Topic: health systems

New patient-centered vision emerging in U.S. primary care

“Primary care may just be the most exciting place to be in medicine in the near future,” HSPH Professor John McDonough writes in his latest Health Stew blog post, published September 12, 2012 on Boston.com. New models for structuring care that are…

Progress, but challenges in reducing racial disparities

September 19, 2013 -- Disparities between blacks and whites in the U.S. remain pronounced—and health is no exception. A panel of experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) discussed these disparities—what they are, why they persist, and what to do about…

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…

New IOM report: demanding value from our health care system

Within the past decade, health care costs have risen by 88% and are expected to account for 18% of GDP in 2012. Many patients can no longer afford their health care and 40% of patients with a serious medical condition face financial…

Medicaid expansion debated as presidential campaign heats up

Is Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans, a costly program that doesn’t work well? Or is it an essential program vital to the health of millions? The debate over Medicaid has heightened in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June…

Surgery common among elderly Medicare patients at end of life

Nearly one-third of elderly Americans covered by Medicare have surgery in their last year of life—especially in the last month or final week of life—that often is unnecessary, unwanted by the patient, and may be influenced by financial interests of the health…

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…

Patient safety experts call for shorter resident physician shifts

A group of physicians and patient safety experts, including HSPH’s Lucian Leape, adjunct professor of health policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management, have written a report that calls for shorter shifts and increased supervision for resident physicians. Starting July…

Rosenthal's promotion to Professor celebrated at HSPH Symposium

October 20, 2011 -- Health economics may not be the most glamorous specialty in public health, Dean for Academic Affairs [[David Hunter]] told an HSPH audience gathered to celebrate health economist Meredith B. Rosenthal’s promotion to full professor, but work such as Rosenthal’s that…

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…