The COVID-19 pandemic was an epic stress test for the healthcare system in general, and it affected performance across the board in regard to value-based practice. Everything went in the wrong direction: inpatient numbers ticked up; quality suffered; wellness suffered — children did not get preventive-type care or immunizations, and people delayed cancer screenings.
Craig Gaites, Texas Market President, talks about Equality Health’s expansion into Texas and the opportunities it presents to help advance quality and payment improvements in Medicaid Managed Care. Learn more about how Equality Health is working to support health plans and independent practice providers in Texas shift from fee-for-service to value-based care to focus on better outcomes for their patients.
Recently, Healthcare Innovation Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland spoke with Tomás León, interim CEO of the Equality Health Foundation, regarding that organization’s activities in the past several months, and his perspectives on the issues and opportunities facing those working for testing and vaccination equity in the current pandemic situation.
With COVID-19, there’s been an increase in the number of people reporting anxiety, stress or depression. At the same time, there is currently a supply and demand problem due to a scarcity in psychiatrists – resulting in many patients having to wait 90-180 days for an appointment.
A recent report recommends five steps healthcare organizations should take to integrate behavioral health into primary care in EHRs.