Category Archives: Health Care

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Food Animals (podcast)

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a growing global health threat, sickening an estimated 2 million people each year in the United States alone. Evidence suggests that antibiotic use in food animals (cattle, poultry, and swine) causes some of this antibiotic resistance. Although … Continue reading

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Will the United States have enough workers to help an aging population?

More than 12 million Americans need assistance with routine daily activities, such as eating, dressing, bathing, and making meals. Direct care workers—home health aides, psychiatric aides, nursing assistants, and personal care aides—are the primary paid providers of the long-term care … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, so we’re taking the opportunity to look at some of our recent work on a range of issues affecting women. Read on for what we’ve found about women in combat, corporate boards, clinical trials, and … Continue reading

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Data Challenges Contribute to Billions in Medicaid Improper Payments (podcast)

Federal Medicaid administrators rely on state-reported data to help with oversight activities, such as determining whether the program is paying eligible providers for covered services. Given that Medicaid made an estimated $36 billion in payment errors in 2016, many question … Continue reading

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Veterans Health Administration Management Challenges (podcast)

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides health care to the nation’s veterans, including everything from treating post-traumatic stress disorder, to providing surgical care, to caring for an aging veteran population. But VHA’s human capital challenges—including skills gaps and inadequate training … Continue reading

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FDA Oversight of Foreign Drug Safety (podcast)

Much of the U.S. drug supply is manufactured overseas, and the Food and Drug Administration inspects drug manufacturing facilities around the world to ensure that their drugs are safe for the U.S. market. How effective are these inspections? Listen to … Continue reading

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Life’s Difficult Decisions: Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Every year, millions of Americans seek care in nursing homes. If you or a close friend or family member are in this position, how would you choose the right one? Fortunately, the government runs a website called Nursing Home Compare, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Addiction and Recovery (videos)

Over 47,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2014—more than any previous year on record. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death by injury in the country, surpassing auto accidents. To help … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Compare Website (podcast)

About 1.4 million Americans seek care in nursing homes every year. To help them—and their families—make informed choices about selecting the right one, the Nursing Home Compare website allows people to research nursing homes using a Five-Star Quality Rating System. … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Labeling for Individuals Who are Blind or Visually Impaired (podcast)

About 7.4 million Americans are blind or visually impaired, and they may have trouble reading the labels on prescription drug containers. Accessible labels—including audible, Braille, and large-print labels—can help. In 2013 the government developed best practices for accessible labels, and … Continue reading

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