Category Archives: Healthcare Policy

What next?

Every day brings more unbelievable news. I started out writing this entry focusing on what we might expect in the upcoming weeks regarding the Affordable Care Act following the Senate and House votes to begin repeal. Connecticut could see a … Continue reading

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The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Deaths due to opioids are reaching epidemic proportions.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths attributable to overdose on prescription drugs increased from approximately 9,000 in 2001 to nearly 26,000 in 2014.  This includes … Continue reading

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Stemming the Escalating Cost of Prescription Drugs

Back in October, I wrote about escalating drug prices.  Last week, ACP President Nitin Damle was testifying before Congress about the CREATES Act (“Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2016”).  This bill, if it were to … Continue reading

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ACP’s Position Paper on Climate Change and Health

In case you missed it, last week in conjunction with Earth Day the ACP released a position paper on the impact of climate change on human health.  By now, you are familiar with the details: fossil fuel consumption, clearing of forests … Continue reading

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The Core Quality Measure Collaborative Measure Sets

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), last month announced seven sets of core measures that represent an attempt to achieve alignment across practice settings and multiple payers.  This comes after 18 months … Continue reading

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ACP Targets Growing Physician Paperwork Burden

This entry was submitted by Keith vom Eigen, MD, PhD, MPH, FACP, who is Chair of the Health and Public Policy Committee for the Connecticut Chapter. A local pharmacist called recently to tell me that the glucose test strips my patient had been … Continue reading

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Gun Violence: Still A Public Health Issue

The three-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown is cause for reflection here in Connecticut.   Sadly, little has changed since then.  However, for the first time in 19 years we’ve seen a glimmer of hope to … Continue reading

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