As early as April 6, 2020, the New York Times (NYT) published an article revealing early pandemic statistics that showed the death rate for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) who received residential services in New York State (NYS) was double that for the general population. As difficult as the pandemic has been for all of us, it was clear from the beginning that some were more vulnerable than ...

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Just as providers have reimagined their clinical and business models in light of the pandemic, there is an opportunity to reimagine their relationship with health plans. Particularly in the context of evolving value-based contracts, there are a variety of “asks” that are likely to find receptive health plans. Three issues that are particularly important to health plans are administrative efficiency, quality measures, and overall cost of care. Each one creates ...

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Those of us in health care understand that the pandemic represents just one more example of the disproportionately negative impact of health issues on people of color.  As stated in a 2017 National Institutes of Health report, “For racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, health disparities take on many forms, including higher rates of chronic disease and premature death compared to the rates among ...

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to assimilate the global transformation that has taken place in just a few short months.  As we each struggle to make sense of this life-altering event, it might help to reflect on pandemics' history in general. In his book, Epidemics and Society, published last year, Frank Snowden does just that. Exhibiting diligence and deep knowledge, Snowden demonstrates how pandemics have shaped history ...

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As we’ve listened to providers describe their reactions to this pandemic, telehealth continues to be a pervasive theme at the foundation of their response. They refer to this as a “watershed” event that will permanently change healthcare delivery. In that context, many expressed concern that the current relaxation of regulations, and as importantly, the parity payments for telehealth services will be retracted as the crisis eases. While most agree that ...

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Given that October is National Dental Hygiene Month, today we’re going to take a look back at the history of dentistry, its separation from medicine, and the importance of bringing them together. A 2006 article in Nature magazine describes the discovery of nine people in a 7,500 to 9,000-year-old graveyard in Pakistan with eleven drilled molar crowns.  It’s somewhat surprising that dentistry has ...

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