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In a new paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, a pair of University of Michigan researchers that included Renu Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine, looked at data from states that have sought or received federal government permission for Medicaid work requirements, and compared it with data from states that haven't. They found that work requirement states tend to have fewer substance use disorder treatment facilities that offer care for opioid use disorder.

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Ratings and reviews for nearly everything can be found online these days, including doctors. How are older adults using these ratings in their decisions about choosing doctors? In May 2019, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging asked a national sample of adults age 50 ---80 about their use and perceptions of online doctor ratings.


For some families, average out-of-pocket health care spending for maternity care ---- including the pregnancy, delivery, and three months postpartum ---- jumped from $3,069 in 2008 to $4,569 in 2015, according to findings published in the January issue of Health Affairs.


In a study published in the January issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, Lindsay Admon, M.D., M.Sc. and a team of researchers found that severe morbidity and mortality at the time of birth is twice as high among indigenous women as it is among non-Hispanic white women.


Each year at least 100,000 people die in U.S. hospitals following elective surgery. Major complications that can develop following surgery are a significant cause of these deaths, as well as disability and other serious health conditions. More rapidly identifying and effectively responding to complications after surgery is a major opportunity to improve patient safety and prevent loss of life. Learn more in this brief about what the evidence says about how to improve "rescue."

Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, testified Wednesday before the Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Chua spoke about a provision that would remove a loophole in the nation's "orphan drug" law. The loophole has limited the availability of different forms of a key drug to treat opioid addiction, Chua said.


Check out IHPI's 2019 annual report, featuring high-impact research in healthy aging, opioids, health equity, and more, along with innovations in education, training, and professional development. The report also takes a closer look at some of the 640+ minds that make IHPI a truly distinctive community of collaboration and discovery.


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