SDOH Clinical Care
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Term Definition
Business associate A person or entity that performs certain functions or activities that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information on behalf of, or provides services to, a covered entity. A member of the covered entity’s workforce is not a business associate. A covered health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse can be a business associate of another covered entity. The Privacy Rule lists some of the functions or activities, as well as the particular services, that make a person or entity a business associate, if the activity or service involves the use or disclosure of protected health information. The types of functions or activities that may make a person or entity a business associate include payment or health care operations activities, as well as other functions or activities regulated by the Administrative Simplification Rules. See guidance on Health Information Privacy.
Care Coordinator One who organizes an individual’s care across multiple providers.
Community Based Organization (CBO) An organization that provides specific services to the community or to a targeted population within the community.
Coordination Platform (CP) An intermediary between a provider and a CBO that plays a role in facilitating the referral process and finding resources for at-risk individuals.
Covered entity Covered entities are defined in the HIPAA rules as (1) health plans, (2) health care clearinghouses, and (3) health care providers who electronically transmit any health information in connection with transactions for which HHS has adopted standards. See guidance on Health Information Privacy.
Patient A consumer, or client, who is the subject of the assessment, goals, referrals and services delivered. Use of the term in this IG does not necessarily imply a clinical context.
Provider Includes licensed providers and qualified professionals that interact with the patient to assess social risks, set goals, and determine/recommend referrals
SDOH Domain An area of activity describing one of the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.