Readers seeking to stay abreast of or influence policy discussions on strengthening Medicaid-funded disability supports might find inspiration in the content shared below, which highlights trends in the broader health care field.
Modern Healthcare article on new company focusing on telehealth: “Cleveland Clinic and Boston-based telehealth company American Well are forming a joint venture digital health company, called The Clinic, to provide broad access to comprehensive and high-acuity care services via telehealth to reach patients nationally and globally, according to a news release.
Cleveland Clinic has seen a rapid increase in the use of virtual visits to deliver patient care, with the number of annual visits growing by 68% in 2018 alone. Telehealth is a key part of its aim to double the number of patients it serves in the next five years, a lofty goal Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, announced earlier this year.
The health system projects that 50% of outpatient visits will be virtual in just five years, according to the release.”
Politico Agenda report on North Carolina’s health care innovations: “North Carolina is pushing big bold ideas about quality, value and social determinants of health. And the bipartisan support in both Raleigh and Washington suggests that these ideas aren’t a progressive blip but an increasingly ingrained part of how policymakers and practitioners are thinking more broadly about what ‘health’ means and how to attain it.”
ANCOR note: Politico Agenda also has a companion article on how the North Carolina effort looks “from the perspective of an urban safety net, a rural family doctor, a remote community clinic and a disabled, homeless man.”