Accounting for social risk factors in medicare payment data is the fourth in a series of five brief reports that aim to inform aspe analyses that account for social risk factors in medicare payment programs mandated through the impact act this report provides guidance on data sources for and strategies to collect data on indicators of social . Accounting for social risk factors in medicare payment in the fifth and final report the committee aims to put the entire series in context and offers additional thoughts about how to best consider the various methods for accounting for social risk factors as well as next steps. 2 social risk factors definitions and data the committees first report see appendix a presents a conceptual framework that illustrates how social risk factors could affect the health outcomes of medicare beneficiaries as well as results from a literature search that provides empirical evidence in support of these hypothesized conceptual relationships nasem 2016a. Accounting for social risk factors in medicare payment data the us department of health and human services acting through the office of the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation aspe asked the national academies of sciences engineering and medicine to convene an ad hoc committee. In this fourth report accounting for social risk factors in medicare payment data the committee provides guidance on data sources for and strategies to collect data on social risk factor indicators that could be accounted for in medicare quality measurement and payment programs
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