In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the undeniable fractures and weaknesses it has exposed in the American health care system, the NAM has undertaken a sector-by-sector review of the health system, the weaknesses that existed prior to COVID-19, how the sector has responded to the pandemic, and opportunities for strengthening and transforming how the health system operates in America after COVID-19. These papers will include analysis of public health; care systems; research; health payers; clinicians; quality, safety, and standards organizations; health product manufacturers and innovators; patients, families, and communities; and digital health. The papers will be published in NAM Perspectives beginning in April 2021 and will subsequently be bundled and released, with a previously unpublished concluding chapter, as an NAM Special Publication in the Fall of 2021.

Public Health COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs

Published April 7, 2021

About the Public Health Assessment

“COVID-19 provides a stark reminder of the tremendous social value of robust public health systems and the harrowing consequences for populations when those capabilities are allowed to atrophy through neglect and underinvestment.”

The first of nine papers focused on opportunities for health system transformation after COVID-19 focuses on state and local public health, systemic challenges that may have hampered their response to the pandemic, and strategies to close these gaps and reinforce the system as a whole.

 

Tweet this!  Public health leaders outline priority actions and policy considerations for reinforcing public health infrastructure after #COVID19, including addressing funding, leadership and workforce, and modernizing IT capabilities: https://doi.org/10.31478/202104c #TransformingHealth

 

Care Systems COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs

Published April 7, 2021

About the Care Systems Assessment

“Although health systems adapted throughout the pandemic to meet the needs of patients, the overall pandemic experience highlights opportunities for the sector to not only improve long-term preparedness for public health emergencies but also the effectiveness of baseline operations.”

The second of nine papers focused on opportunities for health system transformation after COVID-19 focuses on care delivery systems, systemic challenges that may have hampered their response to the pandemic, and strategies to close these gaps and reinforce the system as a whole.

 

Tweet this!  Care system leaders outline priority actions for reinforcing how care systems operate after #COVID19, including ensuring supply chain surge capacity, addressing health inequities, and supporting the health care workforce: https://doi.org/10.31478/202104d #TransformingHealth

 

Health Care Payers COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs

Published May 17, 2021

About the Health Care Payers Assessment

“The pandemic has both provided momentum to implement long-overdue changes in health care delivery, like flexibilities for virtual care, while highlighting the need to accelerate ongoing efforts to transform payment systems, including the transition to alternative payment models.”

The third of nine papers focused on opportunities for health system transformation after COVID-19 focuses on health care payers, systemic challenges that may have hampered their response to the pandemic, and strategies to close these gaps and reinforce the system as a whole.

 

Tweet this!  Health care payer leaders outline priority actions for ensuring health financing is more efficient and equitable after #COVID19, including moving to value-based payment and extending telehealth flexibilities: https://doi.org/10.31478/202105a #TransformingHealth

 

Clinicians and Professional Societies COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs

Published May 17, 2021

About the Clinicians and Professional Societies Assessment

The fourth of nine papers focused on opportunities for health system transformation after COVID-19 is now available!

Clinicians and Professional Societies COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs provides a systematic review of the clinician experience during COVID-19, challenges encountered and lessons learned, and opportunities for reinforcing and transforming the clinician workforce after the pandemic recedes. The paper identifies long-standing structural challenges and identifies opportunities to close these gaps in the future.

 

Tweet this!  Clinicians and professional society leaders identify key challenges in the sector’s response to #COVID19 as structural issues, including clinician burnout, inadequate staffing, disruptions to education, and financial impacts: https://doi.org/10.31478/202105b #TransformingHealth

 

Quality, Safety, and Standards Organizations COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs

Published July 26, 2021

About the Quality, Safety, and Standards Organinzations Assessment

The fifth of nine papers focused on opportunities for health system transformation after COVID-19 is now available!

Quality, Safety, and Standards Organizations COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs provides a systematic review of how QSS organizations responded to COVID-19, by reducing data collection load on clinicians, moving to virtual surveys and site visits, and liberalizing telemedicine policies. The paper also identifies the gaps in the QSS organizations’ response and outlines priority areas and policy considerations for improving systems of quality, safety, and standards after the pandemic.

 

Tweet this! Quality, safety, and standards orgs leaders outline priority actions after #COVID19, including new models/standards for collaboration between health care & public health and accelerating shifting away from fee-for-service care: https://doi.org/10.31478/202107d #TransformingHealth

 

Biomedical Research COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs

Published July 26, 2021

About the Biomedical Research Assessment

The sixth of nine papers focused on opportunities for health system transformation after COVID-19 is now available!

Biomedical Research COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs provides a systematic review of how the research enterprise responded to COVID-19, including fundamental scientific studies on SARS-CoV-2, public health surveillance, epidemiologic research, and supporting the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. The paper also identifies challenges that the biomedical research enterprise experienced prior to the pandemic and that impacted their ability to respond to COVID-19 and priority areas and policy considerations for reinforcing the research enterprise.

 

Tweet this! Biomedical research leaders reflect on the sector’s response to #COVID19 in a new #NAMPerspectives discussion paper, including unprecedented research initiatives, innovative public-private partnerships, and more: https://doi.org/10.31478/202107e #TransformingHealth

 

Forthcoming

Digital Health

Health Product Manufacturers and Innovators

Patients, Families, and Communities


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