• Behavioral Health: Actuarial Value, Integration, & Innovation

    14 days ago - By The Medical Care Blog

    Behavioral health - counseling, mental health care, and care for substance use issues - is one of the basic benefits associated with health insurance and healthcare delivery. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the gross inadequacy of current behavioral health to deliver high quality care to most Americans. The past 30 years of health care delivery have seen few innovations and changes in delivery for behavioral health. We need rapid investment if we are to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on our collective and individual mental health needs. Innovations in delivery and access...
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  • Bill Gates slams ‘shocking' U.S. response to Covid-19 pandemic

    Bill Gates slams ‘shocking' U.S. response to Covid-19 pandemic

    14 days ago - By STAT

    Philanthropist Bill Gates, who has long warned of the need to prepare for pandemics, is dumbfounded by how poorly the United States has responded to Covid-19.
    In an interview with STAT, Gates sounded exasperated at times as he described the badly bungled launch of Covid-19 testing, the enlisting of a neuroradiologist - rather than an epidemiologist or infectious diseases specialist - to help guide the White House's response decisions, and the recent move to discourage testing of people who have been in contact with a known case but who aren't yet showing symptoms.
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  • New report says Covid-19 pandemic has caused historic setbacks in global health

    14 days ago - By STAT

    A new report paints a bleak picture of the far-ranging impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a major backsliding in the percentage of children around the world getting essential vaccinations, food insecurity on the rise, and a sharp increase in the number of people living in extreme poverty.
    The first six months of the pandemic saw the number of people living in extreme poverty around the globe rise by 7%, after declining year after year for the past two decades.
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