Value-based care efforts have aimed for health equity, but one Health Affairs study found evidence that some value-based purchasing efforts may maintain care disparities for Black Medicare beneficiaries.
Additionally, Amazon announced it will add a new capability to its repertoire of healthcare capabilities. On top of its existing virtual care, pharmaceutical, telehealth, in-home, and preventive care offerings, the company’s Health Condition Programs will allow patients to access digital health benefits for chronic diseases.
Meanwhile, the OCHIN Epic Electronic Health Record Network has received nine community health organizations into its ranks. The network aims to improve access to care in underserved regions.
Finally, Elevance Health has legally challenged the Department of Health and Human Services on its Medicare Advantage star ratings methodology. The payer expects to lose $500 million in quality bonus payment revenue in 2025.