August 13, Saurabh Jha
Seven weeks before President Trump declared COVID-19 a federal emergency heralding the economic lockdown, Jesse Singh’s customers began cutting their orders. An experienced cotton and garment distributor in New York, Jesse pivoted to masks in early February, not because the scientific evidence and public health guidance suggested it, but using his intuition. When mighty American institutions failed one by one in this pandemic, the Americans failed to turn to their mightiest institution—the markets.
August 11, Morenike Ayovaughan, Nelly Ganesan, Emmy Ganos and Josh Seidman
An estimated 42 million people have lost their job since March 2020, which has increased the number of uninsured. The loss of coverage has the potential to yield catastrophic health care costs for those seeking care during the period. Patients should be able to rely on their clinicians to help them understand the costs of their care, including losses associated with the time away from work and transportation expenses for visits.
August 10, Aisha Pittman and Seth Edwards
The pandemic has focused many policymakers’ attention on strategies to make the health care system better. The obvious answer is one that we know is efficacious, if perhaps not the sexiest: value-based care. A recent survey conducted by Premier Inc. found that health care providers in alternative payment models (APMs) were better positioned to respond to COVID-19 and support reopening plans through the rapid deployment of telehealth, care management and data analytics.