The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission wants Congress to cut federal spending on fast-tracked specialty drugs. It also wants HHS to provide states with more guidance and support to boost behavioral health.
The Southeast Michigan Hospital Collaborative, a partnership of four local health systems, the Greater Detroit Area Health Council and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, have been working to identify the state's 2.5 million people with pre-diabetes to enroll them in a national diabetes prevention program.
The disparities related to COVID-19 aren't just prevalent in racial and ethnic minority groups, however. An analysis from Surgo Ventures in November found that 64% of all rural counties in the U.S. do not have a COVID-19 testing site.
Even the U.S., which is a vaccination leader globally, is seeing a small uptick in new cases, and the White House is sending federal help to Michigan to control the state's worst-in-the-nation transmission rate.
Military leaders say they are making up for the Johnson & Johnson shortfall by shipping more Moderna vaccines to forces outside the country. The cold temperature and other requirements for the Pfizer vaccine make it more difficult to send overseas.
While providers expected insurers to relax prior authorization policies during the pandemic, 70% of surveyed physicians reported the changes were brief, if made at all, and did not relieve some of their burdens.