Population Health

Inside the Hidden World of Phase 1 Drug Testing

August 11, 2020


AJMC interviews Jill A. Fisher, PhD, author of a new book, Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals. Her research took her inside clinical testing sites for phase 1 drug studies.

All-Cause Mortality Disparities Persist Among Black, White Men Living in Rural US

August 11, 2020


From 1968 to 2016, differences among Black and White older adults’ mortality rates have narrowed in urban areas of America. However, data show a considerable widening in the mortality rate among Black and White men living in rural counties.

Telehealth Growth in May Rises Year to Year, but Drops Month to Month

August 06, 2020


Robin Gelburd, JD, president of FAIR Health, discusses telehealth growth in May medical claims.

Experts Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Developments and Remaining Challenges

August 04, 2020


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines that are leading the pack are utilizing a new vaccine technology that has never been approved for human use by the FDA. As a result, there are a lot of unknowns.

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.