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
During the 38th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 36 million mark and United States has surpassed 7 million cases and 212,000 deaths.
This brief provides an overview and status update of the Medicare accelerated and advance payment program, which provided $100 billion in loans to Medicare providers in the spring of 2020 to compensate for revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic. The brief describes who got… Read More »Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments for COVID-19 Revenue Loss: More Time to Repay
Average Family Premiums Rose 4% to $21,342 in 2020, Benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefit Survey Finds
San Francisco – Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 4% to average $21,342 this year, according to the 2020 benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey. On average, workers this year are contributing $5,588 toward the cost of family coverage, with employers paying the… Read More »Average Family Premiums Rose 4% to $21,342 in 2020, Benchmark KFF Employer Health Benefit Survey Finds
This side-by-side comparison examines President Trump’s record and former Vice President Biden’s positions across a wide range of key health issues, including the response to the pandemic, the Affordable Care Act marketplace, Medicaid, Medicare, drug prices, reproductive health, mental health and opioids, immigration and health… Read More »Health Care and the 2020 Presidential Election
Roland Therriault, President, InSync Healthcare Solutions Since COVID-19 emerged as a major health threat, virtual care has taken off. As many as 46% of patients reported in late April that they had used telehealth to replace a canceled healthcare visit in 2020, while 48% of… Read More »Getting Beyond the Telehealth ‘Stop-Gap’ Mentality
What You Should Know: – NVIDIA and Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital researchers develop an AI model that determines whether a person showing up in the emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms will need supplemental oxygen hours or even days after an initial exam. – The ultimate… Read More »NVIDIA Develops AI Model to Accurately Predict Oxygen Needs for COVID-19 Patients
During the 37th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 34 million mark and United States’ cases are over 7 million and surpassed 207,000 deaths.
Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a medical crisis. Since the highly contagious disease hit American shores in early 2020, the virus has dramatically changed all sectors of society, negatively impacting everything from food supply chains and sporting events to the… Read More »Accounting for the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
What You Should Know: – physIQ has been selected by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop an innovative AI-based COVID-19 digital biomarker solution to address the COVID-19 pandemic. – Early detection of COVID-19 decompensation in patients is complicated by infrequent and non-specific clinical… Read More »NIH Taps PhysIQ to Develop AI-Based COVID-19 Digital Biomarker
Renee Yao, Global Healthcare AI Startups Lead at NVIDIA COVID-19 has put a tremendous burden on hospitals, and the clinicians, nurses, and medical staff who make them run. Many hospitals have suffered financially as they did not anticipate the severity of the disease. The extended… Read More »4 Areas Driving AI Adoption in Hospital Operations and Patient Safety
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, states have taken a number of Medicaid policy actions to address the impact on seniors and people with disabilities, many of whom rely on long-term services and supports (LTSS) to meet daily needs and are at increased risk of adverse… Read More »State Actions to Sustain Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports During COVID-19
This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP preliminary enrollment data through May 2020, as states were still in the early stages of experiencing the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Data show that after declines in enrollment from December… Read More »Analysis of Recent National Trends in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment
This brief examines where the candidates stand on four key aspects of the nation’s mental health and substance abuse challenges: the opioid epidemic, suicide rates, mental health parity, and mental health workforce. On each issue, the brief summarizes the policy positions of President Trump and… Read More »COVID-19, Mental Health, and the 2020 Election: A Review of Candidate Platforms
What You Should Know: – KPMG offers its data & analytics capabilities to address emerging challenges tied to matching recovered patients with those in clinical trials to receive convalescent plasma. – KPMG’s capabilities can make the plasma donation process easier and more efficient by automating the… Read More »KPMG Launches COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Donor Matching Solution
This brief examines the implications of coronavirus-related social distancing practices and the current financial crisis on mental health, including challenges to accessing mental health or substance use services.
What You Should Know: – Castor raises $12M in Series A funding to further their support for COVID-19 research through clinical trial and data automation. – With 4,000 live studies and 2,000,000 enrolled patients across 90 countries, Castor will use the funding to further invest… Read More »Castor Raises $12M to Advance COVID-19 Research Through Clinical Trial and Data Automation
This brief analyzes key characteristics of noncitizen immigrants to examine the health and economic risks they face amid the pandemic.
A KFF review of a wide range of studies finds a consistent pattern that people of color are bearing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, and that they may face increased barriers to access testing. These disparities, brought to the fore in… Read More »A Review of Multiple Analyses Documents Persistent Racial Disparities in COVID-19
This brief summarizes key findings from data and analyses examining COVID-19 related cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and testing by race and ethnicity as of early August 2020 to provide increased insight into racial and ethnic disparities.
As the country struggles to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic and prepares for the 2020 election, this analysis finds that, while voters are increasingly negative in their evaluations of President Trump’s handling of the pandemic, he continues to garner strong support among Republican… Read More »Voters Are Souring on President Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus, with Implications for November
During the 30th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States worldwide cases surpassed the 20 million mark and United States’ cases surpassed 5 million with over 167,000 deaths.
What You Should Know: – Philips today announced the launch of its Rapid Equipment Deployment Kits, which provide doctors with critical care patient monitoring solutions they can quickly implement in the ICU. The Rapid Equipment Deployment Kits use advanced patient monitoring technology to enable care teams… Read More »To Combat COVID-19, Philips Launches Rapid Equipment Deployment Kits
What You Should Know: The FDA and Syapse announce research collaboration expansion to address urgent public health challenges including supporting FDA’s goal of rapid understanding of COVID-19. As part of the research, Syapse is partnering with FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence to investigate methods to… Read More »FDA, Syapse Expand Research to Generate Real-World Data Related to COVID-19 and Cancer
New Interactive Database by KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Guardian US Reveals More Than 900 Health Care Workers Have Died in the Fight Against COVID-19 in the U.S.
A new interactive database from KFF’s Kaiser Health News (KHN) and Guardian US reveals that many of the more than 900 U.S. health care workers who have died in the fight against COVID-19 worked in facilities with shortages of protective equipment such as gowns, masks, gloves and… Read More »New Interactive Database by KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Guardian US Reveals More Than 900 Health Care Workers Have Died in the Fight Against COVID-19 in the U.S.
What You Should Know: – Salesforce and CVS Health announced a strategic relationship to help organizations, including employers and universities, return critical populations to the workplace or campus. With this new joint offering, which combines Salesforce Work.com capabilities with CVS Health’s Return Ready, worksite and campus locations will be able to provide complementary services… Read More »Salesforce, CVS Health Integrates COVID-19 Return to Work and Campus Solutions
This data note presents an interactive map that tracks which states have made declarations defining abortions as non-essential or elective health procedures and effectively blocking the provision of abortion services during the outbreak.
Art Papier, MD, CEO and Co-Founder at VisualDx We are facing a global healthcare crisis unlike any in our recent history. Within the span of a few short weeks, we saw our lives and practices drastically change. COVID-19 has fundamentally altered how medical care is… Read More »Improving the Patient Experience by Optimizing Telehealth Through COVID-19 and Beyond
Art Papier, MD, CEO and Co-Founder at VisualDx We are facing a global healthcare crisis unlike any in our recent history. Within the span of a few short weeks, we saw our lives and practices drastically change. COVID-19 has fundamentally altered how medical care is… Read More »Improving the Patient Experience by Optimizing Telehealth Through COVID-19 and Beyond
During the 29th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States it remains among the world’s leaders in daily new case reports as the country’s total cases approaches 5 million with over 160,000 deaths.
This brief provides an overview and status update of the Medicare accelerated and advance payment program, which provided $100 billion in loans to Medicare providers in the spring of 2020 to compensate for revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic. The brief describes who got… Read More »Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments for COVID-19 Revenue Loss: Time to Repay?
Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation In the late 1940s, the United Kingdom was busily reassembling country and what remained of the empire in the aftermath of World War II. Among many revelations, the war had convinced Britain’s leaders of the need… Read More »COVID-19 Underscores Why Certain Aspects of the American Healthcare System Should Change Forever
What You Should Know: – TransUnion, in partnership with CLX Health, a joint venture from UST Global and SiriusIQ, announced the launch of HealthyAmerica, a technology solution that will give individuals the power to securely share their COVID-19 testing results while maintaining their individual privacy – helping… Read More »New Tech Solution Lets People Securely Share COVID-19 Testing Results
What You Should Know: – Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering a new class of messenger RNA (mRNA) medicines, has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider, as well as its standard for analytics and machine learning workloads. – By building and scaling its… Read More »Moderna Leverages AWS Cloud Platform to Develop New Class of Vaccines and Therapeutics
This post examines the effects of coronavirus on parents of children in school, including parents’ worries about their children returning or not returning to school in-person, as well as how they’re coping with personal worry and stress related to the pandemic.
A new issue brief examines the role of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) during the coronavirus pandemic, and public health emergencies more broadly. The analysis finds that the VHA has provided assistance to 46 states and D.C., including treating over 270 non-veteran patients with coronavirus.
During the 28th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States we also entered the final 100 days of a presidential election campaign that’s increasingly influenced by this pandemic.
What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with CareSignal to address healthcare’s urgent need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: to create and maintain solid, clinically actionable relationships with patients in a new set of predominantly virtual care. – CareSignal offers evidence-based end-to-end support services… Read More »Innovaccer, CareSignal Partner to Enable Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change healthcare operations in the world, foundational systems are being adapted to meet these new demands. Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to see the cracks in a system. COVID-19 has exposed areas with more room for improvement in the… Read More »How Times of Crisis Spur Needed Change in Healthcare Delivery
What You Should Know: – Today, Talis Biomedical Corporation announced it has been awarded a $25M contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of Phase 2 of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative as well as another $100 million in additional… Read More »Talis Awarded $25M NIH Contract for Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing
Oliver Schacht, PhD, CEO of OpGen Secondary bacterial or fungal co-infections in COVID-19 patients have received inadequate attention from the public. For most, co-infections pose little to no risk according to reports that an estimated 8% of patients are found to experience this during hospital admission – a… Read More »Super-Spreading of COVID-19 Co-Infections Reveals a Deadly Diagnostics Gap
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to renewed interest among policymakers, the media, residents, and their families in nursing home regulation and oversight, as residents and staff are at increased risk of infection due to the highly transmissible nature of the coronavirus, the congregate nature of… Read More »Key Questions About Nursing Home Regulation and Oversight in the Wake of COVID-19
In this Axios column, Drew Altman looks at how the heroic performance of the nation’s doctors on the frontlines of coronavirus care and effective communication by many physician scientists on television, is shifting the public’s views, with twice as many Americans now saying doctors put… Read More »Drew Altman: The Pandemic is Boosting the Public’s View of Doctors
This brief survey examines how the public views the motivations of doctors, nurses, insurance companies, and drug companies when it comes to making profits vs. working for the public good. It updates a question asked in 2005 to measure how views have changed over time.
Telehealth has quickly transformed the healthcare industry. Rather than scheduling an appointment, waiting up to a few weeks, and going to a doctor’s office or another healthcare facility, we can now access many types of care from the convenience of our smartphones. However, telehealth has… Read More »Telehealth and COVID-19: Overcoming New Challenges for Providers and Payers
This data note quantifies the availability of providers capable of providing critical care in each state relative to state-level population. It finds that the number of intensivist physicians is substantially smaller than that of “second-line” providers that sometimes provide critical care, such as hospitalists, pulmonologists,… Read More »The Critical Care Workforce and COVID-19: A State-by-State Analysis
Scott Heather, Vice President of Professional Services US, Bits In Glass COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on all of us, and it’s likely that many aspects of our daily lives will never return to “normal.” In the same way that we scoff at the… Read More »How COVID-19 is Driving Changes in Hospital Safety Through Technology
With schools nationwide preparing for fall and the federal government encouraging in-person classes, key concerns for school officials, teachers and parents include the risks that coronavirus poses to children and their role in transmission of the disease. A new KFF brief examines the latest available data… Read More »Brief Examines What’s Known About Children and Coronavirus Transmission as Schools Prepare for Fall
As schools prepare for Fall, this brief examines what’s known about children and COVID-19, including the risk the virus poses to children and the risk of children becoming infected and transmitting to others, and the experiences of other countries that reopened classrooms.
Kim Babberl, Product Consulting Group Director at MedeAnalytics COVID-19 models are being used every day to predict the course and short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic. And we’ll be using these COVID-19 models for months to come. While many of us in healthcare are… Read More »Avoid COVID-19 Modeling Pitfalls by Eliminating Bias, Using Good Data
This data note looks at national and state-by-state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data through April 2020, as states were beginning to experience the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
At almost 27 weeks since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, we have reached 4 million cumulative cases — only 15 days since crossing 3 million. While cases are climbing at increasing rates and the economy continues to suffer, the debate around… Read More »This Week in Coronavirus: July 17 to July 23
A new KFF analysis finds that 80 percent of people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. to date were age 65 or older, though the share varies considerably by state — from a high of 94 percent in Idaho to a low of… Read More »8 in 10 People Who Have Died of COVID-19 Were Age 65 or Older – But the Share Varies By State
This analysis examines the extent of state-level variation in the share of COVID-19 deaths accounted for by older adults, using data from the CDC as of July 22, 2020, for the week ending July 11, 2020.
Over 50% of US broadband households are willing to share smartphone data to aid in COVID-19 contact tracing, while another 20% could be convinced provided privacy protections are in place, according to Parks Associates’ new research, COVID-19: Impact on Telehealth Use and Perspectives. The research… Read More »52% of Households Willing to Share Smartphone Data to aid in COVID-19 Contact Tracing
What You Should Know: – The Middle East’s largest hospital, Sheba Medical Center in Israel, just launched a breakthrough rapid COVID-19 detection test pilot program that enhances virus detection spectral technology and adapts it into rapid coronavirus testing. – The innovative process uses an artificial… Read More »Israeli Hospital Launches Rapid COVID-19 Detection Tests Pilot Program
By Nearly a 2-1 Margin, Parents Prefer to Wait to Open Schools to Minimize COVID Risk, with Parents of Color Especially Worried Either Way
Most Say Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better, and Just Over Half Now Say Their Mental Health is Worse Because of Coronavirus Worry and Stress As state and local officials prepare for the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents with children… Read More »By Nearly a 2-1 Margin, Parents Prefer to Wait to Open Schools to Minimize COVID Risk, with Parents of Color Especially Worried Either Way
This poll examines the public’s views on reopening society during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as parents’ worries when it comes to their children returning or not returning to school, the mental health and economic effects, and priorities for possible congressional action.
Healthcare IT consultants’ work involving health records may expose them – and their provider and payer clients – to regulatory, legal, financial, and reputational risk. These risks are potentially higher in the COVID-19 era, with many of their employees working from home and accessing sensitive… Read More »Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the COVID-19 Era
Temporary Enhanced Federal Medicaid Funding Can Soften the Economic Blow of the COVID-19 Pandemic on States, but is Unlikely to Fully Offset State Revenue Declines or Forestall Budget Shortfalls
The temporary boost in federal Medicaid funding enacted as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will soften the economic blow of COVID-19 on states, but is unlikely to fully offset state revenue declines or forestall budget shortfalls stemming from the pandemic, finds… Read More »Temporary Enhanced Federal Medicaid Funding Can Soften the Economic Blow of the COVID-19 Pandemic on States, but is Unlikely to Fully Offset State Revenue Declines or Forestall Budget Shortfalls
This brief examines how much fiscal relief states can expect from the increase in the Medicaid FMAP under FFCRA under different assumptions about the duration of the relief, how the FMAP increase provides broad fiscal relief to states and the factors that affect how much… Read More »How Much Fiscal Relief Can States Expect From the Temporary Increase in the Medicaid FMAP?
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 »An Early Look at 2021 Premium Changes on ACA Exchanges and the Impact of COVID-19 on Rates
In his Axios column, Drew Altman discusses new data on the surge of new infections in long-term care facilities in COVID-19 hotspots. The dominant narrative about the Sunbelt surge in new cases is that the infected population is younger, but he says that’s not the… Read More »Hotspot States See More COVID Cases in Nursing Homes
LTC cases in hotspot states are increasing at 4x the rate as LTC cases in non-hotspot states. Media has largely focused on the share of cases attributed to a younger population. However, increased cases in long-term care facilities are cause for concern, given that nearly… Read More »Rising Cases in Long-term Care Facilities Are Cause for Concern
HHS is reimbursing providers for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients, but these reimbursements are subject to available funding and do not take the place of comprehensive insurance. This brief provides an overview of this initiative and discusses its limitations.
This data note looks at state Medicaid managed care enrollment data from March 2019 and March 2020 as well as managed care enrollment data obtained from state websites for April and May 2020, to help begin to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and… Read More »Data Note: Growth in Medicaid MCO Enrollment during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Eric Stone, Co-Founder & CEO at Velano Vascular Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare industry in the United States was in the midst of an intense refocusing on patient-centered care. This evolution was defined by a number of innovations, policies, and even federal reimbursement… Read More »COVID-19 Infects Patient & Practitioner Demands, Unsettling the Future of Hospital Operations
More Than 3 Million People Age 65 or Older Live with School-Age Children, and Could Be at Heightened Risk of COVID-19 Infection if Children Bring the Virus Home from School
About 3.3 million adults age 65 or older live in a household with school-age children, a factor that state and local officials may want to take into account when deciding when and how fully to re-open schools this fall, a new KFF analysis finds. These… Read More »More Than 3 Million People Age 65 or Older Live with School-Age Children, and Could Be at Heightened Risk of COVID-19 Infection if Children Bring the Virus Home from School
About 3.3 million adults age 65 or older live in a household with school-age children, a factor that state and local officials may want to take into account when deciding when and how fully to re-open schools this fall, a new KFF analysis finds. These… Read More »Millions of Seniors Live In Households with School-Age Children
This analysis examines list prices for COVID-19 testing at the largest hospitals in every state and finds they range widely from $20 to $850. Federal law now requires private insurers to cover COVID-19 tests at no cost to the patient and provides funding for people… Read More »COVID-19 Test Prices and Payment Policy
What You Should Know: – Nationwide, the seven-day moving average for COVID-19 cases is up 148% from June 7th to July 7th. In many states across the country, the “curve” never flattened. Since June there hasn’t been a flattening effect, but rather a significant spike… Read More »7 Day Moving Average for COVID-19 Cases Is Up 148% Nationwide
This brief discusses how drugs provided in inpatient hospital settings are covered and reimbursed for beneficiaries in traditional Medicare under current law. This is relevant for Medicare spending on COVID-19 patients who receive Gilead’s new antiviral drug remdesivir. We discuss the implications for hospitals and… Read More »How Could the Price of Remdesivir Impact Medicare Spending for COVID-19 Patients?
Every state and Washington D.C. have eased or lifted at least one social distancing requirement — including 32 states that have eased or lifted stay-at-home orders. From May 21 to May 28, restaurants reopened to dine-in service in 4 more states, and 4 more states… Read More »State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
As the nation continues to struggle to contain the spread of coronavirus, there is considerable debate about when and how to reopen schools. This analysis finds that one in four teachers (24%, or about 1.47 million people), have a condition that puts them at higher… Read More »How Many Teachers Are at Risk of Serious Illness If Infected with Coronavirus?
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is expanding rapidly. On Wednesday, July 8, the United States surpassed another grim milestone when the day ended with more than 3 million confirmed cases. While the locations of outbreaks continue to move across the country, surging… Read More »This Week in Coronavirus: July 2 to July 9
What You Should Know: – The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted the patient care paradigm, and the ripple effects have altered patient behaviors and expectations, requiring a significant change in how life sciences companies engage with and support patients – Accenture surveyed 2700 patients about… Read More »COVID-19 Has Permanently Shifted Patient Behavior Towards Virtual Care
What You Should Know: – Repurpose.AI, has partnered with Scripps Research to discover drug candidates that may be repurposed to treat COVID-19. – The partnership will leverage Repurpose.AI’s ActivPred AI Drug Discovery Platform, an unbiased drug, target, and disease agnostic digital chemistry engine, to discover… Read More »Scripps Research, Repurpose.AI Partner to Develop COVID-19 Therapeutics
As the COVID-19 Pandemic Shifts to the South and West, the Disparate Impact on Communities of Color Will Follow
The geographic shift of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks to states in the South and West is expected to intensify the well-documented disparities in the health and economic impacts of the pandemic on people of color — especially Hispanics, according to a new KFF analysis. Twenty-three… Read More »As the COVID-19 Pandemic Shifts to the South and West, the Disparate Impact on Communities of Color Will Follow
Growing COVID-19 Hotspots in the U.S. South and West will Likely Widen Disparities for People of Color
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is expanding rapidly, particularly in many states in the South and West. The shifting surge in outbreaks to the South and West will likely exacerbate the disparate effects of COVID-19 for people of color.
This tracker provides the number of cases and deaths from novel coronavirus by country, the trend in case and death counts by country, and a global map of showing which countries have cases and deaths. There have been over 7.2 million confirmed cases and 411,000… Read More »COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker – Updated as of July 10
Coronavirus is a deadly virus with a high transmission rate. It has become so widespread that it has now disrupted the economies of every country on the planet. Since it is a novel virus, there are still tons about it that we do not know. … Read More »Dealing with Medical Malpractice as a Doctor Amid a Pandemic
In response to COVID-19, all 50 states + DC are using emergency waivers and other authorities to make changes to their Medicaid programs. Check out details of these Medicaid emergency authorities on our tracker.
KFF’s Kaiser Health News (KHN), AP Investigate the State of the Nation’s Public Health Infrastructure as It Confronts the Challenge of the COVID-19 Pandemic
A new investigation from KHN and The Associated Press examines the troubling state of the public health infrastructure the nation is relying on to navigate the health and economic threats presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.