Topic: health policy

Study of Oregon health insurance experiment wins award

A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers that used for the first time a randomized, controlled study design to answer questions about how access to public insurance affects health, health care use, and other outcomes, has received a Health Services…

Consumers may need help navigating health insurance exchanges

Based on a 2010 survey of people who used Massachusetts’ health insurance exchange (“The Connector”) to sign up for a health plan—and who experienced some difficulty with things like understanding and choosing plans—a group of investigators concludes that such exchanges should be…

Supreme Court gene-patenting decision represents balancing act

A June 2013 Supreme Court ruling that human genes cannot be patented upholds the notion that “our common humanity cannot be owned” but also preserves incentives important for biomedical innovation, according to an article by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers…

Rising death rates at rural hospitals suggest need for improvements

Death rates are rising at rural hospitals that serve many poor and elderly people—and the reason may be their inability to provide the most up-to-date treatment, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. Given this finding, HSPH researchers…

The U.S. Healthcare Law Rollout

[FORUM VIDEO] After weeks of debate and a Presidential mea culpa, this Forum event assessed where the U.S. stands in the healthcare law rollout and the resulting health policy implications.

Shining a light on medical errors

Lucian Leape has made a career out of other people’s mistakes. Over the past three decades, his research has focused largely on strategies for reducing those all-too-common errors that kill tens of thousands of patients every year. Leape began looking into medical…

A Conversation with Kathleen Sebelius

[FORUM VIDEO] Kathleen Sebelius, the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke about leadership and public health challenges.

Health Leadership Around the World

[FORUM VIDEO] In June 2012, a group of Ministers and Secretaries of Health from around the world gathered at Harvard University to participate in the inaugural Ministerial Health Leaders' Forum. On Ju