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      Big and exciting merger news at Stanford Health Policy

      News / October 17, 2019

      Stanford Medicine has announced a merger of its Division of Health Services Research from the Department of Health Research and Policy with the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research — joining together the School of Medicine’s leading researchers in the field of health policy.

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      Mentoring workshop aims to support women economists

      News / October 11, 2019

      Women are underrepresented in the economics profession, as recent research and the public spotlight have shown. But changes are afoot as both men and women in the field try to understand the scope of the gender gap.

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      Stanford Legal Experts on the Oklahoma Opioids Verdict and Ongoing Litigation

      Q&A / August 29, 2019

      On August 26, Judge Thad Balkman delivered a $572 million judgment against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for the company’s role in fueling the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma. In the discussion that follows, Stanford Law Professors Michelle Mello and Nora Freeman Engstrom discuss the decision and how other cases tied to the national opioid crisis are developing.

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      All Adults Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C; It Now Kills More Americans Than All Other Reportable Infectious Diseases Combined

      News / August 27, 2019

      A task force of national health experts has released a draft recommendation to screen all adults 18 to 79 years for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), noting the opioid epidemic has fueled what has become the most common chronic bloodborne pathogen in the United States.


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      Surprise Out-of-Network Billing Skyrockets

      News / August 26, 2019

      Surprise, out-of-network charges billed to privately insured Americans who received inpatient care at in-network hospitals more than doubled between 2010 and 2016, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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      Task Force: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Women of Certain At-Risk Ancestry Added to Patients Who Should Be Assessed for Risk of Having the BRCA1/2 Gene Mutation

      News / August 20, 2019

      The risks of ovarian and breast cancer are as high as 45% and 70%, respectively, in women carrying genetic mutations. So the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is updating its recommendation for primary-care clinicians: They should now consider women with previous breast cancer or ovarian cancer who are considered cancer-free for genetic counseling — and more explicitly include ancestry as a risk factor.


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      Mass Shootings: Public Face of a Much Larger Epidemic

      News / August 8, 2019

      Americans have witnessed repeated mass shootings. The carnage in Texas and Ohio last weekend, which claimed 31 lives, has left the nation stunned and angry. Stanford Health Policy's David Studdert notes, however, that mass shootings only represent less than 1% of all the firearms deaths in the United States each year.

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      Multispecialty practices cut costs among Medicare patients with chronic conditions

      News / July 25, 2019

      Stanford Health Policy’s Loren Baker and Kate Bundorf set out to analyze whether the trend toward multispecialty practices has impacted health-care use and spending.

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      Paul Wise Heads Up Global Initiative to Boost Humanitarian Health Response to Violent Conflict

      News / July 23, 2019

      The American Academy of Arts & Sciences appoints Stanford pediatrics professor Paul Wise and two other global health experts to lead a new initiative to develop new strategies to protect civilians, health care and cultural heritage in areas of extreme violence. 


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      After limits on residency work hours, did doctors perform worse? New study says no

      News / July 11, 2019

      New research by Jay Bhattacharya and colleagues finds that cutting back medical residents' workweek to 80 hours has not impacted the quality of their work.

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      The Effects of Multispecialty Group Practice on Health-Care Spending and Use

      News / July 11, 2019

      Primary care physicians in the United States are increasingly joining multispecialty group practices, such as the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Stanford Health Care. Stanford Health Policy’s Loren Baker and Kate Bundorf analyzed how a physician’s single practice vs. a multispecialty practice (MSP) affects health-care spending and use.


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      U.S. Foreign Policy to Restrict Abortion Funding Results in More Abortions

      News / June 28, 2019

      A foreign policy enacted by American presidents opposing abortion results in less funding for family planning and birth control, leading to more unwanted pregnancies, according to new research by SHP's Eran Bendavid and Grant Miller.

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      Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize winners honor his legacy

      News / June 24, 2019

      Dr. George Rosenkranz —a world-renowned scientist who devoted his life to improving global health and established a prize to foster innovative research among emerging Stanford scholars — leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of science and humanitarianism.

      Rosenkranz was 102 when he died Sunday after a prolific scientific career, one that would forever change the course of women’s reproductive lives.

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      Meet the Inaugural Class of Stanford Health Policy Undergraduate Research Fellows

      News / June 14, 2019

      Meet the six Stanford undergraduates chosen for the inaugural class of Stanford Health Policy Undergraduate Research Fellows. From a variety of disciplines, they will spend this summer partnered with SHP faculty to work on research projects. 

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      USPSTF: Americans 15-65 should be screened for HIV; those at risk offered prevention drug

      News / June 11, 2019

      U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issues two final recommendations: All Americans 15 to 65 should be screened for HIV and those at high risk offered prevention drug. 

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      Financing Longevity: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging World

      News / May 23, 2019

      People today can generally expect to live longer and, in some parts of the world, healthier lives. The substantial increases in life expectancy underlying these global demographic shifts represent a human triumph over disease, hunger, and deprivation, but also pose difficult challenges across multiple sectors. Population aging will have dramatic effects on labor supply, patterns of work and retirement, family and social structures, healthcare services, savings, and, of course, pension systems and other social support programs used by older adults.

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      Foreign Health Aid Bolsters America’s ‘Soft Power'

      News / May 16, 2019

      U.S. government aid for treating children and adults with HIV and malaria in developing countries has done more than expand access to lifesaving interventions: It has changed how people around the world view the United States, according to a new study by researchers at the School of Medicine.


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      A Team of Decision-Scientists Tackles Opioid Epidemic’s Inroads on HIV with NIH MERIT Award

      News / April 22, 2019

      The opioid epidemic is threatening the hard-fought gains in the prevention and control of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Stanford Health Policy's Douglas K. Owens leads a team of decision scientists who received a highly prestigious NIH MERIT award to tackle the issue.


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      Examining the accuracy of Medicare payments to physicians

      News / April 17, 2019

      Medicare made $70 billion in payments to physicians in 2017 for care they provided to the 44 million Americans. But who decides how much a physician should be reimbursed from Medicare for their services?


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      An unintended consequence of Open Payments database, which reveals physician payments from drug companies

      News / April 15, 2019

      Drug companies and medical device manufacturers have long cultivated ties with physicians and hospitals in an effort to promote their wares. This has led to some suspicion that patients may end up with prescriptions for drugs they don’t need or devices they don’t want.

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      Marcella Alsan wins Arrow Award for research on medical legacy of Tuskegee Study

      News / April 11, 2019

      Marcella Alsan and Marianne Wanamaker are recipients of this year’s prestigious Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Associationfor research that shows the health of African-American men was adversely impacted by the Tuskegee syphilis study of the early 20thcentury.


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      Evidence suggests paid family leave yields long-term child and maternal health benefits

      News / March 29, 2019

      Maya Rossin-Slater lays out the evidence that suggests the introduction of paid family leave for up to one year in duration may yield significant child and maternal health benefits, both in the short and long term. 

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      Physicians with multiple malpractice claims are more likely to stop practicing or go solo

      News / March 27, 2019

      Stanford researchers find that physicians with poor malpractice liability records are no more likely than physicians who did not experience claims to relocate for a fresh start elsewhere. However, they were more likely to cease practice or to shift to smaller practice groups or to solo practice.

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