The website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is blunt: “History shows that severe illness and death rates tend to be higher for racial and ethnic minority populations during public health emergencies than for other populations.” That is certainly happening with COVID-19.
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In June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data illustrating the early impact of coronavirus on Medicare patients, saying it “confirms long-understood disparities in health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups and among low-income populations.” With those findings in mind, Medicare highlighted the urgency of a transition away from traditional fee-for-service payments to value-based care models.
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COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health
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