July 2020 | Volume 1
Opportunity. Our decisions in business, government, policy and personal action should be driven by the primary notion that every choice is linked to the potential for improvement. If we’re unhappy with the current state of our public health and economy, each of us can take action that increases the opportunity to emerge stronger, healthier and whole - individually and as a community. There are two that matter most in my view: wear a mask and VOTE.
Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus
The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state and local government health workers on the ground are sometimes paid so little that they qualify for public aid.
The Promise and the Peril of Virtual Health Care
The call came in to the emergency department at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, a twenty-five-bed facility in Lebanon, New Hampshire, around 2 p.m. on a weekday in mid-March. Patient X had arrived by car, and, by the time he reached the hospital, the pain in his legs was so severe that he couldn’t move.
Medicaid Managed Care Plans Have An Opportunity To Play A Key Role In Recovery
Here’s a surprising outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic: Medicaid managed care plans (MCPs) likely find themselves in a financially advantageous situation. Medicaid enrollment is rising significantly across the country as the result of increases in unemployment and streamlined enrollment processes.
Is It Fair? How To Approach Professional Scope-Of-Practice Policy After The COVID-19 Pandemic
Scope-of-practice (SOP) laws and regulations governing health care professionals (HCPs) is an active and growing area of debate in health care workforce policy. SOP refers to the services that HCPs are allowed to provide under the terms of their professional licensure. State SOP laws and regulations vary considerably; for example, California recognizes nurse practitioners (NPs) as primary care providers but requires them to practice in consultation with supervising physicians.
Defining Patient Engagement in Research: Results of a Systematic Review and Analysis: Report of the ISPOR Patient-Centered Special Interest Group
Lack of clarity on the definition of “patient engagement” has been highlighted as a barrier to fully implementing patient engagement in research. This study identified themes within existing definitions related to patient engagement and proposes a consensus definition of “patient engagement in research.”
The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus
Teresa and Marvin Bradley can’t say for sure how they got the coronavirus. Maybe Ms. Bradley, a Michigan nurse, brought it from her hospital. Maybe it came from a visiting relative. Maybe it was something else entirely.
What is certain — according to new federal data that provides the most comprehensive look to date on nearly 1.5 million coronavirus patients in America — is that the Bradleys are not outliers.

Passion + Quality = Change That Matters
I embrace the powerful opportunities in our evolving health care landscape. I founded Momentum Health Strategies to be a catalyst for change through continuous learning, diverse engagement and thoughtful policy and practice initiatives. I deliver innovative, strategic thinking and a passion for improving the patient experience. My personal drive and dedication to high-quality results will help you navigate the competitive terrain you face and convert your vision to action.

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Jennifer L Bright, MPA
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