Topic: health reform

Federal payment changes may harm hospitals serving poor

Hospitals that treat mostly poor and uninsured patients generally perform slightly worse than others when patients rate their hospital experiences, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The lower patient ratings could negatively impact these so-called safety-net…

Hospitals now receiving letter grades for patient safety

Hospitals across the nation are now receiving letter grades—A, B, C, D, or F—for patient safety. The new initiative comes from The Leapfrog Group, a health quality nonprofit, which drew on expertise from a blue ribbon panel including several Harvard School of…

HSPH experts comment on Supreme Court health care ruling

Harvard School of Public Health experts provided analysis to major news outlets following the Supreme Court’s decision on June 28, 2012 to uphold most of the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care law that aims to…

HSPH Dean Julio Frenk on health reform lessons from Mexico

Dean Julio Frenk, who served as Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006, contributed to the Harvard Business Review’s “Innovations in Health Care” blog. As countries from Ghana to the United States grapple with expanding health care coverage for their citizens,…

U.S. health care system needs reform now, says expert panel

New IOM report cites 75,000 unnecessary deaths, $750 billion wasted Problems in the U.S. health care system pose a serious threat to Americans’ health and economic security, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine issued September 6, 2012. The authors…

Students take sides in legal battle over health care reform

March 5, 2012 Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the constitutionality of the landmark health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On February 2, the law was tested by HSPH students in a Public…

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…

Transforming Ethiopia's health care system from the ground up

August 29, 2012 -- There are currently more Ethiopian doctors working in Chicago than in Ethiopia, according to Keseteberhan Admassu, the country’s state minister of health. Speaking to an international group of experts assembled by Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Department…