Health Care

Round-up of post-election coverage on Obamacare

Nov 8, 2012

There have been lots of great stories in the last day or so about what President Obama’s reelection means for health care reform under the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare. A few of my favorites are linked below.

Brown Medical School Dean Steps Down

Nov 5, 2012
Brown University

Ed Wing, Dean of Medicine and Biology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, will be stepping down at the end of this academic year. He’ll return to Brown after a sabbatical to continue teaching, researching, and writing. Meanwhile, the university will launch a national search for his replacement.

Vote. It’s good for you.

Nov 5, 2012

Sure, it’s been a stressful few weeks – months, even. Debates, political ads, campaigning, flyers, you name it, we’re all tired of it, right? It might even be taking a toll on our mental health. And according to one study by some Israeli researchers, there’s a bit more stress in store just before you cast your vote:

A new study in the journal Academic Medicine provides one of the first looks at a program created by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to train more primary care doctors. It’s a pretty different model than the traditional one, where the government, through Medicare, makes payments to teaching hospitals to help fund graduate medical education (like a residency program for doctors-in-training).

Sandy cancelled about 300 blood drives

Oct 30, 2012

Superstorm Sandy took out power, down trees, canceled classes and meetings and flights galore. But she also sent some unexpected disruptions. The Red Cross says the storm forced it to cancel about 300 blood drives. And it’s not sure yet what might be the long term impacts of those lost donations and power outages. Here’s what Red Cross chief medical officer Dr. Richard Benjamin said on their web site about what is known:

Mass. to consider assisted suicide

Oct 25, 2012

My friend Sacha Pfeiffer at WBUR filed this story for NPR about a ballot question Massachusetts voters will be asked to answer this November.  If voters approve the measure, that would make it the third state to legalize a lethal prescription for terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives.

Medical School Enrollment at All-Time High

Oct 24, 2012

A new report out from the Association of American Medical Colleges says medical school enrollment is up, and that we’re on track to increase it 30% by 2016.

Here are the numbers:

UPDATE:The first lecture in this series has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5 pm.

The Rhode Island Medical Society is marking its 200th anniversary with a series of neuroscience-related lectures, all free and open to the public. The lectures are co-sponsored by Brown’s Institute for Brain Science and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute.

How Obama and Romney differ on health care

Oct 19, 2012

For Rhode Islanders who are still a bit fuzzy on that or undecided about how to cast their vote, here are a couple of great resources.

Dartmouth Also Redesigning Its Curriculum

Oct 17, 2012

Another top medical school is redesigning its curriculum right now. You can practically watch Dartmouth's progress in real time via the lively discussions in town halls. Here's a recent one, framed by the need for change because of the explosion of medical knowledge since the last time the curriculum was updated.

Prime Healthcare Services, the latest suitor to try to buy Woonsocket’s struggling Landmark Medical Center, is “on a buying spree,” says Modern Healthcare magazine. Prime has closed deals on six financially troubled hospitals and announced its intent to buy Landmark in the past year. The story mention’s Prime’s public relations problems, including a tussle with the Service Employees International Union and an investigation over its billing practices in California, where the firm is based.

Rethinking Medical School

Oct 16, 2012

Medical school isn’t what it used to be. Budding doctors have to learn more and study harder than they ever have. And changes in the health care system are prompting even more dramatic changes inside medical schools. Next in our series Future Docs, learn how Brown University has adapted, from the man who helped redesign the curriculum.
 

Full Interview with Dr. Phil Gruppuso

Oct 16, 2012

Listen to the next in our Future Docs series, “Rethinking medical school” here.

For more from the Associate Dean of Brown’s Alpert Medical School, here are the full interviews in two parts.

Part One: How medical school has changed, and what’s prompted reform.

Compassion center regulations closer to final

Oct 16, 2012

News from the RI Dept. of Health from spokeswoman Dara Chadwick about medical marijuana. They’re close to finalizing the regulations for compassion centers. She writes that “…one more review meeting will be held to finalize. After that, the regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State’s office.”

The three approved applicants must then submit their “Registration to Operate a Medical Marijuana Compassion Center.”

Meanwhile, a lawsuit has just been filed accusing the Dept. of reversing course, without warning, on who can prescribe medical marijuana.

Violence as contagious disease

Oct 15, 2012

Sometimes it’s a new way of thinking, a new model, an idea out of left field, or, as I like to think of it, using the map of one universe to navigate another – that helps solve some of our most intractable problems. I like to highlight that kind of new thinking from time to time, so here’s a recent example.

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