Humana CEO, Surgeon General Offer COVID-Inspired Lessons

If there’s any upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that it has laid bare what both the country and health care organizations need to prioritize moving forward, suggested two keynote speakers during the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) National Conference on Medicare, Medicaid & Dual Eligibles, which was held online from Sept. 14-17.

“I really do hope that we don’t just look at this as a fire to be put out, but we look at it as a real opportunity to address some underlying kindling that was there,” VADM Jerome Adams, M.D., the U.S. Surgeon General, said during a Sept. 14 panel hosted by AHIP President and CEO Matt Eyles. A major part of that “kindling,” he said, are the stark disparities in social and economic conditions experienced by different racial and ethnic groups across the country.

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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