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    Like a Phoenix from the Ashes…The Senate’s Health Reform Efforts Live On

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Sep 20, 2017 12:11:00 PM

    by Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD
    Co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 3rd Edition

    With the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House on May 4, 2017, the health reform debate moved to the Senate.  The Senate completely scrapped the House bill and released its own version of health reform, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA).  Despite important differences, AHCA and BCRA followed roughly the same contours. Both bills reduced taxes, eliminated government mandates, lowered federal government spending, lowered premiums for some people while increasing them for others, phased out Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and ended Medicaid as an entitlement program. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the effect of the bills would be to increase the number of uninsured, reduce the deficit, lower costs for young and healthy consumers, and increase costs for older and poorer consumers.[1],[2] Unlike the House, however, the Senate could not muster enough Republican support to pass BCRA (or the Senate’s other two bills), stalling the health reform debate in Congress.  After a month of relative quiet, the Senate is trying again with its consideration of the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the ACA.

     

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    Topics: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Public Health, sara wilensky, Essentials of Health Policy and Law

    Lessons Learned: What Can We Learn from Hurricane Harvey and Will We Really Learn Them This Time?

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Sep 8, 2017 4:30:00 PM

    By Suzet M. McKinney, DrPH, MPH

    Author of the upcoming Pubic Health Emergency Preparedness: Practical Solutions for the Real World

    It’s hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region, leaving damage and devastation that would take years to repair. I think it’s safe to say that Katrina was the most devastating storm ever seen here in the U.S.; a category 5 hurricane of epic proportions. The all too vivid images of entire neighborhoods underwater, desperate pleas for rescue scribbled across rooftops, and deceased bodies floating down the streets turned urban rivers, seemed more like a scene from a third world country, than a beloved, modern day American city.  At the time, not many of us thought we’d ever see anything like it again in our lifetimes. And now comes, Harvey.

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    Topics: Public Health

    The Jones & Bartlett Learning Spring Podcast Series

    Posted by admin on Mar 31, 2011 3:03:29 PM

    This spring, Jones & Bartlett Learning is pleased to bring you Podcasts of interviews with the authors of our newest titles in Public Health and Health Administration:

    Dr. Michael Merson is the lead editor of Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies (formerly titled International Public Health), which will be available in a new Third Edition this August.

    Michael Merson is the director of Duke University's Global Health Institute. He is the former Dean of Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine, and the former Director of Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and one of the founding directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

     


    RICHARD SKOLNIK, MPA is the author of the new Second Edition of Global Health 101 (formerly titled Essentials of Global Health). Mr. Skolnik is the winner of numerous honors for teaching, has taught global health for 8 years, and has more than 30 years of experience as a global health practitioner in multilateral, university, and NGO settings. He has been actively involved in dealing with critical issues in global health at country level and at the highest levels of international health policy making.


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    Topics: public health education, administration, Author, author, Public Health, Public health management

    Are Health Care Professionals Prepared For Disasters?

    Posted by admin on May 1, 2010 12:57:06 PM

    On September 11, 2001, my husband was attending a week-long course in New York City. As I stood in my kitchen in Baltimore, Maryland, drinking a cup of coffee and watching Good Morning America, I heard Diane Sawyer say, “We have breaking news.” Horrified, I watched the scenes of the Twin Towers under attack—and suddenly realized I had no idea where my husband was. After four frantic hours of trying to reach him, he finally returned my call. His hotel was next to the Empire State Building, in walking distance of the attacks. Almost all the surgeons at the meeting climbed onto a bus to go to a treatment center to help the victims. My husband, sensing the futility of this volunteerism, did not go. His instincts were correct. When the busload of physicians returned, they reported they stood around for twelve hours without access to news and did nothing.

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    Topics: public health education, Author, health administration, Health Administration, Public Health, Sharon B. Buchbinder, disaster preparedness, Public health management, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, American College of Health Care, Citizen Corps, Community Emergency Response Team, Dr. Wayne Nelson

    Can We Tame Wicked Problems In Health Care?

    Posted by admin on Sep 9, 2009 11:30:34 AM

    One of the things that the maelstrom of controversy over healthcare reform has underscored, yet again, is that there are no easy buttons in health care. Many scholars and pundits have weighed in on this issue with the pros and cons of why we should or should not change how we finance and deliver health care in this country. I won’t be adding to that discussion. I will, however, pose a different question:  Can we tame wicked problems in health care?

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    Topics: public health education, health administration, Public Health, Sharon B. Buchbinder, transdisciplinary, Health care, Public health management, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, preventive medicine, wicked problems

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