March 3, 2023 - How the health insurance system captures "long-term" COVID-19 realities.

At this link, a PDF copy of the JAMA Health Forum article from this date.


The numbers help support any and all arguments that this is not an imaginary situation that will soon blow over if ignored long enough.


These claims data reflect individuals managed within "the system," and not those who are self-managed of course. 


Still interesting, and disturbing to have the confirmation in this manner that "long-term" COVID-19 is too often quite destructive. 


Continuing to characterize the disease ...


No mention of effective therapies, but that (I guess) was not the objective.


I quote their ...



In this case-control study of 13 435 US adults with PCC and 26 870 matched adults without COVID-19, individuals with PCC experienced elevated rates of adverse health events and mortality over the 12-month follow-up period, after accounting for risk factors present pre–COVID-19. To our knowledge, this analysis is the largest national study of commercially insured individuals with PCC including a full year of follow-up. Assessing ongoing needs of this population will be crucial, especially as it relates to the onset of new chronic conditions following the initial illness. These findings will improve understanding of care needed for individuals with PCC, as well as inform health care systems directing resources toward surveillance, follow-up, and case management to this population."



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