Boroff-Forman Lecture: Physicians Must Lead Health Care’s Transformation
For Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, the firsthand knowledge she has of the health care system as a practicing clinician has been vital to her career in the federal government, where she is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Study: Hospital readmission policy did not increase patients’ mortality risk
The Obamacare program intended to reduce the risk of patients being readmitted after hospitalizations for heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia has not caused an increase in mortality risk for patients in emergency departments or observational units, according to a new report.
Sanft named Chief Patient Experience Officer at Smilow Cancer Hospital
Tara Sanft, M.D., associate professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Director of the Smilow Cancer Hospital (SCH) Survivorship Clinic, has been appointed the inaugural Chief Patient Experience Officer at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and SCH at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Study Exposes Surprise Billing by Hospital Physicians
“When physicians whom patients do not choose and cannot avoid bill out of network, it exposes people to unexpected and expensive medical bills and undercuts the functioning of U.S. health care markets,” said Zack Cooper, associate professor of public health at the Yale School of Public Health and in the Department of Economics who is one of the study’s authors.
Health Care Industry Is a Major Source of Harmful Emissions
Climate change presents an unprecedented public health emergency and the global healthcare sector is contributing to the worldwide crisis, argues Jodi Sherman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the Yale School of Medicine in a commentary published Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Implementation Science: Putting Important Discoveries to Their Best Use
Scientific innovations are created every day, but how do we ensure that they are used efficiently and reach the people who need them most? David Chambers, DPhil, deputy director for implementation science in the Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, tackled that question during his June 25 grand rounds lecture titled “Advancing the Science of Implementation in Cancer Control: An NCI Perspective."
Text Messages Show Promise as Next Step for Improving Heart Health in China
Motivational text messages are a well-liked, feasible new way to provide additional support to Chinese patients with heart disease, reports a preliminary study by researchers at Yale and in China. However, the study did not prove that these targeted text messages led to an improvement in blood pressure control amongst the recipients, the intended outcome.
Don't Jump for Joy over New FDA-approved Postpartum Depression Medicine Yet
Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences cautions new mothers who may consider taking the new FDA-approved medication for postpartum depression in an opinion piece published in USA Today.
Visiting Professor Discusses Prison Abuse of Drugs
How are psychotropic drugs used to maintain control over mass incarceration in the United States? On Wednesday evening, Anthony Ryan Hatch, professor of science in society, sociology and African American Studies at Wesleyan University, addressed this question of prison drug use in his lecture to an audience of about 50 students and faculty at Sterling Hall of Medicine’s Beaumont Room.
Interprofessional Palliative Care Module: A Team Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Practicing
A patient who is a Jehovah’s Witness tells a nurse that he does not want a blood transfusion because of his religion. The husband of a patient requests that a physician assistant (PA) not speak directly to his wife about her impending death, and also asks the PA for help fulfilling traditional Sunni Muslim time-of-death customs. A terminally-ill patient asks a doctor “why is God doing this to me?”