Podcast by Managed Care Cast
Spotlighting Pandemic-Related Challenges, Data-Driven Solutions for Payers
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Cheryl Mason, director of Content and Informatics for the Health Language solutions team of Wolters Kluwer, who discusses how delays in routine care and other aspects of the pandemic are affecting payer organizations today, and how technology innovations like natural language processing can work to empower key initiatives in population health and beyond.
Assessing Lower-Than-Expected Health Care Utilization Trends in Early 2021
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with the lead clinician of a study by the Epic Health Research Network and Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that routine medical care and hospital admissions remained below expected levels in the early months of 2021, marking the second consecutive year for such results.
Examining the Current Lack of Trust in Health Care
Trust in health care was eroding even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new book, "Re-Engaging in Trust: The Missing Ingredient to Fixing Healthcare," the authors, Jan Berger, MD, MJ, the CEO of Health Intelligence Partners, and Julie Slezak, MSPH, the president of the health care consulting firm, delve into this issue with data from multiple sources and viewed against the backdrop of multiple stakeholders.
Trust among stakeholders—providers, patients, health care organizations and systems, payers, drug companies, and others—is essential, yet it is increasingly fragile, they write. Trust should be measured and improved alongside health care metrics, according to Berger, who discusses the book on this episode of Managed Care Cast.
Key Issues Influencing 2022 Employer Health Care Strategy and Plan Design
With COVID-19 continuing to change the way in which health care is perceived and delivered, large employers have been tasked with managing employee health concerns in real time, while also planning for when the pandemic does subside. In the Business Group on Health’s 2022 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey, employers discussed their perspectives on trends in health care cost and coverage, and how these aspects will influence their benefits strategies and programs in the coming year.
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO of the Business Group on Health, who discussed 5 major areas of concern spotlighted by employers in the survey, which included health equity and the pandemic’s long-term impact.
Reckoning With the Repercussions of Worsening Climate Change on Health Systems
The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report drove home many of the concerns regarding the detrimental impacts of climate change that many have been warning about for years.
But along with renewed calls for governmental action come doubts that the United States’ and other health care systems are equipped to handle such an influx of increasing medical issues wrought by climate change.
Health systems and personnel have already been tested with the monumental crisis of COVID-19, and with higher rates of diseases expected from increased exposure to pollution, to more emergency responses warranted by frequent natural disasters, health professionals around the world are calling for immediate action to curb current and future ramifications.
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Laalitha Surapaneni, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. Surapaneni discusses her work in mobilizing calls for climate action, the threat of worsened health outcomes due to climate change, and steps health systems can take to better prepare for these challenges.
Co-pay Accumulator Rule Could Cost Patients at the Pharmacy Counter
Co-pay accumulator adjustment programs, or CAAPs, can help incentivize use of lower-cost generics by excluding drug manufacturer assistance from counting toward a patient’s out-of-pocket maximum. However, a rule finalized by HHS last year allows CAAPs to be applied even when no generic alternative is available. If patients are not informed about the implications of these programs, they may be forced to abandon their prescriptions in the face of unaffordable co-pays.
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we’re talking with an author of a Commentary published in our August 2021 issue. The article, “CAAP Rule and Prescription Drug Prices,” explains the mechanisms of CAAPs and the potential consequences of the new HHS rule. Joining us today is Bryan S. Walsh, JD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.