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Parts of MVP Health Care’s pandemic response will endure beyond end of COVID-19

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Photo Provided MVP Health Care distributes flu shots and back-to-school kits containing masks, sanitizer and school supplies at Schenectady’s Jerry Burrell Park in September 2020. SCHENECTADY — After squeezing evolution that might normally take several years into a few months, MVP Health Care is entering the second year of the COVID pandemic with some permanent changes in place and some others still to come: MVP members used telemedicine 10,000% more in 2020 than 2019, and the remote technology is expected to be a permanent part of the health care scene, if not quite at pandemic levels.

The Schenectady-based health insurer may swing to an operating loss in 2021 after six years in the black, if members catch up on all the diagnostic tests and preventative care they skipped in 2020.

Addressing the social determinants of wellness — the non-medical things in people’s lives that diminish their health, and which proved so damaging with COVID — will continue to increase in priority and importance.

“I think the pandemic has changed the trajectory of healthcare, and how healthcare is delivered to patients and our members,” CEO Chris Del Vecchio said Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring […]

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