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Educational attainment is one of the key social determinants of health influencing health disparities, with individuals without a high school education facing the greatest barriers to wellness, according to the inaugural America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report from United Health Foundation. Particularly, the report found stark health disparities in mental and behavioral health among those without a high school diploma and those who have graduated college.
Healthcare IT News | July 6, 2021

Value-based care has been on the horizon for years. Providers that were ready to leverage digital tools to deliver care remotely experienced success when the payment model finally took hold during the early days of the pandemic. “When we look at the pandemic and how hospitals performed financially, it’s those hospitals that had already started to take on value-based payments that did pretty well during COVID-19, particularly the first six months of last year. And those hospitals that were working on fee-for-service or largely based on volume – the old-fashioned way – did really poorly,” said Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist and founder of THINK-Health, a consulting firm based in the Philadelphia area.
For the past 15 years, virtual health has been heralded as the next disruptor, a game-changer in connected care delivery. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated its clinical and cost-effectiveness, pushing against structural barriers that had previously slowed health system investments in integrated virtual health applications. Regulatory changes and federal benefits have further encouraged hospitals and health systems to adapt and expand to a new care delivery model.
Doctors in accountable care organizations (ACOs), and those thinking of starting or joining one, have had their hands full keeping up with changes in the way Medicare is administering them. ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and/or other healthcare providers that work together with a goal of providing better care at lower cost. As part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) drive to get more providers paid based on value rather than on volume of services, payments to ACOs are based not on how many office visits their doctors participate in, but on whether the ACO meets certain cost and quality benchmarks.
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