The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) partnered with Carrot Health to perform a statewide analysis of the relationship between emergency department (ED) utilization and readmissions and social determinants of health (SDoH). This analysis enables CHA members to understand the unique fingerprint of risk within their populations, identify optimal opportunities for intervention, estimate which efforts will produce the greatest return on investment, and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs.
By measuring and analyzing SDoH using the Carrot Health Social Risk Grouper® (SRG) alongside CHA de-identified claims data, a distinct correlation was identified between SDoH and ED utilization and readmissions within the state of Colorado. The analysis showed a positive correlation between individual SRG scores and the rate of ED utilization – the higher the SRG score, the higher the rate of ED super-utilization. The analysis also identified key underlying social factors driving utilization and readmissions, such as food insecurity.