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Health Care Staffing Woes Persist as Omicron Surges

With the Omicron coronavirus rapidly spreading through the United States, many are reassessing their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the CDC revised its guidelines for quarantine and isolation periods (which was met with mixed reactions). Workers, organizations, and schools are all trying to navigate this period of uncertainty as infections rise.On today's episode of Health Affairs This Week, Health Affairs' Jessica Bylander and Rob Lott discuss the latest on COVID-19 quarantine periods, CDC guidance on the subject, and how those recommendations and the ongoing pandemic is affecting the health care workforce.Related Links: Nurse Employment During The First Fifteen Months Of The COVID-19 Pandemic (Health Affairs) Emerging Health Workforce Strategies To Address COVID-19 (Health Affairs Forefront) CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population (CDC) California Department of Public Health Regarding Quarantine and Isolation Periods (CDPH) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | Overcast
January 14, 2022

Prescription Drug Policy, Drug Pricing & Aduhelm With Rachel Sachs

While COVID-19 shallowed many headlines in the health care space, a lot of movement was made in various health policy areas, including prescription drug pricing.On today's episode of Health Affairs This Week, Rachel Sachs, the Treiman Professor of Law at the Washington University in St. Louis, joins the program with Health Affairs Forefront Editor Chris Fleming to discuss Aduhelm and drug pricing. The two discuss Rachel's latest Health Affairs Forefront article (formerly known as Health Affairs Blog) and review what happened in the prescription drug space last year and preview what to watch in 2022. Related Links: Prescription Drug Policy: The Year In Review, And The Year Ahead (Health Affairs Forefront) The FDA's Approval Of Aduhelm: Potential Implications Across A Wide Range Of Health Policy Issues And Stakeholders (Health Affairs Forefront) Podcast: Drug Pricing On The Agenda For Massive Infrastructure Bill (Health Affairs This Week) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | Overcast
January 7, 2022

New National Health Spending Data and Introducing Health Affairs Forefront

Read what's new on Health Affairs Forefront, a rebrand of the Health Affairs Blog.This week, Health Affairs released the annual national health care spending data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Using data from 2020, the first data which relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, the report found health spending reached a record high in 2020.  But Health Affairs had some of its own news this week as well. We are rebranding our respected Health Affairs Blog into a new digital publication named Health Affairs Forefront.  Health Affairs' Rob Lott and Chris Fleming convene on Health Affairs This Week to discuss CMS' new national health care spending data and what's behind the rebrand to Health Affairs Forefront.Related Links: National Health Care Spending In 2020: Growth Driven By Federal Spending In Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic (Health Affairs) Welcome to Health Affairs Forefront (Health Affairs Forefront) Innovation At The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services: A Vision For The Next 10 Years (Health Affairs Forefront) The Workforce for Non-Police Behavioral Health Crisis Response Doesn't Exist - We Need To Create It (Health Affairs Forefront) Podcast: LIVE with with Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator (A Health Podyssey) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | OvercastRead what's new on Health Affairs Forefront, a rebrand of the Health Affairs Blog.
December 17, 2021

A Year in Health Policy Review

With 2021 about to be in the rearview mirror, Health Affairs' Jessica Bylander and Ellen Bayer gather on Health Affairs This Week to quickly chat about some of the biggest developments in health policy for the year.Looking back, they talk about the Biden administration's health agenda - which includes a focus on health equity and innovation - as well as the Build Back Better measure, how infrastructure relates to health policy, and where we move from here.Related Links: Innovation At The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services: A Vision For The Next 10 Year (Health Affairs Blog) A Strategic Vision For Medicaid And The Children's Health Insurance Program (Health Affairs Blog) How the House Spending Bill Would Expand Health Care Benefits (The Washington Post) Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (White House) My First 100 Days and Where We Go From Here: A Strategic Vision for CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | Overcast
December 10, 2021

Global Health Inequity: Examining Omicron Through The Lens of HIV/AIDS

The first Omicron COVID-19 variant case was confirmed in the state of California this week. But there is a lot we don't know about this new COVID-19 variant. On today's episode of Health Affairs This Week, Health Affairs' Leslie Erdelack and Rob Lott discuss what's known (and not known) about the new variant, global health inequity, and how the HIV/AIDS epidemic can inform the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Related Links: President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter (White House) What the AIDS crisis can teach us about the COVID pandemic response (NPR) 2021 Worlds AIDS Day Report (UNAIDS) National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States 2022-2025 (White House) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | Overcast
December 3, 2021

The ACA and Health Policy at the Supreme Court with Katie Keith

Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has faced legal challenges. With the law on the books for more than 10 years, the measure is still facing litigation.Cases currently pending before the Supreme Court include Section 1557, the ACA’s primary nondiscrimination provision. The court is still considering to take on additional cases against the ACA related to the health insurance tax and hospital reimbursement policies.To discuss and make sense of the myriad challenges and lawsuits, Georgetown University's Katie Keith joins Health Affairs' Senior Editor Chris Fleming on Health Affairs This Week. Together, they review the latest ACA challenges [and litigation] and where the courts may take the measure. Related Links: ACA Litigation Round-Up: What's Resolved, What's On Hold, And What's Still Moving? (Health Affairs Blog) Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C. (SCOTUSblog) CVS Health Partners With Disability Community In Commitment To Affordable And Equitable Access To Health Care Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization (SCOTUSblog) Supreme Court Whether 340B Hospitals Retain Discounts on Medicare Part B Drugs (Commonwealth Fund) Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Castro | Stitcher | Deezer | Overcast
November 19, 2021

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