Improving primary care for patients and physicians---- Ayanian provides editorial for New England Journal of Medicine

In an editorial titled "Transforming Primary Care ---- We Get What We Pay For" published in the New England Journal of Medicine, IHPI Director John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., and Harvard's Mary Beth Hamel, M.D., M.P.H., provide perspectives on the progress made in the first two years of the Medicare-led Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, one of the largest new efforts to transform U.S. primary care.

Value-based insurance plan boosts employee use of targeted preventive services, reduces ER visits

One state's employee insurance program designed to improve health while reducing costs has successfully encouraged more use of screenings and preventive services, increased medication adherence for chronic conditions, and reduced visits to the emergency department. U-M researchers Richard Hirth, Ph.D., and Mark Fendrick, M.D., say, not unexpectedly, it's too early to tell after two years of study if Connecticut's Health Enhancement Program has saved the state money. The program for 64,000 Connecticut state employees and their dependents is based on Value-Based Insurance Design ---- a concept originated at U-M and deemed a priority in the Affordable Care Act.

Sugar shock: Insulin costs tripled in 10 years, study finds

Recent research conducted by a team from the University of Michigan and the University of Melbourne in Australia, using data from the federal Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, found both yearly spending by people with diabetes, and cost per milliliter, are up sharply ---- outpacing costs for other blood sugar medications.

IHPI members help lead community, multiuniversity partnership to address Flint health challenges

Flint community partners and three major Michigan university campuses have announced a new partnership to help address, through coordinated research efforts, the current and future status of residents and their health. The new initiative ---- the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center ---- brings together Flint's Community Based Organization Partners, UM-Flint, the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus and Michigan State University.


As America battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new U-M study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people who have a high chance of overdosing.

You might think the only people who wind up in a hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) are at the brink of death and in dire need of specialized care. A new U-M study suggests that more than half the patients admitted to the ICU have an exceedingly low risk of dying during their hospital stay.
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Wiens receives NSF Career Award

U-M College of Engineering Assistant Professor Jenna Wiens, Ph.D., has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for her research project, "CAREER: Adaptable, Intelligible, and Actionable Models: Increasing the Utility of Machine Learning in Clinical Care." In recent years, the availability of clinically relevant medical datasets has grown enormously. However, there have been relatively few successes regarding translation to practice, and clinicians still base the bulk of their daily decisions on relatively small amounts of patient-specific data.

Broglio earns early career investigator award

U-M School of Kinesiology Associate Professor Steven Broglio, Ph.D., received the Early Career Investigator Award from the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA).

The award was presented at the opening session of the 11th IBIA World Congress at the Hague, Netherlands last month. Broglio was recognized for making a significant contribution to the field of brain injury because of his scholarly publications, therapeutic innovations, and educational/teaching contributions.

Sen participates in Health Affairs expert events

Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D., U-M associate professor of psychiatry, was part of a small, select group of top experts in the field of behavioral health convened by Health Affairs in Washington, D.C. on March 28 for a high-level roundtable discussion on issues related to the burden of depression in the workplace. This meeting was intended to bridge communication between health services researchers, public policymakers, and private-sector healthcare decision makers.
Q&A with Dr. Katherine Gold: The complex costs of stillbirth

IHPI Member Katherine Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S., whose research focuses on reducing stillbirths and early infant death, recently contributed to the Lancet series on "Ending Preventable Stillbirths," which rolled out earlier this year. Gold, an assistant professor of family medicine and obstetrics & gynecology, provided some perspective on the importance of understanding and documenting the health and economic effects of stillbirth, particularly in low-income countries where women face a variety of barriers to accessing necessary care.

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Speaker: Jeremy N. Smith, author of Epic Measures

Join IHPI and learn the dramatic true story behind the Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors study. Smith, an experienced journalist, went inside this 20-year, 500-scientist, $100-million moonshot attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury, and death for everyone on Earth. It's the biggest use of Big Data ever, useful to researchers and policy makers worldwide. And it almost didn't happen.

Setting standards for public health and safety

The National Sanitation Foundation (now NSF International) was founded at the U-M School of Public Health in 1944 as an independent, not-for-profit organization to set standards for the food-service industry.

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