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News, Announcements, Celebrations
- Denver nursing professor writes textbook to spur reflective practice is a story in the Denver Business Journal by Ed Sealover about Sara Horton-Deutsch, a longtime student of reflective practice, who has co-authored Reflective Practice, Second Edition: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes with Gwen D. Sherwood.
- AAFP Creates Primary Care Innovation Fellowship is a story in AAFP about an opportunity for the purpose of moving the needle on health IT to ensure it actually works for, not against primary care teams. Apply here by August 31st.
- Severe mental illness (SMI) resources contains a number of resources and fact sheets for primary care physicians treating patients with serious mental illness and other conditions, recently posted on the WONCA Global Family Doctor site.
- TD Garden owners agreed to hold fund-raisers for Boston – but they never have is a story in the Boston Globe by Milton J. Valencia of a great case study of community, teens in this case, leading the charge.
- Her Own medical Future at Stake, a Child Storms Capitol Hill is an NPR story by Alison Kodjak about how Tynia McCullough, an 11 year-old with sickle cell anemia, went to Washington to lobby Congress against Medicaid overhaul.
- Colorado Medicaid changes its policy on opioid drugs in response to crisis is a story in the Colorado Springs Independent by J. Adrian Stanley about how HCPF is responding to the problem by restricting opioid prescriptions issued through state Medicaid.
- State House forms mental health task force to fix “archaic” system is a story on Michigan Radio by Cheyna Roth about how House Speaker Tom Leonard (R) formed a bi-partisan committee to learn what is and is not working in Michigan. The hope is that this committee goes beyond talking and planning.
- Medicaid Copay Plan Met with Strong Opposition is a story posted on KUNM by Ed Williams about how New Mexico is considering a plan to charge Medicaid patients copays to save the state money but is drawing strong criticism from health care groups, poverty advocates and Medicaid recipients.
- Nova Scotia to offer free pre-primary care at 43 locations is a story by Marieke Walsh and Alexander Quon in Global News about a government program that will operate in 43 sites during normal school hours for children who are ate least four years of age by December 31st. Health, safety and quality are the primary concerns with one early childhood educator assigned to every 10 children in a class.
- The U.S. should rethink its entire approach to painkillers and the people addicted to them, panel urges is an article in the Los Angeles Times by Melissa Healy that discusses a report by a panel of the National Academies of Science formed to advise the federal government about what to do about the opioid crisis. New recommendations underscore that “the best physicians should not be providing pain treatment on their own.”
- These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In. is a story in The New York Times by Kate Zernike and Abby Goodnough that discusses how support for the ACA has risen since the election, with more people viewing the law favorably.
- Study suggests why more skin in the game won’t fix Medicaid is a posting on com by Don Sapatkin about the unintended consequences of trying to save health-care dollars.
- How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums is a report from the Congressional Budget Office released in early 2017.
- In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids’ Health Care at Risk is an NPR story by Martha Bebinger that highlights how the Senate’s plan to replace Obamacare does not protect children.
- The Long History of Discrimination in Pain Medicine is an interview in The Atlantic by Sarah Zhang with Daniel Goldberg, a Farley Center partner, historian, lawyer, public health ethicist; about how x-rays and other “objective” instruments influenced controversies about whose pain should be believed over the course of time.
- Physician Payment Reform – Progress to Date is an article in the NEJM by Drs. Paul Ginsburg and Kavita Patel about the dominant policy issue regarding physician payment for the foreseeable future being the blending of fee-for-service payment with approaches based on broader units of service.
- Here’s what would happen if you broke your arm in 9 countries around the world is an article in Business Insider by Dan Bobkoff about how insurance, medical care and healthcare costs vary around the world.
- Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care is a posting on The Commonwealth Fund site by Eric Schneider and colleagues about how the United States health system falls short.
- JAMA Forum: Improving Health Care for Homeless People is a posting on news@JAMA by Drs. Howard Koh and James O’Connell about how tackling the special needs of this vulnerable population requires not only better ways to care for individuals but also broad policies to address homelessness itself.
Research, Data, Evaluation
- Andy Melton, is in the final stages of his doctoral studies in counselor education and supervision. His work is focused on the experiences of behavioral health consultants and is looking for mental health professionals working in primary care settings and in the process of obtaining professional licensure, who are willing to complete a 15-20 minute survey about training and development. Please feel free to forward to other eligible folks.
- Mental health coverage cuts result in extra costs is a posting on Reuters by Gene Emery about how the Netherlands, in an effort to save money on mental health care by raising patient co-pays produced $15 million in short-term savings but ended up adding $29 million to the costs of treating bipolar and psychotic disorders, according to researchers.
- Individual Insurance Market Performance in Early 2017 is an issue brief posted on The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation by Cynthia Cox and Larry Levitt that looks at recently-released first quarter financial data from 2017 to examine whether recent premium increases were sufficient to bring insurer performance back to pre-ACA levels. New data suggest that the individual market has been stabilizing and insurers are regaining profitability.
- Medicaid Restructuring and Children with Special Health Care Needs is an executive summary/ issue brief by MaryBeth Musumeci in org about how nearly ¾ of all children with special health care needs live in low or middle income families, below 400% of the federal poverty level.
- How good is exercise for weight loss? It might depend if you’re a man or a woman is a story reported in Coach by Sam Downing about CU researcher Rebecca Foright’s work that highlights a potential problem in studies, which rely on data drawn from male mice, overlooking the different results that may come from female mice.
- Opioid dose reduction may benefit patients with chronic pain is an article in Healio that summarizes research that looked at dose reduction or discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain.
- Eliminating the Medicaid Expansion May Cause More Damage than Congress Realizes is a posting on Health Affairs Blog by Justin Puckett and Jalpa Doshi about a case study examining how adverse tiering practices might vary for patients with HIV/AIDS based on their state’s Medicaid expansion status.
- How Multi-Sector Health Partnerships Evolve is a posting on RWJF’s Culture of Health Blog by Emmy Ganos that discusses a report by ReThink Health that provides a snapshot of what health-focused partnerships look like and how they evolve based on 237 survey responses from 42 states, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands.
- The Population Health Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle: Life Expectancy Increased and Onset of Disability Delayed is a posting on Health Affairs by Neil Mehta and Mikko Myrskyla who used data from the Health and Retirement Study to look at people aged 50 and older who never smoked, were not obese and who consumed alcohol moderately. This group when compared with the whole U.S. population had a life expectancy at age 50 that was seven years longer, and experienced a delay in the onset of disability of up to six years.
- Challenges for Insured Patients in Accessing Behavioral Health Care is an article by Dr. Deb Seymour and colleagues in Ann Fam Med about a Denver metropolitan project that confirmed that access to outpatient behavioral health care is limited despite existing ACA regulations.