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Subject Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Medication, COVID-19 Outcomes & Medicare Enrollment
Date June 17, 2021 8:01 PM
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Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Health Care

Several June articles discuss racial/ethnic disparities.

In one, Barbara Andraka-Christou studied racial and ethnic disparities
in the use of medication for opioid use disorder. She notes that
"buprenorphine treatment is largely unavailable to people of color
very people who could most benefit from its lower stigma."

In another, Marissa Reitsma and coauthors analyzed community-level data
on COVID-19 in California from 2020 and found that among cases with
known race and ethnicity, 70 percent were among Latinos
compared with their 39.1 percent population share.

Also, David J. Meyers and colleagues examined growth in Medicare
Advantage enrollment

and found that from 2009 to 2018, Black beneficiaries, dual enrollees in
Medicare and Medicaid, and residents of neighborhoods in the highest
quintile of the Social Deprivation Index had the largest increases.

In a book review, David Goldberg discusses Diabetes: A History of Race
and Disease
by the medical historian Arleen Marcia Tuchman. The book probes the
history of diabetes from the perspective of racial categorization and
emphasizes the role of social determinants of health in racial
disparities in diabetes rates.

Today on Health Affairs Blog, David Muhlestein and coauthors discuss
growth trends of accountable care organizations

and the continued movement toward value-based payment.

Watch Health Affairs Blog for
analysis of today's Supreme Court decision in California v. Texas
rejecting a challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

Elevating Voices: Pride Month: In March 2018 Ana Progovac and coauthors
published a paper in Health Affairs acknowledging progress made around
recording gender identity information for patients, but noting that
"many electronic health records still do not record gender identity
despite the fact that 90 percent of patients say that they would share
this information even in emergency settings."

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One-on-One with Micky Tripathi, National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services


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Your Daily Digest

Addressing Racial And Ethnic Disparities In The Use Of Medications For
Opioid Use Disorder

Barbara Andraka-Christou

Racial/Ethnic Disparities In COVID-19 Exposure Risk, Testing, And Cases
At The Subcounty Level In California

Marissa B. Reitsma et al.

Growth In Medicare Advantage Greatest Among Black And Hispanic Enrollees

David J. Meyers et al.

All-Payer Spread Of ACOs And Value-Based Payment Models In 2021: The
Crossroads And Future Of Value-Based Care

David Muhlestein, William K. Bleser, Robert S. Saunders, Mark B.

Identifying Gender Minority Patients' Health And Health Care Needs In
Administrative Claims Data

Ana M. Progovac

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Peering Into The MedPAC Crystal Ball For The Future Of Medicare Payments

Listen to Health Affairs' Leslie Erdelack and Jessica Bylander discuss
the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act and the
latest report from MedPAC.

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