As the pandemic has evolved over the last year, Icario has had the opportunity to talk to industry experts about the lasting impact that COVID-19 will have on healthcare. There’s no doubt that many aspects of the healthcare industry will never be the same.

With new gaps emerging and care evolving, here are 7 top stories from Icario to read, hear, and watch, that focus on SDoH, mental health, and how COVID continues to change the healthcare industry.

Read It

For those who like to read about the latest insights, here are 2 Icario articles highlighting the real story behind preventive screenings and health plan innovations supporting member health.

#1—3 Things to Know About Preventive Screening Utilization One Year Into COVID-19

This is one of Icario’s newest articles, outlining the very real ramifications of a year of deferred care and what that’ll mean for the future of health. Throughout the last year, the way people have chosen to seek healthcare has turned on its head and as a result, healthcare utilization is down, especially for preventive screenings. As we work to climb out of COVID, and with the promise of the vaccine rollout, targeted health action programs will be critical to close gaps and overcome healthcare barriers.

Read the article 3 Things to Know About Preventive Screening Utilization One Year Into COVID-19.

#2—5 Healthcare Organizations Doing it Right When Doing Right

Not to be missed during a highly uncertain time is the good work that’s being done by healthcare organizations around the country. Not all developments in healthcare have been bad—amazing innovations are happening. In fact, many healthcare companies have risen to the occasion to overcome the challenges of this year and positively impact the communities they serve. This article features 5 organizations we admire that are getting corporate responsibility right.

Read the article 5 Healthcare Organizations Doing it Right When Doing Right.

Hear It

If you’d rather hear stories about how to overcome COVID and SDoH challenges, we have 3 healthcare podcast episodes for you featuring Icario insights, focusing on the diversity of healthcare barriers and the lasting effect of COVID-19 well beyond the coming year.

#3—There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Solution to SDoH with Craig Kennedy, CEO at Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA)

Released the week that COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing measures were beginning, this episode of the RadioRev podcast doesn’t necessarily focus on the effects of COVID-19, but highlights the personal challenges and complications that we don’t often think of when we discuss social determinants of health. Looking back on this episode, it’s clear we have a long way to go, especially considering the common SDoH barriers pre-COVID are now exacerbated and new super determinants are beginning to emerge as a result of the pandemic.

Listen to the podcast There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Solution to SDoH with Craig Kennedy.

#4—Supporting the Silent Sufferers: Simplifying Mental Health and the Patient Experience

A new healthcare crisis has emerged during the pandemic as a result of social distancing and isolation—record numbers of people reporting loneliness and depression. The collective mental health of Americans has been a topic of concern for healthcare organizations long before COVID-19 was a household name, however, all of 2020’s stressors combined have exacerbated the crisis, leading to more people than ever struggling with their mental health.

Read the episode recap and listen to the podcast Supporting the Silent Sufferers: Simplifying Mental Health and the Patient Experience.

#5—The Effect of the Post-COVID Wave on Social Determinants of Health with Sara Ratner

It’s hard to imagine a post-COVID world, but this episode of RadioRev asks us to picture what the world will look like. As an industry, we’re challenged to look ahead and realize a new era of SDoH is on the horizon. Now is the time to innovate and develop solutions that will have the greatest impact. We’re urged to go “back to basics” and remember to “keep the care in healthcare” as we navigate forward beyond the pandemic.

Listen to the podcast The Effect of the Post-COVID Wave on Social Determinants of Health with Sara Ratner.

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The Icario team joined forces with several healthcare industry experts throughout the last year for insightful conversations about how COVID is changing how we think about SDoH, mental health, and how we seek care. Here are 2 of our favorite conversations.

#6—COVID-19 Butterfly Effect: The New Era of SDoH

This webinar features a conversation discussing the good, the gaps, and what’s next for Medicaid specifically in light of COVID-19. As we look forward, it would be a serious miss to assume that healthcare won’t change forever—the shockwave that will follow the pandemic will have a lasting impact on Medicaid and social determinants. Now is the time to get ahead and begin preparing.

Watch the on-demand webinar COVID-19 Butterfly Effect: The New Era of SDoH.

#7—Breaking Down Social Determinants of Health – Data, Leadership, and What’s Next

This year at MHPA20, Icario joined a panel of industry thought leaders for a tactical discussion about addressing SDoH. This conversation covers a lot in a short amount of time, including how a disaster like COVID-19 exacerbates social determinants and brings new barriers and health impacts to light. Navigating a new landscape is never easy, but with the strategies, insights, and real experiences from this panel, you’ll have a solid action plan to get started.

Watch the on-demand webinar Breaking Down Social Determinants of Health – Data, Leadership, and What’s Next.

Even as the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, new stories behind COVID will continue to develop. As they do, we’ll be adding to our resource library so you have the latest insights to innovate, strategize, and provide the best solutions for your health plan members.