Podcast by Managed Care Cast
Pandemic Factors Driving Predictions for 2022 Medical Cost Trends
This month, the PwC Health Research Institute (HRI) released its annual Medical Cost Trend report for 2022. Reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the report predicts a 6.5% medical cost trend in 2022, slightly lower than the 7% medical cost trend in 2021 and slightly higher than it was between 2016 and 2020.
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Trina Tsouderos, who leads HRI, and discuss some of the drivers behind those numbers, as patients who put off care begin to seek services, as workers carry a high burden of mental and emotional stress, and as health care systems invest as they plan ahead for the next crisis.
Who's Driving the Growth of Medicare Advantage Plans?
In this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with a coauthor of an article in June’s Health Affairs examining the racial and ethnic composition of beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage plans and the potential implications as the program continues to grow.
Preventing Respiratory Illness and Death Through Tighter Air Quality Standards
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, a research scholar at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University discusses the latest findings in the Health of the Air report, which was presented at the recent American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2021 International Conference.
Addressing the Demand for Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented boom in telehealth use, especially when it comes to services provided for mental health. With the combined toll of a global pandemic, economic hardships, and protracted grief, Americans’ mental health has jumped to the forefront of the national conversation.
A recent analysis, published by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, illustrates this seismic shift in care delivery and demand for mental health services. Researchers compiled claims data from March through December of 2019 and compared it with the same time frame in 2020.
To learn more about the report’s findings and to understand the challenges of providing these services to patients during a pandemic, we spoke with Gregory Harris, MD, MPH, DFAPA, the senior medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, Harris describes his experience as a psychiatrist and offers some solutions to meet the growing demand for this field in the months and years following COVID-19.
What Can Be Done to Ensure Access to Care for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries?
An author of a study in the May 2021 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® describes how the COVID-19 pandemic, the aging of America, and already-existing workforce shortages will further threaten the dual-eligible population unless policy makers reform scope-of-practice laws.
Building Relationships and Trust to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy
Vaccine hesitancy may be one of the contributing factors if the United States does not reach herd immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19. Such hesitancy presents itself in different ways and forms, ranging from outright refusal in conservative rural areas to fears in communities of color, to skepticism of science elsewhere.
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, Patricia Salber, MD, MBA, of The Doctor Weighs In, has a conversation with Abner Mason, the founder and CEO of ConsejoSano, a patient engagement firm working with diverse, multicultural, multilingual populations through at-risk providers, health plans, government programs, employers, and other partners.
The two discuss the importance of relationship building and trust building and understanding where people are coming from when they have the opinions and beliefs that they hold. They also discuss the role of health plans in COVID-19 vaccinations and how payers and partners can work on upstream issues to address other care gaps.