MSO of Puerto Rico, leading organization that supports health plans, medical groups as well as health services providers around the Island, was selected as the first and only organization to represent Puerto Rico amongst hundreds of national medical groups to meet social needs, in both communities and patients. Foremost, in the face of the emergency created by COVID-19, health professionals encounters challenges to cope with social determinants such as, feeding, secure housing and transportation, which is why, through this interdisciplinary collaboration, MSO, as a representative of Puerto Rico in this first edition will have the opportunity to exchange and evaluate the strategies implemented in the Island. 

Through this alliance with the America’s Physician Group (APG) and HealthBegins, MSO will have the opportunity to identify and create strategies to address Social Determinants of Health, through the project called APG/Health Begins Social Needs Learning Collaborative.  This initiative intends to guide in managing unprecedented challenges in the healthcare industry, while it is established a sustainable infrastructure for the collaboration across the nation and the foresight of new needs and changes.

“The initiative recognize that medical groups and first-line doctors are facing unprecedented challenges in respect of social needs that impact the health, so to have included Puerto Rico, represented by MSO, in this first group is indicative of the a high-caliber work that we are doing with our patients and the vast experience that we have in the care management of half a million of patients around the Island”, stated Dr. Raúl F. Montalvo-Orsini, president of MSO of Puerto Rico.

Furthermore, of MSO of Puerto Rico, the project also has the collaboration of organizations around the nation, such as: Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE; Chinese Community Health Care Association, San Francisco, CA; Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY; and Providence Medical Institute, Torrance, CA.

AGP is a professional association that represents more than 300 medical groups, IPA and integrated care systems across the United States. MSO of Puerto Rico is one of the health organizations who participate of this nationally prestigious entity. While HealthBegins is a national consulting firm dedicated to improving care and social factors that impacts health.