Amy Lerman, Member of the Firm in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in HealthPayerIntelligence, in “4 SDOH Barriers Payers Can Address to Drive Access to Care,” by Kelsey Waddill.

Following is an excerpt:

While access to care progress has stalled nationwide, payers can continue to move it forward within their own businesses by addressing four key barriers. …

Physical and Virtual Medical Care

Perhaps the most obvious, if highly resource intensive, way to increase access to care is to establish clinics in unreached areas. …

Starting a virtual care platform is not simple. On episode 6 of Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s Healthcare Strategies podcast, Amy Lerman from Epstein Becker Green talked about how to launch virtual care platforms, specifically ones intended to meet mental and behavioral healthcare needs. One practical insight she offered, for example, was to ensure that the platform has a network of providers that are licensed to cover members from every potential geographic location in which the service will be available.

By targeting these four social determinants of health barriers, payers can enable greater access to care for their members—which is exactly what healthcare coverage is designed to accomplish.

Related reading:

January 27, 2020: Amy Lerman Featured in mHealthIntelligence Podcast: “Using Telehealth to Address the Nation’s Mental Health Crisis,” by Eric Wicklund.


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