Tuesday, September 21, 2021
People who receive benefits from both Medicare and Medicaid, called “dually eligible individuals,” have some of the highest needs among the publicly insured population. For instance, they are more likely than other Medicare beneficiaries to experience multiple chronic conditions, functional limitations or disabilities, or a serious mental illness or substance use disorder.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Occupational burnout is a long-standing issue in the physician community, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased pressures on physicians. In 2021, the overall physician burnout rate was 42%, according to a survey by Medscape. While this rate is similar to what it was in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have affected some specialties more than others, the survey suggests.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
The increasing prices of prescription medications in the U.S. in recent years has had significant effects on both the federal government and patients.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
The Biden administration recently passed its 100 day milestone on April 30, 2021. Like his predecessors, President Biden sought to capitalize on his political momentum and deliver on his campaign promises to maintain it. With millions without health insurance during a global pandemic and high unemployment, the administration needed to act quickly to increase access to affordable health coverage.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
While children are among the least likely to develop severe illnesses or become hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, they remain vulnerable to the downstream effects of the pandemic, including the experience of food insecurity, or a lack of consistent and dependable access to enough food. Feeding America notes that the food insecurity rate, which had reached a low point before the pandemic, is once again on the rise, particularly among school-age children. In addition to being an indicator of ongoing hardship and economic distress, food insecurity has been shown to have significant... Read More
Thursday, March 18, 2021
The arrival of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine in the United States marked a critical point in the country’s response to the pandemic. However, the rollout is only one part of reaching a level of herd immunity that will meaningfully mitigate transmission, infection, disabling events, and deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus. Another step toward achieving immunity came in fall 2020, with the release of a CMS interim final rule stipulating how vaccines will be covered by insurance and building on existing efforts to help people secure coverage for COVID-19 treatment and testing.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
In the last several years, there have been several efforts to increase transparency in health care, particularly around quality and patient safety. Despite similar efforts to make health costs more transparent, many consumers still find health care costs as clear as mud. The issue is becoming more urgent, as a recent survey found that 47% of Americans are more concerned about health care pricing now than they were before the global coronavirus pandemic.
Monday, November 30, 2020
IMPAQ Health experts investigate the potential public health benefits of a temporary HHS regulation that permits qualified pharmacy technicians to administer vaccinations for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
In recognition of World Mental Health Day, we interview IMPAQ Principal Research Associate Rekha Varghese, PhD, MPP to learn more about the work IMPAQ is doing to support an innovative new program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) aimed at increasing access to mental health care.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Telemental health can act as a lifeline for those who are struggling with the vast effects of COVID-19. In this post, we explore the evolution of telemental health services and how the pandemic will define their role in the continuum of care going forward.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, interest in and use of telehealth services has skyrocketed. The federal government has embraced the value of telehealth during this time, expanding the accessibility of telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries through the CARES Act.
Monday, August 31, 2020
IMPAQ President Adaeze Enekwechi, PhD, spoke on humanizing the social determinants of health at Revel Health’s “Social Determinants Up Close and Personal” webinar event on August 25. The virtual event convened a panel of experts to discuss strategies for reducing bias, improving access to care, and other important steps in advancing health equity.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
IMPAQ Health experts examine how COVID-19, the ACA Payment Notice, and resulting state and health plan decisions may impact vulnerable populations’ access to care in 2021.
Monday, July 20, 2020
IMPAQ researchers Dr. Sanchari Ghosh and Zippora Kiptanui explain the history behind why clinical trials are important, how they work, and why they led the development of a COVID-19 Clinical Tracker Tool.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
IMPAQ Health experts Leah Nash and Sarah Pedersen review Medicare telehealth payment rules prior to COVID-19, summarize temporary changes, and explore how these changes may influence the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
IMPAQ and American Institutes for Research (AIR) health experts explore how telehealth policies are shifting during the pandemic and how effective and equitable telehealth policies can be designed going forward.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
In this interview with Valerie Betley, IMPAQ Research Associate and HIV subject matter expert, learn how IMPAQ is working with the CDC to identify and understand barriers and facilitators to HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Medicaid experts Tim Hill and Melissa Hafner explore how the factors of pent-up health care demand, a swell in Medicaid enrollment, decreasing state revenue, and limited budget flexibility will combine to present immense challenges for the Medicaid system.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Three workforce development organizations had bold ideas for launching new programs to expand access to careers in growing industries. The IMPAQ/Maher Education Fund is helping to bring their visions to reality.
Friday, June 5, 2020
IMPAQ President Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi condemns racial discrimination and violence in our law enforcement systems and beyond and calls for action in our homes, communities, and places of work.