Joel French, EVP of Patient Experience at R1 RCM, Inc. The COVID-19 crisis has upended many of our traditional business procedures and processes. However, because digital transformations were well underway before the pandemic, the shift to remote work and contactless consumer self-service was swift. In… Read More »Why the Digital Front Door is Critical to the Healthcare Revenue Cycle
KFF’s Kaiser Health News and “This American Life” Team Up for a Chilling Account of the Threats and Menace Upending the Lives of Local Health Officials
In the course of the pandemic, health officers have become the face of local government authority. And, in turn, many have become targets for the rage and resentment of some of the same loose-knit militia and white nationalist groups that stormed the U.S. Capitol in… Read More »KFF’s Kaiser Health News and “This American Life” Team Up for a Chilling Account of the Threats and Menace Upending the Lives of Local Health Officials
This analysis examines the vaccine-related attitudes of non-health essential workers who have been working outside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It finds that they are less eager to get a vaccine right away, and a larger share express opposition to employer mandated vaccination.
Essential Workers Employed Outside Health Care are Less Enthusiastic about Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine than Other Adults
There has been little research on how essential workers not employed in the health care sector have been impacted by the pandemic and their views on and experiences with COVID-19 vaccines. The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds that this group of workers –… Read More »Essential Workers Employed Outside Health Care are Less Enthusiastic about Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine than Other Adults
What You Should Know: – The healthcare industry is bracing for an unprecedented wave of provider referrals that formed as thousands of procedures were canceled or delayed due to COVID-19, according to new research conducted by Innovaccer – . Despite rising concerns, few healthcare organizations… Read More »Most Providers are Unprepared for The Surge of Post-Pandemic Referrals, Survey Finds
COVID-19 Deaths and Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities Have Fallen to All-Time Lows in the Four Months Since Vaccinations Began
COVID-19 deaths and cases among residents and staff of long-term care facilities have fallen dramatically since vaccinations began in December, with deaths declining by nearly 89 percent and cases declining by nearly 92 percent as of April 2021, according to a new KFF analysis. COVID-19… Read More »COVID-19 Deaths and Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities Have Fallen to All-Time Lows in the Four Months Since Vaccinations Began
COVID-19 Long-Term Care Deaths and Cases Are at An All-Time Low, Though A Rise In LTC Cases In A Few States May Be Cause for Concern
This data note looks at state-reported LTCF data from 41 states plus Washington DC to assess what has happened to new deaths and cases in LTCFs in the four months since vaccinations began on December 21st, 2020. We also examine how recent changes in deaths… Read More »COVID-19 Long-Term Care Deaths and Cases Are at An All-Time Low, Though A Rise In LTC Cases In A Few States May Be Cause for Concern
The COVID-19 pandemic and recent elections are changing the national conversation around expanding health care coverage and reining in rising health care costs. President Biden campaigned on a platform of expanding access to public health coverage in ways that could change the role of employer-sponsored… Read More »April 29 Web Briefing: How Large Employers View Rising Health Care Costs and the Role of Government
What You Should Know: – In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital transformation of healthcare accelerated in 2020 with increased adoption of interoperable tools to support innovations in care management, price transparency and specialty medications, according to the Surescripts 2020 National Progress Report. – The data, which represents 98% of… Read More »Innovation, Interoperability Accelerated Healthcare Digital Transformation in 2020
With supply having increased significantly and eligibility fully open to adults in all states as of April 19, this analysis estimates that COVID-19 vaccine supply will exceed demand across the U.S. over the next 2 to 4 weeks.
This analysis updates earlier work and examines the extent to which vaccination efforts through community health centers are reaching people of color using data from the federal government’s weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey. We include data from the survey weeks of January 8 through April… Read More »Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations? An April 2021 Update.
This brief summarizes key findings and themes from the COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor project that is tracking the dynamic nature of the U.S. public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccination, and is based on more than 11,000 interviews conducted since December 2020.
With nearly all states poised to allow anyone at least 16 years old to get a COVID-19 vaccine, this week’s announcement pausing the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate a rare side effect is raising questions about whether and how it will… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: What We’ve Learned
This brief provides an overview of social determinants of health and a look at how adults are faring across an array of measures over a year into the pandemic.
What You Should Know: – Google Cloud today launched an expanded virtual agent as part of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact solution (IVIs). People will be able to schedule vaccine appointments and ask common questions through a virtual agent, Contact Center AI. – Contact Center AI (CCAI),… Read More »Google Cloud Expands Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution to Support Vaccine Equity
This issue brief provides an overview of COVID-19 vaccine passports, including what they are, where they are being used, and potential implementation issues.
Around the country and in parts of the world, COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue to grow, leaving people wondering about vaccine requirements and ways to certify vaccine status. “Vaccine passports,” a paper or digital form certifying that a person has been vaccinated, have garnered increased interest… Read More »Vaccine Passports: What We Know and What to Consider
Dr. John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Jvion In 1852, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center opened as Chicago’s first chartered hospital. In May, it will close, leaving residents of the surrounding South Side community — poor and mostly people of color — without… Read More »What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?
Jessica Scruton, BSN, RN, CCM, VP of Clinical Transformation for Lightbeam Health Solutions COVID-19 forced many health systems to reassess and reconfigure their care management processes and staffing models so that clinicians could better manage more of their acute, complex, and otherwise healthy patients remotely… Read More »Time and Goals Should Drive Your Post-COVID-19 Care Management Strategy
This brief presents available data on COVID-19 vaccinations among AIAN people from federal and state sources and discusses factors contributing to success in these vaccination efforts.
This report examines in depth the vaccine-related views and experiences of rural residents and shows more than half of rural adults say they have already gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or will do so as soon as possible. Rural residents report… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor- Rural America
This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data through November 2020, as states were still in the early stages of experiencing the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. After declines in enrollment from 2017 through 2019, preliminary data… Read More »Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment
COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Excess Mortality and Potential Years of Life Lost in the U.S. and Peer Countries
A new issue brief reviews excess death rates in the U.S. and peer countries by age groups to examine how the pandemic has affected excess mortality rate among younger people. The analysis looks specifically at the excess deaths that arose in 2020 to examine how… Read More »COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Excess Mortality and Potential Years of Life Lost in the U.S. and Peer Countries
Compared to Peer Countries, the U.S. Had the Highest Rate of Mortality Among People Under Age 65 and Potential Years of Life Lost in 2020 due to the Pandemic
A new KFF issue brief examines 2020 data on excess mortality – the number of deaths above what is expected in a typical year – and finds that among similarly large and wealthy nations, the United States had the highest premature excess mortality rate in… Read More »Compared to Peer Countries, the U.S. Had the Highest Rate of Mortality Among People Under Age 65 and Potential Years of Life Lost in 2020 due to the Pandemic
As the vaccine rollout continues across the country, a key question is whether and how far governments and employers can go to require the public and workers to get vaccinated. Our new issue brief explains the legal basis for vaccine mandates and what limitations might… Read More »Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
KFF/Post Survey Reveals the Serious Mental Health Challenges Facing Frontline Health Care Workers a Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic
About 1 in 6 Tested Positive for COVID-19, though Few Experienced Major Symptoms; Those Working in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities Most Likely to Report Testing Positive More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of frontline health care workers say the… Read More »KFF/Post Survey Reveals the Serious Mental Health Challenges Facing Frontline Health Care Workers a Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic
This partnership survey with The Washington Post examines the experiences and attitudes of frontline health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The spread of COVID-19 throughout the country overwhelmed many health care settings with intensive care units at capacity and other facilities struggling to keep… Read More »KFF/The Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey
Peter Ziese PhD, MD, Business Leader, Monitoring and Analytics, Philips COVID-19 has been a novel pandemic in many ways beyond the actual virus itself – from the irreparable impacts it’s having on society, to the immense strain it’s put on the healthcare industry. A recent… Read More »Key Lessons from COVID-19 & How We Can Better Support our Healthcare Provider
The News Leaders Association (NLA) awarded KFF’s Kaiser Health News (KHN) and Guardian US the 2021 Batten Medal for Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for their year-long “Lost on the Frontline” investigation documenting the lives of more than 3,600 health care workers in the U.S.… Read More »KHN and Guardian US Win Batten Medal for “Lost on the Frontline”
In this Axios column, Drew Altman examines why doctors and nurses are such critical messengers in the effort to build vaccine confidence.
Birju Shah, Head of Product for Uber Health & Communities Nick Jordan, Founder and CEO, Narrative In a world where technology and Big Data can provide us with instantaneous access to our banking transactions, and our financial information and credit reports can be retrieved with a… Read More »COVID Exposed The Dire Need for Real-Time Healthcare Data Sharing
What You Should Know: – ProPhase Labs, Inc., a diversified medical science and technology company, announced today that it has acquired the “VaccTrack” suite of digital solutions that can provide secure and reliable certification of a user’s vaccination and Covid testing results. – A digital… Read More »ProPhase Labs Acquires Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport
Vaccine Monitor: 6 in 10 Adults Have Either Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want To “as Soon as Possible;” “Wait and See” Group Continues To Shrink
Among Those Who Have Not Been Vaccinated, 3 in 10 Are Unsure if They are Eligible Yet; Hispanic Adults and People with Low Incomes More Likely to Be Unsure The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds enthusiasm for getting a COVID-19 vaccine continuing to… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: 6 in 10 Adults Have Either Gotten a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want To “as Soon as Possible;” “Wait and See” Group Continues To Shrink
This Vaccine Monitor finds a growing share of U.S. adults say they have already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine or want to get vaccinated as soon as possible. It explores vaccine intentions, information gaps, vaccine brand preferences, and tests a variety of… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: March 2021
Web Briefing: Understanding the Health Coverage and Affordability Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act signed into law earlier this month includes a number of provisions aimed at making health coverage more accessible and affordable amid the public health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join KFF at a web briefing to… Read More »Web Briefing: Understanding the Health Coverage and Affordability Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act
David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Cardiovascular disease-related deaths—which occur every 36 seconds—cost our country about $219 billion each year, according to the Centers for… Read More »How NLP Can Uncover Social Determinants of Heart Disease
Lisa Romano, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at CipherHealth The New Year brings hope and promises that an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. With two vaccines authorized by the FDA for emergency use, and close to 3 million healthcare workers already vaccinated,… Read More »3 Ways Providers Can Navigate COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Successfully
Medicaid Spending and Enrollment Trends Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic – Updated for FY 2021 & Looking Ahead to FY 2022
Even as the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is accelerating across the country, the public health and economic effects of the pandemic continue to put pressure on Medicaid spending and enrollment. In mid-February 2021, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Health Management Associates (HMA) fielded a two-part… Read More »Medicaid Spending and Enrollment Trends Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic – Updated for FY 2021 & Looking Ahead to FY 2022
As of February 2021, there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. and states are playing a central role in their timely distribution and prioritizing eligible populations. Because Medicaid covers for over 77 million enrollees, including groups disproportionately at risk of… Read More »A Look at How Medicaid Agencies Are Assisting with the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out
The latest report from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and finds that larger shares of LGBT adults report economic losses and mental health struggles than their non-LGBT counterparts.… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBT People
This analysis examines the reported experiences among self-identified LGBT individuals based two months of KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor reports and finds that LGBT people have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently than non-LGBT people, including being harder hit in some areas.
Updated KFF Calculator Estimates Marketplace Premiums to Reflect Expanded Tax Credits in COVID-19 Relief Legislation
KFF has updated its 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator to reflect the expanded premium tax credits available to people who purchase their own coverage through their state’s health insurance exchange as passed by Congress in the American Rescue Plan Act and expected to be signed… Read More »Updated KFF Calculator Estimates Marketplace Premiums to Reflect Expanded Tax Credits in COVID-19 Relief Legislation
More than half of those who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through a community health center were people of color, suggesting that health centers appear to be doing a better job of reaching people of color than are overall vaccination efforts, finds… Read More »Early COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts Through Community Health Centers Are Reaching People of Color
This analysis examines the extent to which early vaccination efforts through community health centers are reaching people of color using data from the federal government’s weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey. Additionally, this analysis may shed light on the Biden administration’s recent partnership with health centers… Read More »Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations?
This brief reviews information available through state websites and publicly available vaccine distribution plans to provide greater insight into how states are addressing equity through vaccine allocation and distribution strategies, outreach and communications efforts, and data collection and reporting. It provides a snapshot and examples… Read More »How are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Probes Americans’ Experiences Trying to Sign Up for a Vaccine and to Find Relevant Information
Many Relied on Another Person’s Help to Try to Get a Vaccine Appointment As many states and local authorities ramp up their COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report provides the first in-depth look at Americans’ experiences trying to gather relevant information… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Probes Americans’ Experiences Trying to Sign Up for a Vaccine and to Find Relevant Information
This report shows about half over the age of 65 say they have already received at least one dose of the vaccine or have scheduled an appointment to do so. It also examines how easy or difficult it has been for people to get an… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: Experiences With Vaccine Access And Information Needs
What You Should Know: – Moderna and IBM announced their intentions to explore technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and hybrid cloud, that could help support smarter COVID-19 vaccine management. Central to the effort will be a pilot of open, standardized, technology-enabled vaccine distribution approaches aimed… Read More »Moderna, IBM Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain & Distribution Data Sharing
THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, A New Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines
March 4, 2021 – THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us. is a new campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines co-developed by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) and the Black Coalition Against COVID. Black doctors, nurses and researchers dispel misinformation and… Read More »THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, A New Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines
Joan Kapusnik-Uner PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, VP of Clinical Content for First Databank (FDB) As the Biden administration ramps up its efforts to increase the access of COVID-19 vaccines to more Americans, there are a large number of Americans who are skeptical about of the COVID-19 vaccine.… Read More »First Databank Clinician Addresses COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism – Q/A
KFF Tracking Poll: More Than a Third of Americans Say They’ve Struggled to Pay Living Expenses Since December; 6 in 10 Families Hit by COVID Have Lost A Job or Income
Majorities Favor Provisions to Expand Marketplace Tax Credits and Encourage States to Expand Medicaid As Congress considers an additional $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, more than a third (37%) of Americans say that someone in their household has had trouble paying basic living expenses over… Read More »KFF Tracking Poll: More Than a Third of Americans Say They’ve Struggled to Pay Living Expenses Since December; 6 in 10 Families Hit by COVID Have Lost A Job or Income
This poll examines the public’s assessments of the Biden administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the impact COVID-19 has had on people’s finances, and support for provisions of the latest COVID-19 relief bill. It examines the public’s views of the ACA and possible next steps.
Todd Stewart, Vice President, Enterprise Workflow Solutions, CenTrak Healthcare systems across the country are facing high patient volumes combined with higher patient expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, hospitals and other healthcare facilities need to consider technology that can help them keep pace with… Read More »Improving Inventory Management During COVID-19 and Beyond
This issue brief presents current state-level data about COVID-19 cases and deaths in settings that primarily serve nonelderly people with disabilities and summarizes available research on this population’s elevated risk of severe illness and death; explains how nonelderly people with disabilities and their LTSS providers… Read More »COVID-19 Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities
In this Axios column, Drew Altman paints a more optimistic picture of the prospects for getting to herd immunity as vaccine confidence grows, but underscores the urgency of building vaccine confidence in Black and Latino communities where barriers to access and good information are obstacles… Read More »Vaccine Confidence Isn’t The Main Obstacle To Reaching Herd Immunity
Most Americans Now Say They’ve Gotten At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want to Get Vaccinated As Soon As Possible, with Enthusiasm Rising Across Racial, Ethnic and Partisan Groups
While Enthusiasm Rises, a Persistent Minority Say They Definitely Will Not Get Vaccinated; Republicans, Rural Residents, and Essential Workers Outside Health Care Are Most Reluctant Groups More than half of Americans (55%) now say they want to get vaccinated as soon as possible (37%) or… Read More »Most Americans Now Say They’ve Gotten At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine or Want to Get Vaccinated As Soon As Possible, with Enthusiasm Rising Across Racial, Ethnic and Partisan Groups
States Have Made Progress in Vaccinating Older Adults Against COVID-19 in Recent Weeks, But No State Has Vaccinated At Least Half of its Older Population
Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have vaccinated at least one-third of their residents who are 65 and older against COVID-19, an updated KFF analysis finds, but no state has crossed the threshold of vaccinating 50 percent or more of its older population. The share… Read More »States Have Made Progress in Vaccinating Older Adults Against COVID-19 in Recent Weeks, But No State Has Vaccinated At Least Half of its Older Population
The Latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds a growing share of U.S. adults say they have already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine or want to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Black and Hispanic adults remain more likely to want to wait… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: February 2021
This analysis examines COVID-19 vaccination rates among older adults in states that report these data at the person-level. It also looks at the change in vaccination rates between February 4 and February 23 among a subset of these states.
This issue brief explores the impact of COVID-19 on justice-involved populations, examines how states have prioritized these populations for vaccination, and highlights the significance of Medicaid coverage for this population as well as proposals to expand access to Medicaid coverage.
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Have Declined Markedly Following the Introduction of Vaccines
The number of residents contracting and dying of COVID-19 in nursing homes has declined markedly following the introduction of vaccination efforts in long-term care facilities, a KFF analysis finds. Resident deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes have decreased by two-thirds (66%) since vaccination efforts began… Read More »COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Have Declined Markedly Following the Introduction of Vaccines
Is the End of the Long-Term Care Crisis Within Sight? New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Are Dropping
This analysis compares trends in new COVID-19 cases and deaths among nursing facility residents with trends in all other new COVID-19 cases and deaths excluding nursing facility residents through February 7, 2021. This analysis shows a marked divergence in new cases and deaths per week… Read More »Is the End of the Long-Term Care Crisis Within Sight? New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Are Dropping
This policy watch piece highlights the potential challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations among Hispanic people, whose health and finances have been extremely hard hit by the pandemic. Low rates of vaccination among Hispanic people would leave them at increased risk for the virus, could further widen… Read More »Growing Gaps in COVID-19 Vaccinations among Hispanic People
Source: CVS Health What Should Know: – CVS Health unveils community-based strategy increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations for vulnerable communities and advance vaccine education while combating hesitancy. – The strategy includes a strategic partnership with Lyft to help underserved communities access vaccination appointments by providing… Read More »CVS Launches Community-Based Strategy to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity
Pfizer and BioNTech say they have data supporting two-week storage of their vaccine at temperatures found in medical-grade freezers. They say FDA approval of an additional temperature option would give vaccination sites more flexibility.
The latest from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds that Black men (45%) and women (41%) are more likely than other groups to want to “wait and see” how the COVID-19 vaccine works for others before getting it themselves, making them a key target for… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: Attitudes Towards COVID-19 Vaccination Among Black Women and Men
This analysis examines Black adults’ attitudes, concerns, and intentions regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. While Black men and women are similar in many of their views, there is a gender gap in some COVID-19 vaccine attitudes and intentions.
New Analysis: Updated State Data Continues To Show Wide Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates by Race/Ethnicity
KFF has an updated analysis of state-reported data as of February 16, 2021 on COVID-19 vaccinations, cases, and deaths by race/ethnicity. New to the analysis are comparisons of vaccination rates in each racial/ethnic group based on state-reported data of total people who have received at… Read More »New Analysis: Updated State Data Continues To Show Wide Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates by Race/Ethnicity
KFF is collecting and analyzing data on COVID-19 vaccinations by race/ethnicity to gain increased insight who is receiving the vaccine and whether some groups are facing disparities in vaccination.
This issue brief provides an overview of COVAX, the global mechanism to secure and deliver COVID-19 vaccines. The brief details COVAX’s organization, conditions for country participation, activities, and financing structure. Additionally, it looks at the history and remaining key issues of U.S. engagement with COVAX.
Two New Analyses: House COVID-19 Relief Plan Would Temporarily Lower Marketplace Premiums for Millions and More than Offset Short-Term State Costs to Expand Their Medicaid Programs
The House COVID-19 relief proposal would temporarily lower what millions of Marketplace enrollees and uninsured potential enrollees would pay toward premiums and would provide states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs a financial boost that would more than offset their costs initially, two new… Read More »Two New Analyses: House COVID-19 Relief Plan Would Temporarily Lower Marketplace Premiums for Millions and More than Offset Short-Term State Costs to Expand Their Medicaid Programs
The House Energy and Commerce Committee reconciliation proposal as part of the COVID relief package aims to encourage non-expansion states to take up the expansion by providing an additional temporary fiscal incentive for states to newly implement the ACA Medicaid expansion. This brief provides illustrative… Read More »New Incentive for States to Adopt the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Implications for State Spending
What You Should Know: – This week, the United Kingdom (UK) will be the first country in the world to run a COVID-19 human challenge study, following approval from the UK’s clinical trials ethics body. – First Covid-19 human challenge study will begin within a… Read More »UK Launches World’s First COVID-19 Human Challenge Study
Kroger Health Partners with Gauss to Provide Smartphone-Enabled COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Tests What You Should Know: – Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. announced plans to offer the first smartphone-enabled, at-home Gauss COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit to patients nationwide, expanding… Read More »Kroger Health to Offer Smartphone-Enabled COVID-19 Tests Nationwide
What You Should Know: – LinkedIn announces it will utilize its platform to connect healthcare professionals to COVID-19 vaccination distribution volunteer and paid support opportunities with a goal of helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. – Starting today, healthcare organizations, pharmacies and governments that… Read More »LinkedIn Launches Support to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
The amended pact follows a collaboration begun last year when GlaxoSmithKline paid Vir Biotechnology $250 million to team up on potential treatments for Covid-19. The expansion includes an influenza treatment based on Vir’s antibody technology.
This policy watch looks at the expected ramp up in vaccine supply, and what this could mean for increasing the number of people getting vaccinated.
New Digital Health Passport Offers Providence Patients Secure Digital Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status
What You Should Know: – Lumedic launches a first-of-its-kind commercial technology to offer digital vaccine cards to patients receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at sites affiliated with Providence, one of the nation’s largest health systems. The technology includes a mobile app that gives patients the option to… Read More »New Digital Health Passport Offers Providence Patients Secure Digital Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status
During the 55th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the world is at nearly 108 million COVID-19 cases. The U.S. approached 27.4 million cases and a total of 475,400 deaths.
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: What Do We Know About Those Who Want to “Wait and See” Before Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?
This brief examines how people to “wait and see” how the COVID-19 vaccine is working for other people before getting vaccinated themselves with different partisan identities and those belonging to different racial and ethnic groups differ in their levels of concern about the vaccine and… Read More »KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: What Do We Know About Those Who Want to “Wait and See” Before Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?
To provide context to the current landscape of Medicaid and work, this brief explores work status and characteristics of Medicaid enrollees as well as perspectives from enrollees who participated in focus groups prior to the pandemic.
This summarizes the additional federal funding that has been given to health care providers to help them cope with the economic impact of the pandemic and also discusses the latest trends in health care spending.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, about 4 in 10 adults nationwide have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder – a four-fold increase from pre-pandemic levels. Drawing on the latest national survey data, KFF polling and other research, an updated brief explores… Read More »How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting People’s Mental Health and Substance Use
As the number of vaccinations increases, vaccine hesitancy will decrease, says Drew Altman, because knowing someone who has been vaccinated without adverse effects is a major reason people get vaccinated themselves, he writes in his Axios column.
Verily and Janssen say studying Covid-19 immune responses could yield data that helps clinicians treat the disease. They add that the research could also apply to other illnesses caused by respiratory pathogens.
We examine the Biden administration’s proposal to partner with community health centers to speed up vaccinations, especially in hard-to-reach populations.
This issue brief provides an overview of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 and global health actions to date, as well as likely ones on the horizon, and identifies key policy issues and outstanding questions ahead.
What You Should Know: -Experian Health is partnering with Epic to expedites access to Precise ID® for Epic customers to address COVID-19 identity verification challenges. – Collaboration aims to accelerate vaccination efforts with swift implementation and touchless identity proofing for high volume immunization programs.… Read More »Experian Health, Epic Partner to Address COVID-19 Identity Verification Challenges
This report summarizes the public’s response to a series of open-ended questions aimed at better understanding people’s concerns around receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and the views of the messages and messengers that could affect their willingness to get one,
At This Early Stage of the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out, Most Older Adults Have Not Yet Been Vaccinated As Supply Remains Limited
This analysis looks at vaccination rates among older adults at the state level, and the share of all vaccines administered that have been given to older adults, among states reporting vaccination data by age.
This year and the coronavirus pandemic brought new challenges to hospitals and healthcare facilities across the globe. And while the first phase of vaccine distribution has put a light at the end of the tunnel, many regions are still handling surging cases as a result… Read More »3 Ways Hospitals Can Improve Employee Communication—Now and Beyond the Pandemic
During the 54th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the world is at nearly 105 million COVID-19 cases. The U.S. approached 26.7 million cases and a total of 455,900 deaths.
Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine offers storage and distribution advantages compared to mRNA vaccines, and is the only single-shot vaccine to reach late-stage testing. The next stop is a Feb. 26 FDA advisory panel meeting.
This issue brief examines key issues related to multi-dose vaccination series generally as well as issues specific to COVID-19.
Updated analysis of state-reported data as of February 1, 2021 on COVID-19 vaccinations, cases, and deaths by race/ethnicity is now available. Based on nearly half of states reporting vaccination data by race/ethnicity, Black and Hispanic people continue to receive smaller shares of vaccinations compared to… Read More »Data as of February 1 on State Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity
Additional Data Available Through Online Vaccine Monitor Dashboard As vaccination efforts ramp up across the country, the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor examines where the public is getting its relevant information. Large shares of the public report that they are getting at least a fair amount… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: Where People are Getting Information About COVID-19 Vaccinations
KFF is collecting and analyzing data on COVID-19 vaccinations by race/ethnicity to gain increased insight who is receiving the vaccine and whether some groups are facing disparities in vaccination.
Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis
What You Should Know: – Google Cloud, today announced the launch of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution, a set of core solutions to help regional and local governments deliver successful COVID-19 public health strategies, ranging from vaccine information and scheduling to distribution and analytics, to… Read More »Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis
During the 53rd week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the world surpassed 100 million COVID-19 cases, with the United States accounting for a quarter of them. The U.S. also accounts for one-fifth (433,200) of the world’s nearly 2.2 million reported… Read More »This Week in Coronavirus: January 22 to January 28
A new issue brief examines the most recent data on deaths from COVID-19 and other causes, and finds that COVID-19 is currently the number one cause of death in the United States. As of January 26, 2021, an average of more than 3,000 people per… Read More »COVID-19 is the Number One Cause of Death in the U.S. in Early 2021
This data note discusses changes in the number of applications for Medicaid/CHIP coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Although enrollment in Medicaid/CHIP has increased steadily by more than 6 million individuals (9%) from February to September 2020, the total number of Medicaid/CHIP applications has decreased by… Read More »Analyzing Recent Trends in Medicaid/CHIP Applications: What We Do and Do Not Know
Paula Muto, MD, FACSFounder and CEO, UBERDOC, Inc. We are at a watershed moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reevaluate our priorities both economically and with regard to public health. Living with a healthcare system that was created in response to an emergency… Read More »A New System to Fit A New Economy: How Healthcare Can Recover From COVID-19
Vaccine Monitor: Nearly Half of the Public Wants to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as They Can or Has Already Been Vaccinated, Up across Racial and Ethnic Groups Since December
Most Convincing Messages to Promote Vaccination Highlight Effectiveness at Preventing Illness and a Return to Normal Life; Hearing about Rare Allergic Reactions and Side Effects May Discourage Some New KFF Dashboard Features Key Data and Insights from the Vaccine Monitor With millions of Americans getting… Read More »Vaccine Monitor: Nearly Half of the Public Wants to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as They Can or Has Already Been Vaccinated, Up across Racial and Ethnic Groups Since December
What You Should Know: – Patients in the Cedars-Sinai COVID-19 Recovery Program receive a comprehensive in-person evaluation with an expert in infectious diseases or pulmonary medicine who can refer them to a network of specialists. Cedars-Sinai, today announce the launch of the COVID-19 Recovery Program to meet… Read More »Cedars Sinai Launches COVID-19 Recovery Program
This brief reviews why racial diversity within COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials is important, discusses the barriers to participation in clinical trials among people of color, and examines the racial/ethnic composition of clinical trial participants for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Debate about how many vaccinations are needed by when has been in the news. Drew Altman lays it out in his latest column.
What You Should Know: – West Virginians will now have access to a COVID-19 vaccination pre-registration tool available statewide. – West Virginia is the first state in the nation to deploy this new system through Everbridge, a global provider of critical event management technologies. The tool… Read More »West Virginia Launches Nation’s First Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
What You Should Know: – Cognizant, a Fortune 200 leader in technology and professional services, recently partnered with XPRIZE on the Pandemic Response Challenge, a global competition aimed at fighting the pandemic and mapping a course for safely reopening societies using artificial intelligence. The challenge… Read More »Cognizant and XPRIZE Announce Finalists For $500k COVID-19 Pandemic Response Competition
As a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) , states have experienced increased enrollment along with administrative challenges. After the PHE ends, states are likely to have renewal and redetermination backlogs and will face decisions around continuing temporary policy changes. This brief highlights… Read More »Key Issues for State Medicaid Programs When the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends
During the 52nd week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 24.6 million total cases and 410,100 deaths due to the pandemic. Here’s our recap of the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism.
What You Should Know: – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mesa Biotech, Inc., a San Diego, CA-based molecular diagnostic company, for approximately $450 million in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, Thermo Fisher will pay up to… Read More »Therma Fisher Acquires Rapid COVID-19 Test Provider Mesa Biotech for $450M
Kevin Grauman, President and CEO, QLess After months of uncertainty, hope is finally on the horizon as three viable COVID-19 vaccine candidates are moving closer towards approvals for public distribution. Getting to this stage was extremely labor-intensive, but unfortunately, it’s not the end of the… Read More »Leveraging Technology and Data for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
A new Policy Watch, Early State Vaccination Data Raise Warning Flags for Racial Equity, explores the latest state-reported data on vaccination by race/ethnicity available on KFF’s COVID-19 state data and policy tracker. As of January 19, 2021, 17 states were reporting some vaccination data by… Read More »New Resources Track State Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity and Examine Demographics of Health Workers
Nearly 6 in 10 Older Americans Don’t Know When or Where They Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine; Black and Hispanic Adults among the Groups Least Likely to Have Enough Information
Despite Optimism about COVID-19 Vaccines in the Future, Half Say They are Frustrated with the Current Situation and Nearly a Quarter are Angry While older Americans are a high-priority group for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds that, among those who… Read More »Nearly 6 in 10 Older Americans Don’t Know When or Where They Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine; Black and Hispanic Adults among the Groups Least Likely to Have Enough Information
This KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds many people, including older adults and essential workers, do not have enough information about where and when to receive a vaccine. It also looks at views of vaccine distribution and the federal and state efforts.
Across states, data to understand access to and uptake of the vaccine by race/ethnicity and other demographic factors will be central to efforts to ensure equity. KFF is compiling and will regularly update state-reported data on vaccination by race/ethnicity through its COVID-19 state data and… Read More »Early State Vaccination Data Raise Warning Flags for Racial Equity
What You Should Know: According to a recent Updox survey, 87% of Americans say they want to receive information from their healthcare provider on COVID-19 vaccine-related news/updates, with their healthcare providers cited as the most trusted source on the topic (34%) — behind health protection… Read More »87% of Americans Want to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Information From Their Providers
This analysis updates the approaches states are taking to manage the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines based on revised federal guidance and balance the desire to vaccinate those at greatest risk first with the need to ensure a fast and effective statewide vaccination effort.… Read More »The COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Line Continues to Change as States Make Further Updates
This analysis provides an overview of demographic characteristics and health insurance coverage of health care workers with direct patient contact, including those working in hospital and long-term care settings.
This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP preliminary enrollment data through September 2020, as states were still in the early stages of experiencing the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. After declines in enrollment from 2017 through 2019, preliminary… Read More »Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment
Ed Simcox, Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken 270,000 American lives to date, has shined a light on another crisis — the U.S. currently has no standardized system for reporting public health data. Health departments all over the country resort… Read More »To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data
In the face of COVID-19, healthcare witnessed how crises can become the long-awaited push for creativity and innovation that the industry needs. When our healthcare infrastructure’s weaknesses were exposed, telehealth helped to stitch them up, with the number of telehealth claims increasing 8,336% nationally from… Read More »3 Steps to Maintain Telehealth’s Momentum Post-Pandemic
During the 51st week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 23.3 million total cases and 388,700 deaths due to the pandemic. Here’s our recap of the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism.
Michael Morgan, CEO of Updox The majority of industries have decreased or eliminated their use of the traditional fax machine over the past decade, including aviation, retail, and even finance. While the healthcare industry is at the forefront of disease research and treatment, however, it… Read More »Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID
What You Should Know: – MEDITECH launches a web-based Quick Vaccination solution enabling healthcare organizations to efficiently administer the vaccine to their patients from multiple care venues, including through tablet devices. – With Quick Vaccination, healthcare organizations have the speed and mobility to distribute the… Read More »MEDITECH Launches Quick Vaccination Solution to Streamline COVID-19 Vaccination Process
A new analysis of KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor survey data finds that most Hispanic adults across the country want to get a COVID-19 vaccine at some point though younger adults are more hesitant, in part because of lower confidence that it is safe and effective.… Read More »Most Hispanic Adults Lean Towards Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine, But Many Younger Adults are Hesitant
Based on data from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, this poll finding explores attitudes among Hispanic Americans toward the coronavirus and a generational gap in willingness to get a potential vaccine.
Despite Efforts to Slow the Spread of the Virus in Long-Term Care Facilities, KFF Analysis Finds Many States Experienced the Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks and Highest Number of Deaths in December
For some regions of the country, recent months have brought the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities since the start of the pandemic, a new KFF analysis of state-reported cases and death shows, underscoring the importance of current efforts to vaccinate this high priority… Read More »Despite Efforts to Slow the Spread of the Virus in Long-Term Care Facilities, KFF Analysis Finds Many States Experienced the Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks and Highest Number of Deaths in December
Factors Associated With COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities: Findings from a Literature Review
This issue brief reviews findings from 30 studies that have examined potential factors associated with COVID-19 cases and/or deaths in long-term care facilities.
This analysis assesses when new LTCF cases and deaths were highest in states across the country in 2020, as well as how national trends in LTCF COVID-19 cases/deaths compare to national trends in overall COVID-19 cases/deaths in 2020.
What You Should Know: – NRC Health today released its 2021 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, which surveyed 2 million healthcare consumers against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. – The latest report highlights the major trends that came to light last year, and how… Read More »How COVID-19 Reshaped Healthcare Consumerism & 4 Key Trends to Know for 2021
This brief provides an overview of key issues to consider for reaching noncitizen immigrants as part of COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
This fact sheet provides information about the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. government funding and engagement with WHO.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, KFF President Drew Altman calls for a simplification of the troubled COVID-19 vaccine distribution system.
This issue brief analyzes enrollment and spending trends related to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion ahead of the coronavirus pandemic and examines potential consequences of recent enrollment increases.
In his latest Axios column, Drew Altman looks at the challenge of vaccine hesitancy in rural America and its implications. One of them: a highly tailored outreach campaign is needed. “Addressing this hesitancy will require convincing rural Americans about the seriousness of the pandemic, and… Read More »The Challenge of Vaccine Hesitancy In Rural America
A new KFF analysis examines the different approaches states are taking to manage the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines and balance the desire to vaccinate those at greatest risk first with the need to ensure a fast and effective statewide vaccination effort. Based on… Read More »New Analysis Takes In-Depth Look at How States are Prioritizing Who Gets a COVID-19 Vaccine
This analysis examines the different approaches states are taking to manage the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines and balance the desire to vaccinate those at greatest risk first with the need to ensure a fast and effective statewide vaccination effort. It includes a state… Read More »The COVID-19 “Vaccination Line”: An Update on State Prioritization Plans
Here’s our recap of the past week in the coronavirus pandemic from our tracking, policy analysis, polling, and journalism. It’s a new year, and while Democrats won control of the U.S. Senate with the results of the Georgia runoff elections and lawmakers dealt with the riot on the Capitol… Read More »This Week in Coronavirus: January 1 to January 7
This data note tracks appropriations designated for international efforts in the COVID-19 emergency supplemental bills. It will be updated as needed.
In this column for the JAMA Health Forum, Larry Levitt explores what President-elect Biden might do to advance his health care vision both through legislation and through executive orders and waivers and demonstrations.
January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm For Long-Term Care Facilities? Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations
With the pandemic taking a heavy toll among older Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and most states have placed a high priority on vaccinating residents and staff of long-term care facilities. People in nursing homes and other long-term care settings account for… Read More »January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm For Long-Term Care Facilities? Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations
Cone Health’s Green Valley Campus What You Should Know: – Cone Health transforms its maternity campus into North Carolina’s first designated COVID-19 hospital in 28 days. Cone Health transformed its former women’s health campus into a designated COVID-19 hospital in 28 days. Using teamwork and technology, the Cone Health Green Valley campus in Greensboro, North… Read More »Cone Health Transforms Maternity Campus into COVID-19 Only Hospital in 28 Days
Dr. Justin Graham, Chief Medical Officer, GYANT The rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine is a monumental achievement, but it does nothing to address our extremely fragmented healthcare system. In 2021, policymakers must create and extend incentives to providers to work together to keep patients… Read More »20 COVID-19 Predictions and Trends for 2021 – Executive Roundup
What You Should Know: – Conversa Health’s COVID-19 programs now include patient monitoring pre- and post-vaccination, education on vaccines, and appointment reminders. – Healthcare workers at UCHealth in Colorado are receiving 24/7 monitoring of vital signs two days before and seven days after receiving their… Read More »UCHealth Taps Conversa Health to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Effects on Frontline Healthcare Workers
Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer of GoHealth Telehealth is Here to Stay in 2021 Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was a limited ad-hoc service with geographic and provider restrictions. However, with both the pandemic restrictions on face to face interactions and a relaxation of… Read More »12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup
Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to… Read More »How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021
What You Should Know: – The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the addition of three Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set is being updated by the CPT Editorial Panel… Read More »AMA Adds 3 Additional CPT Codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine
What You Should Know: – Amazon, CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific join forces to promote employer-based testing As part of a comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy. – The coalition, named Workplace Employers Alliance for COVID-19 Testing (WE ACT), believes that employer-based testing programs are essential to… Read More »Amazon, CVS Health, Thermo Fisher Scientific Form Alliance for Employer-based COVID-19 Testing
This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP preliminary enrollment data through August 2020, as states were still in the early stages of experiencing the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. After declines in enrollment from 2017 through 2019, preliminary… Read More »Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment
Community Health Centers’ Role in Delivering Care to the Nation’s Underserved Populations During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, community health centers are serving as public health responders, especially for medically underserved populations. Health centers are a national network of safety net primary care providers who provided care to nearly 30 million patients in 2019, and disproportionately… Read More »Community Health Centers’ Role in Delivering Care to the Nation’s Underserved Populations During the Coronavirus Pandemic
What You Should Know: – Philips and BioIntelliSense has been selected by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) to receive nearly $2.8M from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to validate BioIntelliSense’s FDA-cleared BioSticker device for the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms.… Read More »DoD Awards $2.8M to Philips & BioIntelliSense to Validate Wearable for Early COVID-19 Detection
This post examines the data about workers’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and finds that both on-site and at-home workers are facing challenges, though frontline and essential workers, as well as women and workers of color, face disproportionate impacts.
Martyn Crew, Director of Solutions Marketing at Gigamon In 2019, 41 million patient records breached in 572 reported incidents at an average cost of $1.8 million per breach. These statistics are far from surprising with healthcare records selling for a reported average of $45 on… Read More »COVID-19 Exposed The True Vulnerability of Healthcare Infrastructure
During the 48th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 17.2 million total cases and set records on three days this week for the highest number of new cases and deaths daily during the pandemic.
An in-depth look at twelve recently released COVID-19 vaccine management solutions as COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed nationwide. 1. Microsoft Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and… Read More »12 Recently Launched COVID-19 Vaccine Management Solutions to Know
As the first doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine are delivered to health care workers and other early recipients, many Americans are eager to know not only when the vaccine will be available to them but also whether they will be able to get it… Read More »Federal Rules Protect People from Bills for the COVID-19 Vaccine
Gaps in Cost Sharing Protections for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Could Spark Public Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccine Costs
In the issue brief, KFF experts highlight the laws and regulations that are in place to ensure access to free COVID-19 vaccines for individuals regardless of their insurance status and explain how vaccine administration costs will be covered in private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and… Read More »Gaps in Cost Sharing Protections for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Could Spark Public Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccine Costs
Poll: Large Majorities Now Say They Wear Masks Regularly and Can Continue Social Distancing for At Least Six Months if Needed, though Republicans Remain Less Likely to Take Such Precautions
As winter sets in and COVID-19 cases and deaths reach records in most parts of the country, more Americans say they wear masks every time they leave home now (73%) than said so in May (52%), a new KFF Health Tracking Poll finds. A small… Read More »Poll: Large Majorities Now Say They Wear Masks Regularly and Can Continue Social Distancing for At Least Six Months if Needed, though Republicans Remain Less Likely to Take Such Precautions
Pawel Czech, Founder of Nex.D While countries around the world continue to flounder with regards to COVID-19 testing, everyone is wondering how national governments could get things so horribly wrong. It’s true that governments have acted incompetently, leaders can make poor judgment calls, and optimistic… Read More »Why Some COVID-19 Testing Protocols Aren’t What You Think
Dr. Noam Tau of Sheba Medical Center Now more than ever, public confidence is key. It’s our job as medical professionals, the FDA’s job, and public figures’ job to convince the population to vaccinate by presenting the real results of studies. The current vaccine hesitancy, which… Read More »Vaccine Safety Expert Shares 5 COVID-19 Vaccine Facts to Protect 2021
Federal legislation provides a temporary increase in federal Medicaid matching rates to states conditioned on states providing continuous eligibility for existing enrollees and meeting certain other eligibility requirements. This brief provides an overview of these maintenance of eligibility (MOE) requirements, examines what happens when the… Read More »Medicaid Maintenance of Eligibility (MOE) Requirements: Issues to Watch
What You Should Know: – Artificial intelligence algorithms can predict outcomes of COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms in emergency rooms, according to recent research findings published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence journal. – Researchers trained the algorithm from data on 338 positive COVID-19 patients between the… Read More »AI Algorithms Can Predict Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms in ER
Explore state-level data on a variety of COVID-19 metrics, including the latest hotspots, cases and deaths by race and ethnicity and at long-term care facilities. Find up-to-date information on state policy actions on social distancing measures and reducing barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment.
With the US and other major countries poised to begin national distribution of multiple FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, the cybersecurity threats to secure COVID19 vaccine distribution is imminent. Earlier this month, IBM released a report on malicious cyber actors targeting the COVID-19 cold chain—an integral part… Read More »How Hackers Are Targeting COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Chain – Q/A
What You Should Know: – FDA grants Emergency Use Authorization for Ellume COVID-19 Home Test for non-prescription home use in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals – The first fully over-the-counter COVID-19 Home Test demonstrated 96% accuracy in a multi-site US clinical study of both adults and… Read More »FDA Authorizes First Fully Over the Counter COVID-19 Home Test
What You Should Know: – Abbott Receives CE Mark for its COVID-19 IgG Quantitative Antibody Blood Test that specifically detects levels of IgG antibodies that attach to the virus’ spike protein, which can be helpful to evaluate a person’s immune response to vaccines. – Abbott… Read More »Abbott Receives CE Mark for its COVID-19 IgG Quantitative Antibody Blood Test
A new chart collection looks at how internet access may affect health care in the U.S., as more providers turn to telemedicine during the pandemic. An estimated 25 million Americans – about 8% of the population – lack access to internet at home. Hispanic and… Read More »How Might Internet Connectivity Affect Health Care Access?
Drew Altman’s Axios column draws on data from the new KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to assess where the country stands on vaccine hesitancy.
KFF Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to Track the Public’s Confidence in the Vaccine and Experiences for the Duration of the Pandemic
Republicans and Black Americans are More Likely to Be Hesitant but Even Among These Groups Reasons Vary KFF has launched a new COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to dive deeply into the public’s views about the vaccine and experiences getting it for as long as the pandemic… Read More »KFF Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to Track the Public’s Confidence in the Vaccine and Experiences for the Duration of the Pandemic
This initial survey for the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor tracks the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations, with a focus on sub-groups of Americans. It explores confidence in vaccines, assesses trust in messengers, and highlights key challenges for vaccination efforts.
Emad Rizk, M.D., President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Cotiviti As 170 research teams race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, some that are in late-stage approvals have seen recent progress, but it is still not yet clear when a vaccine will become widely… Read More »Gleaning Insights for COVID-19: Why Claims and Clinical Data Matter
As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials recommend that people who are sick should stay home. Benefits such as sick leave and family leave can help employees follow these guidelines; however, the U.S. does… Read More »Coronavirus Puts a Spotlight on Paid Leave Policies
What You Should Know: – Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and equitable vaccine distribution, administration, and monitoring of vaccine delivery. – Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) has deployed over… Read More »Microsoft Deploys COVID-19 Vaccine Management Platform
This post reviews the latest information on state priorities for their initial COVID-19 vaccine allocations to assess which populations will get the vaccine first.
As the U.S. prepares for nationwide distribution of vaccines to combat COVID-19, some are asking whether people who get the first of two doses will return to complete the series in order to be fully immunized. This analysis draws on Medicare Part D prescription drug… Read More »Who Didn’t Get a Second Shingrix Shot? Implications for Multidose COVID-19 Vaccines
During the 47th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, the U.S. surpassed 15.6 million total cases as an independent Food and Drug Administration panel of outside advisers supported emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Anne Davis, Director of Quality Programs & Medicare Strategy at HMS A global health crisis has thrust us into a scenario in which lives quite literally depend on the ability to virtually connect. Telehealth has rapidly emerged as a vital tool, enabling continuity of care,… Read More »As Telehealth Surges, Are Seniors Being Left Behind?
This month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted a recommendation that health care workers and long-term care residents should be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it is authorized or approved by the FDA. A new KFF analysis estimates there… Read More »New National and State Estimates for Recommended COVID-19 Vaccination Priority Population
This analysis provides new national and state-level estimates of the number of health care workers and long-term care residents who are expected to be part of the group first in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to gain insight into how this initial priority population… Read More »Estimates of the Initial Priority Population for COVID-19 Vaccination by State
What You Should Know: – Digital health startup Kleva Health launches FDA authorized saliva at-home COVID-19 test kit and raises $1.5 million in seed funding. – Kleva Health’s At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Test Kit will be available for orders on its website, klevahealth.com, and will retail… Read More »Kleva Health Launches FDA Authorized Saliva At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit for $149
This brief outlines the potential health policy actions that President Biden could take using executive authority, based on campaign pledges, and actions that would reverse or modify regulations or guidance issued by the Trump Administration.
Dr. Pallabi Sanyal-Dey, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF & Director of Client Services at LeanTaaS Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, key elements of hospital operations such as managing inpatient bed capacity, and access to ventilators and PPE have taken center stage. The… Read More »COVID-19: How Hospitals Can Create Better Inpatient Bed Capacity through Math
These FAQs provide the latest guidance on testing and treatment related to COVID-19 for Medicare beneficiaries.
During the 46th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, there was an increase of over 1.25 million confirmed cases between Nov. 26 and December 3. Approximately 12,900 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total in the United States to 276,300.
Innovaccer Launches COVID-19 Command Center to Help Healthcare Organizations Manage Their COVID-19 Operations
What You Should Know: – Innovaccer launches COVID-19 Command Center to assist healthcare organizations in optimizing their COVID-19 operations. – The solution offers a unified information hub to manage COVID-19 resources and operations and empower teams with unprecedented visibility into their environment. Innovaccer, Inc.,… Read More »Innovaccer Launches COVID-19 Command Center to Help Healthcare Organizations Manage Their COVID-19 Operations
Claudia Williams, CEO of Manifest MedEx When doctors know their patients have been to the hospital, they can act fast to provide needed support. Widespread use of hospital event notifications is associated with all kinds of health benefits, including a 10 percent decrease in readmissions… Read More »5 Myth-Busting New Hospital ADT Notification Requirements
What You Should Know: – Northwell Health announced that its Northwell Direct unit, which works with large employers, will be offering Conversa HealthCheck to screen employees, customers, students, and visitors. – HealthCheck is a quick, chat-based electronic screening for symptoms and signs of exposure to… Read More »Northwell Health Offers COVID-19 Screening Chat for NY Schools and Employers
This brief provides an overview of barriers to vaccination that disproportionately affect people of color and discusses how current national recommendations and state vaccine allocation plans address racial equity.
A new KFF survey of obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) offers insight into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the provision of sexual and reproductive health care, including the growth of telehealth and the ongoing challenges and limitations of such medical visits. Key findings from the survey, which… Read More »How Did the Coronavirus Pandemic Affect Health Care Provided by OBGYNs?
From a nationally representative sample of 855 office-based U.S. OBGYNs, this brief shows how OBGYNs have adapted their provision of sexual and reproductive health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many OBGYNs have rapidly adopted telehealth, but not without challenges.
HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities
What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health was selected by HHS, as part of Operation Warp Speed, to pilot the administration of a limited supply of bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody therapy, with eligible COVID-19 patients at-risk of severe infection or complications resulting from the… Read More »HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities
In this Foreign Affairs article, Josh Michaud and Jen Kates lay out the challenges in vaccinating people in low-income countries around the world and review early plans to ensure safe and effective vaccines are made available and delivered to people across the globe.
This chart collection summarizes what is known so far about how health costs and utilization have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health spending is on track to be somewhat lower in 2020 than in 2019 – the first time that’s happened since the government started… Read More »How Have Health Care Utilization and Spending Changed So Far During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
New analysis from Drew Altman in his latest Axios column on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on national health spending.
This data note looks at state Medicaid managed care enrollment data through September 2020 to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis on Medicaid enrollment. Data collected for 30 states show Medicaid managed care enrollment increased to 11.3% from March 2020 through… Read More »Growth in Medicaid MCO Enrollment during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Rich Miller, Chief Strategy Officer of QGenda Healthcare leaders attempting to regain some of the revenue lost during the COVID-19 shutdowns now face a formidable challenge. The American Hospital Association estimates that U.S. hospitals and health systems lost $202.6 billion in just the four months… Read More »Your Room is Ready: How to Recapture Health System Revenue by Solving “The Motel Problem”
What You Should Know: – October was a challenging month for hospitals and health systems nationwide amid ongoing instability spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kaufman Hall’s latest Hospital Flash Report. – Margins and volumes fell, revenues flattened, and expenses rose as COVID metrics… Read More »Hospitals Hit with Low Volumes, High Expenses, Poor Margins as COVID-19 Cases Mount
David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs Each year, Adverse Drug Events (ADE) account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations in the US alone. Nearly 5 percent of hospitalized patients experience an ADE, making them one of the most common types of inpatient… Read More »NLP is Raising the Bar on Accurate Detection of Adverse Drug Events
Elizabeth Bierbower, Former President of Humana’s Group & Specialty Division Healthcare can achieve optimum efficiency when patients are at the center of care. When patients have the necessary information to navigate their care journey, they will choose the path to high-quality care at the lowest… Read More »COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts
Vasilios Nassiopoulos, VP of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Razor-thin operational margins coupled with substantial and ongoing losses related to COVID-19 are culminating in a perfect storm of bottom-line issues for U.S. hospitals and health systems. A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found that… Read More »Hospital Sustainability Demands that Revenue Integrity Move Front and Center
During the 44th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, there was an increase of almost 1 million confirmed cases between Nov. 13 and 19. Approximately 9,300 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total in the United States to 252,500.
With COVID-19 Cases Surging Again, States Are Taking Action, Though Current Efforts May Not Be Enough to Stop the Spread
More states are enacting measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus as COVID-19 cases surge across the country.
Dec. 3 Web Briefing: What Happens Once There is a COVID-19 Vaccine? Key Challenges to Vaccinating America
Encouraging reports about several COVID-19 vaccine candidates is raising hopes that there will soon be one or more vaccines proven safe and effective, starting a race to produce, distribute, and administer it to essential workers, people at high risk, and the public, including those who… Read More »Dec. 3 Web Briefing: What Happens Once There is a COVID-19 Vaccine? Key Challenges to Vaccinating America
What You Should Know: – FDA approves emergency use authorization (EUA) for Lucira Health’s all-in-one-test kit for COVID-19 self-testing at home. – The streamlined Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit, which fits in the palm of a hand, extracts genetic material from the virus and amplifies… Read More »FDA Authorizes First At-Home COVID-19 Test, Results in 30 Mins or Less
The brief provides an overview of how vaccines are reimbursed and covered across government programs and different types of health insurance in the United States. It coverage regulations specific to COVID-19 vaccine(s).
This brief summarizes the information contained in the all available draft COVID-19 vaccination plans submitted by states to the CDC, focusing in particular in critical areas such as identifying critical/priority populations, identifying and recruiting providers to administer vaccines, the completeness of state-level vaccine data collection… Read More »States Are Getting Ready to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines. What Do Their Plans Tell Us So Far?
Drew Altman analyzes the exit polls in his latest Axios column. While Biden voters see COVID-19 as a top priority, Trump supporters are still largely pandemic deniers, echoing the President.
What You Should Know: – White house coronavirus task force doubles down on rapid testing strategy to fight the coronavirus as some states say they don’t have the supplies to comply with the federal government’s advice. – This article was originally published by the Center for… Read More »White House Coronavrius Task Force Doubles Down on Rapid Testing Strategy
What You Should Know: – AstraZeneca and CCT announce a partnership to conduct COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in Arizona with 1,500 participants. CCT Research (CCT), a leader in community-based, embedded clinical research, today announced its partnership with AstraZeneca to advance COVID-19 research. Together with local healthcare providers, CCT will facilitate clinical trials for the AZD1222 COVID-19 VACCINE, an investigational vaccine for the… Read More »AstraZeneca, CCT Partner to Conduct COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials in Arizona
This data note analyzes federal Medicaid outlays in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both annual and month-to-month growth rates in federal Medicaid outlays increased during the second half of FFY 2020, reflecting the onset of the pandemic and enhanced… Read More »Federal Medicaid Outlays During the COVID-19 Pandemic
What You Should Know: – The American Medical Association (AMA) published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that includes new vaccine-specific codes to report immunizations for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). – The new Category I CPT codes and long descriptors for… Read More »AMA Unveils 2 Vaccine-Specific CPT Codes for Coronavirus Immunizations
Mount Sinai Develop Machine Learning Models to Predict Critical Illness and Mortality in COVID-19 Patients
What You Should Know: – Mount Sinai researchers have developed machine learning models that predict the likelihood of critical events and mortality in COVID-19 patients within clinically relevant time windows. – The new machine learning models were outlined in a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research—could aid clinical practitioners at Mount Sinai and across the world in the care and… Read More »Mount Sinai Develop Machine Learning Models to Predict Critical Illness and Mortality in COVID-19 Patients
KHN and Associated Press Investigation of Inadequate U.S. Public Health Infrastructure During the Pandemic Wins Top Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded KFF’s Kaiser Health News and The Associated Press one of its top journalism prizes for a joint investigation that revealed the diminished state of the U.S. public health infrastructure in the face of the… Read More »KHN and Associated Press Investigation of Inadequate U.S. Public Health Infrastructure During the Pandemic Wins Top Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Diku Mandavia, M.D., SVP, Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Sonosite Health authorities need to prioritize delivery and the repurposing of mobile point-of-care ultrasound machines which have proven to be reliable, affordable, and effective in saving the lives of coronavirus patients. Most Americans are familiar with… Read More »Mobile Point-of-Care Ultrasound Is Now A Frontline Warrior in Pandemic
New coronavirus cases in the United States have hit daily records multiple times in the past week and hospitalizations are rising in several areas of the country. Health care workers face some of the greatest risk of exposure to the coronavirus and a new KFF… Read More »New Brief Examines COVID-19 Risks and Impacts for Health Care Workers by Race and Ethnicity
This analysis provides insight into COVID-19 risks and impacts among health care workers and how they vary by race and ethnicity.
What You Should Know: – Cleveland Clinic develops the COVID-19 risk prediction model through Epic MyChart that is now available to health systems around the world. – Healthcare organizations can present the clinically validated model to patients in MyChart to assess their risk of having… Read More »Cleveland Clinic Develop COVID-19 Risk Prediction Model through Epic MyChart
During the 42nd week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 48 million mark and U.S. cases are over 9 million and nearly 235,000 deaths.
This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP preliminary enrollment data through July 2020, as states were still in the early stages of experiencing the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. After declines in enrollment from 2017 through 2019, preliminary… Read More »Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment
Ram Sathia, VP of Intelligent Automation at PK While most of the public’s attention is focused on the horse race for an approved COVID-19 vaccine, another major hurdle lies just around the corner: the distribution of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. In today’s highly… Read More »How RPA Can Help Get COVID-19 Vaccines to High-Risk Patients First
What You Should Know: – The FDA just extended its research collaboration agreement (RCA) with COTA, specifically looking at how COVID-19 is affecting cancer. – With this expanded agreement, COTA and the FDA will use real-world data to explore the impact of COVID-19 and the… Read More »FDA Extends RCA With COTA to Explore COVID’s Effect on Cancer
Wes Wright, CTO at Imprivata If you work in healthcare, chances are that the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to quickly scale up or move staff around to manage the onslaught of patients. The demand for clinicians and support staff grew alongside the spread of the… Read More »COVID-19 Underscores Need for Identity Governance Administration
Wide Variations in Flu Vaccination Rates Across States Highlight Challenges as State and Local Authorities Plan to Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine
When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, all or most people living in the country will need to get vaccinated in order to maximize its benefits and provide adequate immunity nationwide. That could present a daunting challenge for state and local health officials, as a new… Read More »Wide Variations in Flu Vaccination Rates Across States Highlight Challenges as State and Local Authorities Plan to Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine
This analysis of flu vaccination rates across states and across groups within each state highlights some of the challenges facing public health officials in ensuring most people receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available.
During the 41st week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 45 million mark and U.S. cases are at 9 million and 228,000 deaths.
What You Should Know: – Mammoth Biosciences signs agreements with MilliporeSigma and Hamilton company targeting commercialization of high-throughput CRISPR-based SARS CoV-2 Test. – These partnerships will help Mammoth bring a turnkey CRISPR-based sample-to-answer solution for commercial laboratories to enable a multi-fold increase in a testing… Read More »Mammoth Lands 2 Major Partnerships to Use CRISPR to Solve COVID19 Testing Shortage, At Scale
Source: Christian Heitz from Pexels So long as we could say, “Healthcare is a business,” we could continue to avoid the moral and ethical choices from which such statements shield us. But then COVID-19 came into the picture and the bottom dropped out of healthcare… Read More »COVID-19 Hastens America’s Reckoning with Rural Healthcare
What You Should Know: – CVS Health announced plans to expand COVID-19 testing services by offering rapid-result testing at select CVS Pharmacy locations and through the company’s return to work COVID-19 testing solution, Return Ready. – Rapid-result tests can help to slow the spread of… Read More »CVS Health Adds 1,000 COVID-19 Rapid-Result Testing at Retail Pharmacy Locations
The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken a Higher Toll on Nursing Homes with Relatively High Shares of Black or Hispanic Residents
Nursing homes with a relatively high share of Black or Hispanic residents are more likely to have had a resident die of COVID-19 than homes with lower shares of such residents, finds a new KFF analysis. Nationwide, 63 percent of nursing homes with a relatively… Read More »The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken a Higher Toll on Nursing Homes with Relatively High Shares of Black or Hispanic Residents
This data note presents national data that shows that nursing homes with a high share of Black or Hispanic residents were more likely to have at least one coronavirus case, at least one COVID-19 death, and (among facilities with cases) more severe case outbreaks than… Read More »Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Nursing Homes
What You Should Know: – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Wikimedia Foundation forms collaboration to expand public access to reliable, trusted information about COVID-19. – The collaboration is part of a shared commitment from both organizations to ensure everyone has access to critical… Read More »WHO, Wikipedia Expands Public Access to Trusted Info About COVID-19
During the 40th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 41 million mark and U.S. cases are over 8 million and 223,000 deaths.
Eric Tran, Tulane School of Medicine Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital The COVID-19 virus is ravaging the planet at a scale not seen since the infamous Spanish Flu of the early 1900s, inflicting immense devastation as the U.S. loses more than 200,000 lives and counting.… Read More »Rural Hospital Execs Can Beat COVID-19 By Shifting From Reactive to Proactive Care
This data note examines the status of U.S. global COVID-19 country, regional, and worldwide funding to assess how much has been committed to date and where it has been directed.
This tracker provides a listing of global health-related legislation introduced in the current Congress.
Analysis: COVID-19 Ranks as a Top 3 Leading Cause of Death in the U.S., Higher than in Almost All Other Peer Countries
A new KFF analysis examines leading causes of death and mortality rates in the United States and comparable countries. The U.S. has a higher COVID-19 mortality rate than many of its peer countries, with COVID-19 ranking as the nation’s third-leading cause of death in 2020,… Read More »Analysis: COVID-19 Ranks as a Top 3 Leading Cause of Death in the U.S., Higher than in Almost All Other Peer Countries
A new KFF brief looks at where COVID-19 falls as a leading cause of death in the U.S. compared to similarly large and wealthy countries. The analysis finds that COVID-19 mortality rates are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., a ranking shared… Read More »The Pandemic’s Effect on the Widening Gap in Mortality Rate between the U.S. and Peer Countries
As the 2020 Election Day approaches, many candidates continue to focus on health care issues, including on the public health and economic response to COVID-19, the future of the Affordable Care Act, health care costs and abortion. To help reporters understand and cover these issues,… Read More »Health Policy Resources for Covering the 2020 Elections
In an Axios column, Drew Altman discusses how this election year health isn’t a single issue — but several — and Joe Biden has the edge over President Trump on all of them, even as opposition to the ACA remains popular with Trump’s base.
This brief examines key policy challenges and issues related to distributing a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., including funding, supply and logistics, federal, state, and local authorities, insurance coverage, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, and communication and trust.
What You Should Know: – Nearly three-quarters of hospital leaders are either moderately (52%) or extremely (22%) concerned about the financial viability of their organizations without an effective treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, according to a new report from Kaufman Hall entitled, “2020 State of… Read More »Impact of COVID-19: 2020 State of Healthcare Performance Improvement Report
This brief analyzes hospital admission data to show how the number of admissions changed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A look at preliminary marketplace rate filings reveals many premium changes for 2021 are moderate thus far, with increases or decreases of a few percentage points. However, most insurers have not yet incorporated the rate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in their rate changes for… Read More »2021 Premium Changes on ACA Exchanges and the Impact of COVID-19 on Rates
Total confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassed 7.9 million this week. There was an approximate increase of 373,800 confirmed cases between October 9 and October 15. Approximately 4,900 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total in the United States to approximately 217,700.
What You Should Know: – 65% of patients say they will wait to receive the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine even if it becomes available before the end, according to a new Medisafe survey. – Consumers cited greater trust in Dr. Anthony Fauci and established protocols as… Read More »Consumers Cite Trump as Leading Driver of COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism
What You Should Know: – Imprivata launches a new palm vein scanner solution: Imprivata PatientSecure to power touchless biometric patient identification for healthcare. – The next generation palm scanner, developed in collaboration with Keyo, will help healthcare organizations solve the challenge of patient ID amidst… Read More »Imprivata Launches Touchless Palm Vein Scanner to Address Patient Safety Concerns from COVID-19
This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP preliminary enrollment data through June 2020, as states were still in the early stages of experiencing the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. After declines in enrollment from 2017 through 2019, preliminary… Read More »Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment
What You Should Know: – AI-driven virtual care company, GYANT, has announced its first-to-market COVID-19 vaccine care navigation tool to help health systems anticipate novel patient needs. – GYANT Vaccine deploys as a white-labeled virtual assistant on provider websites, mobile apps, and patient portals, managing… Read More »GYANT Develops First-to-Market COVID-19 Vaccine Care Navigation Tool
Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving… Read More »Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously