MARCH 2021

Variation in Primary Care Telehealth Adoption and Its Impact on Emergency Department Use and Hospitalizations
A U-M research team examined data from over 4,000 Michigan primary care practices to explore the the relationship between primary care telehealth adoption and preventable emergency department visits or hospitalizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Highlighting information gathered through recent research, Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., U-M Chief Health Officer and director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, and Lindsay Kobayashi, Ph.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, joined a Wolverine Caucus panel discussion to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to loneliness among older adults.
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Research on “surprise billing” by a U-M team, including Justin Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., chair and professor of surgery, and Andrew Ryan, Ph.D., M.A., professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health, contributed to the chorus of voices that resulted in federal legislation passed last December as part of a COVID relief bill that will prevent patients from getting “balance bills” when they seek emergency care, require air ambulance transportation or unwittingly get care from out-of-network providers or services during non-emergency care.
A U-M team, known as Communities Conquering COVID (C3), received a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support work to promote COVID-19 research and inclusivity among African American and Hispanic/Latino populations. C3 was launched by Michigan Medicine, the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, and the School of Public Health. The team is led by Erica Marsh, M.D., M.S.C.I., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Barbara A. Israel, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., professor of public health.
As the pandemic’s economic effects drive more people to enroll in Medicaid as safety-net health insurance, a new U-M study led by Edith Kieffer, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor emerita in the School of Social Work, suggests that the program’s dental coverage can improve their oral health in ways that help them seek a new job or do better at the one they have. The study was conducted as part of IHPI's Healthy Michigan Plan Evaluation.
Susan Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A., professor of internal medicine, was part of a recent panel hosted by the Penn Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics for their series "COVID Vaccine Equity Research Dialogues" (CoVEReD). Goold discussed federal guidelines on equitable vaccine distribution and Michigan’s vaccine roll-out. 
Last fall, nearly half of older adults were on the fence about COVID-19 vaccination – or at least taking a wait-and-see attitude, according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging. But a new follow-up poll shows that 71% of people in their 50s, 60s and 70s, including those in high-risk populations, are now ready to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when a dose becomes available to them, or had already gotten vaccinated by the time they were polled in late January. 
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Date: Friday, April 15, 2021
Time: 4:00−5:00 pm
 
Panelists:
Mary Blazek, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Laura Hirshbein, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and History
Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
David Porter, Ph.D., Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Moderated by:
Kara Zivin, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Health Management and Policy
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A retrospective analysis of 328,578 Michigan residents who had a common surgical procedure done from 2012 to 2019 found that almost a quarter of them smoked in the previous 12 months, despite the presence of tobacco cessation programs across the state.
Eighty percent of Americans over 50 say their primary care doctor hasn’t asked about their hearing in the past two years, and nearly as many 77% haven’t had their hearing checked by a professional in that same time, according to a new National Poll on Healthy Aging.  
A lot of the attention around “pandemic pets” has focused on families with children getting a cat, dog, or other pet in 2020, during a time when many people were learning or working from home.

But a new poll shows that older adults also got in on the trend. 
According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, 10% of all people between the ages of 50 and 80 got a new pet between March 2020 and January 2021.
Reducing the initial screening age and including those with lower smoking exposures would help avert lung cancer-related deaths, according to a new study led by Rafael Meza, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health.
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