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Cancer Journal: A table of contents

I am a psychologist, a health services researcher, and a contributor to The Incidental Economist. The Cancer Journal reports my experiences as a cancer patient in the COVID pandemic. “I have serious news.” My day and night in the Emergency Department on July 2nd and […]

Covid Vaccine Month of Action

The Biden administration has announced a new a goal when it comes to Covid-19 vaccinations in the US: It aims for at least 70% of Americans to receive at least one dose by July 4th. The current administration has announced a plan and lots of […]

The Proposed Hospital Mega-Merger in Rhode Island Shouldn’t Happen

The two largest hospital systems in Rhode Island, Lifespan and Care New England (CNE), submitted an application to the state in April to form a new health system in partnership with Brown University.* In spite of proponents’ claims to the contrary, this mega-merger would likely […]

Buprenorphine Regulations and Better Treatment of Addiction

We face a lot of obstacles on the road to ending the opioid crisis, and one of them revolves around access to evidence-based addiction treatments. The X-waiver, a waiver physicians must obtain to prescribe the partial opioid agonist Buprenorphine, is one of them. New regulations […]

Paid sick leave is a women’s health issue

Cecille Joan Avila is a policy analyst at Boston University School of Public Health. She tweets @cecilleavila. Paid family and medical leave has been the main focus lately, but paid sick leave is equally important. I talk more about its importance and why it matters […]

Overdiagnosis and overtreatment: the provider perspective

Elsa Pearson, MPH, is a senior policy analyst at Boston University School of Public Health. She tweets at @epearsonbusph. Research for this piece was supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment are widespread practices in the US health care system. Providers […]

What if there was a way to detect fraud for SUD facilities?

The following is coauthored by Cecille Avila (@cecilleavila), Austin Frakt (@afrakt), and Melissa Garrido (@garridomelissa). Millions of Americans struggle with substance use disorder, with estimates suggesting as many as 1 in 13 people needed treatment in 2018. Between high demand for services and lack of […]

Cancer Journal: Immunotherapy

At the end of April, I received an end-stage diagnosis for my throat cancer. What this means is that although there’s no certainty about when I will die, neither I nor my physicians see a likely path leading to a cure. That doesn’t mean that […]

Recent publications from Boston University’s Department of Health Law, Policy and Management: June 2021 Edition

Below are recent publications from me and my colleagues from Boston University’s Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. You can find all posts in this series here. June 2021 Edition Annas GJ, Beisel CL, Clement K, Crisanti A, Francis S, Galardini M, Galizi R, […]

Patterns from a Year of Covid Data

Now that we’ve been dealing with Covid-19 for over a year, we have a lot of information to help us understand the kinds of patterns that have emerged. While no one has been left untouched, some communities and groups bore a larger brunt of the […]