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Social Determinant Assessment FAQs

1. What social determinants of health screening tools do hospitals and their partners have to use for HOP patients?
Hospitals and their partners must screen the HOP targeted population using the PAM, GAIN-SS and their already existing social determinant screening tools. The type of social determinant screening tools in use include health risk assessments, health histories, intake interviews and discharge care planning assessments. For more details, refer to the Social Determinants of Health Webinar presentation.
2. What is the difference between PAM 13 and Caregiver PAM 13?
The PAM 13 is an assessment for the HOP participant to complete. The Caregiver PAM 13 is a form to be completed by a caregiver/guardian or an individual who is the responsible agent for the Participant’s health. The Caregiver PAM 13 is for the Caregiver to affirm what she/he is able to do as the responsible agent and should only be used when the participant has a caregiver/guardian and cannot complete the PAM 13 him/herself. Examples of when this form might be appropriate are with a caregiver who is the spouse or adult child caring for spouse/parent with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, a parent or sibling caregiver of a HOP participant with significant cognitive challenges, etc.

3. How do HOPs get Unique ID codes for new partners?
The HOP Administrative or Clinical Lead should notify SCDHHS by email with the complete organization name of the new partner and email address so that a Unique ID code can be assigned. The code will be assigned and sent back to the HOP Lead and partner.

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