Category Archives: Health Care

Doctor’s Orders: More Training in Primary Care

It’s almost that time of year when tens of thousands of medical students gear up to apply for residency programs. These residency programs, also known as graduate medical education (think early seasons of Grey’s Anatomy), are the pipelines for our … Continue reading

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Online Access to Your Health Records

Have you checked out your health records online lately? On average, health care providers who participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered access to almost 90% of their patients—but less than 1/3 of those patients used it. … Continue reading

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Information Technology and Veterans Affairs

Avid readers of the WatchBlog have seen some of our many posts on veterans’ access to health care and other support services, such as disability payments. Despite years of attempts to correct ongoing problems with health care and disability benefits, … Continue reading

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“It was 50 years ago today…”

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the United States. It revolutionized modern music and helped usher in the Summer of Love. In honor of this musical and cultural milestone, the … Continue reading

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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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