June 2020 | Volume 2
We’re no longer just talking about “what comes next?” in reference to COVID-19. The pandemic seems somehow small in comparison to the watershed reckoning we’re experiencing to confront the systemic bias and inequality across so many of our institutions. In healthcare, there is more data to tell us what we’ve shamefully known for many years — that black Americans disproportionately receive lower quality care or even lack access to basic care, leading to higher incidence of chronic disease and poor outcomes. We also know that clinical research often underrepresents women and racial and ethnic groups, resulting in the misalignment of the entire research enterprise and clinical basis for treating disease with real-world needs. It’s more than time to use this data for action.
‘The direct result of racism’: Covid-19 lays bare how discrimination drives health disparities among Black people
The disparities have long been documented. Black people are more likely than white people to die from cancer. They are more likely to suffer from chronic pain, diabetes, and depression. Black children report higher levels of stress. Black mothers are more likely to die in childbirth.
Females are still routinely left out of biomedical research — and ignored in analyses of data
If you think biomedical scientists are doing a better job studying both biological sexes in their experiments than they used to, you’d be half right, a new study says.
Researchers decided to revisit a study conducted 10 years ago that found females were excluded from most biomedical research based on fears of female hormonal variation complicating the findings.
Breaking the Mold: Designing Health Plans That Do Not Impede Delivery of High-Value Care
Over the last decade, as out-of-pocket costs have climbed, so too has patient responsibility for their health care. For the 153 million Americans with employer-sponsored insurance, the average individual deductible in 2019 reached $1,655 (more than double the amount a decade earlier), with 28% having deductibles that exceed $2,000.
Hahn: FDA will make some changes amid COVID-19 permanent
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will look to permanently implement some of the processes and policies adopted in its response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said during a virtual briefing hosted by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA on Monday.
COVID-19 Reveals An Urgent Need To Reimagine What A System Of Health Should Be
I turned my cart down the grocery store aisle and tried to stay close to one side to keep at least 6 feet away from shoppers coming from the other direction. Moments later, a man barked at me from behind his mask, “This is a one-way aisle!” I looked down and saw the arrow on the floor pointing at me, realizing with embarrassment that indeed I was going the wrong way down the aisle.
Employee wellness programs unlikely to move the needle on health, study finds
Large businesses spend millions of dollars a year on employee wellness programs in an effort to curtail rising rates of obesity, diabetes and psychological issues such as depression. Though the Trump administration has been pushing for wellness programs to be included in health insurance coverage sold on the state and federal insurance exchanges, there's little concrete evidence any of these interventions are successful in making employees healthier.
It’s Time for a New Kind of Electronic Health Record
The Covid-19 pandemic presents the U.S. health care system with a mind-boggling array of challenges. One of the most urgent is coping with a simultaneous glut and dearth of information. Between tracking outbreaks, staying abreast of the latest information on effective treatments and vaccine development, keeping tabs on how each patient is doing, and recognizing and documenting a seemingly endless stream of weird new symptoms, the entire medical community is being chronically overwhelmed.
U.S. Health Care Is in Flux. Here’s What Employers Should Do.
Emergencies naturally draw our attention — and our resources — to the present. The U.S. response to Covid-19 is no exception. Yet the problems exposed by the pandemic point to the urgent need to prepare now for the next waves of this crisis, including new clusters of infection and new crises of debt and scarcity. They also highlight the opportunity to develop a more resilient health system for the future. Employers can and should play a central role in this effort.
The Moral Determinants of Health
The source of what the philosopher Immanuel Kant called “the moral law within” may be mysterious, but its role in the social order is not. In any nation short of dictatorship some form of moral compact, implicit or explicit, should be the basis of a just society. Without a common sense of what is “right,” groups fracture and the fragments wander. Science and knowledge can guide action; they do not cause action.
Gladwell: COVID-19 should push healthcare to consider its 'weak links'
The coronavirus pandemic has shown the healthcare industry that it needs to decide whether it’s playing basketball or soccer, journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell said. Gladwell, the opening keynote speaker at America’s Health Insurance Plans’ annual Institute & Expo, said the two sports exemplify the differences in thinking when one tackles problems using a “strong link” approach versus a “weak link” approach.
Sustainability, Business, and Health
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has demonstrated that response demands involvement from every sector of society. As a major example, some businesses have stepped up in ways previously unimaginable. Garment companies have repurposed production to face masks and other protective equipment. Alcohol distilleries and perfumeries have shifted production to hand sanitizers.

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