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SDOH: Horizon BCBS New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health and state partner on value-based model

In the first known partnership of its kind, a major insurer and health system in New Jersey are partnering with the state's Medicaid agency to test innovative solutions to reduce health disparities and maternal and infant mortality rates.

Their efforts to develop a value-based Medicaid model will address the social determinants of health, with the information they gain generating best practice and policy recommendations for national dissemination.

The Advancing Health Equity, founded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, selected the state's Medicaid agency, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health for the two-year model.

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Racial disparities show New Jersey's maternal mortality rate is 38.1 deaths per 100,000 births, but among African-American women, it's 102 deaths.