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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 […]