This month’s “Read on Washington,” available only to AcademyHealth members, includes updates on appropriations bills, negotiations to expand Medicare, an executive order to combat drug and medical prices, VA mandates for COVID-19 vaccines, and more.
Research Suggests Urgent Care Centers Reduce Health Care Costs by Providing Alternative to Emergency Department
A new study published in HSR, an official journal of AcademyHealth, found that urgent care centers reduce costly emergency department (ED) visits, especially in areas with long ED wait times as well as among Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured.
This ‘plain language summary’ considers a recent commentary from Zirui Song, M.D., Ph.D., in HSR, an official journal of AcademyHealth, that offers a broad review of the state of the science on Accountable Care Organizations, including a brief discussion of three new studies also published in the August issue.
New research published in JAMA reveals that Black enrollees were considerably less likely than white enrollees to be treated with medications for opioid use disorder and were less likely to have continuity of such treatment. Results are based on data from the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN), supported by AcademyHealth.
The population dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid was one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. Arielle Mir of Arnold Ventures, an AcademyHealth organizational member, explains how policymakers are urgently seeking solutions to improve their care and experience, but better data infrastructure and research are needed to achieve meaningful change.
As the Annual Research Meeting draws to a close, this final post in our series highlighting how AcademyHealth is #MoreThanAMeeting describes our year-round work with several learning networks.
AcademyHealth Director Lauren Gerlach and Mona Shah of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discuss the importance of rigorous evaluation of Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers.
A new study published in HSR, an official journal of AcademyHealth, found that while the use of new cancer therapies did result in noteworthy improvements in lung cancer survival rates, Medicare spending increased substantially, raising concerns about the financial burden of these treatments.
Collaboration Between Clinicians, Public Health Officials, and Medicaid Could Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Use
Written by Kentucky members of AcademyHealth’s State-University Partnership Learning Network, this issue brief offers strategies to improve antibiotic use, including an analysis of Kentucky Medicaid claims data.
With funding from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), AcademyHealth and collaborators conducted an analysis of four states participating in the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN). This brief examines polysubstance use disorders in those state Medicaid programs, which have implications for Medicaid expenditures and the way states design delivery systems for this vulnerable population.