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COVID-19 Intel Center

As our healthcare industry works together to make near- and long-term decisions about COVID-19, our public health, vaccine, and policy experts are here to help decipher the facts and navigate downstream implications for the healthcare system.

Abby Moorman

CMS Takes Steps to Expand Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released coding and payment instructions associated with the first physician-administered outpatient COVID-19 therapeutic. The release specifies that during the public health emergency (PHE), Medicare will cover and pay for these infusions in the same way it does for COVID-19 vaccines.

Kristin McCarthy

Payer Experiences with COVID-19

New Avalere research featuring payer views of COVID-19 finds a heightened concern about the clinical effectiveness of related future vaccines and therapeutics, a substantial reduction in preventive services due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and a significant uptick in telehealth adoption.

Podcast: Designing Pull Funding for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Tune into another episode of Avalere’s Journal Club Review podcast series on Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, our health policy experts discuss a recent study in which a simulation was used to determine whether pull funding could overcome issues related to speed, scaling, and pricing for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Emily Belowich

The COVID-19 Impact on US Routine and Seasonal Vaccine Administrations

Avalere conducted a national survey of more than 200 independent primary care providers concerning the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their ability to support continued vaccination programs for patients. Over 90% of respondents indicated the COVID-19 pandemic has increased operating costs and led to revenue loss. Eighty-two percent indicated that an increase in vaccine administration fees would aid sites in overcoming barriers arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and 75% expressed interest in implementing new care delivery arrangements to facilitate immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heather Flynn

Hospital Discharges to Home Health Rebounding, But SNF Volumes Lag

New Avalere Health analysis of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) claims data reveals large decreases in skilled nursing facility (SNF) and home health care use following the widespread decline in inpatient hospitalizations amid the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Avalere’s analysis further suggests that as inpatient procedures resume in some areas, the volume of inpatient hospital discharges to home health is starting to rebound, whereas the volume of discharges to SNF remains below 2019 levels.

Melissa Morley

COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding and Future Allocation Considerations

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act appropriated $100 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund—known as the Provider Relief Fund (PRF)—and subsequent legislation appropriated an additional $75 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

Nick Diamond

Podcast: Community Use of Face Masks and COVID-19: Evidence from a Natural Experiment of State Mandates in the US

Tune into another episode of Avalere’s Journal Club Review podcast series on Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, our health policy experts discuss a recent study on the effectiveness of statewide mask mandates in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and the implications of its findings on future policy interventions.

Kelly George

Bringing COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics to Market

On July 22, Avalere experts discussed the marketplace for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in the “Cutting Through the Noise: Market Evolution and Pathways to Access for COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics” webinar. They examined FDA regulatory considerations, coverage and access challenges, and key pricing and distribution scenarios for optimal US market access.

Emily Belowich

8 Return-to-Work Considerations for Employers Amid COVID-19

As businesses across the country begin to reopen, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic will continually require employers to be resilient, flexible, innovative, and forward looking when it comes to returning employees safely to work sites. Among the myriad of concerns and considerations, organizational leadership will need tools that assist decision making and ensure compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

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