Is It Time for Medicaid-For-All?
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by Gregory Stevens
1w ago
It isn’t what supporters of single-payer health care might prefer. But a Medicaid-for-all program, based on the already expansive safety-net program, might open new doors to universal coverage. And rising familiarity with the program is creating a window of opportunity. My realization began with several conversations Photo by Chela B. on Unsplash First, it was a friend going through a divorce that had helped his former wife enroll in Medicaid. Then another who had quit a job and enrolled his family in Medicaid during a six-month gap while looking for work. Then a friend, a single mother, who ..read more
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Reporting detention-related harms
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by Ranit Mishori, Kathryn Hampton, Marsha Griffin, and Nancy E. Wang
3w ago
Community-based clinicians sometimes see patients who have been recently released from immigration detention. Those encounters can be challenging, especially when patients reveal health harms experienced while in detention. It is obviously critical that clinicians provide high-quality medical care and address any health issues potentially brought about or exacerbated by their detention history. But do they also have a responsibility to report such instances to anyone? And if so, to whom and how? Background We recently published a survey of health professionals throughout the United States who ..read more
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December 2022 Healthy Intersections Podcast
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by Jess Williams
1M ago
In this month’s podcast, co-editor Jess Williams recaps blog posts from November and talks about some December journal articles. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts. Transcription Welcome back to Healthy Intersections, the podcast of themedicalcareblog.com. In this month’s episode, I’ll review some of our blog entries from November and give you a preview of some exciting articles in the December issue. Emily Gillen and coauthors wrote an interesting blog about a possible driver of disparities in telehealth utilization. They use evidence from a variety of sources to make the case tha ..read more
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November 2022 Healthy Intersections Podcast
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by Gregory Stevens and Samy Anand
2M ago
In this month’s podcast, Dr. Samy Anand gives an overview of The Medical Care Blog posts published in October and a preview of the journal articles in the November issue of Medical Care. Then, co-editor of the blog, Dr. Gregory Stevens, discusses the results of the midterm election and the results of ballot measures relevant to public health. Transcript of the podcast This is Samy, the secretary for the medical care section here with your October issue of healthy intersections. Improving treatment adherence with evidence based approaches by authors Sebastian Rodriguez and Dr. Lissette Sa ..read more
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APHA Annual Meeting 2022 Preview
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by Jess Williams
3M ago
It’s that time of year again–APHA’s Annual Meeting! This year we’ll be meeting in Boston Nov. 6-9 with a digital event Nov. 14-16. I’m looking forward to seeing colleagues this year and getting to catch up with so many interesting people. Of course, I’m also excited about the excellent Medical Care Section Program. Here’s a preview of Medical Care Section sessions: Sunday, November 6 We are kicking off the Annual Meeting with a mentoring session for students and early-career professionals (9:30am-11am, session 227). We’ll have mentors there to talk about types of jobs, work and life balance, r ..read more
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Early Access vs. Proven Efficacy: FDA’s Accelerated Approval Process
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by Cynthia Miller
3M ago
A recent JAMA article noted that only one-third of new drug approvals through the accelerated approval process by the FDA in the US or the conditional marketing authorization in the EU have shown therapeutic value.  Many of these drugs are high cost, and this begs the question if we are spending our health care dollars appropriately.  As Congress moves to improve the accelerated approval process through the Accelerated Approval Integrity Act, we must understand its history and ways to mitigate unnecessary spending while maintaining access to innovative treatments. The Accelerat ..read more
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The Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network MODRN
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by Jess Williams
4M ago
The Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN) was started by AcademyHealth and is a collaborative research network of state Medicaid agencies and university partners. The goal of the network is to allow analysis and learning about Medicaid by facilitating comparison across states and aggregate data with a shorter lag time than other available sources.  This week I was able to interview Dr. Julie Donoue who is the corresponding author of a recently published Medical Care paper detailing the network. You can listen to the audio here, or wherever you get your podcasts. The writt ..read more
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September Podcast
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by The Editors
5M ago
On this month’s episode of the Health Intersections Podcast, Samy Anand from the Medical Care Section recaps last month’s blog posts and previews September’s issue of the Medical Care journal. Check out these great reads. Next, Jess Williams, co-editor of the blog and podcast, interviews Dr. Cheryl Conner who is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a dedicated member of the American Public Health Association. The interview delves into a recently published commentary in Medical Care, “Advancing Public Health Interventions to Address the Harms of the Carce ..read more
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Becoming Adept at Policy in Health Advocacy
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by Devin Quinn, Sierra Stites, and Joshua Freeman
5M ago
The pursuit of health equity requires public health and medical professionals to become adept at policy in their health advocacy work. The American Public Health Association (APHA), in fact, defines policy work as one of its 10 essential public health services. APHA says professionals should be capable of “creating, championing and implementing policies, plans and laws”. At the University of Kansas Medical Center, the (Sexual) Health Empowerment team [known as the (S)HE] works to address the sexual and reproductive health disparities of women with a history of incarceration. We do th ..read more
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Medicare Will Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices…In Four Years
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by Gregory Stevens
5M ago
In 2026, Medicare will negotiate prescription drug prices with manufacturers. It is a dramatic reversal of a stranglehold placed on Medicare back in 2003. And it may be one of the most impactful policy changes to the government program since its creation. But there is a catch…we have to wait. President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law in late August. It prominently includes a new ability to negotiate prescription drug prices. It also makes other big changes to how Medicare otherwise manages drug costs. For example, it caps out-of-pocket drug costs for pa ..read more
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