Strengthening Primary Health Care: The Importance of Payment Reform

COVID-19 has placed additional burdens on our already-strained primary care system. Patients struggle to access care and frequently do not have their needs met, while primary care providers (PCPs) face increasing administrative burden and burnout.

News Author: 
Celli Horstman, Corinne Lewis, Melinda K. Abrams

Nearly 1 in 5 Health Care Workers Have Quit Their Jobs During the Pandemic

Medical workers cited COVID-19, poor pay and burnout as reasons for layoffs, resignations
  • 18% of health care workers have quit their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, while another 12% have been laid off.

  • Among health care workers who have kept their jobs during the pandemic, 31% have considered leaving.

  • 79% of health care professionals said the national worker shortage has affected them and their place of work.

News Author: 
Gaby Galvin

Doctors Don’t Get Paid for Talking to Parents About Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccinations. Joe Biden Wants to Change That

In an effort to facilitate more vaccinations, the Biden Administration announced earlier this month that it will now require Medicaid, the public insurance program for low-income Americans, to pay health care providers for simply talking with families about kids’ vaccinations. While states still have to implement the new policy, Medicaid provides health insurance for more than 40% of children across the country, so the impact could be significant.

News Author: 
Abigail Abrams

New HHS Study Shows 63-Fold Increase in Medicare Telehealth Utilization During the Pandemic

Report also highlights 32-fold increase in behavioral health care through telehealth

The most-vaccinated big counties in America are beating the worst of the coronavirus

Much has been made of the gap between more-vaccinated and less-vaccinated states or red counties and blue counties. The difference is even starker in big counties with overwhelming adoption of the vaccines.

Much has been written about the yawning gap in outcomes between less-vaccinated and more-vaccinated areas, especially as deaths in less-vaccinated, red states significantly and increasingly outpace more-vaccinated, blue states. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump also reported this week that deaths in red counties are more than 50 percent higher than in blue counties.

News Author: 
Aaron Blake

State-by-State Scorecard of Racial and Ethnic Disparities Finds All States’ Health Systems Are Failing People of Color

Study Recommends Strengthening Primary Care

A new health-equity scorecard released Nov. 18 by the Commonwealth Fund finds deep-seated racial and ethnic health inequities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia — disparities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Primary Care & COVID-19: Round 31 Survey

Corona Virus

Check back regularly for the latest survey results and updates.
For data from the previous clinician survey, see Round 30 Results.

The Primary Care Collaborative is partnering with the Larry A. Green Center to regularly survey primary care clinicians and patients to better understand the impact of COVID-19 in real time.

Who replied to the survey in round 31?

    New Report Shows Primary Care Helped to Reduce Risk of Death, Infection from COVID-19

    Communities with strong primary care, robust public health and fewer social vulnerabilities fared best during pandemic

    A Resilient Primary Care Supported Patients During Summer Surge of COVID

    Telemedicine Has Been Key to Maintaining Patients’ Access to Care
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    COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Update


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