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  • Physician on a Mission: Prescribing Timely FDA Reforms to Ensure Patient Safety

    Dr. Reshma Ramachandran’s professional pursuits and passion for justice converged the week of May 16 in Washington, D.C., when she met with members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration on the progress of a must-pass bill — the Prescription Drug User Fee Act — which provides roughly half the FDA’s budget.

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  • Journal Club: “In Medicaid Managed Care Networks, Care Is Highly Concentrated Among A Small Percentage Of Physicians”

    The centerpiece of the Health Affairs Journal Club meeting in May is, “In Medicaid Managed Care Networks, Care Is Highly Concentrated Among A Small Percentage Of Physicians.” Using data from four states, Avital Brena Ludomirsky and coauthors found that, of those that contracted with Medicaid, on average just 25 percent of primary care physicians provided 86 percent of care and 25 percent of specialists provided 75 percent of care. On top of that, the study confirmed that inadequate or outdated provider directories vastly misrepresent the availability of care. The result, the authors argue, is that current network adequacy standards may not reflect actual access to the Medicaid program; and that new methods that account for beneficiary preferences and physician willingness to serve Medicaid patients are needed to enforce these standards.

    Source: HealthAffairs
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  • Fellow Focus - GIM Section

    Thanks to the wonderful faculty of the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) and especially my mentor, Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS, I have learned how to wield research to effect policy change that is meaningful for patients. The focus of my work has been primarily on realigning incentives toward ensuring patients equitable access to truly safe and effective health technologies.

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  • Yale NCSP Scholar Destiny Tolliver Named to Prestigious Health Affairs Equity Fellowship

    The Health Equity Fellowship for Trainees (HEFT) helps to increase the quantity and quality of manuscripts published by researchers of color, while cultivating future health equity research leaders. The program provides multi-layered mentorship to early career health equity researchers who belong to historically marginalized racial groups which are also underrepresented in Health Affairs' authorship. As part of the program, HEFT fellows receive mentorship from experienced Health Affairs authors and editorial staff for one year as the fellows prepare for their manuscripts to be published in Health Affairs or another journal.

    Source: Health Affairs
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  • David Silvestri, MD, MBA, Mhs, Appointed Systemwide Assistant Vice President of Emergency Management

    NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the appointment of David Silvestri, MD, MBA, MHS as systemwide Assistant Vice President of Emergency Management. In this role, Dr. Silvestri will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing emergency and disaster response systemwide, including the ongoing COVID-19 efforts. Dr. Silvestri, an emergency medicine physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, has served in various leadership roles within the Office of Quality & Safety and Office of Ambulatory Care since his arrival to the public health system in 2019.

    Source: NYC Health + Hospitals
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  • Researchers explore disparities in vaccine acceptance

    COVID-related deaths in Black and Latinx communities are double that of their white counterparts, relative to population share. During the pandemic, racial and ethnic disparities have been found in vaccination rates and vaccine access in these very same communities.

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