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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Health Policy and Management Present the 2015-2016 Centennial Policy Scholar Seminar Series with Former Congressman Henry A. Waxman.
Inaugural seminar Medicare at 50: Achievements and Challenges Moving Forward Slated for July 22. Click here for the schedule of seminars.
Save the date for the 2015 Summer Institute in Baltimore, U.S. which will take place June 1-27, 2015.
News Releases and Stories
Henry Waxman Named Centennial Policy Scholar at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Former Congressman Henry A. Waxman, one of the most accomplished legislators in the history of the U.S. Congress, joins the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for the coming year as its Centennial Policy Scholar. To read more, click here.
Strong Regulations on Gun Sales Prevent High-Risk Individuals from Accessing Firearms and Can Reduce Violent Crime, Study Finds
A review of 28 published studies examining U.S. gun policy found that laws and regulations designed to keep firearms from people at risk of committing violence, such as felons and those under restraining orders, are effective and, in some instances, reduce lethal violence. The researchers also found that certain laws, including rigorous permit-to-purchase laws which require a permit to be issued before completing a handgun sale and comprehensive background checks, are associated with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. To read more, click here.
Despite Broad Awareness, Only Half of Doctors Surveyed Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
In a new survey, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that physicians report relatively high awareness of state databases that track drug prescriptions but more than one-fifth indicated they were not aware of their state’s program at all. To read more, click here.
Despite Federal Law, Some Insurance Exchange Plans Offer Unequal Coverage for Mental Health
One-quarter of the health plans being sold on health insurance exchanges set up through the Affordable Care Act offer benefits that appear to violate a federal law requiring equal benefits for general medical and mental health care, according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. To read more, click here.
AcademyHealth Honors Johns Hopkins ACG Case-Mix System with 2015 Health Services Research Impact Award
A team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that developed one of the world’s most widely used healthcare analytical tools has been awarded AcademyHealth’s 2015 Health Services Research Impact Award. The Johns Hopkins ACG Case-Mix System is a comprehensive software-based tool that evaluates the types of medical conditions a person has and is used to assess everything from which patients are most at risk of being readmitted to a hospital to morbidity trends in populations. To read more, click here.
Lyme Disease Costs Up to $1.3 Billion Per Year to Treat, Study Finds
Lyme disease, transmitted by a bite from a tick infected by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, had long been considered easy to treat, usually requiring a single doctor’s visit and a few weeks of antibiotics for most people.
But new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that a prolonged illness associated with the disease in some patients is more widespread and serious than previously understood. With an estimated 240,000 to 440,000 new cases of the tick-borne illness diagnosed every year, the researchers found that Lyme disease costs the U.S. health care system between $712 million and $1.3 billion a year — or nearly $3,000 per patient on average — in return doctor visits and testing, likely to investigate the cause of some patients’ lingering symptoms of fatigue, musculoskeletal pain and memory problems. These visits come after patients have finished their original course of antibiotics. To read more, click here.
Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center Awarded 5-Year Contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a five-year contract to the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center (JHU EPC) to help the Center continue to promote evidence-informed decision-making in clinical practice and public health policy. JHU EPC was established in 1997 as a charter member of the EPC Program supported by AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare Program (EHC). Today there are a total of 13 EPC’s. To read more, click here.