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Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and worsened underlying healthcare disparities in access, risks, and outcomes for specific population groups. These differences may also be caused by social factors such as transportation, nutrition, education, housing, and child care—called social determinants of health. Identify patient groups at risk using our extensive data and rely on our expert guidance to identify opportunities to address this societal issue. 

Emily Gillen

Limited Internet Access May Drive Disparities in Telehealth Use

Telehealth has the potential to expand access to healthcare by allowing people to interact with providers remotely, but disparities affect access to the technology that makes telehealth possible.

Mary Gens

Reducing Disparities in Medicine: Advancing Equity in Clinical Trials

Clinical trial participation has not appropriately represented all patient populations, which risks overlooking all patients’ perspectives and potential health outcomes. Numerous federal efforts have taken place this year to enhance equity in clinical trials, however, a lack of legislative progress leaves an opportunity for life science companies to get involved.

Medication Adherence in Medically Underserved Areas

An Avalere analysis explores disparities in medication adherence for Medicare Part D beneficiaries living in medically underserved areas (MUAs) and non-MUAs.

MQii Roundtable Proceedings / Malnutrition and Health Equity

Successful initiatives to address malnutrition and food insecurity through quality measurement and community partnerships are improving malnutrition care across the country and addressing health equity.

Rebecca Yip

Underrepresented Groups Would Save with Part D OOP Cap

As policymakers continue to consider reforms to the Part D benefit design, an Avalere analysis finds that a disproportionate share of disabled beneficiaries and racial/ethnic minority groups, including Black and Hispanic beneficiaries, would have out-of-pocket (OOP) costs above $2,000 in 2024, indicating that an OOP spending cap under Part D benefit redesign may particularly benefit these patient populations.

Mali Khan

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Health

As climate change continues to alter the patterns of everyday life, healthcare stakeholders should consider strategies to prevent and mitigate negative environmental contributions and proactively address the impacts of climate change on health outcomes, health equity, and healthcare costs.

Milena Sullivan

Medicare Draft NCD for Alzheimer’s Drugs Poses Equity Questions

Avalere analysis seeks to understand potential access to clinical trial sites by race, given the draft requirement to ensure diverse participation.

Shaping Health Equity Policy in 2022

Multiple health equity focused policy proposals are expected in 2022. Healthcare organizations should be primed to engage in comment periods and evaluate readiness for changes to quality measures.

Grecia Marrufo

Podcast: Exploring the Kidney Care Environment, Part III: Addressing Healthcare Disparities

Tune into the third episode in the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast miniseries focused on the evolving kidney care landscape. In the final segment, our Market Access and Policy experts take a deeper dive into disparities in kidney care and discuss how various groups are looking to address these gaps.

Video: Exploring the Kidney Care Environment, Part III: Addressing Healthcare Disparities

Tune into the third episode in the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast miniseries focused on the evolving kidney care landscape. In the final segment, our Market Access and Policy experts take a deeper dive into disparities in kidney care and discuss how various groups are looking to address these gaps.

Brook Getachew

Avalere Data on Breast Cancer Screening Disparities Published in AJMC

Avalere analysis conducted in collaboration with the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) was published in the American Journal of Managed Care, showing disparities in breast cancer screening rates during the COVID-19 pandemic among racial and ethnic minority groups and based on insurance type.

Grecia Marrufo

Medication Adherence Disparities Linked to Race, Socioeconomic Factors

An Avalere analysis finds that a smaller share of Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries and beneficiaries in lower socioeconomic quartiles have sufficient adherence for commonly used medications. The analysis also shows greater disparities in Medicare plans rated 3 stars or fewer.

Wenbo Bai

Food Industry-Healthcare Partnerships Can Address Disease Burden

While some food industry stakeholders have begun to integrate their operations into the healthcare system, opportunities remain for further collaboration to improve outcomes and quality of life for their patients, customers, and members.

Claire Davis

Increased Utilization of SDOH Z Codes Can Enhance Patient Care

The FY 2022 update of the ICD-10-CM includes 19 new Z codes that relate to social determinants of health (SDOH). Z codes present an opportunity to standardize and improve patient SDOH data collection to assist stakeholders in addressing non-clinical needs that impact health outcomes and healthcare costs.

Christina Badaracco

Universal Pre-K Could Affect Access to Preventive and Diagnostic Care

While proponents of universal pre-K (UPK) and other early care and education (ECE) programs have long cited its value for promoting children’s cognitive and social emotional development, preliminary evidence shows that these programs have similar direct health benefits.

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