Healthcare Delivery

Experts Outline Medicaid Challenges, Potential Reforms

February 19th 2021, 9:00pm

Article

As Medicaid is a federated program between states and the federal government, it has historically been difficult for innovation to spread state to state, hindering any comparison of quality metrics.

A Roadmap for Managing Right Ventricular Failure in PH

February 19th 2021, 7:00pm

Article

The researchers prefaced their study by highlighting that pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and all forms of PH continue to be highly morbid and sometimes fatal, particularly in cases requiring hospitalization in the intensive care unit.

What We’re Reading: Pfizer/BioNTech Update Vaccine Data; Biden Announces $4 Billion Pledge; Medicare Reduces Hospital Payments

February 19th 2021, 3:21pm

Article

The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 vaccine can be stored at higher temperatures; the Biden administration pledges $4 billion over 2 years to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Medicare payments will soon decrease for hundreds of hospitals.

Panel: COVID-19 Presents Opportunity to Reform Health Care Payment, Delivery

February 17th 2021, 10:15pm

Article

During a 2021 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference session, members of The Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Payment and Delivery System Reform discussed policy recommendations aimed at preparing the United States for future pandemics and addressing care inequities brought to light by the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis.

Dr Sachin Jain Discusses Data's Role in Monitoring Value-Based Payment Models

February 17th 2021, 9:00pm

Video

Sachin Jain, MD, MBA, FACP, president and CEO at SCAN Group and SCAN Health Plan, discusses how data can help ensure that vulnerable populations aren't harmed by value-based payment models.

Regional Payers Outline Challenges, Successes of Telehealth Implementation

February 17th 2021, 5:56pm

Article

In a panel at the 2021 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference, representatives from 3 community health plans across the United States discussed how payers are driving telehealth access and utilization in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Rural Residence Not a Risk Factor for In-Hospital Mortality Among Veterans With COPD

February 17th 2021, 3:45pm

Article

Living far from a hospital did not increase risk of in-hospital mortality, according to a recent study among veteran populations with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

HIV Self-testing Skyrockets Among Transgender Individuals in New Study

February 17th 2021, 3:16pm

Article

Compared with being offered standard testing services, offers of initial and repeat self-testing led to a 3.5-fold greater uptake of testing for HIV among transgender individuals in a new study out of England and Wales.

Spotlight on Clinical Specialties Kicks Off With COPD, SCLC, CAR T

February 17th 2021, 2:23pm

Podcast

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we highlight a new feature on AJMC.com, the website of The American Journal of Managed Care®, called Clinical Spotlight, where our editors provide a series of interviews with leading experts in certain specialties.

Entresto Wins First FDA Nod in Hard-to-Treat Type of Heart Failure

February 16th 2021, 11:37pm

Article

Novartis' drug, which combines sacubitril and valsartan, is the first to directly treat patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.