MHE January 2021

Eric Whitaker, M.D.- From Influences to Influencer

January 25, 2021

Eric Whitaker, M.D., credits influences in high school and medical school with his success. Now he wants to turn his new Medicare Advantage plan, Zing Health, into a training ground for Black and Latino health insurance executives — and has his sights set on unicorn status.

For behavioral health, virutal becomes reality through telehealth

January 21, 2021

Although virtual visits as a whole have dropped off since their peak last spring, visits for behavioral health issues are still going strong, a reflection, in part, of the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the mental health of Americans.

A conversation with Kevin Ronneberg, M.D.

January 19, 2021

Managed Health Executive® editors Peter Wehrwein and Briana Contreras interviewed Kevin Ronneberg, M.D., for our “Meet the Board” podcast series. Ronneberg is vice president and associate medical director for health initiatives at HealthPartners, a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has been on the MHE editorial advisory board since 2015.

Lilly, UHG become research bedfellows

January 17, 2021

Eli Lilly and UnitedHealth Group announced early last month that they are teaming up to conduct a “pragmatic” study of Lilly’s bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody developed as a treatment for COVID-19.

Biden equity leader emphasizes data

January 16, 2021

Collecting high-quality data is critical to addressing healthcare equity issues, according to Marcella Nunez-Smith, M.D., M.H.S., whom President-elect Joe Biden has chosen to lead a new White House task force on the issue.

The limits of DTC telehealth

January 16, 2021

Telehealth holds the promise of increasing access to care. But research findings concerning direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth, reported in JAMA Network Open last month, suggest that it might not be as simple as that.