COVID-19 Blog Series

The COVID-19 pandemic presents complex challenges for the US health care system and social safety net programs. In our latest blog post series, IMPAQ experts bring you timely updates and informed insights on the intersection of COVID-19 and pressing policy issues.

Defining the Role of Telemental Health During & After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Since the start of the pandemic, mental health concerns have intensified across the country. A recent CDC study found that more than 40 percent of 5,470 respondents experienced a mental or behavioral health condition associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and the ACA Payment Notice: How will State and Health Plan Decisions affect Vulnerable Populations?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
COVID-19 and the ACA Payment Notice: How will State and Health Plan Decisions affect Vulnerable Populations?
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.

The Coronavirus Clinical Trials Landscape: Why Clinical Trials are Vital to Addressing COVID-19 & How IMPAQ is Helping Track Them

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.

Telehealth Access, Value & Equity: COVID-19 and Beyond

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Telehealth Access, Value & Equity
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.

CMS Telehealth Expansion in Response to COVID-19: Potential Impacts on Medicare's Quality Payment Program

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).

COVID-19 and Medicaid: The Perfect Storm

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Medicaid experts Tim Hill and Melissa Hafner explore how 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.

COVID-19 & the Coming Mental Health Emergency: Why We Must Prepare

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
IMPAQ Health experts examine the mental health crisis that existed before COVID-19, the latest efforts to reach patients during the pandemic, and what still needs to be done by the government and providers to achieve mental health care parity.

Fighting Two Battles: How CMS is Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Learn how policymakers and providers are rapidly implementing programs to provide life-saving interventions for individuals in need of substance use disorder care amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19, Rising Unemployment, and Health Insurance Coverage: Will our ACA Safety Net Hold?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
IMPAQ Health researchers explore the impact of COVID-19 on job and health insurance loss, ACA provisions for Americans without employer-based insurance, and how coverage options vary significantly by state.

New HHS Rules Aim to Jumpstart Interoperability Expansion amid COVID-19 Pandemic – How are Patients, Hospitals, and Insurers Reacting?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
After HHS finalized two rules on interoperability and patient access, how is this new public health crisis changing the perception of the rule?


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