March 2023
IHPI Director John Ayanian and Michael Chernew, Ph.D., professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), discussed a range of topics, including potential strategies for improving health insurance and the health care system during the 2023 IHPI Director's Lecture on March 22.
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A statewide effort to treat the pain of surgery patients without increasing their risk of long-term dependence on opioids has paid off in Michigan. In less than two years, the effort, driven by the Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network and the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, led to a 56% reduction in the amount of opioids patients received after having six different common operations, and a 26% drop in the chance that they would still be filling opioid prescriptions months after their surgical pain should have eased. Both of those decreases beat national trends for similar patients, according to a new U-M study.
Andrew Shuman, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology, provided testimony on the ongoing national drug shortages during a March 22 hearing with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs. After the hearing, the committee issued a report detailing how a worsening shortage of critical medications poses a national security problem and threatens health care providers’ ability to treat patients.
On February 23, Sarah Peitzmeier, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor of nursing, shared her expertise and research on intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ+ community with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee for Sustaining Essential Health Care Services Related to Intimate Partner Violence During Public Health Emergencies. 
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MC3, a program led by Sheila Marcus, M.D., and Maria Muzik, M.D., M.S., of the Department of Psychiatry, helps primary care providers easily consult with U-M psychiatrists for rapid, confidential advice on treating a patient’s mental health needs. Many of the patients are in crisis and from areas of Michigan that lack local mental health providers. MC3 also offers providers medication reference guides, free online education programs, and digital mental health screening.
The risk of death rises among older adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the months following exposure to a hurricane, according to a new study led by Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor of nursing.
Five years of National Poll on Healthy Aging data show measures of loneliness have declined to near pre-pandemic levels for many adults age 50 to 80. However, the percentages of older adults who reported feeling lonely were much higher among those with mental or physical health challenges or disabilities.
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