Topic: health systems

Two takes on the Oregon Medicaid study

In a study dubbed the “Oregon Health Insurance Experiment,” researchers compared clinical outcomes among two groups of adults in Oregon—half who were on Medicaid and half who weren’t. The newest findings from the study, published online May 2, 2013 in the New…

U.S. governors mixed on Medicaid expansion

There appears to be no clear consensus among U.S. governors regarding the Medicaid expansion as called for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which could deeply affect the future of the U.S. health care system, according to a Harvard School of Public Health…

A call for better governance in global health

Given the complex health challenges facing the world today—the continuing threat from infectious diseases, the growing problem of noncommunicable diseases linked with risk factors like obesity and smoking, and health effects stemming from global issues such as climate change and trade policies—it’s…

Regulations needed to compel safer hospital practices

Patient safety expert Lucian Leape has called for the creation of a federal agency to compel safer hospital practices. He thinks regulation is the only way to effectively reduce the avoidable harm that takes place in the nation’s hospitals. “I’ll put my…

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…

Years of preparation helped Boston respond to Marathon tragedy

The April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured 264—20 critically—but every patient who was transported to a hospital survived the tragedy. One reason is that Boston is a “medical mecca,” with an unusually high number of teaching hospitals…