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Health Policy and Management News

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 »

Study finds links between physicians setting cancer-care guidelines and drug industry

August 25, 2016 Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found a high prevalence of financial relationships among authors who helped develop a leading set of cancer-care guidelines in the United States. They say their findings lay the foundation for future studies of whether drug industry payments influence clinical practice or guideline recommendations…. Read more »

A majority of parents would support schools’ requiring HPV vaccinations, as long as there are opt-outs, survey finds

August 25, 2016 A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause. Noel Brewer, PhD, professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of UNC… Read more »

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 17, 2016 Sixteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected as 2016-2017 recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards. The scholarship and dissertation award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through… Read more »

Case study describes best practices in care coordination for children with disabilities

August 9, 2016 A case study published July 28 in NEJM Catalyst examines the efforts of Partners for Kids (PFK), the nation’s largest pediatric accountable care organization (ACO), in managing the needs of Medicaid-eligible children with disabilities in Ohio. Paula H. Song, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Rising food insecurity hits smokers harder, study finds

August 4, 2016 A study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International has found that rates of food insecurity rose disproportionately among smokers between 1998 and 2011. Paul Shafer, MA, doctoral student of health policy and management at the Gillings School and research economist in the Center for Health Policy… Read more »