Bridging The Dental Divide: Overcoming Barriers To Integrating Oral Health And Primary Care

American systems of oral and systemic health---training, licensure, service delivery, and insurance---continue to operate in parallel. A growing evidence base points to the cost and quality shortfalls associated with having separate systems treat the same person.

January 19, 2017

Interstate Insurance Sales: Wishful thinking, Or A Viable Policy Option?

In this post, we’ll take a look at the possible advantages of allowing interstate insurance sales, as well as the reasons opponents say such a policy simply won’t work.

January 18, 2017

Obamacare, Trumpcare, And Your Mouth

Though the ACA reinforced the status quo approach of maintaining separate medical and dental care financing and delivery systems, there have been some interesting lessons worth highlighting.

January 13, 2017

Project ECHO: The Evidence Is Catching Up With The Enthusiasm

While it’s true that the spread of ECHO has outpaced the publication of the research exploring it, it is critical here to clarify what ECHO is -- and what it isn’t.

January 13, 2017

The Framework Convention On Global Health: A Call For Leadership From The Global Health Trio

In the current issue of Health Affairs, we explore a pivotal moment of opportunity and peril in global health, while identifying the leadership challenges of “the global health trio” -- the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the World Bank.

January 12, 2017

Working Together Around The World To Kick The Big Tobacco Habit

We must boldly communicate the importance of tobacco control to keep it on the global public health agenda, says this author, who directs Bloomberg Philanthropies' work in reducing use of tobacco.

January 5, 2017

The Best-Laid Plans For Health Care

Tremendous uncertainty awaits, though I expect that we will see a slowing down of the repeal and replace process, with even the individual mandate persisting for some time; unmaking the Affordable Care Act without leaving millions stranded will be harder than the campaign may have suggested.

January 5, 2017

What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity

Unless there is further guidance on this point, one thing will still confuse us -- people still won’t be access a number of cost-effective and evidence-based behavioral health services, and the role of MHPAEA in addressing this issue is unclear.

December 22, 2016

Proposed CDC Quarantine Regulations Risk Damaging Public Health

Despite posing serious threats to public health and civil liberties, the regulations have received very little public attention. Fortunately, it is still possible for the Obama Administration to revise the regulation before President-elect Trump takes office.

December 20, 2016

Facing Addiction In America: It’s About Time

The comprehensive approach of the recently released Surgeon General's Report on Drugs, Alcohol, and Health is encouraging, says a foundation staffer. The public still struggles, though, to fully comprehend substance use as a health issue, she notes.

December 16, 2016