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Panel discusses current health policy landscape

Dec. 3, 2020—The difficulty of policymaking with a divided government and electorate was the underlying theme of the Research into Policy and Practice webinar sponsored by the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as panelists and attendees gathered virtually to take measure of the post-election American landscape, over which hangs the pall of a surging pandemic.

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JAMA Health Forum to become full-fledged journal in 2021

Dec. 3, 2020—Just a year after its founding as an online channel of information, the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA’s) Health Forum will become a full-fledged journal in January 2021.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations increase primarily in two Tennessee regions, could hit 1,000 in late July

Jun. 16, 2020—The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reached its highest level to date on June 15, when more than 400 patients were hospitalized across Tennessee, according to a report from researchers at Vanderbilt.

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Analysis finds Affordable Care Act has dented health care cost curve

Mar. 4, 2020—A decade after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, there is evidence that the landmark health care legislation has contributed to slower growth of U.S. health care spending.

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Buntin named deputy editor of JAMA Health Forum

Jan. 29, 2020—Melinda Buntin, PhD, chair of Health Policy at VUMC, has been named deputy editor of JAMA Health Forum, a new online information channel published by JAMA Network.

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Vanderbilt health policy expert explains TennCare block grant proposal

Oct. 9, 2019—Tennessee has made an “opening bid” in its negotiations with the federal government about a block grant that could significantly change how TennCare functions for more than 1 million children and low-income individuals, and making sense of the complex proposal can be tricky.

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Panel explores tobacco-control legislation efforts

Apr. 4, 2019—Tobacco control legislative initiatives in Tennessee and other states were discussed during the spring Research into Policy and Practice Lecture sponsored by the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and NashvilleHealth.

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Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt created

Dec. 13, 2018—Experts from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Department of Health Policy and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development are joining efforts to establish a Policies for Action (P4A) Research Hub at Vanderbilt to better understand and develop recommendations to address the needs of some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable children, including those in immigrant families and with prenatal exposure to opioids.

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Experts weigh in on where new state officials could take health policy

Nov. 20, 2018—The Incoming class of elected officials will encounter a variety of outstanding — yet often overlooked — health care policy questions that will impact health and providers across Tennessee.

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Health policy speaker urges looking beyond data

Sep. 6, 2018—Katherine Swartz, PhD, a nationally known leader in health policy research, encouraged others conducting investigations in the field to move beyond the data and into local communities to gather the stories behind the data during last week’s Research into Policy and Practice Lecture hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Health Policy.

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Buntin visits the Hill

Jul. 12, 2018—Melinda Buntin, PhD, Mike Curb Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy, recently testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chaired by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Speakers discuss use of evidence in state health policymaking

Apr. 19, 2018—“State Health Policy: Does Evidence Really Make a Difference” was the title of the spring Research into Policy and Practice Lecture, April 11 in Light Hall. The semi-annual lecture is sponsored by the Department of Health Policy.

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