June 2021
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Most health insurance companies voluntarily waived co-pays, deductibles, and other cost-sharing for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in 2020, but many major insurers lifted those waivers in early 2021. Based on data from patients hospitalized for COVID-19 last year, a new study led by Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, suggests a lack of waivers in 2021 could mean bills of about $3,800 for people with job-related or self-purchased insurance, and $1,500 for people with Medicare Advantage plans. 
While drinking alcohol is a source of enjoyment for many older adults, it can also pose health risks. The U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging asked older adults about their alcohol use and reasons for drinking. Two in three adults age 50–80 (67%) reported drinking alcohol at least occasionally in the past year. 
Treating post-surgery pain with non-opioid pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, didn’t lead to higher pain levels or more serious issues during recovery, and didn’t dampen patients’ satisfaction with their care, according to new results from a study of more than 22,000 patients who had one of seven common operations at 70 hospitals.
Smokers needed their blocked arteries fixed nearly a decade earlier than non-smokers, and patients with obesity underwent these procedures four years earlier than non-obese patients, according to a new study. The research included patients without a history of heart attack who were treated at hospitals across Michigan participating in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium, a Collaborative Quality Initiative.
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Two IHPI experts, Payal Patel, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of internal medicine, and Diane Harper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., professor of family medicine, answered commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines via a streamed video.
Since April 2020, a 40-hospital network has made it possible to collect, analyze and share data from thousands of COVID patients, and apply the findings almost immediately in hospitals across the state. According to findings presented in a recent public webinar, the MiCOVID-19 Initiative, part of the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has reduced variations in COVID-19 care in Michigan, thereby contributing to a lower risk of death for hospitalized patients.
Patrick Carter, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and co-director of the new U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, joined a special series of Michigan Minds focused on firearm injury prevention research. Carter discussed his work on using the emergency department as a venue for intervention, decreasing injury outcomes and preventing risky firearm behaviors among youth.
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