The goal of mandatory reporting is to identify children at risk of abuse, not to create more reports. Evidence is mounting that increasing mandatory reporting requirements is not an effective policy to improve detection of at-risk children.
In a recent Knowledge@Whartonblog post, LDI Senior Fellows Daniel Polsky and Scott Harrington weigh in on the fate of “Big Pharma” under the Trump Administration. This issue will take center stage as the confirmation hearings begin for Scott Gottlieb, the nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
New evidence supports the adoption of mandates of registration in all states as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to enhance prescriber participation in PDMPs. The added value of mandating use needs further evaluation as more states adopt stronger and more comprehensive mandates of use in recent years.
What if health systems provided rides for elderly patients with limited transportation options or poor patients unable to access public transportation? We might applaud them for a creative strategy to improve access for vulnerable populations. However, their actions might be illegal. We navigated these legal challenges as we designed a rideshare-based medical transportation service using Lyft to help Medicaid patients get to their primary care appointment.
Penn’s third annual Martin Luther King Health Equity Symposium featured a keynote address by Antonia Novello, 14th Surgeon General of the United States, who had a hopeful, yet challenging message: “Had Martin Luther King been here today, he would see that we are doing much better, but he would he would still be fighting. He would feel pride, disappointment, sadness, and he would be appalled that blacks and whites are still segregated.”
A new study points to nursing as a key to achieving value in health care. The researchers ask whether investing in an intervention aimed at supporting direct care nurses – Magnet recognition – influences hospitals’ performance on Medicare’s Hospital Value Based Purchasing (VBP) measures. Indeed, Magnet recognition is associated with better performance on VBP measures.
A new study finds that the reformulated, abuse-deterrent version of OxyContin led to short-term substitution toward heroin. The overall effectiveness of abuse-deterrent formulations will become more evident over time as we observe whether reductions in new initiation eventually offset short-term substitution to heroin.
New policies and technologies can empower pediatric clinicians and pediatric health care systems to help parent smokers quit. Fortunately, new policies outside of the health care setting may help prevent smoking initiation, as well as improve cessation treatments. [This blog originally appeared on the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia blog. View the original blog post here.]
Our colleagues at the Wharton Public Policy Initiative have released a new Issue Brief, The Economic Realities of Replacing the Affordable Care Act, by LDI Senior Fellow Hanming Fang, PhD. In it, Fang uses new a new model of labor and health insurance market dynamics to simulate the long-run effects of the ACA's mechanisms, thus shedding some much-needed light on the repeal-and-replace debate.