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May 18, 2021
Knowledge gained during the pandemic will be used in many ways to shape health care’s future, and one of the most important will be in facility design. Lessons learned can be applied to finding ways to rapidly scale surge capacity, leverage technology to optimize the efficiency of clinical teams and update critical infrastructure to improve response in future crises.
May 18, 2021
Continuing a flurry of recent moves by mega retailers to expand their virtual care services, Walmart has agreed to buy multispecialty telehealth provider MeMD. The move will allow Walmart to provide virtual care across the nation, including urgent care, behavioral health and primary care.
May 11, 2021
In a recent Q1 earnings call, Karen Lynch, CVS Health president and CEO, laid out the retail giant’s plans for care delivery. “Our strategy is to deliver a single integrated experience that connects individuals to a CVS care team, virtually and face-to-face, by navigating consumers to the best site of care,” she explained.
May 11, 2021
Providers and insurers have been working together for years to align incentives on payment and quality, but Delaware-based ChristianaCare and Highmark Health Options are taking their relationship a step further. They’ve established a 10-year deal to create a new for-profit joint venture company aimed at reducing costs and advancing value-based care.
May 4, 2021
Advisory councils or boards can play an integral role in engaging the voice of the patient to help shape changes from providers and health plans. But some organizations are going a step further.
May 4, 2021
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched a national strategy on April 20 to address racial health disparities, starting with maternal health. This multiyear strategy is built on harnessing data analytics to measure and track disparities and taking programs that work for individual Blues plans and bringing them to scale.
Apr 27, 2021
On a recent Saturday in South Philadelphia, Tyrique Glasgow volunteered to be a patient ambassador to spread the word about a one-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic being run by Penn Medicine and Mercy Catholic Medical Center in a local gym.
Apr 27, 2021
In an indication that it will be targeting social determinants of health (SDOH), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will begin piloting programs to address food insecurity. The payer is partnering with several state organizations and food banks to boost enrollment in the Food and Nutrition Services and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Apr 20, 2021
Enthusiasm for and adoption of commercial artificial intelligence (AI) tools to aid clinical decision-making and patient care have been accelerating at a rapid pace. A new study, though, cautions that critical information often is missing from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance process that could measure how these devices actually work in patient care.
Apr 20, 2021
Nearly one in five health care workers say they need mental health services due to the pandemic but have yet to seek care because they’re too busy, unable to get time off work, can’t afford it or are too afraid or embarrassed.

Resources

Behavioral Health Integration

Framework for hospitals and health systems to shift focus to overall health and bring together behavioral and physical health services into a fully integrated system of care.

Evolving Care Models

Framework for hospitals and health systems to assess their current capabilities to determine the best type of value-based care for the organization.

Telehealth Strategy

Tools for hospitals and health systems to assess their digital transformation strategy and expand telehealth services into integrated virtual care models.