Primary care payment model, telemedicine use for Medicare Advantage during pandemic

What The Study Did: The association between primary care payment models and the use of telemedicine for Medicare Advantage enrollees during the COVID-19 pandemic was examined in this study. Authors: Brian W. Powers, M.D., M.B.A., of Humana Inc. in Louisville,…

Association of Medicare Advantage star ratings with disparities in quality of care

What The Study Did: Researchers examined the associations between Medicare Advantage star ratings, which are created using data from all enrollees in a plan, and disparities in care for racial/ethnic minorities and enrollees with lower income and less education. Authors:…

Study identifies major barriers to financing a sustainable ocean economy

Financing a sustainable global ocean economy may require a Paris Agreement type effort, according to a new report from an international team of researchers led by the University of British Columbia. That’s because a significant increase in sustainable ocean finance…

Social connectedness among medicare beneficiaries after onset of pandemic

What The Study Did: Researchers examined social connectedness among Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Authors: Wesley John Talcott, M.D., M.B.A., the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed study: Visit…

How do you rate your medical care? Your answer might be affected by your insurance

For patients seen at a urology clinic, patient satisfaction scores vary by insurance status – with higher scores for patients on Medicare and commercial insurance, but lower scores for those on Medicaid, reports a study in Urology Practice®, an Official Journal of the American Urological Association (AUA). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Use of telehealth by surgical specialties during COVID-19 pandemic

What The Study Did: Insurance claims were used to assess patterns of telehealth use across surgical specialties before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Authors: Grace F.Chao, M.D., M.Sc., of the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Michigan and…

In-person, telehealth care, costs before, during COVID-19 pandemic

What The Study Did: This study of working-age people enrolled in private health plans from March 2019 through June 2020 documented patterns of care at the onset of COVID-19. Authors: Jonathan P. Weiner, Dr.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public…

Could post-COVID-19 tourists become less adventurous?

Our deep-rooted survival instinct for disease avoidance could make us less willing to embrace strangers and take foreign travel risks. “We wanted to look beyond the current crisis and consider the future psyche of the post-COVID-19 traveller,” says Associate Professor…

Reimbursing hospitals for postpartum contraception could prevent unintended pregnancies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new study finds that providing people who have recently given birth access to long-acting reversible methods of contraception, such as intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants, could help prevent them from unintentionally falling pregnant in…

NeuroVascular quality initiative quality outcomes database tops 10,000 procedures

FAIRFAX, Va., February 1, 2021 – The Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery’s (SNIS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO), in partnership with the NeuroPoint Alliance (NPA), is pleased to announce that the NVQI-QOD now has over 10,000 procedures in the registry. Since its…

Association between unemployment insurance, food insecurity among people who lost jobs during COVID-19 pandemic in US

What The Study Did: This study investigated how unemployment insurance and a $600 per week federal supplement to unemployment insurance were associated with food insecurity among people in low- and middle-income households who lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Authors: Julia…

Treatment of opioid use disorder among commercially insured patients in context of COVID-19 pandemic

What The Study Did: Opioid use disorder treatment during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, including medication fills, outpatient visits and urine tests among privately insured individuals, was compared with 2019 in this study. Authors: Haiden A. Huskamp, Ph.D.,…