ORAL HEALTH AND EQUITY

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Gum disease remains one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States with 46% of adults over 30 showing symptoms. Although significant improvements have been made to improve oral health in America, many people still experience barriers to preventive or essential dental care.

Black Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, as well as low-income populations, children and pregnant women are at greater risk of oral health diseases. The disparities experienced by these populations have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. 

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In this infographic highlights the challenges to achieving optimal oral health and identifies opportunities for advancing health equity moving forward. 

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PODCAST: Improving Healthcare Outcomes & Supporting Providers in Value-Based Care

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Value-based care has the potential to transform health care, improving quality and access for millions of people, while addressing COVID-19 related disparities. As a result of the pandemic, many rural communities and communities of color face significant reductions in access to health care.

More than 8% of practicing physicians nationwide closed during COVID-19 despite 82 million Americans living in “health professional shortage areas.” The financial strain and burnout experienced by providers has fueled interest in accelerating the adoption of value-based care. As of 2017, only 34% of health care dollars were the result of value-based care payments. This low rate of adoption exists despite evidence tying payments to patient health outcomes and rewarding higher quality care leads to reduced costs.

This webinar brought together experts who are driving innovative initiatives, achieving excellence in health outcomes, and uncovering more effective ways to implement value-based care.

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PODCAST: Nursing Home Care

Residents disproportionately affected by COVID-19

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BY JAMES BLUMENSTOCK MA

Residents of nursing homes have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The nature of this coronavirus—which is particularly harmful to older adults and people with multiple chronic conditions—has left residents vulnerable.

Additionally, the pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges in our fragmented long-term care system, which is financed, regulated, and administered by states, the federal government, and private care facilities.

During this webinar, panelists discussed policy options to support high quality care for nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOTE: This webinar is a project of the Alliance for Health Policy and NIHCM Foundation, in collaboration with The Commonwealth Fund.

PODCAST: https://nihcm.org/publications/nursing-home-care

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PODCAST: The Domestic Opioid Epidemic

A Post Pandemic OVERDOSE AND ADDICTION Update

By NIHCM Foundation

The opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities, with provisional data showing overdose death rates rising during the pandemic. Isolation and economic upheaval, as well as hindered access to treatment options and support systems, have increased the risk of addiction and relapse. These new pressures exist along with the stigma that often prevents people from receiving care for substance use disorder (SUD) and the ongoing need to adopt harm reduction strategies.

Speakers Discuss:

  • The latest federal priorities for addressing the overdose and addiction epidemic, including a focus on harm reduction efforts and ensuring racial equity in drug policy
  • Strategies for state agencies to meet existing and increasing SUD treatment needs
  • A health plan’s innovative approaches to expand SUD care through an in-home addiction treatment program and recovery coaches

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ASSESSMENT: And so, this podcast / webinar further explores solutions to reduce overdose rates, with a focus on efforts to expand access to evidence-based recovery programs after the corona virus pandemic.

PODCAST / WEBINAR HERE: https://nihcm.org/publications/addressing-the-growing-overdose-and-addiction-epidemic?utm_source=NIHCM+Foundation&utm_campaign=f78ae3a137-05242021_Webinar_Archive&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6f88de9846-f78ae3a137-167744768

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PHARMACISTS: Leaving this Public Health Workforce

By NIHCM Foundation

This infographic takes a close look at the pharmacist workforce and its role in the COVID-19 response.

Pharmacists are trusted and accessible, with 90% of Americans living within five miles of a pharmacy. They are well-positioned to address vaccine hesitancy and ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution and access. Leveraging and supporting pharmacists could help address public health priorities both during and after the corona virus pandemic.

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LINK: https://nihcm.org/publications/pharmacist-infographic

OPIOID CRISIS RISING: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2019/08/22/the-opioid-crisis-rising-2000-2017/

OPIOID CRISIS COSTS: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2019/10/20/the-opioid-epidemic-cost-distribution/

OPIOID CRISIS PODCAST: https://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-169-the-opioid-crisis

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What to Expect for ACA Premiums?

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This essay looks at the factors involved in setting premiums for health plans offered on the health insurance exchanges [HIEs].

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NIHCM – What to Expect for 2015 ACA Premiums: An Actuary Opens the Black Box

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Facing the Facts on Federal Entitlements

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A Case for Reform

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The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the health of all Americans by spurring workable and creative solutions to pressing healthcare problems.

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NIHCM – Facing the Facts on Federal Entitlements: A Case for Reform

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Why America Spends More on Healthcare

A McKinsey Global Institute Review

By Nancy Chockley; PhD
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Path breaking work by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) shows that, relative to other peer countries from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. spends nearly $650 billion more on health care than would be expected after adjusting for cross-country differences in wealth.  Fully two-thirds of this added spending occurs in the outpatient sector. 

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The highly profitable nature of many outpatient services coupled with the incentives of a fee-for-service payment system are contributing to greater intensity of outpatient care and helping to fuel this spending.  In this essay, “Why America Spends More on Health Care,” Eric Jensen and Lenny Mendonca describe MGI’s work to examine all sectors of the American health care system and identify factors responsible for the higher-than-expected spending.  

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