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The Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation at the University of Michigan appointed two new members to its National Advisory Board: Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and Dr. Linda Elam.

Linda Elam, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Joneigh S. Khaldun, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.A.E.M.

A new federal rule issued could reduce out-of-pocket costs for key drugs and services for people with chronic conditions in high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts. The U.S. Department of the Treasury gave health insurers more flexibility to cover the cost of certain medications and tests for people with common chronic conditions who are enrolled in many high-deductible health plans.

The rule change came about in part because of research and over a decade of policy engagement by A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., and his colleagues at the
U-M Center for Value-Based Insurance Design.

Whether it's a rare treat or a weekly routine, spending time with grandchildren brightens life for many older adults. Finding from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests many of them could do more to reduce the risk of their medications harming their grandchild.

More than 80% of the grandparents polled say they keep their medication in the same place as usual when their grandchildren visit their house ---- and 72% keep them in their purse or bag when they go to visit their grandchildren.
A new study led by Sarah Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of business, on the connection between expanded Medicaid coverage and mortality rates finds that a sizable number of people are alive today because of the coverage.

Indwelling devices like catheters cause roughly 25% of hospital infections, but ongoing efforts to reduce catheter use and misuse haven't succeeded as much as health care workers would like. But most problems with catheter use stem from poor physician-nurse communication, according to a new study led by  Milisa Manojlovich, Ph.D., R.N., CCRN, U-M professor of nursing.


Assistant Professor, Learning Health Sciences, Medical School

How are ethical dilemmas in healthcare related to burnout among providers, and what can be done about it? Dr. Firn discusses ways to address potential ethical conflicts proactively, with the goal of making the overall healthcare environment safer, more equitable, and more compassionate.


Patients hospitalized with pneumonia often receive excess antibiotic therapy, and much of the overprescribing happens at hospital discharge, finds a new study of antibiotic prescribing in the 43 hospitals that are part of the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium. The study, recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine, was led by Valerie Vaughn, M.D., M.Sc.

Finding a new doctor for health checkups and general care can pose a challenge to anyone. But for people who take prescription opioid pills for their chronic pain, it might be far harder, according to a new study led by Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc., a U-M assistant professor of internal medicine. The findings, published in JAMA Network Open suggest that more patients who take opioids for chronic pain face could health care access problems than previous studies have suggested.

Recent study by Lewei (Allison) Lin, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of psychiatry, revealed a dramatic rise in opioid overdose deaths among American veterans from heroin and synthetic opioids
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