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As of now, the public health emergency (PHE) for the COVID-19 pandemic will expire July 24, 2020, unless it is renewed. Fellow contributor David Glaser and I have both reported on the potential end date of the PHE. Recent intel from Dr. Ronald Hirsh is that the Centers for Medicare…
A federal court last week rejected arguments put forward by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospital groups alleging that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transparency Rule goes beyond the government’s authority. Specifically, the AHA thought the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was…
Last week, a federal court in the District of Columbia rejected arguments by the American Hospital Association (AHA) that the Price Transparency Rule slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2021 is invalid.  While I was lucky enough to forecast that the lawsuit would fail, one can hardly gloat about successfully anticipating…
June 24, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on SDoH and SDoMH Revealed in National Study

By Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society has more layers than the largest onion! A new national survey led by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Northwestern, and Rutgers universities sheds glaring light on the current impact to communities and concerns over health disparities, and validates concern for the general and mental health…
Covid-19 Opens up Vast Opportunities for Today’s Snake Oil Salesmen The COVID-19 crisis in the United States has opened vast opportunities for fraud of every type. The scale and scope of COVID-related criminal activity is so vast, we need to take an Aristotelian approach and separate it into categories.           …
The project will focus closely on those struggling with issues associated with the social determinants of health (SDoH). The Atlanta-based Morehouse School of Medicine has been selected as the recipient of $40 million in federal funding to help ramp up the fight against COVID-19 in racially and ethnically diverse, rural,…
During a recent Monitor Mondays broadcast, a listener, Rebecca, sent a question asking about the anticipated July 24 expiration of the federal public health emergency (PHE); specifically, she wanted to know about how much to worry about it. My first reaction was that she was wrong, and that the public…
June 18, 2020

SDoH and COVID-19

By Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Centene, National Minority Quality Forum Research Racial Disparities associated with COVID-19. The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to invade society, drawing attention to the virus’s dramatic impact on racial and ethnic minorities, underserved populations, and their communities. Frightening facts continue to reflect the intersection of COVID and the social…