The Social Care Payments solution was designed so community organizations can tap into sustainable funding streams without changing the way they operate. It frees them up to do what they do best: help people.
The Unite Us Payments solution also includes technology to track local government funding, philanthropic grants and investments, and hospital community profits. To find out more about all the offers, go to uniteus.com/invest.
About Uniting Us
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across industries can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track each person’s total health journey, and report tangible results across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. The dedicated Unite Us team builds genuine and 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. follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, instagram and Facebook.
* Hood, CM, KP Gennuso, GR Swain and BB Catlin. 2016. County Health Rankings: Relationships Between Determinants and Health Outcomes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(2):129-135.