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Donohue voices concern about Trump's HHS pick

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KAISER HEALTH NEWS - Co-director of the Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, HPM's JULIE DONOHUE said Medicare’s use of step therapy is one of the few tools it has to contain soaring drug costs. “Unfortunately, unfettered choice of medicines … leads to higher drug spending and higher cost for taxpayers, so you have to strike the right balance.” 

Ascension Healthcare president, CEO Robert Henkel stepping down

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HEALTHCARE FINANCE - After more than a decade, ROBERT HENKEL (HPM '82) will retire from Ascension, the country's largest faith-based nonprofit healthcare system, on July 1, officially stepping down as executive vice president of Ascension, and president and CEO of Ascension Healthcare... Those roles will be filled by PATRICIA MARYLAND (HPM '82) who will assume responsibility for Ascension's Healthcare Division, encompassing more than 141 hos... 

Trump's drug price stance puts pharma on notice

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BLOOMBERG - Pitt's head of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, WALID GELLAD (HPM) says ‘‘It may just be setting a starting point for negotiations and then using that for negotiations later in the ACA. You’re not going to get the support of the pharmaceutical industry if you’re talking about reducing their revenue.” 

The Affordable Care Act – What’s the future hold? (VIDEO)

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KDKA-TV - Assistant professor MARIAN JARLENSKI (HPM) participated in a 30-minute panel discussion on the KD-PG Sunday Edition about the future of the Affordable Care Act. 

Officials say PA’s Drug Monitoring Program making an impact in first four months

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WESA 90.5 FM - The Department of Health Policy and Management's Public Health Leader in Residence, LAUREN HUGHES, weighs in on Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. She serves as deputy secretary for health innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

Using multiple social media sites more linked to depression than total time spent digitally socializing

Compared with the total time spent on social media, use of multiple platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health found in a national survey. 

Congratulations Radhika Parekh!

HPM is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA graduate Radhika Parekh has accepted a Consultant position with McKinnis Consulting Services, part of Navigant Consulting in Chicago. 

Dabigatran Superior to Warfarin When Anticoagulation is Resumed After Bleeding

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - In the first analysis of how to treat patients on anticoagulants who suffer a major bleeding event, a clinical practice that routinely gives doctors pause, while also evaluating a new drug, University of Pittsburgh researchers lead by Pitt Public Health alumna INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM '16)aim to provide much-needed guidance to clinicians trying to balance the risks of stroke versus bleeding when determining the best ... 

#ItsGoodToGive: Kate Fletcher

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE profiles Pitt Public Health alumna Kate Fletcher (HSA ‘80) as part of the #ItsGoodToGive series. After serving as a nun, primary school teacher, nursing home manager, and then adjunct professor, Fletcher decided at age 64 to follow destiny’s call to Kenya. In response to the plight of millions of orphans in sub-Sahara Africa, she has dedicated the last 14 years to establishing Hekima Place, a children’s home in Kenya f... 

Momentum To Regulate Drug Prices Uncertain After Prop 61 Defeat, Republican Victories

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CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE - “The prospect for a broad measure at the federal level for doing something about pricing is probably zero,” said Dr. Walid Gellad associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. . 

Pennsylvania has 1M in path of Obamacare repeal

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW -  “I don't think we've seen anything on this scale,” said Julie Donohue , an associate professor of health policy and management in the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. “... It would be unprecedented.” 

Pitt class presenting naloxone recommendations to national public health group

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES - A University of Pittsburgh public health law class that recently presented five recommendations for curbing opioid deaths in the region using naloxone to the Allegheny County Health Department will share those recommendations today at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Denver.The two-year-old class, Law in Public Health Practice, focused its semester-long research into tackling opioid abuse on ... 

Pitt class's naloxone recommendations presented to national public health group

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES -  “Of the populations we studied, our research suggests that people recently released from incarceration would benefit the most from naloxone distribution because they are highly susceptible to overdosing,” said Elizabeth Van Nostrand, assistant professor of health policy and management at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, and adjunct professor at Pitt’s School of Law, in a statement. …   

Policy to prevent opioid overdose presented

MEDICAL XPRESS - "Heroin-related deaths have tripled in the past decade. There is no quick fix to the opioid overdose epidemic," said Elizabeth Van Nostrand, J.D., assistant professor of health policy and management at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, and adjunct professor at Pitt's School of Law. …   

Amrit Kaur’s letter published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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In the Introduction To The U.S. Healthcare Delivery System I, students are asked to write a letter to the editor as part of developing the competency of Community Orientation. Occasionally letters get published. I’m pleased to share that Amrit Kaur’s letter that was published in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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