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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new Interim Final Rule (IFR) that is intended to allow additional beneficiaries, especially those who are at high-risk, to receive home infusions amid COVID-19 transmission concerns. Specifically, the CMS clarified the definition of “homebound” under the Medicare Home Health Benefit and temporarily suspended enforcement of the National and Local Coverage Determinations (NCD and LCD) related to home infusion services. Uncertainties remain as to how these new flexibilities will be utilized, as well as how these flexibilities could impact treatment outcomes.
Our panel of experts engaged in an in-depth discussion of the rapidly evolving regulatory environment surrounding COVID-19 testing and treatment and the strategic, financial, and operational challenges this disease presents for health insurers.
Tune into the fifth episode of our series that focuses on COVID-19. In episode 5, Avalere experts from the Policy practice discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the healthcare landscape and policy debate.
On March 30, Avalere policy experts published a piece in the Health Affairs blog about the existing programs in place to ensure patient access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines.
In the fourth episode of this series, Avalere experts discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on care delivery and the future of telehealth.
Opportunities exist to accelerate potential vaccine development.
In the third episode of this series, Avalere experts discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and response compares to previous outbreaks.
As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus, rapidly spreads through the US, media and public scrutiny over the current diagnostic testing landscape has increased, given that the US lags behind other countries in the number of tests performed and turnaround time for results reported.
New flexibilities for telehealth services in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare are designed to support ongoing COVID-19 response efforts.
As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to change daily life, concerns about the impact on global supply chains and possible drug shortages have increased. Additionally, changes to FDA processes may limit its ability to perform essential drug related activities.
Tune into the second episode of our podcast series that focuses on COVID-19. In episode 2, Avalere experts discuss how Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial plans will address the patient out of pocket costs associated with COVID-19 testing and treatment. They also acknowledge how commercial manufacturers are addressing the shortage of tests and turnaround for COVID-19 testing in the US.
Tune in to hear the first episode of our podcast series that focuses on COVID-19. In this episode, Avalere experts will discuss COVID-19 vaccinations, focusing on the timeline of development, affordability, and access.