August 10th 2023
Medicaid managed care plans will be affected as states shed enrollees because of the end of the continuous enrollment provisions of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
July 14th 2023
Researchers who analyzed telehealth for patients at federally qualified health centers document problems with everything from broadband access to digital literacy to poor translations.
May 30th 2023
Dated notions and lack of an early connection to healthcare keep men from seeking care.
May 8th 2023
The Office of Civil Rights published a proposed rule that could have healthcare organizations evaluating their practices surrounding, and interactions with, reproductive healthcare information.
April 23rd 2023
In 2019 there were roughly 183,000 deaths associated with poverty in the U.S. among people 15 years and older. This is a significant result as the data is from the year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic when death rates skyrocketed.
The Lonely Have Plenty of Company
Social isolation loneliness is increasing and not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows it can have devastating health consequences.
Hospice in 2023: Dying and the Dollars
For-profit companies now dominate hospice care in the U.S., and private equity firms are moving in. Some say the trend reflects the underlying economics and need for scale.
Connecticut Bucks the Medicaid Managed Care Trend
Most states have contracted with insurers to manage their Medicaid programs. Connecticut uses administrative services only contracts and a variety of means to manage the care.
Drugs and Older Age: An Increasingly Deadly Combination
Two reports show that drug-related deaths are skyrocketing among people 65 years and older.
Suicide Prevention: A New Phone Number to Call But It's Hardly a Cure-All
The new 988 hotline may help more people get help and steer crisis care toward mental health interventions. But many obstacles to getting access to mental healthcare before or after a crisis remain.
How Employers, Insurers are Coping With Abortion After Dobbs
Some are offering travel benefits.
Insulin Prices: Lowering Them is a Group Effort
As Congress considers legislation that would cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin, Walmart and Civica Rx are taking steps that could make less expensive versions of the diabetes medication more available.
ACO Update: The Pathways to Success Program
The program implemented by the Trump administration is designed to put more Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs into two-sided risk. An industry group has discouraged participation in the program.
Disadvantaged Communities Face the Biggest Adverse Impacts From Climate Change
Although climate change affects the entire global population, historically marginalized and under-resourced communities will be disproportionately affected.
Research Examines Black Veterans’ Experience of Racism
University of Pennsylvania researcher conducted 36 interviews of Black veterans with chronic kidney disease to find out how they experienced racism in their lives and especially as patients at the VA.
Delivering Healthcare in Unlikely Places
Fabric Health is bringing healthcare services to laundromats in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Other organizations are using barbershops and churches to deliver healthcare services and messages.
The Cost Burden of Alzheimer's
The toll that Alzheimer’s disease takes on the health of those affected by the disease is enormous. And so is the associated expense.
Frequent and Feared. But Can Dementia Be Avoided?
There’s no guarantee, but physical activity and corralling cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes improve the odds. Health insurers can assist by helping members address the “upstream” social determinants of health.
UCSF Research: No Synergy From Valued-based Programs for Primary Care Organizations
Ideally, value-based and technology programs combine to produce better outcomes. But researchers at University of California, San Francisco, found little evidence of synergy in the meaningful use, patient-centered medical home and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO program.
AHIP Experts Turn an Eye to the Post-Pandemic World
During the state of the industry webinar, AHIP experts reviewed policies and solutions to improve affordable access to care and shape healthcare in the post-pandemic world.
Working Paper Finds COVID-19 Lockdowns Had Little Public Health Effect and Draws Criticism of Being Flawed
The conclusion of the pre-print meta-analysis is that small effect of "nonpharmaceutical interventions" on COVID-19 mortality rates did not outweigh the effects of lockdowns.
3 Population Health Trends to Watch in 2022
Telehealth, efforts to address social determinants of health and a focus on health disparities are likely to be among the top priorities in population health this year.
Improved Payments for Social Care Can Promote Health Equity
Despite calls for better integration of social care into healthcare delivery, the lack of adequate payment models has stymied efforts to improve health and reduce costs by paying for social interventions.
Oral and Dental Health is Crucial. But Access to Coverage is Spotty.
For some, the premiums may not make the coverage worth it. Low payment rates often limit access to those with dental coverage through Medicaid
Improving Latino Health
Diabetes and obesity rates are high among Latinos. To lower them, providers and payers need to understand cultural factors and barriers to healthcare.
Healthcare and More, by and for the Community
Community health workers can address social determinants of health, and some programs have been shown to reduce healthcare costs.
Future of Wet AMD Treatment
Diana Do, MD, and Steven Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP, discuss unmet needs and future approaches to treatment in wet AMD.
Managed Care Considerations in Wet AMD
Steven Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP, provides insight into managed care considerations of wet AMD including clinical evidence evaluation, formulary management, and value-based agreements.
Clinical Trial Evidence and Outcomes in Wet AMD
Diana Do, MD, discusses outcomes of interest for anti-VEGF agents, clinical evidence supporting the treat-and-extend approach, and strategies to overcome financial barriers in wet AMD.
Treatment Selection in Wet AMD
Diana Do, MD, provides insight into anti-VEGF treatment selection for individual patients, evaluation of patient response to therapy, and considerations for switching of agents.
Management of Anti-VEGF Agents for Wet AMD
Diana Do, MD, provides an overview of available anti-VEGF agents used in the treatment of wet AMD and Steven Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP, discusses management strategies employed with these agents.
Overtreatment and Treatment Delay in Wet AMD
Diana Do, MD, and Steven Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP, discuss overtreatment and undertreatment in wet AMD in addition to the risks associated with delays in therapy.
Treatment Approaches in Wet AMD
Steven Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP, discusses drivers of cost and goals of therapy in wet AMD, and Diana Do, MD, discusses the different treatment approaches to the disease.
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Understanding Disease Impact and Refining Treatment Approaches
With Income Ups and Downs, Americans Scrimp on Healthcare
Researchers are documenting how income volatility is affecting the middle class and healthcare decisions of its members.
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