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.

Older Adult Falls Are Costly But Not Inevitable, According to a Health Affairs Blog by GW Researchers

Each year, an estimated 29 million adults aged 65 and older fall, and a recent study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2015 alone older adults’ falls cost $50 billion.  In a recent blog in Health Affairs, GW researchers offer policy and practice recommendations for scaling up utilization of falls prevention interventions and risk assessments.

CRS Report Lists Policy Options for Increasing Physician Training Education in Proper Opioid Prescribing

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently published a short “insight” report, Policy Options to Increase Physician Training Education in Proper Opioid Prescribing.  It responds to the recommendation of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to mandate "medical education and prescriber education initiatives in proper opioid prescribing and risks of developing an SUD [Substance Use Disorder]."

Proposals to End Medicaid Expansions Threaten Support to Address the Opioid Crisis

A new analysis by GW Health Policy and Management researchers concludes that Medicaid expansions are helping states cope with the rising toll taken by the opioid crisis. It also suggests that Congressional proposals to end the Medicaid expansion program may undermine efforts to address this growing public health problem.

Naomi Seiler Presents at SYNChronicity Conference

Associate Research Professor Naomi Seiler presented research findings on alternative Ryan White program funding models on April 24 at SYNChronicity, the National Conference for HIV, HCV and LGBT Health in Arlington, Virginia.