Healthcare Delivery

Contributor: How Independent Community Practices Remained Resilient Over the Last Year

April 22nd 2021, 2:00pm


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, independent community practices were integral in helping patients access chemotherapy and other critical treatments, participate in clinical trials, and screen for serious diseases. However, the pandemic also presented significant challenges to them, their operations, and their patients.

Tech, mRNA Among Key Trends in Health Care as the Pandemic Eases

April 22nd 2021, 1:15pm


Microsoft's acquisition of Nuance reflects health care trends of an economy emerging from COVID-19, according to a speaker at the National Association of Managed Care Physicians Virtual Spring Managed Care Forum.

COVID-19: An Opportunity to Assess Global Air Quality and Its Impact on Health

April 22nd 2021, 1:05pm


With unprecedented pauses in air pollution emissions in spring 2020 and ongoing virus mitigation behaviors around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to better understand the impact of poor air quality on human health.

Patients With PAH Can Safely Transition From Bosentan and Sildenafil to Alternative Therapy

April 21st 2021, 1:30pm


While bosentan and sildenafil is a common combination therapy in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), patients may need to transition to alternative therapy because of the potential for drug-drug interactions with this combination.

Removing Barriers to Mental Health Care for Children and Teenagers

April 20th 2021, 8:38pm


On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with the chief strategy officer for Well Being Trust, one of the authors of a recent report about how well health insurers and state Medicaid programs are covering mental health care for children and compliance with federal law. We discuss the unique challenges that youth face, the health disparities, racism, and community trauma that has been experienced in the past year, and some creative ways that organizations and communities can consider increase access to mental health supports.

CMMI Remains Dedicated to Value-Based Care Despite Pause to Some Models, Fowler Says

April 20th 2021, 7:11pm


During her opening plenary at the NAACOS Spring 2021 Conference, Liz Fowler, PhD, JD, deputy administrator and director of the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, highlighted how the center is taking a pause to reassess its models and what is coming next.

New Study Highlights Importance of Cardiac Health in Persons Living With HIV

April 20th 2021, 2:00pm


With persons living with HIV increasingly succumbing to age-related diseases, a group of investigators looked into the greater risk of coronary artery disease among these individuals.

A Timeline of COVID-19 Vaccine Developments in 2021

April 19th 2021, 3:45pm


If 2020 was dominated by the news of how COVID-19 spread across the globe, then 2021 has so far been focused on ending the pandemic through vaccine distribution.

DMT Alone Not a Good Predictor of COVID-19 Among Patients With MS

April 19th 2021, 3:30pm


Compared with disease-modifying therapy (DMT), age, insurance status, and Hispanic ethnicity were shown to more accurately predict likelihood of COVID-19 and hospitalization from it among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dr Rajiv Nijhawan Previews Talk on Skin Cancer Risk Among Organ Transplant Recipients

April 19th 2021, 1:00pm


Rajiv Nijhawan, MD, is associate professor of dermatology and Mohs surgeon at UT Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center and director of the UTSW High Risk Skin Cancer Transplant Clinic, both in Dallas, Texas.