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May 18, 2020

Congress Gets Serious About COVID Phase 4 Legislation

As Congressional leaders begin to work out details of the final Phase 4 bill, PBGH will be engaging with congressional leaders on each of these topics, with a particular focus on strengthening the primary care system and preventing price spikes.

May 15, 2020

Consequences of COVID-19: Experts Forecast the Future of Health Care Costs and Utilization

The unprecedented collapse in patient volume sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic could reshape health care for years to come, but whether those changes ultimately prove beneficial or destructive remains to be seen, experts say.

May 7, 2020

The Silent Pandemic of Loneliness

Already pervasive in the modern world, loneliness and social isolation are extending their reach deeper into the American workforce as the COVID-19 pandemic upends the routines and relationships of daily life. The physical distancing required to manage COVID-19 should not be confused with social distancing and isolation.

May 1, 2020

The Stakes for Primary Care – Impact of COVID-19 and the Urgent Need for Action

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected nearly 1 million people in the United States, killed tens of thousands, and is having an unprecedented negative effect on the country’s economy. It has also strained primary care providers to near the breaking point. Nearly half of independent primary care practices report that they are in danger of closing in the coming months due to a collapse in revenue. Primary care practice closures threaten patients’ access to health care during this pandemic and afterward.

April 27, 2020

Doctors Expect to Use Telehealth More Extensively Post COVID-19

Telehealth is quickly emerging as an important clinical tool for physicians scrambling to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both patients and physicians report being happy with treatment delivered via telehealth, but doctors say barriers to adoption still exist.

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Policy & Politics: Employers Take a Leadership Role

The health care provisions of COVID-19-related legislation to date have focused primarily on ensuring health care providers have the resources they need to treat the influx of affected patients. In addition, Congress has rightly taken steps to slow the spread of the virus, ensure that patients have access to needed tests and treatment, and protect workers and businesses from the collapsing economy.

April 22, 2020

Large Employers Adapt Health Coverage in the Age of COVID-19

Large, self-insured U.S. employers are adjusting their health coverage to meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey by […]

April 20, 2020

Telehealth Providing Critical Pregnancy Support During Pandemic

Telehealth has emerged as a vital tool for helping expecting mothers and clinicians manage pregnancy in the time of COVID-19.

That was the overarching take away from a recent webinar on maternity issues and the COVID-19 pandemic held by Pacific Business Group on Health and co-hosted by the Washington Health Care Authority and Washington Health Alliance. Participants included employers who help cover the costs of about 70% of all births in Washington state.