02.28.2018

The High Health Cost of Social Isolation -- and How to Cure It

A number of U.S. health-care systems are experimenting with such remedies. CareMore, a health-care delivery system that operates Medicare Advantage plans in seven states, launched a “Togetherness Program” last May. Run by CareMore’s newly appointed “chief togetherness officer,” it focuses on building personal connections with patients at risk of social isolation. For example, around Thanksgiving this past year, which could be a stressful reminder of deceased family, CareMore staff called seniors to ask if they had a place to go. For those who did not, CareMore tried to connect them with a community organization.

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