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Unnecessary ED visits cost Virginians $91M

| Apr 22, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Health Information agency estimates that about 13% of emergency department (ED) visits in 2018 could have been avoided, saving approximately $91M.     Using data from the Virginia All Payer Claims Database (APCD), the agency found the total cost of avoidable ED visits to be $103 million and...[ Read More ]

Nearing 100 organizations at State of Reform in Virginia next week

Matt Beuschlein | Apr 21, 2021 | Virginia

We are looking forward to seeing a few hundred of our best friends in Virginia health care and health policy next week at the 2021 Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference! We get about half of our registration in the last week or so. And, since we're in that...[ Read More ]

COVID-19 P.1 variant cases detected in two Virginians

| Apr 20, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced the first cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant P.1 have been identified in two samples from Virginia residents. One case was identified in an adult resident of the Northwest Region who had a history of domestic travel during the exposure period and the second...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Capitol insiders, How COVID has changed us, Plan-provider relations

| Apr 20, 2021 | Virginia

Next week is our 2021 Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference with more than 60 speakers curated for you. These are some of the most important leaders in Virginia health care and health policy. This newsletter features things that we think are important to watch. And, our Convening Panel has told...[ Read More ]

Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Opens for All Adults on Sunday

| Apr 16, 2021 | Virginia

As Governor Ralph Northam announced earlier this month, all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Sunday, April 18. This expansion of eligibility comes as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program—approximately half of all adults in the Commonwealth have received at least...[ Read More ]

Office of Equity highlights recent wins in racism battle

| Apr 16, 2021 | Virginia

Earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity updated community members on several key initiatives and new legislation that will help improve equity in the commonwealth, including a bill that recognizes racism as a public health crisis     Kasongo Butler, program manager for Elite Business...[ Read More ]

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