[Article]  Pandemic may drive up cancer cases and exacerbate disparities

(AXIOS, Sept. 17, 2020)

“The U.S. has made recent advances in lowering cancer deaths — including narrowing the gap between different race and ethnicities in both incidence and death rates. But the pandemic could render some of these advances moot. Doctors are concerned the coronavirus pandemic is going to lead to an uptick in cancer incidence and deaths — and exacerbate racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities seen with the disease." 

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[Article]  Walking out of the hospital: The continued rise of ambulatory care and how to take advantage of it

(McKinsey & Company, Sept. 18, 2020)

"Ambulatory care is one of the fastest-growing and highest-margin segments of the healthcare industry. Analyzing variations in Commercial claims data and doctor surveys shows that significant growth potential remains. While many health systems have benefited from investing ahead of this trend, significant opportunity remains to be captured."

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[Article]  Post-Pandemic, Investor Owned Health Insurers Have the Advantage

(The Keckley Report, Sept. 21, 2020)

"Last week, four new reports - GoodRx analysis of prices across healthcare, RAND Study of Hospital Prices, The Physicians Foundation annual survey, and Modern Healthcare analysis of Blue Cross plan financial performance - lend credence to the likelihood that large investor owned health insurance companies will emerge from the pandemic as the big winners." 

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[Article]  Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

(The New York Times, Sept. 18, 2020)

"The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan. Hospitals across the country are charging private insurance companies 2.5 times what they get from Medicare for the same care, according to a new RAND Corporation study of hospital prices released on Friday." 

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[Article]  Hospitals want more time to repay pandemic loans

(AXIOS, Sept. 23, 2020)

"Hospitals are approaching the deadline to repay coronavirus relief loans from the federal government, but their finances are still suffering as the pandemic drags on, Kaiser Health News reports.

Hospitals — especially rural hospitals that were suffering before the pandemic — are hoping Congress will grant them an extension." 

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