Topic: health policy

With no insurance, ‘permanent’ patients linger in hospitals

Many thousands of patients in the U.S. who lack health insurance but who need long-term care wind up lingering in hospitals for many weeks, months, or even years because the current health care system doesn’t offer workable solutions for them. Speaking with…

Making the case to continue an innovative anti-malaria program

November 7, 2012 -- Funding at Risk for Program That Increases Availability, Lowers Costs for Most Effective Drugs A pharmacist in Chokwe, Mozambique dispenses Coartem, an artemisinin-combination therapy. A two-year-old pilot program that aims to protect the most effective drug for malaria from…

Medicaid expansion faces challenges as January 1 deadline looms

July 24, 2013 — With just months remaining before the January 1, 2014 rollout of changes to the  Medicaid program that will expand health care coverage to as many as 10-20 million Americans, substantial implementation challenges remain — namely, uncertainty regarding costs…

IOM panel: FDA should continue to carefully monitor approved drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should develop a more systematic and rigorous approach to determining the safety, over time, of already-approved drugs, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). It’s important to monitor drugs even after they’re…

Why no Vermont-style health system transformation in Massachusetts?

The creation of single payer insurance has fallen off the radar in Massachusetts, HSPH Prof. John McDonough wrote in his Health Stew blog on the Boston Globe website on December 12, 2011. Discussing the departure of three leading Massachusetts health policy experts…

HHS official Howard Koh stresses importance of public health work

November 4, 2011 -- Former HSPH Prof Calls Working in D.C. “Sometimes Frustrating but Absolutely Fascinating” Howard Koh spent two decades as a doctor. Working one-on-one with patients is “a noble and almost sacred experience,” he told scores of Harvard Medical School students…