To Counter Pain and Opioid Use in Women, Commentary Recommends a Physical Activity Research Agenda

In a new commentary in the journal Women’s Health Issues, a group of researchers notes that as many as one-third of U.S. and Canadian women suffer from chronic pain, and commonly prescribed opioid treatments come with substantial risks. National health agencies recommend physical activity as a nonpharmacologic pain management strategy, but health professionals don’t yet have enough information about the type and intensity of exercise to recommend for specific groups of patients, or how best to make physical activity accessible to those who could use it to manage chronic pain.

New Data on the Cost-shifting Debate Published in the National Bureau of Economic Research

New research published by the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research provides new data on a longstanding debate in health economics and health policy:  whether or not hospitals “cost-shift” by adjusting prices with private insurers following reductions in public funding.  The new analysis shows that between 2010 and 2015, hospitals reacted to reduced Medicare payments by negotiating 1.6 percent average higher payments from private insurers,  increased prices that added an average of $86,500 per hospital for acute care claims for privately insured patients to offset reim

Rosenbaum Blogs in Health Affairs on Medicaid 1115 and Work Requirements

In a timely blog in Health Affairs, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Professor Sara Rosenbaum responds to the Trump administration’s letter of January 11 inviting states to propose demonstrations to test the effects of threatening to withdraw or reduce Medicaid from people who fail to meet work requirements. 

Ethics and Governance Analysis of Final Revisions to the Common Rule

The Obama Administration’s recent revision of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, known as the Common Rule, raises the questions of how we, as a society, should best translate ethical principles into law and whether law is the ideal vehicle for pursuing ethical outcomes in the case of human subjects research.