New research from Yale Cancer Center reveals a higher risk of cancer mortality in incarcerated adults, as well as among those diagnosed with cancer in the first year after release from prison.
- June 01, 2022Source: Arnoldventures.org
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.
- May 28, 2022Source: YaleNews
While the U.S. spends twice as much on cancer care as the average high-income country, its cancer mortality rates are only slightly better than average, according to a new analysis.
- May 24, 2022Source: Marketplace.org
The Biden administration warned that 100 million Americans could be infected with COVID-19 as we head into the fall and winter. We may also see “a new generation of vaccines” later this year, but the White House’s COVID response team says it lacks the funding to ensure they’re accessible to all Americans.
- May 11, 2022
Journal Club: “In Medicaid Managed Care Networks, Care Is Highly Concentrated Among A Small Percentage Of Physicians”Source: HealthAffairs
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 On top of that, the study confirmed that inadequate or outdated provider directories vastly misrepresent the availability of care.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.
- January 31, 2022
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.
- January 21, 2022Source: Health Affairs
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.
- December 13, 2021
55 years to fulfill a records request? Clearly, the FDA needs serious reform of its data-sharing practices.Source: The Washington Post
If the Food and Drug Administration had its way, it would take 55 years or longer to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request to review and release the vast amount of data it has on the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
- December 09, 2021
David Silvestri, MD, MBA, Mhs, Appointed Systemwide Assistant Vice President of Emergency ManagementSource: NYC Health + Hospitals
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.
- December 03, 2021
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.