Annual Report on Healthcare Quality and Disparities

In July, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) posted the 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report on its website. Mandated by Congress, this annual report “provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of healthcare received by the general US population and disparities in care experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups.”  Based … Continue reading Annual Report on Healthcare Quality and Disparities

As Some Holdout States Revisit Medicaid Expansion, New Data Show It Pays Off

From the article by Shefali Luthra on Kaiser Health News: Although the GOP-controlled Congress is pledging its continued interest — despite stalls and snags — to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest in embracing the health law’s Medicaid expansion. And a study out Wednesday in Health Affairs adds … Continue reading As Some Holdout States Revisit Medicaid Expansion, New Data Show It Pays Off

Upcoming HDRG Meetings

The Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) is a multidisciplinary assembly of faculty, students, staff, and community representatives with a vision “to become an integral facilitator in eliminating health disparities through partnerships with our community.” Held the 3rd Friday of each month throughout the academic year, the meetings provide an opportunity to share research and cultivate … Continue reading Upcoming HDRG Meetings

When Housing Comes First, Hospitals Benefit

From the article by Lola Butcher on Hospitals & Health Networks: Supportive housing is a multifaceted model to help homeless individuals and families that face complex challenges such as addiction, mental health conditions and disabilities that can be overwhelming. In addition to permanent housing, the model provides social services that range from substance abuse programs … Continue reading When Housing Comes First, Hospitals Benefit

Repealing Federal Health Reform: Economic and Employment Consequences for States

From the issue brief published by The Commonwealth Fund: ...Recent analyses show canceling the ACA’s tax credits and Medicaid expansion would double the number of uninsured Americans.2,3 As millions lose their insurance, hospitals and other providers would see their uncompensated medical care costs soar by $1.1 trillion from 2019 to 2028, and they would experience … Continue reading Repealing Federal Health Reform: Economic and Employment Consequences for States

Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

From the post by The Commonwealth Fund: Background The debate over whether and how to repeal the Affordable Care Act often focuses on the cost of the Medicaid expansion—an area of concern for some states, which starting this year must assume a portion of the coverage costs for newly eligible enrollees. Less attention is paid … Continue reading Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

Health Coverage is My Road to Independence

From the article by Mary Leapart on HHS.gov: I am an educator by profession and at heart. I taught high school for 10 years and then left the classroom to work in curriculum development and training. In the years since leaving the classroom, I realized that I had developed many skills that I could use … Continue reading Health Coverage is My Road to Independence

Why the U.S. Needs Medicaid

From the report by Rachel Nuzum, Sara R. Collins, Melinda K. Abrams, Pamela Riley, M.D., Jordan Kiszla and Jamie Ryan from the Commonwealth Fund: While most news stories about Medicaid focus on states’ decisions on whether to expand eligibility, the collective impact of the program on beneficiaries, health providers and systems, and state economies is … Continue reading Why the U.S. Needs Medicaid

Labor Market Health Care Project

In 2006, Dr. Kenneth Hudson, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work, began work on the Labor Market Health Care Project to examine the relationship between employment and health care. The project consists of two parts: The Labor Market Health Care Survey (LMHCS)  focused on a small sample longitudinal study of employment and health care … Continue reading Labor Market Health Care Project

Attending To The ‘Human Element’ Is Key To Keeping Patients Healthy

From the article by Shefali Luthra on Kaiser Health News: Racial minorities and lower-income people typically fare far worse when it comes to health outcomes. And figuring out why has long been one of health care’s black boxes. Forthcoming research may help shed light on what’s driving those inequities — and how the system can … Continue reading Attending To The ‘Human Element’ Is Key To Keeping Patients Healthy