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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. 

Air Pollution Connected to Adverse and Inequitable Health Outcomes

Worse air quality leads to preventable negative health outcomes that increase healthcare costs. Further, urban and minority populations are often exposed to disproportionate pollution risks, leading to impaired health and increased financial burden on both individuals and broader health and social systems.

Avalere Analysis of Disparities in Kidney Care Service Utilization

In light of proposed changes to the ESRD Treatment Choices Model to address health disparities, an Avalere analysis of Medicare claims found gaps in access to and utilization of specific dialysis-related services by patient race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

Christina Badaracco

Malnutrition MIPS Improvement Activity Included in QPP Proposed Rule

In the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, CMS proposed to include an Avalere-submitted malnutrition-focused improvement activity (IA) in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Morenike AyoVaughan

6 Ways for Manufacturers to Engage in Health Equity

Reducing health disparities is critical to advancing health equity, and each stakeholder has a role to play.

Christie Teigland

Healthcare Among High-Need, High-Cost Beneficiaries in FFS vs. MA

Avalere experts participated in a pre-release panel session, "Healthcare Utilization, Cost, and Quality Among High-Need, High-Cost Beneficiaries in Medicare Fee-for-Service versus Medicare Advantage," that was presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research annual conference May 17–20, 2021.

Assessing Changes in Prenatal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-related concerns influenced shifts in utilization and changes to the delivery of major pregnancy-related services. The expanded use of telemedicine in the maternal care continuum increasingly provided expectant patients with access to healthcare services while adhering to social-distancing guidelines.

Blair Burnett

PACHA Highlights Need to Address HIV PrEP Coverage Disparities

On March 8–9, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) discussed avenues to achieving equitable access to HIV prevention products for at-risk populations as well as next steps in revising the National Strategic Plan to End the HIV Epidemic.

Reducing Maternal Mortality Among Women of Color

Women of color are disproportionately affected by pregnancy-related death in the US, which has a higher maternal mortality rate than 10 other developed nations worldwide.

Investing in Health Disparities: A Framework for Accelerating Action

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and recent social events highlighting systemic inequities, life sciences companies have issued bold statements reaffirming their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

Christina Badaracco

Podcast: Patient Health, Food Insecurity, and the Impact of Medically Tailored Meals

Tune into another episode of Avalere Health Essential Voice. In this segment, we are joined by experts from nutrition service organizations to discuss the impact of medically tailored meals (MTM) on health outcomes and healthcare costs, and future opportunities to expand their reach through health insurance plans.

Brigit Kyei-Baffour

Strengthening Patient Access for Type 2 Diabetes Preventive Services

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) rates have grown substantially over the years and have placed a significant burden on the US healthcare system. While prevention efforts continue to advance, including the availability of screening tools and early prevention therapies, systemic disparities still preclude equitable access to preventive services. These will need to be addressed as a key component of strengthening patient access to preventive care and lowering the incidence of disease.

Video: Social Determinants of Health: The Importance of Data, Part 2

Tune into the second segment of the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH) data. In this segment, Avalere experts discuss how life sciences organizations are beginning to recognize the importance and impact of this data, particularly in real-world evidence value demonstration work.

Christie Teigland

Podcast: Social Determinants of Health: The Importance of Data, Part 2

Tune into the second segment of the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH) data. In this segment, Avalere experts discuss how life sciences organizations are beginning to recognize the importance and impact of this data, particularly in real-world evidence value demonstration work.

Christie Teigland

Video: Social Determinants of Health: The Importance of Data, Part 1

In Part 1 of this segment focused on social determinants of health (SDOH), our experts from Avalere’s Health Economics and Advanced Analytics practice discuss the importance of SDOH data, how health plans are increasingly utilizing that data, and the ongoing limitations to data access.

Christie Teigland

Podcast: Social Determinants of Health: The Importance of Data, Part 1

Tune into our fifth episode in the Avalere Health Essential Voice podcast series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH). In Part 1 of this segment, our experts from Avalere’s Health Economics and Advanced Analytics practice discuss the importance of SDOH data, how health plans are increasingly utilizing that data, and the ongoing limitations to data access.

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