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Howard Markel, Editor-in-Chief          Christopher F. Koller, Publisher
Tara Strome, Assistant Managing Editor

From The Current Issue

From the Editor-in-Chief / June 2016
Remember Flint
By Howard Markel

It is hardly surprising that most pediatricians (myself included) insist that the only normal serum blood lead level is zero, which brings us to Flint, Michigan, and the horrific, senseless, and negligent contamination of the water supply in this once proud and thriving community.

June 2016
The Op-Eds

Our Op-ed section features some of the best minds currently working to improve the public’s health. In addition to our regular op-ed writers, we begin our Op-ed section with a celebration of the late Avedis Donabedian on the 50th anniversary of the publication of his seminal article, “Evaluating the Quality of Medical Care.” Putting Donabedian’s work into historical perspective are our guest contributors Donald Berwick, the president emeritus of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Daniel M. Fox, the president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund.

Original Investigation / June 2016
The International Health Regulations: The Governing Framework for Global Health Security
By Lawrence O. Gostin and Rebecca Katz

This article presents a clear and comprehensive description of the International Health Regulations (IHR), evaluates recent global commission reports evaluating them, and offers proposals for fundamental reform and strengthening of the IHR.

Original Investigation / June 2016
Using Publicly Available Data to Construct a Transparent Measure of Health Care Value: A Method and Initial Results
By William B. Weeks, Gregory R. Kotzbauer, and James N. Weinstein

The authors describe the methods they have developed using publicly available Medicare data to transparently measure health care value—an approach, they argue, that allows patients to compare hospital performance and make better informed treatment decisions.

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