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New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski

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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - "There are many guidelines for managing acute or chronic pain, but not for maternity care," said lead author MARIAN JARLENSKI, a Pitt health-policy researcher. "We have a public health crisis with opioid addiction. We were surprised to see more than 1 in 10 women were going home with an opioid prescription." 

Doctoral student Beth Shaaban on Pittsburgh's probe into the PWSA flush and boil order

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90.5 WESA - As an organizer with the group Pittsburgh Lead Action Now, doctoral student BETH SHAABAN (EPI '18) is seeking to find solutions to the city’s lead issue. "We’d like to see the process be very transparent so that we can help monitor what’s going on,” she said. Shaaban and fellow students Abby Cartus (EPI) and Ray Van Cleve (HPM) are among the community members who have been instrumental to the group's organizing committee.  

HPM's Walid Gellad agrees that leveraging Medicare's buying power could pull down drug prices

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NPR - The only government report that looks at the issue concluded that it would have a "negligible effect" on prices, but WALLID GELLAD of HPM disagrees. "There's a reason why the pharmaceutical industry does not want Medicare negotiation to happen, and the obvious reason is because it will lower prices." 

Chase Brexton Health Care picks HPM alumnus Patrick Mutch as new CEO

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OUTLOUD - Chase Brexton Health Care’s board announced the hiring of PATRICK MUTCH (HADM '78) as the organization’s new president and CEO. “We were impressed by Patrick’s deep understanding of our welcoming, affirming, patient-focused care,” said board chair Carolyn Kennedy. “He possesses a wealth of experience in both non-profit and for-profit health care systems, and understands how to lead and develop integrated care models.”  

Pregnant women turn to marijuana, perhaps harming infants

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NEW YORK TIMES - “I don’t think public health officials should be alarming people,” said MARIAN JARLENSKI, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health. “They just have to say, ‘There have been studies done, and there is some risk.’” 

Walid Gellad on accusations of price fixing by drugmakers of insulin

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MARKETPLACE - In a Marketplace interview about insulin drugmakers accused of price fixing, WALID GELLAD (HPM) said, “They’re competing on the price that the pharmacy benefit manager and the insurer pays. They're not competing on the price that the patient pays." 

New clinic aims to remove barriers to immunization

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TRIB LIVE - HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS was asked to weigh in on the tremendous economic benefits to a community when public health clinics offer vaccinations. In a city such as Pittsburgh, where there are no public hospitals, public clinics become even more crucial.  

Nursing home residents gain new protections

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NEW YORK TIMES - When interviewed, HPM's NICHOLAS CASTLE voices concern about staff turnover and chronic underfunding. 

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... 

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