Recently, a study reported that people in Oregon who became covered under the state’s Medicaid program were using the Emergency Department more than people who were eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled in the program. This story got lots of media attention, with conservatives arguing that it’s more evidence that the Affordable Care Act is unsustainable. But, as with any research, one study does not prove anything. I conducted an analysis of recent reports on ED use and have written about it in my regular post on JAMA’s News Forum. You can read it here: http://jama.md/1ewC7UE
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Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rudin Professor of Nursing
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Few people think of Medicare as a key policy for reducing discrimination in the United States. Preceded by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Medicare’s passage in 1965 was key to the desegregation of hospitals, including in the South. Barbara Berney, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health at Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health discusses the connections between these two landmark laws with Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, producer and moderator of Healthstyles on WBAI-FM NYC (www.wbai.org; 99.5FM). The program airs tonight on WBAI at 11:00 PM, or you can listen to it here:
Providing care to a loved one can be challenging and rewarding. For those family caregivers who must work fulltime, the challenges can be daunting, especially when the caregiving includes medical or nursing tasks that even professionals find challenging. Tonight on Healthstyles at 11:00 PM on WBAI (www.wbai.org; 99.5FM), producer and moderator Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, interviews Carol Levine, Director of the Families and Health Care Project of the United Hospital Fund, and the co-author of a report on Employed Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care. Levine discusses the findings in this report and the benefits to employers and family caregivers alike when workplaces adopt policies that support the caregiver. Or you can listen to the program by clicking here:
For more resources and information on family caregiving, visit the web site of the Families and Health Care Project at www.nextstepincare.org.
Tune in tonight to Healthstyles 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio and streamed at wbai.org to hear host Barbara Glickstein, RN, MPH, MS interview Daliah Heller, PhD, MPH, a drug policy expert. Dr. Heller has worked in NYC’s Department of Health and in the service delivery sector running a harm reduction center in the Bronx. In 2012, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Health Media and Policy (CHMP) at Hunter College where her research focused on identifying and promoting opportunities for mainstreaming substance use services in health care and public health systems. She returns to Healthstyles to discuss the subtle shift in reporting on substance use and abuse in mainstream media and how the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will shift drug treatment care from the current isolated silos to being integrated into primary care models of health care nationally. Tune in tonight or listen to the full Interview with Dahlia Heller, PhD, MPH.