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May 3, 2012 Healthy Food Choices and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

With the rapidly changing economic trends within the United States, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has ballooned recently.

Childhood Obesity | Obesity | Public Health
May 1, 2012 More Information Is Not Always Better: Pulling Consumers Into Active Choices About Testing

“I’m thinking of getting a full-body CT scan,” Jane said.

Consumer Choice | Health Policy
Apr 26, 2012 Dignity Is the Core of the Decent Care Values Approach for Health Care

As Dr.

Chronic Disease
Apr 24, 2012 Dignity-Driven Care as the Driver to Addressing Health Costs

The goal of a more effective and efficient system of care is straightforward—better care at lower costs. The path to that goal has proven far more elusive.

Aging | Chronic Disease
Apr 19, 2012 Meeting the Health Needs of 21st Century Veterans

After a decade of conflict in Iraq, our troops have come home, producing the largest increase in the number of American veterans since the 1970s.

Health Policy | Military & Veterans Health
Apr 17, 2012 Where You Live Shouldn’t Determine How Healthy You Are (But it Can)

Your health shouldn’t be determined by where you live, but two new reports show that where you live, learn, work and play have a major impact on how healthy you are and how long you live.

Chronic Disease | Community Health | Public Health
Apr 12, 2012 Reducing Obesity and Achieving Health Equity Through CDC’s New Community Transformation Grants

It’s been in the news and at the forefront of public health policy debates—childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years and now represents one of the leading public health threat

Childhood Obesity | Chronic Disease | Obesity
Apr 10, 2012 Physicians Wade Into Efforts To Curb Unnecessary Treatments

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform | Insurance
Apr 5, 2012 Sustainable Health Spending Under the Ryan Path for Federal Non-Health Spending


Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform
Apr 3, 2012 Health Care Law Blues: They Hear That Train a-Comin’

For small business, the 2010 health reform law means higher costs, more red-tape and fewer choices.

Health Policy | Health Reform
Mar 29, 2012 Getting the Right Medications Before and After Hospital Discharge

According to the Institute of Medicine’s Preventing Medication Errors report, the average hospitalized patient encounters at least one medication error per day.

Aging | Care Transitions | Hospitals
Mar 27, 2012 Gambling With Your Health—Literally

Do you love casinos? How about bingo? Do you bet on the NCAA tournament championship? Do you gamble on the Internet?

Behavioral Health
Mar 22, 2012 The Health Law and the Supreme Court: A Primer for the Upcoming Oral Arguments

By Stuart Taylor, Jr. for Kaiser Health News

How big is the constitutional challenge to the Obama health care law, which the Supreme Court will hear on March 26-28?

Health Policy | Health Reform
Mar 20, 2012 Playing Smart: Getting Started on Joint Use Agreements

The City of Niagara Falls was “spending a lot of money to maintain marginal courts where people didn’t want them anyway, and we were getting complaints from neighbors who lived nea

Community Health | Obesity | Public Health
Mar 15, 2012 The 2012 International AIDS Conference in America: The World is Invited, but Who Will Respond and Who Will Come?

The International AIDS Conference is coming to the United States this July 22-27 for the first time in over 20 years.

Chronic Disease | Health Policy | Public Health
Mar 13, 2012 New WIC Food Package Widely Accepted, But Challenges Remain

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income, pre

Childhood Obesity | Health Policy | Women & Children
Mar 8, 2012 Edging into the Center: Health Prevention, Improving the Research Process, and the Placebo Effect

It is often difficult to discern what is happening on the fringe of things and then decide whether any of it matters.

Health Policy | Public Health
Mar 6, 2012 Activating Consumers with Financial Control: Lessons from Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts are growing up. No longer an oddity, millions of families have accounts funded by tens of thousands of employers (1).

Consumer Choice
Mar 5, 2012 On “the Myth of Runaway Health Spending”: Is the Crisis Really Ending?

Center for Sustainable Health Spending colleagues George Miller, Ph.D. and Paul Hughes-Cromwick have the following thoughts.

Consumer Choice | Costs & Economic Analysis | Health Reform
Mar 1, 2012 What Does It Matter to You: Patient Activation and Good Health Outcomes

A few days into my 68-year old father’s hospitalization for sepsis, his doctors determined the strain of bacteria that plagued him: streptococcus.

Aging | Care Transitions