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To improve health equity, leaders must make it ‘the center of your strategy’

More health systems say they are working to eliminate health care disparities. EY’s Susan Garfield outlines the steps to help move the needle. Susan Garfield has worked on health equity issues for 25 years. “The problems are not new,” she says. Still, Garfield, chief public health officer at Ernst & Young (EY), says he’s glad …

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Point32Health taps Inclusive Health for LGBTQ+ care

Traditionally offering virtual care and navigation services to employers, Included Health is now moving into the health plan space. It is teaming up with Point32Health to serve its commercial members in the LGBTQ+ community, companies announced Wednesday. Based in San Francisco Health included gives patients access to virtual and in-person urgent care, primary care, behavioral …

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Mental health-related emergency department visits and return visits are on the rise among children, study finds

CNN — Children’s mental health-related emergency room visits and hospital readmissions are “rapidly increasing,” a new study shows. Between 2015 and 2020, mental health visits to pediatric emergency rooms increased by 8 percent annually, with about 13 percent of those patients returning within six months, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA …

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Health access and equity: Women’s health and technology hold the keys

Although the quality of US health care and patient outcomes has generally improved over time, access to care—and therefore positive patient outcomes—is not equitable for all people. Overall, one in 10 Americans lacks health insurance, the result of a system that is breaking under the weight of high costs and increasing complexity. Diabetes rates are …

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A travel health record can improve patient outcomes and alleviate health problems during travel

New data reveals that 28% of Americans have gotten sick or injured while on vacation. Getting sick and injured are among the worst travel scenarios because, in addition to ruining our plans, we’re away from our medical team and possibly from the comfort of family, friends, or colleagues who might be able to help. If …

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Health equity and the push for value-based care

Social, economic and geographic disadvantages create significant health disparities, such as lower quality of care and poorer health outcomes. To help improve these issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model under the new name Accountable Care Organization Model for Equity, Access, and Community Health (or …

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Technology transportation puts health plans in the driver’s seat to improve outcomes

An elderly African American man with a disability gets out of a car in his wheelchair. His wife helps him, holds the door open. Focus on the person. Healthcare needs better infrastructure. Millions of Americans covered by the national safety net programs, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care, rely on transportation to access essential medical …

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Bridging cultural differences to improve health equity

Achieving equity in health care benefits both health care payers and members. Culturally diverse audiences experience disparities in health care access and health outcomes. Patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) experience poor health outcomes across the board, including above-average levels of emergency department visits and hospital stays. Most healthcare leaders agree that we need to …

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