Come Together – A Health Policy Prescription from the Bipartisan Policy Center

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Among all Americans, the most popular approach for improving the health care in the U.S. It would be to improve the current health care system, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s research reported in a Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care. With the goal of “fixing the current system,” BPC’s recommendations focus on: Lowering consumer health care costs. Addressing employer-sponsored health insurance.

AHIP's Eyles: Health policy priorities for insurers to watch in 2021

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The Dems just flipped the Senate. Here are 3 health policies Biden could now get passed—and one he won't

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Here are 3 health policies Biden could now get passed—and one he won't. The Dems just flipped the Senate. rking. Wed, 01/06/2021 - 16:37

Lyft wants to solidify its place in healthcare. Meet its new health policy guru

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Meet its new health policy guru. Lyft wants to solidify its place in healthcare. pminemyer. Fri, 08/21/2020 - 14:12

Women’s Health Policy Advice for the Next Occupant of the White House: Deal With Mental Health, the Pandemic, and Health Care Costs

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A new study from Tia, the women’s health services platform, looks deeply into COVID-19’s negative impacts on working-age women and how they would advise the next occupant of the White House on health policy in Dear Future President — What Women Want for Healthcare in America.

Executive Spotlight—Don Berwick on how federal health policy is 'backpedaling'

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Don Berwick, former CMS administrator and co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, sat down with FierceHealthcare to discuss the current health policy landscape

Masks Work. A Picture From Kansas That Tells A Story in Two Words.

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The rationale: That was two days before Independence Day, the holiday weekend when she and state public health officials anticipated health citizens would abandon their personal efforts to physically distance and cover faces to avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

In the Past Ten Years, Workers’ Health Insurance Premiums Have Grown Much Faster Than Wages

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who benefits from health insurance at the workplace, the annual family premium will average $21,342 this year, according to the 2020 Employer Health Benefits Survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Most workers faced a deductible in their health plan. For a worker in the U.S.

The She-Cession – a Financially Toxic Side-Effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Along with the life-threatening impact of the coronavirus on physical health, and the accompanying mental health distress activated by self-distancing comes a third unintended consequence with the pandemic: a hard hit on women’s personal economies.

The Biden Administration’s Whole-of-Government Approach to Equity – in Health and Beyond

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the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed disparities in housing, food, and job security, and the role that one’s ZIP code and social determinants play in health outcomes. “Ensuring the health and safety of workers is a national priority and a moral imperative. In the U.S.,

Financial Health Is On Americans’ Minds Just Weeks Before the 2020 Elections

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Financial health is part of peoples’ overall health. Nearly 8 million workers losing jobs also losing their employer-sponsored health insurance, discussed in this research from The Commonwealth Fund. Health Populi’s Hot Points: The patient in the U.S.

Our Home Is Our Health Hub: CTA and CHI Align to Address Digital and Health Equity

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This week, two organizations mission-driven by these “C” words aligned to bolster digital health care transformation for all people — not just those of us advantaged by a bountiful local, accessible portfolio of social determinants of health (SDoH).

The Digital Consumer, Increasingly Connected to Health Devices; Parks Associates Kicking Off #CES2021

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But the coronavirus era also saw broadband households spending more on connecting health devices, with 42% of U.S. consumers owning digital health tech compared with 33% in 2015, according to research discussed in Supporting Today’s Connected Consumer from Parks Associates.

Stress in America, Like COVID-19, Impacts All Americans

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“We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come,” APA introduces their latest read into stressed-out America. Voting, too, is part of being a solid health citizen. .

Rebuilding Resilience, Trust, and Health – Deloitte’s Latest on Health Care and Sustainability

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The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated health care providers’ and plans’ investment in digital technologies while reducing capital spending on new physical assets, we learn in Building resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

Redefining PPE As Primary Care, Public Health, and Health Equity – The Community PPE Index

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” Perhaps Definition 3 in the OED could be updated by a blog published online in the September 25, 2020, issue of Health Affairs, A New “PPE” For A Thriving Community: Public Health, Primary Care, Health Equity. For more on this issue, see Health Populi here ].

Two in Three Americans Cite the U.S. Presidential Election is a Significant Source of Stress, Even More than the 2016 Race

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adults told APA that the presidential election this year is a significant source of stress, compared with 52% of people citing political stress during the 2016 election which I covered here in Health Populi.

“The virus is the boss” — U.S. lives and livelihoods at the beginning of 2021

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As Uwe Reinhardt, health economist guru , is whispering in my ear from his heavenly perch, “It’s the virus, stupid.” There are some important differences between men and women regarding health and wealth in 2021.

Health Citizenship in the America. If Not Now, When?

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On March 11 th , the World Health Organization called the growing prevalence of the coronavirus a “pandemic.”. My new book, Health Citizenship: How a virus opened hearts and minds , launched this week. This is the call for Health Citizenship for people in America.

Behavioral Health Side-Effects in the COVID Era

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“This surge of people experiencing acute behavioral health problems…has the potential to further impact the healthcare system for years to come,” a report from McKinsey expects looking at the hidden costs of COVID-19’s impact on U.S. health care.

Our Homes Are Health Delivery Platforms – The New Home Health/Care at CES 2021

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But for those of us working with and innovating solutions for health and health care, #CES2021 was baked with health goodness , in and beyond “digital health” categories. Heart health at home. The increasingly smart bathroom for health.

From Medicaid to price transparency, here are the 5 biggest health policy controversies in 2019

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Washington provided a lot of drama for the payer and provider industries in 2019 with unexpected transparency requirements, payment cuts and major uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act

My ABCovid-19 Journal – Day 3 of 5, Letters “K” through “O”

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This week, I’m sharing all the letters of the alphabet with you which reminded me keywords and themes emerging as we were learning about this dastardly public health threat beginning early in 2020.

Will We See A Field of Dreams for the COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S.?

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health citizens contemplating taking a COVID-19 vaccine. health citizens would be more likely to wear a mask and practice social distancing if they knew someone who had dealt with COVID-19 themselves. Rebuilding trust is key for engaging patients in health care.

Americans’ Sense of Well-Being Falls to Great Recession Levels, Gallup Finds

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Health Populi’s Hot Points: To further inform insights from the Gallup poll, I looked at a study From GfK on Navigating COVID-19, exploring changing consumers. “This time is different,” GfK observes, arraying impacts of security, resources, the economy, health, and other items yet to be seen. The Great Recession was a direct hit on national and personal economics; health was an indirect impact.

Data Well-Being: A Pillar of Health Citizenship for US Consumers

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consumers believe they have an obligation to share personal health information to stop the spread of the coronavirus. adults 18 and over in mid-June 2020 to gauge peoples’ perspectives on health data and privacy. In the COVID-19 era, most U.S.

Black Health Should Matter More in America: The Undefeated Survey on Race and Health

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More than four times as many Black women believe that it’s a bad time to be Black in America in 2020 versus 2011, we learn from The Undefeated Survey on Race and Health from Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The Health Affairs study analyzed the Child Opportunity Index 2.0

My ABCovid-19 Journal – Day 4 of 5, Letters “P” through “T”

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While I’m on holiday this week, restoring and re-setting, I’ve been sharing pages from my ABCovid-19 Journal with readers of Health Populi. This would lead to an epidemic inside the pandemic: the erosion of our mental health.

The Emergence of Health Citizens – Part of Liberating Health, on the Medecision Blog

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” at an early Health 2.0 Medecision published my blog about health citizenship this week on the company’s Liberate.Health site. The emergence of health citizens in the U.S.

The 3 A’s That Millennials Want From Healthcare: Affordability, Accessibility, Availability

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With lower expectations of and satisfaction with health care, Millennials in America seek three things: available, accessible, and affordable services, research from the Transamerica Center for Health Studies has found. Far and away the top reason for not obtaining health insurance in 2018 was that it was simply too expensive, cited by 60% of Millennials. This generation has greater engagement with employers that offer health benefits.

The Pace of Tech-Adoption Grows Among Older Americans, AARP Finds – But Privacy Concerns May Limit Adoption

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About four in 10 people 50+ are interested in “purchasing” (the word used in the AARP survey) several digital health innovations: Communicating with a health care provider that you’ve taken a medication as prescribed. Communicating other information, like blood pressure, weight, or heart health) to a health care provider. While older people who own a wearable would be more willing to share their health data on social media, only 12% of them would be likely to do so.

Return-To-School Is Stressing Out U.S. Parents Across Income, Race and Political Party

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The Kaiser Family Foundation’s July 2020 Health Tracking Poll focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic, return-to-school, and the governments’ response. The coronavirus has given us the opportunity to address and embrace the key pillars of health citizenship in rebuilding U.S.

The Burden of Depression in the Pandemic – Greater Among People With Fewer Resources

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America’s health system should be prepared to deal with a “probable increase” in mental illness after the pandemic, researchers recommend in Prevalence of Depression Symptoms in US Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in JAMA Network Open. In the U.S.,

Health Consumers Value Sharing and Downloading Health Data, But Privacy Concerns Remain

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are growing their health IT muscles and literacy, accelerated in the coronavirus pandemic. adults 18 and over to determine peoples’ perspectives on personal health information in light of their pandemic era experiences. People in the U.S.

50 Days Before the U.S. Elections, Voters Say Health Care Costs and Access Top Their Health Concerns — More than COVID-19

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health care in terms of exposure to COVID-19 and subsequent outcomes, with access to medical care and mortality rates negatively impacting people of color to a greater extent than White Americans. Health Populi’s Hot Points: In the U.S.,

Wasted: $1 of Every $4 Spent on Health Care In America

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health care system, calculating that 25% of medical spending in America is wasted. economy is wasted spending by the health care system and its stakeholders. In “Waste in the US Health Care System,” a team from Humana and the Univrsity of Pittsburgh recalibrated the previous finding of 30% of wasted spending to the 25%, which equates to a waste-range of $760 bn to $935 bn. health care. health care system mightily. health care.

Most Virtual Care Consumers, Satisfied With Visits in the COVID Era, Expect It for Future Care

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health care providers set up virtual care arrangements to convene with patients. Each of these health consumers had at least one virtual care visit between February and May 2020. 3 in 4 consumers expect virtual care as an option for their own health care, believing that providers should scale telehealth as part of an overall portfolio of visit types in the future. COPD, diabetes, hypertension), 24% for an acute need like pain, and 21% for mental/behavioral health needs.

What’s Causing Fewer Primary Care Visits in the US?

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Americans who have commercial health insurance (say, through an employer or union) are rarely thought to face barriers to receiving health care — in particular, primary care, that front line provider and on-ramp to the health care system. The biggest fall in visits was among younger adults, people without chronic conditions, and health plan members living in lowest-income areas.

How Consumers Look At Social Determinants of Health for Cancer, Diabetes and Mental Health

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Enlightened health/care industry and public policy stakeholders have begun to embrace and address social determinants of health. These are the inputs that bolster health beyond health care services: they include economic stability like job security and income level (and equity), education, and access to healthy food, food security, safe neighborhoods, social support, clean environments (water and air), and in my own update on SDoH factors, access to broadband connectivity.

How COVID-19 Is Driving More Deaths of Despair

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Health Populi’s Hot Points: What COVID-19 has done is to highlight health disparities and underlying structural flaws in the U.S. health system, the Well Being Trust and Center conclude in the report. The policy prescriptions WBT and the center recommend are to: Get people working, providing training, identifying new opportunities to employ people in unique workforces like COVID-19 tracking and tracing. Integrate mental health with health care.