Preliminary Findings on the CMS Accountable Health Communities Model

CMS announced that, through the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model, 750,000 screenings have been completed to identify and address health-related social needs (HRSN) for eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.  The AHC model operates in 21 states and tests the impact of screenings for HRSN and referrals to community resources on health care costs and health care utilization in rural and urban communities.  Of the screenings completed, one-third reported at least one HRSN with food being the most prominent need.