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The Uneven Entrance of Nonpharmacologic Approaches as Tools in the Opioid Crisis

March 29, 2016

In November of 2014, The Joint Commission issued a Clarification of the Pain Management Standard. The document, which followed an extensive re-review of the literature, marked the most significant opening for integrative and nonpharmacologic approaches in U.S. pain treatment.

Men's Health: A Global Problem Hiding in Plain Sight

March 24, 2016

Men’s health is surely one of the most significant public health problems to have been largely overlooked by policymakers and practitioners. This is despite the clear evidence of poor outcomes for men.

Focus on the Person

March 22, 2016

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed teaching first- and second-year medical students about the art of interviewing patients. While it’s certainly good to give back, it has also been an eye-opening experience.

It’s Time to Get Real on Long-Term Care Financing

March 17, 2016

In the last month, three separate bipartisan groups—the Bipartisan Policy Center, LeadingAge, and the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative—released recommendations about how to help working Americans better prepare for their future long-term care needs and associated costs.

Recovery Road: Media's Opportunity to Portray Recovery the Right Way

March 15, 2016

Recovery Road is noteworthy in that it is one of the first television shows to highlight the process of recovery without shining a permanent spotlight on the horrors of addiction.

The Future of Tobacco Control

March 10, 2016

Tobacco was America’s great public health scourge of the past century, but the tobacco control movement was one of its great public health success stories.

U.S. Health Care Versus the World: The Impact of Health Policy

March 9, 2016

There have been many changes in U.S. health care over the past 2 years—a trend shared with the broader world.

The Promise of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain

March 8, 2016

The nation is caught in a flood of chronic pain, opioid use, disability, and death that can be traced to our current approaches to pain.

Steering Autonomous Vehicle Policy: The Role Of Public Health

March 4, 2016

Picture your morning commute. You’re sitting in traffic, shoulders tense. You come to a sudden stop and your coffee spills all over your console. Someone cuts you off. You’re fairly sure you’re going to be late to work…and grumpy when you get there.

Chipotle: A Case Study in FSMA

March 3, 2016

You may have read about Chipotle’s food safety violations involving localized outbreaks of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and norovirus.

FDA Hopes to Improve Consumer Understanding of the Term “Natural”

March 1, 2016

What does the term "natural” mean to you?

A Second Chance: Meeting the Needs of Women Post-Incarceration

February 25, 2016

In July 2013, the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black came to life. It has since captured the hearts and attention of millions of Americans.

When Policy Poisons Our Children

February 24, 2016

By now, you have probably heard about the water crisis going on in Flint, Michigan, where the city switched to a cheaper but more corrosive, lead-leaching water supply in 2014.

We Risk Losing Out in Old Age If We Don’t Pay Attention to the Aging Network

February 23, 2016

Most American families and even health policy experts have never heard of the Aging Network (AN), a loosely organized, community-embedded aggregation of service organizations that provide elders with vital services such as housing repairs, food, and transportation.

Smoking v. Obesity: The Economics Of Prevention And Its Dependence On Treatment

February 22, 2016

In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an in-depth study of the health and budgetary effects of raising the excise tax on cigarettes. We commented on this study in our blog about the complex economics of disease prevention and longevity.

What Do We Really Know About Consumers’ Health Information Needs?

February 16, 2016

The past few years have seen an explosion of health information resources. From websites to mobile apps, social networks, real-time chat and video platforms, consumers now have access to an abundance of on-demand health information.

Are HIPAA Violations “Broken Windows”?

February 11, 2016

Our private health information is anything but private. Could violations of our privacy lead to more dangerous problems in health care?

Leveling the Playing Field in Risk Arrangements

February 9, 2016

Effective April 2016, hundreds of hospitals across the country are at financial risk for the results of total joint replacement surgery, not simply for what happens during the hospital stay but for what happens for up to 90 days after the patient is discharged.

At Last: The Data To Routinely Discuss Health Spending By Medical Condition

February 5, 2016

In a paper from the January 2015 issue of Health Affairs, Abe Dunn and colleagues from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) introduce readers to their innovative new Health Care Satellite Account (HCSA) and use the data to provide insights about the recent slowdown in health spending growth rates.

ICD-9 to ICD-10: Benefits and Challenges of the Transition

February 4, 2016

The recent switch to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10) from ICD-9 on October 1, 2015, in the United States has been beneficial yet challenging.