Using Evidence to Improve Population Health

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  • Working Together to Address the Multigenerational Effects of the Opioid Epidemic

    Oct 31, 2018

    Treatment for opioid addiction usually focuses on the individual. But children and family members of the addicted individual are also affected—and overlooked, say researchers Carol Levine and Suzanne Brundage from the United Hospital Fund (UHF), who maintain that an urgent response to the “ripple effect,” as it’s called, is needed to prevent the multigenerational trauma that affects … Read more

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  • Maine’s Family Caregiving Referendum—Revolt of the Sandwiched?

    Oct 30, 2018 | Christopher F. Koller, President

    The “sandwich generation” refers to folks who look after both older family members and their own kids. These people—often in their 40s and 50s—are simultaneously coordinating the logistics and drama of both high school and home care. In Maine, a ballot referendum this fall to make home care more available to residents could give caregivers there a shot at relief, if enough others share … Read more

  • The Generation of Integration: The Early Experience of Implementing Bundled Care in Ontario, Canada

    Gayathri Embuldeniya, Maritt Kirst, Kevin Walker, Walter P. Wodchis

    Integrated health care models counter fragmented health care delivery and rising system costs by bundling services and encouraging interprofessional and interorganizational collaboration. While research has been conducted on the facilitators and challenges of integration, less is known about how integration is generated. This qualitative study looks at on-the-ground integration strategies in 6 programs in Ontario that each comprised multiple hospital and community partners to implement bundled care. Integration was generated through the successful production of connectivity and consensus. Read more

  • The Health Reformers’ Dilemma

    John E. McDonough

    Ever since the US Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act must be optional rather than mandatory for states, health care advocates have worked heart and soul to convince their state governments to adopt the expansion. But there’s a catch. The only politically viable pathway to expansion includes a detested provision, known as the “work requirement,” that obligates many new enrollees to work or else forfeit coverage. What to do? Read more

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