March 2021 | Volume 2
I’ll keep it short and sweet this issue: Care for the whole person. Listen to what they need. Therein lies cost-effective care toward good health.
Unlocking whole person care through behavioral health
The growing burden from behavioral health conditions is causing significant strain on American lives and livelihoods. Before COVID-19, approximately one in four Americans had a mental illness or substance use disorder.
Learning to Listen to Patients’ Stories
The pandemic has been a time of painful social isolation for many. Few places can be as isolating as hospitals, where patients are surrounded by strangers, subject to invasive tests and attached to an assortment of beeping and gurgling machines.
$4.6 Billion: The Direct Healthcare Cost of Six Types of Antibiotic-resistant Infections 
A new paper from CDC, in partnership with the University of Utah, estimates that the national healthcare costs associated with infections from six multidrug-resistant pathogens can be substantial at more than $4.6 billion annually.
This is one of the largest studies to estimate the cost associated with high-priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Issues highlighted in the study align with data and threats in CDC’s 2019 Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Threats Report. This includes the impact of resistant infections in the community, which can put more people at risk, make spread more difficult to identify and contain, and threaten the progress made to protect patients in healthcare. 
Teens' Mental Health Took a Hit During Pandemic
During the pandemic, teens' mental health services accounted for a much greater proportion of all their medical claims than in the past, especially last March and April, according to a FAIR Health "white paper".
Soaring mental health unicorns race to meet employer needs
Companies scrambling to provide employees with expanded mental health care options are propping up a booming market for digitally minded startups racing to address their needs.
Two of the largest, Lyra Health and Modern Health, have both raised a mountain of funding and doubled their customers over the past year. 
Contributor: A Vision for Patient-Centered Core Impact Sets—A Unifying Approach to Patient Centricity 
“Patient centricity”—engaging with patients as partners, rather than doing on behalf of patients—is foundational for our 3 organizations.*
As evidenced by the birth of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the FDA's Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative, we have seen progress in advancing patient-centric outcome measurement as part of research and medical product development.

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.

Momentum Health Strategies

Jennifer L Bright, MPA
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