New Resources: V-BID and the COVID-19 Pandemic
AJMC Editorial: Expanding Coverage for Essential Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the health care cost crisis in America, putting those with chronic conditions and low-incomes at the most risk. Swift implementation of V-BID reforms can increase access to needed care.
Michigan’s Health Insurers Agree to Provide Coronavirus Treatment at No Cost to Patients
Trump Administration Announces Expanded Coverage for Essential Diagnostic Services
On April 11, CMS issued guidance that antibody testing for COVID-19 will be available at no cost to privately insured Americans. The guidance also ensures coverage of other diagnostic testing and certain services provided during a medical visit.
UnitedHealthcare, Anthem to Waive Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Treatment
UnitedHealthcare and Anthem have become the latest big-name insurers to announce they will cover the costs of COVID-19 related treatment for their Medicare, Medicaid, and commercially insured beneficiaries.
52% Don't Have Enough Money Saved to Cover Medical Costs if They Contract COVID-19
Opinion: Charging Copays and Deductibles During a Pandemic Is Foolish—and Deadly
As we grapple with discussions on rationing healthcare during COVID-19, it’s important to remember that patient cost-sharing is also a form of rationing. With the increased financial strain from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to eliminate barriers to needed care.
Docs Could Face Looming Health Crisis as COVID-19 Disrupts Care for Chronically Ill
For those with chronic conditions, disruptions in care delivery can have serious consequences. A recent survey reported 69% of chronic disease patients have had some degree of impact on their ability to manage one of seven high-risk conditions, including diabetes.
Friday, April 10, 2020: University of Michigan Medicine Grand Rounds
On April 10, V-BID Center Director, Mark Fendrick, MD, presented virtually at the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. His presentation, “Value-Based Insurance Design: Enhancing Access to Essential Clinical Services During COVID Pandemic and Beyond,” and recording can be found here.
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