Andi Weiss, director of behavioral services for MicroMass Communications, discusses how behavioral science can be used to impact current health behaviors even more effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even this far into the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing masks is still a hot-button issue in various areas across the country, according to a study by Embee Mobile and the University of California Berkeley.

CVS Health officially launched Time for Care, a campaign that reinforces the importance of accessing primary health care. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have appropriately focused on staying home to keep themselves and others healthy. Although this kind of physical distancing is still an essential component of preventing the spread of COVID-19, CVS Health leaders developed Time for Care to emphasize that it is critical for people to continue prioritizing health care needs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked adoption of many healthcare technologies, but there is still room for growth. Prior to COVID-19, only 11 percent of patients used telehealth services. According to data released in June, 67 percent said they are more likely to use telehealth services moving forward.

A quarter of healthcare organizations’ revenue is tied to value-based payments, according to a survey by the healthcare data analytics and policy company DataGen. Those with 550 or more beds reported the largest portion of risk, with an average of 37.9 percent of revenue tied to VBP.

The Bloc’s Dan Sontupe explores why the failure to educate patients about their conditions and treatment plans is a far bigger driver of healthcare costs than the price of prescription drugs.

A surge of U.S. policymakers and payers are endeavoring to shift providers’ financial incentives from those that pay for fee-for-service and greater volume of care to those that pay for high-value care. While there are some who resist this change, the die is cast as value-based contracting is delivering benefits to those who pay the bills.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Alternative Quality Contract slowed the rate of medical spending growth by up to 12 percent while improving patient care over the course of eight years, according to a Harvard Medical School study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The American College of Surgeons and Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness announced a new partnership aimed at improving health care value.

Healthcare consumers may love the idea of virtual care, but so far few are actually taking advantage of it. That’s the core message coming out of a recent Vivify Health survey, which showed 83 percent of consumers are interested in receiving virtual care, but only 17 percent have access to it.