How Policy Gaps Fail People Who Inject Drugs and Contract Endocarditis

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Recent media reports suggest that healthcare providers around the country are grappling with how to respond to rising rates of endocarditis, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart, linked to people who inject drugs. Reports in the New York Times and NPR describe the dilemma faced by physicians called on to perform repeat costly heart surgeries on patients who were re-infected with endocarditis as a result of ongoing illicit drug use.

GAO Report Documents Achievements by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has met its goal of identifying, testing and improving new approaches to payment and delivery, according to a recently published review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). 

New Website Supports Accountable Communities for Health

As our health system turns toward addressing social determinants of health and other health-related social needs, the Funders Forum on Accountable Health seeks to bolster what its creators at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health believe is a promising concept for promoting population health.  The Forum has launched a new website with the goal of setting a common table for the growing number of public and philanthropic