Population Health

Dr Fumiko Chino: All Patients With Cancer Should Have Access to Clinical Trials, Innovative Treatments

July 30, 2020


All patients with cancer deserve a fair shot at survival, and this includes access to clinical trials. At present, however, access to these trials is restricted under Medicaid coverage, necessitating a need for change at the federal policy level, noted Fumiko Chino, MD, assistant attending radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, in an interview for ASCO20 Virtual, this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Humana Forms Partnership With Heal, to Invest $100M in Home-Based Primary Care

July 29, 2020


Through the partnership, Humana and Heal will expand the startup’s current markets to include Chicago, Charlotte, Houston and others that are part of Bold Goal, a multi-year effort to improve overall health of communities by addressing both medical needs and working with partners to address social determinants of health, such as food insecurity.

Expanding Support for Independent Primary Care Practices in Massachusetts

July 28, 2020


On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with the senior vice president of Network Payment Innovation and Contract Management for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, which is launching a new value-based payment approach for independent primary care practices. The pilot project will reward practices for keeping patients healthy while providing extra support during the pandemic.

Concerns About Reopening Schools, Toll of COVID-19 Split by Party Lines, Background

July 23, 2020


Pandemic anxiety continues to hurt Americans' mental health, while concerns about the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) splits by party affiliation and background.

Pandemic Lessons and Advice for Public Health Workers From NC Health Secretary

July 22, 2020


On today’s episode of Managed Care Cast, we feature a short excerpt of an upcoming interview in the August issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® with Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, North Carolina's secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, as part of our yearlong Q&A series. We discussed the state's upcoming transition to Medicaid managed care, the pandemic, her advice to public health workers in the face of criticism, and how what is learned from the pandemic can help inform the future of managed care going forward.

Experimental Vaccines Show Promise Against COVID-19 in Healthy Subjects

July 21, 2020


Two experimental vaccines, one from AstraZeneca and the other from CanSino Biologics, have shown promising results against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a phase 1/2 trial and a phase 2 trial. Results for both were published in The Lancet.

States Sue Trump Administration for Changing Nondiscrimination Provisions of ACA

July 21, 2020


The attorneys general who spoke about the suit—California’s Xavier Becerra, Massachusetts’ Maura Healey, and New York’s Leticia James—said they found it difficult to believe that the administration would adopt the rule in the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019, which is disproportionately affecting communities of color.

COVID-19 and Cancer: NCI's Sharpless Says COVID-19 Could Halt Streak of US Cancer Mortality Gains

July 19, 2020


The talk by Ned Sharpless, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute, preceded presentations on some of the earliest findings about the effects of COVID-19 on cancer: It appears that patients treated with chemotherapy for lung or thoracic cancer shortly before being diagnosed with COVID-19 face a higher risk of death, and so do patients with cancer who take the combination of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin.

New COVID-19 Hospital Data Protocol Raises Concerns

July 16, 2020


Following an announcement that hospitals are to bypass the CDC and send all coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–related information to a central database, questions have been raised as to the future of COVID-19 data transparency and politicization.

Did ACA Implementation Enable Victims of Intimate Partner Violence?

July 07, 2020


Between 2002 and 2015, data showed an increase in the percentage of intimate partner violence (IPV)–related emergency department claims paid by private insurance in the United States. This finding suggests the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have increased women’s willingness and ability to seek medical attention for IPV-related injuries and disclose IPV as the source of the injuries, according to a study published in Women’s Health Issues.