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Do Pediatricians Have A Role In Addressing Maternal Depression? New Medicaid Guidance Shows The Way

When mothers of young children struggle with feelings of depression, it’s often difficult for them to seek the mental health care they need for themselves. However, there’s an important, if not-so-obvious person to whom a mother with a young child can turn for help: her child’s pediatrician.

Time To Fix The Black Hole In Medicare Data

Medicare pays for nearly 500,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries every year, while at the same time 25,000 patients undergo procedures to remove and replace a previous artificial joint. Remarkably, and largely due to inadequacies data collection, the program is unable to identify product...

Is There Any Room Left For Empirical Research On Family Planning?

A recent evaluation of the impact of Texas’ exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a fee-for-service family planning program quickly sparked an aggressive response from state legislators. Placed in the context of increasing polarization, the space for empiricism in debates over politicized health...

Health Costs, But Not Obamacare, Dominate The Future Of Federal Spending

Neither side of the political dialogue surrounding health care spending faces up to the continuing dominance of health costs in projections of future federal spending. What do those numbers tell us?

Obama Administration Threads Needle In Risk Corridor Case Brief

In litigation filed by insurers, the Obama administration is not clearly defending Congress’ limitations on risk corridor payments, but neither is it refusing to defend the lawsuit, something that administrations have occasionally done in the past.

Are The FDA’s New Definitions And Labeling Requirements Good For Us, Or Just Empty Calories?

The FDA's updated Nutrition Facts labels correct an information imbalance by providing consumers with otherwise unavailable data and allowing them to better assess their choices. The benefits of the agency acting to define and redefine words like “natural” and “healthy” are less clear.

What Is The Private Sector Doing To Help Fight Zika?

Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, is quoted in this post as saying that everyone—"leaders in both the public and private sectors"—must ensure that "we mount a robust and comprehensive response" to the Zika virus here in the United States.

June 23, 2016 | Global Health, GrantWatch, Public Health

Health Spending Growth: Still Facing A Triangle Of Painful Choices

The recent downward rate of growth in health spending is good news, but even these record low levels are not sustainable in the long run without sacrifices that will cause extreme pain across the political-economic spectrum.

Four Ways To Address The Ethical Tensions Around Expedited Approval Of New Prescription Drugs

The FDA and Congress have established several programs that allow new drug approval based on less evidence, so that patients and their physicians have faster access. However, expedited development and regulatory approval pathways for prescription drugs at FDA present ethical and policy dilemmas.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Help Reduce Opioid-Related Death Rates

A new study, released as a Web First by Health Affairs, found that implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs was associated with the prevention of one opioid-related overdose death every two hours on average nationwide.