Extending Gene-Environment Interactions into Policy Domains: The Case of Tobacco Taxation

Jason Fletcher,  associate professor of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin, will present the first seminar of the 2013-2014 invited speaker series on population health issues sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program (http://www.sph.umich.edu/rwjhssp/) and the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (http://www.sph.umich.edu/cseph/). A specialist in health economics, economics … Continue reading Extending Gene-Environment Interactions into Policy Domains: The Case of Tobacco Taxation

Hearsay or Fact: A Symposium on the Communication of the Affordable Care Act

"Hearsay or Fact," a free symposium sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, & the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation is scheduled for Monday, November 4, from 1:00 to 5:00 in the Michigan League Ballroom.  Participants include: Policy: John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP, Director, Institute for … Continue reading Hearsay or Fact: A Symposium on the Communication of the Affordable Care Act

State lessons on health system reform

There is a new issue brief available from the Commonwealth Fund:  State Innovation Models: Early Experiences and Challenges of an Initiative to Advance Broad Health System Reform. Since July 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded 25 states nearly $300 million to help them plan, design, and test new ways to improve … Continue reading State lessons on health system reform

How Low-Income Americans Experience Health Care: Ranking the States

From the Commonwealth Fund: The first-ever health system performance scorecard focusing on low-income Americans has one overriding message: where you live matters. The new Commonwealth Fund report Health Care in the Two Americas, along with the accompanying interactive map,provides the first state-by-state comparison of the health care experiences of the 39 percent of Americans earning less than … Continue reading How Low-Income Americans Experience Health Care: Ranking the States

The latest Health Wonk Review – Data, medicine, insurance reform, and more

From the Health Affairs Blog and Boston Health News: Health data is a theme of this edition of the Health Wonk Review because it is also the focus of the current Knight News Challenge. That contest rewards media innovation with seed money. They use the word “challenge” literally, asking for innovative responses to question:  How … Continue reading The latest Health Wonk Review – Data, medicine, insurance reform, and more

Pollution leads to drop in life span in northern China

From the New York Times: Southern Chinese on average have lived at least five years longer than their northern counterparts in recent decades because of the destructive health effects of pollution from the widespread use of coal in the north, according to a study released Monday by a prominent American science journal. The study, which … Continue reading Pollution leads to drop in life span in northern China

From the Health Affairs Blog: On June 14, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Program Integrity: Exchange, SHOP, Premium Stabilization Programs, and Market Standards.” Although the proposed rule does include a number of provisions related to program integrity, it covers a great deal more. It resolves a … Continue reading

Unauthorized Immigrants Account for Only 1.4 Percent of US Medical Spending

From the Health Affairs blog: A new study . . . found that unauthorized immigrants have lower health care expenditures compared to legal residents, naturalized citizens, and US natives. Although US natives spent $1 trillion on health care, all immigrants--unauthorized, legal, and illegal--spent one-tenth that amount, or $96.7 billion between 2000 and 2009. Unauthorized immigrants … Continue reading Unauthorized Immigrants Account for Only 1.4 Percent of US Medical Spending

The value of cross-national learning in health care

From the Commonwealth Fund: Last month, a series of Commonwealth Fund–supported articles in Health Affairs brought to light international efforts to achieve better health care at lower costs. In a new blog post, Commonwealth president David Blumenthal, M.D., and vice president Robin Osborn, director of the International Practice and Innovations program, discuss the findings and explain why cross-national studies … Continue reading The value of cross-national learning in health care

The G8 Tackles Wartime Rape: A Global (Health) Crisis

Sexual violence in any form can have debilitating physical and mental health effects on individuals, and serious social/economic repercussions for families and communities. The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) explains that violence against women is a problem in all societies around the world, both in times of peace and conflict. With this context, I … Continue reading The G8 Tackles Wartime Rape: A Global (Health) Crisis