Health Policy and Management News

High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

A study led by Gillings School health policy and management researchers Aaron Winn and Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, found that cancer patients on Medicare’s Part D may face significant out-of-pocket costs before their insurance kicks in on the cost of expensive drug treatments.

Two alumni selected by Gates Institute as ’40 under 40′ advocates for reproductive health

Burcu Bozkurt and Lucy Wilson, alumni of the UNC Gillings School, are among the 40 people under 40 recognized as strong advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bozkurt is co-founder of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning; Wilson is a technical adviser at FHI 360.

Alumnus selected as distinguished professor at University of Alabama

Health policy and management alumnus Dr. Bob Hernandez has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. Hernandez earned a Doctor of Public Health degree at the Gillings School in 1981.

Dilworth-Anderson leads mentoring breakfast at AAIC

The Gillings School’s Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson recently co-led a mentoring breakfast for more than 200 participants during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function and feel during and after treatment

Gillings School professors Drs. Bryce Reeve and Andrew Olshan led a study of several thousand breast cancer survivors in North Carolina. They found differences in how African-American and white women functioned and felt during their treatment and two years post-diagnosis.

Shafer co-authors research on adult e-cigarette use, effectiveness of anti-smoking digital video ads

Paul Shafer, doctoral student in health policy and management, studies media campaigns and policies related to smoking behaviors. He is co-author of two research studies published in September — one about the reasons adults use e-cigarettes and another on whether digital video advertising increases the reach of anti-smoking campaigns.

Three UNC Gillings students selected for new national leadership program

How do we create better, more equitable health for all? That’s the question that will be explored by three Gillings School students who are part of the new Health Policy Research Scholars program. The program is led by Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Medicaid expansion affects rural, urban hospitals differently, study finds

Brystana Kaufman, health policy and management doctoral student, is first author of a new article about the impact of Medicaid expansion. Kaufman’s findings reveal that, while Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was associated with fewer unpaid patient bills and higher Medicaid revenues in both rural and urban hospitals, rural hospitals had, on average, smaller reductions in unpaid bills.

UNC’s Gillings School number one public school of public health for NIH funding

September 7, 2016 Once again, the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health when it comes to funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH provided the data for the 2015 Fiscal Year and UNC’s Gillings School was listed as the number… Read more »

Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

August 25, 2016 A group of University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers is calling for an overhaul of the process that determines which cancer drugs used off-label – or beyond their approved use — are reimbursed by federally-funded health insurance in the United States. In a “Viewpoint” article published online Aug. 25… Read more »