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Department of Health Policy Archives

Effort set to help sickle cell patients manage meds

Sep. 22, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is part of a 6-year, $4.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the use of prescribed medication by sickle cell patients.

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M.D. affiliation and Medicaid access

Jun. 29, 2016—In the journal Medical Care, Michael Richards, M.D., Ph.D., MPH and colleagues report that more office-based physicians are affiliating with integrated health systems. Apparently through this affiliation, physicians become more likely to accept Medicaid patients. From 2009 to 2015, independent practices decreased from 73 percent to 60 percent of all office-based physician practices, and group...

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Large-Scale Study Finds Higher Rates of Severe Psychological Distress and Impaired Physical Health among LGBT Populations

Jun. 27, 2016—In one of the largest, most representative health surveys conducted to date, lesbian, gay and bisexual adults reported substantially higher rates of severe psychological distress, heavy drinking and smoking, and impaired physical health than did heterosexuals.

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Drug monitoring programs reduce opioid deaths: study

Jun. 23, 2016—The implementation of state prescription drug monitoring programs was associated with the prevention of approximately one opioid-related overdose death every two hours on average nationwide, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study released this week in the journal "Health Affairs."

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Study shows opioids increase risk of death when compared to other pain treatments

Jun. 14, 2016—Long-acting opioids are associated with a significantly increased risk of death when compared with alternative medications for moderate-to-severe chronic pain, according to a Vanderbilt study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Assocation (JAMA).

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Study seeks to ease pediatric HIV infection rates in Africa

Mar. 3, 2016—Mother-to-child transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, is still a major problem in resource-limited, rural areas of the world where health care providers are scarce.

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The most popular research stories of 2015

Dec. 28, 2015—With discoveries ranging from the origins of consciousness to the end of the universe, 2015 was a year of incredibly diverse research at Vanderbilt University.

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Study links opioids, infection risk for patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Nov. 19, 2015—Use of opioid analgesics is associated with an increased risk of hospitalization for serious infections among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a Vanderbilt study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Medicaid access state by state

Nov. 2, 2015—Clinics with more non-physician clinicians are associated with better access for Medicaid patients and lower prices for office visits, according to a recent study.

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Photo: value-based care seminar

Oct. 29, 2015—Michael Porter, Ph.D., MBA, of Harvard Business School, a leading authority on organizational strategy, spoke recently at the Owen Graduate School of Management during the opening session of the First Annual Value-based Health Care Delivery Seminar.

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A bundle, a dashboard and lasting pneumonia reduction

Oct. 20, 2015—A “bundle” of electronically implemented care guidelines reduced intensive care unit patient complications related to mechanical ventilation.

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VUMC’s Patrick speaks to members of congress about neonatal abstinence syndrome

Jun. 29, 2015—Stephen Patrick, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy in the Division of Neonatology with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, recently testified before congress about the rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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