What is Health Equity?
Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest lives possible. If that sounds like a no-brainer, it may be surprising to learn just how much disparity exists in health outcomes and access to treatment at a societal level.Source: YaleNews
Study Finds Prolonged and Inequitable Length of Stay in Emergency Department for Children Seeking Mental Health Care
The length of time that children and teens spend in an emergency department for a mental health issue has increased over time, and Hispanic children are nearly three times as likely to have a prolonged visit than non-Hispanic children, according to a Pediatrics study.Source: AAP News
Diversifi: Changing the Face of Healthcare
With their aim of increasing diversity in the medical field, the Diversifi team tackles structural racism in healthcare from multiple angles: the initiative helps make these careers more accessible to underrepresented groups, as well as supports the growth of a workforce that is more capable of providing unbiased healthcare to these populations.
Is it time to consider social determinants of health in Medicare payments?
Eta was a 76-year-old woman with a recent heart attack in and out of the hospital over the last several months. Her course had been complicated by social determinants of health, in that she lacked reliable transportation for necessary follow-up, had unstable housing, and her insurance did not cover valuable care from home health agencies. These obstacles made it difficult for her and her doctors to ensure that she recovered. As a geriatrics researcher and emergency physician, I have coordinated care for Medicare patients like Eta, to ensure they get the additional services they need. However, clinicians are often seemingly punished by reduced Medicare reimbursements when caring for these patients, thereby often creating a perverse disincentive to help this population most at need and potentially exacerbating health disparities.Source: KevinMD.com
It was 2013. Margi Rosenthal and I were sitting side-by-side at a large meeting table, surrounded by staff from a local non-profit organization dedicated to violence prevention and family advocacy. She was the co-director of the National Clinician Scholars Program and was leading a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study on youth violence prevention. I was a new arrival in town, having just started my pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Yale. She had brought me along to learn more, and I was hoping to assist in the project.
Though I only knew Margi for a few years, her mentorship and belief in me will have a lasting impact on who I am as a pediatrician, community member, and writer. I have seen how one person can connect with a community in such a deep and meaningful way through her actions, her words, and now her memory. I am forever thankful.
Opinion: In memory of a fierce advocate for New Haven children
2020 has taken a lot of people from us. People we’ve loved (200,000 deaths from COVID and counting), people we admired (Justice Ginsberg, Congressman John Lewis, the Rev. C.T. Vivian), and people we may not have known, but whose death shook us (George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery). In the middle of so much loss, the deaths of many people who spent their lives working hard in the background may be overlooked. Dr. Margi Rosenthal cannot be one of those people.Source: The New Haven Register
Does Remdesivir Actually Work Against Covid-19?
When the Food and Drug Administration approves a new treatment or vaccine, as doctors we are assured that rigorous studies have proven it to be safe and effective. But the F.D.A.’s haphazard issuance of emergency use authorizations for Covid-19 treatments like hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma, whose potential benefits have not yet been backed up by data, has undermined this trust.Source: The New York Times
During the debate, President Trump said he’s ‘cutting drug prices.’ He’s not.
Amid the chaos of the first presidential debate, President Trump touted his record on a critical issue for many, including my patients — the exorbitant prices of prescription drugs. According to a 2019 national survey, about a quarter of Americans had difficulty affording their medicines. Almost one-third of U.S. adults also reported medication rationing, often skipping doses or taking less because of high prices. COVID-19 has compounded this dire situation, as lost wages and unemployment have forced patients like mine to choose between medicine and groceries.Source: Sun Sentinel
A letter to my wife during COVID
COVID has made a home on my computer’s desktop. Every morning, there is a repetitive chirping with headlines that describe the vaccine trials and testing. My second reminder is more personal – a file titled, “Dear Kimmy …,” locked in the center of my screen.Source: KevinMD
Opinion: New Federal Rules Pave The Way For Patient-Driven Health Information Exchange And Real-World Evidence On COVID-19 Surveillance And Treatment
Sanket Dhruva, Joseph Ross, Nilay Shah, Rachael Fleurence, and Harlan Krumholz discuss the benefits of patient-driven health information exchange and the 21st Century Cures Act.Source: Health Affairs