Policy Connection: Healthcare Policy and the Road Ahead for States

While a new administration addresses federal policy for the pandemic, vaccines, and more, the policy implementation remains largely with the states. Today’s guest is Hemi Tewarson, visiting fellow leading state health policy research at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and former director of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Health Division. She discusses what changes to expect for healthcare policy, and how the states and industry can prepare.

Today’s panel features Deanne Kasim, executive director of Healthcare Policy at Change Healthcare; Arien Malec, SVP of Research and Development at Change Healthcare; and Hemi Tewarson, senior policy fellow at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University.

Here's what they discussed.

  • The policy burden on states and how the federal government can help
  • Policy issues put on hold during the pandemic that remain to be addressed
  • The collision between surging demands and depleted state budgets
  • The impact of predictable federal funding on health policy
  • How to solve logistical challenges of vaccine distribution
  • Overcoming public resistance to vaccination
  • What’s next for telehealth policy
  • How to institutionalize lessons learned from the pandemic

Episode Resources

  1. Hemi Tewarson’s bio
  2. Deanne Kasim’s bio
  3. Arien Malec’s bio
  4. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University
  5. Supporting an Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines: Key Themes, Strategies, and Challenges Across State and Territorial COVID-19 Vaccination Plans
  6. Change Healthcare Government Affairs
  7. Change Healthcare Industry Insights
  8. COVID-19 Updates and Resources
  9. COVID-19 Updates Newsletter
  10. Change Healthcare Insights Newsletter

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