The Area Deprivation Index Is The Most Scientifically Validated Social Exposome Tool Available For Policies Advancing Health Equity

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Health Affairs

This article is the latest in a series featuring analysis and discussion of how to understand, design, support, and measure patient-centered, cost-efficient care under the umbrella of accountable care. It discusses concerns about the use of the Area Deprivation Index in risk adjustment and presents a five-point framework for considering Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access and Community Health (ACO REACH) and the health equity benchmark adjustment (HEBA), as well as future health equity policy.

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