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The social determinants of health: Too long neglected as drivers of health outcomes

A watershed change in healthcare documentation occurred on January 1, 2021. For the first time in 24 years, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) created the opportunity to recognize and get paid for documenting the presence of health disparities into the national healthcare billing system. Specifically, the acknowledgement of “diagnosis or treatment significantly limited by social determinants of health” is now official!