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One in four older Americans had a virtual medical visit in the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of them by video, a new National Poll on Healthy Aging finds. That's much higher than the 4% of people over 50 who said they had ever had a virtual visit with a doctor in a similar poll taken in 2019.

Yet not all older adults see virtual care as an adequate substitute for in-person care, even in a pandemic.

Guest Speakers:
  • Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent at the Huffington Post
  • John McDonough, Dr.PH., M.P.A., Professor of Practice, Department of Health Policy & Management and Director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Marianne Udow-Phillips, M.H.S.A., Founding Executive Director of the
    Center for Health and Research Transformation
  • Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at Project Hope

The timeliness of mail delivery may affect access to medication for many middle-aged and older adults, according to a new analysis of data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging. Nearly one in four people in this age group said they receive at least one medication by mail, but that percentage rises to 29% when the poll results are limited to people who take at least one prescription medication.

One in three Americans with a high-deductible health plan lack a health savings account. A new IHPI brief outlines policy options that could increase their uptake and help Americans navigate rising health care costs.



Over the last year, Jade Burns, Ph.D., R.N., CPNP-PC, assistant professor of health behavior and biological sciences at the U-M School of Nursing, has been leading community-centered research in Detroit as part of a dynamic project to improve health education, access, and outcomes for young Black men in urban communities.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Justin Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., to the Certificate of Need Commission, a state regulatory program intended to balance the cost, quality and access of Michigan's health care system.

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) on May 21, 2020, elected as its newest member Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., professor of computational medicine and bioinformatics.

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In a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, lead author Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, found that capping the amount patients pay out-of-pocket for insulin could substantially improve affordability for many with type 1 diabetes.


A U-M Rogel Cancer Center team led by Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., professor of radiation oncology, created a guide to help providers navigate difficult conversations due to the coronavirus. The team published their guidelines online in April, when COVID-19 was peaking in Michigan, and remains available to providers.


September 25, 1:00--- 2:00 pm

Presenter: Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Medical School

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