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Congress Passed An Important Bill On Opioid Treatment -- Now They Need to Fund It

Travis N. Rieder | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Travis N. Rieder

The bill did not include complete funding for the proposals, which Republicans insisted be voted on separately after the summer recess.

MACRA: A Focus On Your Patients, Populations And Practice

Jay Bhatt | Posted 07.05.2016 | Business
Jay Bhatt

Jay Bhatt, DO, Chief Health Officer, Illinois Health and Hospital Association Heather Lavoie, Chief Strategy Officer, Geneia MACRA (the Medicare Acce...

Sleep-Friendly Schools: There Oughta Be A Law

Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD

I used to think school start times should be a local decision -- until I spent 15 years working to get my district to delay a 7:17 a.m. school bell that made my children sick and chronically sleep-deprived.

Shaping the Next Administration's Response to HIV in the U.S.

David Holtgrave | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
David Holtgrave

Reasonable people may disagree on the details of how best to address the U.S. epidemic through 2025, but we hope that everyone will agree it is time to truly "end AIDS" in the U.S., and that the next administration has an absolutely critical role to play in writing that history.

Top Integrative Pain Researcher Urges End to Reductionist Dominance

John Weeks | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Cherkin is offering a key ingredient. Restructuring priorities from the presently reductionist biomedical approach to pain is the stock that will provide a necessary base for the hearty soup of real health care reform.

Chronicle of Health Creation: Are Integrative Health and Medicine Part of the National Pain Strategy?

John Weeks | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The medical industry's uptake of complementary and integrative health and medicine is wildly uneven. This is true even in pain treatment, an area that drew most people to integrative practices and practitioners.

Oklahoma's Proposed Medicaid Cut Won't Pass Federal Muster

Jesse Cross-Call | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Jesse Cross-Call

Oklahoma's Senate is considering legislation, which its House passed last week, to end Medicaid coverage for 110,000 very low-income parents. But eve...

Obama Budget Strengthens Medicaid and CHIP

Edwin Park | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Edwin Park

The President's budget includes sound improvements to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including: Three years of full fed...

Dismantling Kynect Could Mean Higher Costs, Less Coverage for Kentuckians

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's plan to dismantle Kynect, the state's health insurance exchange, and transition to the federal exchange would hurt Kentuckians, despite what some contend.

Congress Should Enact Obama's Medicaid Proposal

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Congress should quickly enact a proposal, which President Obama will include in his 2017 budget, to give all states three years of full federal funding when they expand Medicaid -- whether they've already expanded or will in the future.

More Evidence of Medicaid Expansion's Positive Effects

Jesse Cross-Call | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Jesse Cross-Call

As state legislative sessions get underway and governors in states like Alabama, Louisiana, South Dakota and Wyoming prepare to push for Medicaid expansion in 2016, this latest research underscores why expansion is the right choice.

Home Health Aides: Unsung Health Care Heroes

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Home health aides, an often overlooked part of the health system, can make the difference between comfort and dignity vs. suffering and neglect. Aides are lifelines for elders in need and family caregivers who often have extensive caregiving duties on top of their work and other responsibilities.

Coming of the Light: The 2015 Integrator Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Health and Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The Integrator Blog News & Reports annually marks the winter solstice with a Top 10 list in integrative health and medicine. The focus is on positiv...

Fix Public Health the Cleveland Clinic Way

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Our efforts to improve, and similar efforts in other communities, would be more likely to succeed with policy changes to facilitate multiple government supported health services operating on one electronic record system.

Tallying the Successes of Medicaid Expansion

Judith Solomon | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Judith Solomon

With threats to health reform and its Medicaid expansion continuing to loom, it's worth looking at some of the successes that such an effort would endanger. Specifically, the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid under health reform have realized big drops in their uninsurance rates and substantial budget savings.

Old Drugs, New Prices: Why Drug Prices Spike and What Patients Can Do About It

Joshua Liao | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Joshua Liao

The public outcry and political scrutiny over the pricing policies of drug companies Valeant and Turing has amplified the national debate over high specialty drug costs.

Puerto Rico's Capped Federal Medicaid Funding Causing Shortfalls

Edwin Park | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding. Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of funding.

Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Undermine Women's Care in Medicaid

Judith Solomon | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Barring federal funding for Planned Parenthood, as some in Congress favor, would have a devastating impact on women's access to health care services through Medicaid -- especially family planning services -- and put many women's health at risk.

Making Health Equity A Reality In America

Rep. Robin Kelly | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Robin Kelly

Your zip code, ethnicity and bank balance shouldn't determine your health. The Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America puts us one step closer to balancing the scales and realizing the core mission of the CBC Health Braintrust: Achieving health equity in a generation.

Australia To Penalize Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.16.2015 | World

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government said on Wednesday that it will pass a law that would withhold child care and other payments from...

This One Thing Could Keep Cops From Being Shot On The Job

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Support for expansive gun rights and police officers often go hand in hand, and most conversations about gun control center on civilian casualties. Bu...

Health Education Takes Center Stage

Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW

The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year. In a culture where more than a third of young Americans are obese, it's worth looking at what helps these students retain the information they need to maintain a healthy weight.

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

It is ironic, offensive, and sad that anyone would suggest that my support of Harvard's divestment position is somehow tied to my outside engagements. That suggestion -- and the recent threats I have received -- defies logic and is contradicted by the record.

USPSTF Draft Guidelines Get a D for Being Dense

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 05.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Inflating over-diagnosis claims to trump the detection of an invasive cancer and bemoaning the disclosure of a woman's dense breast tissue and discussions with health care providers about adjunctive screening will likely increase mortality.

Hawaiian Luaus, Leis and... End-of-Life Care?

Angelo Volandes | Posted 05.11.2016 | Hawaii
Angelo Volandes

White sand beaches and sweet-scented leis are the tropical images most people conjure of Hawaii. Now it is conceivable that the Aloha State will help untangle the Gordian knot of end-of-life healthcare issues.