Population Health

Incoming CDC Director to Prioritize Communication, COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

January 19th 2021, 8:51pm


As Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, prepares to assume the role of CDC director on January 20, the infectious disease specialist faces a myriad of challenges wrought by the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Family History, Genetics May Help to Predict, Detect Early-Stage CKD

January 16th 2021, 4:00pm


A population-based study from the Netherlands showed that individuals with had at least 1 direct relative affected with chronic kidney disease (CKD), suggesting that biomarkers for CKD can aid in detecting the early stages of the disease.

Examining the Shift to Value-Based Kidney Care Delivery in 2021

January 12th 2021, 7:20pm


On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with the new chief financial officer of Strive Health, a value-based kidney care company that works with payers and providers to create an integrated care delivery system for chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). We discuss the changes coming to nephrology practices, as well as new ways of looking at the whole patient to halt the slide to irreversible ESRD.

Managing Social Determinants of Health During COVID-19

January 6th 2021, 4:30pm


Addressing the social health needs of those ill with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a challenge for providers and health care systems. On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief health officer for Kaiser Permanente, who discusses the organization's guide that walks clinicians through considerations to keep in mind when screening patients in order to improve health outcomes as well as reduce community transmission.

What We're Reading: FDA Stands Fast on COVID-19 Vaccine Dosing; Haven Dissolves; Moderna Boosts Dose Supply

January 5th 2021, 3:30pm


The FDA warns against making any changes to the authorized dosing schedules of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines; joint health care venture, Haven, dissolves; Moderna announced it will increase production of its vaccine by 100 million doses for 2021.

What We're Reading: Half-Dose Vaccine Regimens; UK Administers AstraZeneca Vaccine; Mental Health in 2021

January 4th 2021, 3:34pm


Discussions between the FDA and Operation Warp Speed officials have mentioned the implementation of half-dose coronavirus disease 2019 vaccine regimens; the United Kingdom becomes the first country to administer the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine; the outlook for mental health in 2021.

A Timeline of COVID-19 Developments in 2020

January 1st 2021, 10:00pm


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) dominated 2020. This is a look back at how the pandemic evolved and progressed through the year, which closed with the arrival of vaccines, but also continued challenges.

Review Details Relationship Between Frailty, Diabetes in Older Populations

December 22nd 2020, 3:00pm


The identification and assessment of frailty, defined as a state of increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes resulting from loss of physiological reserve, should become a routine aspect of diabetes care, authors of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Lancet Health Longevity argued.

Top 5 Most-Read COVID-19 News of 2020

December 21st 2020, 10:43pm


A look at some of our most-read news coverage of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19 and Health Disparities: An Opportunity to Refocus Resources?

December 14th 2020, 5:00pm


Stark realities exposed by the pandemic have led some to advocate for redirecting resources to have the most impact on vulnerable populations.