February 2021 | Volume 1
Starting with the needs, preferences, experiences and input of patients and families has been my mantra since my professional beginnings, and it seems even more imperative to emphasize this today. The rush to "solve" our problems via digital app, wellness programming, and frantic investment in the latest "hot" company has intensified, fueled by the pandemic, rising evidence of mental health needs and a popular, albeit not always authentic, focus on equity. Research, delivery and payment of world-class healthcare must be informed from the beginning by the expertise of patients and their families. If we intend appropriate, high-quality care that actually leads to health and well-being, those with political and financial power must consistently establish the patient’s seat at the head of the table. Some of my favorite advocates talk about this in the opening article of this edition, but I’m struck by the need for such commentaries, as their call to action isn’t new. At the start of a new year and a new administration, there is hope for a culture shift that prioritizes and authentically elevates the lived experience of patients to direct practice and policy. Let’s get it right, starting now.
Improving Access and Quality of Health Care in the United States: Shared Goals Among Patient Advocates
Dissatisfaction with past research and health care decision making that is not relevant or responsive to patient needs and preferences has led to a movement toward patient centricity in the US and around the world.
How to navigate the ‘chaotic’ world of mental health apps
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, mobile mental health apps have experienced a “surge in growth,” responding to an increased need for support as many people have been affected by the psychological toll of 2020, said Adam Haim, chief of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch.
4 key trends for payers and providers in 2021
A year since COVID-19 hit U.S. shores, the pandemic is still raging as deaths and cases strain hospital resources. Amid the scrambling, however, providers and payers are adjusting to a new normal likely to continue for months if not beyond. Though arrival of vaccines has prompted hope, the rollout has been slow and fragmented, left up to each state to decide how to disseminate the shots.
Five Urgent Public Health Policies To Combat The Mental Health Effects Of COVID-19
The development and dissemination of effective COVID-19 vaccines gives us hope for an end to the pandemic that has upended our lives. But vaccines will not end the mental health crisis that is emerging and likely worsening, particularly during the isolating winter months. The stress of the pandemic is leading to substantial mental health issues across the country.
'Birthday Rule' Blindsides First-Time Parents With A Mammoth Medical Bill
In the nine months leading up to her due date, Kayla Kjelshus and her husband, Mikkel, meticulously planned for their daughter's arrival.
Their long to-do list included mapping out their family's health insurance plan and registering for baby gear and supplies. They even nailed down child care ahead of her birth.

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