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How Medical Marijuana Could Literally Save Lives

Professor Jacobson was interviewed regarding an NBER working paper she has co-authored titled, "Do Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Addictions and Deaths Related to Pain Killers?" The study authors examined admissions to substance abuse treatment programs for opiate addiction as well as opiate overdose deaths in states that do and do not have medical marijuana laws. According to Jacobson, "Some people who would have dealt with their pain through the use of opioids may now be opting to use medical marijuana in states allowing it." Read more.

As Health Insurers Merge, Consumers' Premiums Are Likely to Rise

With fewer private health insurers and rising rates, some say we will regret not having a public option as part of the mix. Dr. Mireille Jacobson, Center Director and Associate Professor, was interviewed on how the benefits of another insurance option would have made private insurers reluctant to raise rates. Read more.

Integrating Care At Every Point Along A Patient’s Surgical Journey

Core Center Faculty member Dr. Zeev Kain, department chair of anesthesiology at UCI, on a patient-centric approach to standardize care and reduce system-related variability throughout the entire surgical journey. This article addresses a team approach, from the minute the surgeon and the patient decide a procedure is needed until 30 days after discharge. Read more.


The Big C is Big Business in KC Area: Professor Jacobson on the Costs of Oncology Drugs

The Kansas City area is experiencing bumper-to-bumper developments in its cancer care marketplace. In this article Dr. Mireille Jacobson, Center Director and Associate Professor, discusses the payment method to reimburse physicians administering outpatient chemotherapy drugs. Read more.


Stemming The Tide Of Prescription Opioid Overuse, Misuse, And Abuse

Advisory Board member, Murray Ross, Ph.D., co-authored this post on the Health Affairs blog post on overdose from prescription painkillersis. The epidemic is on the rise, as deaths have more than quadrupled in the past decade and a half. Today, more people die from prescription opioid overdose than from heroin, cocaine, and all other drugs combined. Kaiser Permanente’s approach includes seven “levers” to address the problem from multiple angles. Click here to read more.


A Wannabe Winemaker Plots the Path To A New Health Care Delivery System

Those who have ever had a subpar bottle of wine at a not so subpar price know that it’s far more complicated than it seems. The variables of winemaking are part of an intricate and delicate process that goes into creating a quality product. As it turns out, the process of winemaking has a lot in common with the American health care system. Click here to read this guest post on the Health Policy Blog by Advisory Board member Murray Ross, Ph.D.



Physician Burnout and Facing Your Fears

Who hasn’t experienced fear? This is a part of life no matter if you are at the top of your medical career or just starting on your journey. Most cases of physician burnout are rooted in depression and isolation resulting in withdrawal of the physician from remaining connected and engaged with friends, colleagues and loved one. Advisory Board member Robert Beltran, MD, MBA outlines six attributes of courage to face fear and avoid burnout. Read more.



Save the Date: 2016 Health Care Forecast Conference

Don't miss our 25th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference taking place February 18-19, 2016! The conference is a unique venue for dialogue among government, business leaders, and academics sharing unique perspectives and forecasts on key economic and political issues impacting the health care industry. This highly respected event addresses: health policy-related issues for leaders in the private and public health care sectors; the impact of new technologies that are transforming health care delivery; competitive forces that influence the business strategies of hospitals and insurance companies; whether and how health care reform is transforming the health care sector. Stay tuned for details.


Shaping Health Care Leaders

The Center for Health Care Management and Policy and Executive to Executive Mentoring (E2E) held an evening with Gordon Yenokida, MD, and Bryant Oliphant, MD, on the importance of mentoring and the development of adaptive leadership strategies for MD/MBA students. Dr. Yenokida is a physician healthcare executive with extensive experience with managed care, medical groups, independent practice associations, and health plans. Dr. Oliphant is a board certified orthopaedic trauma surgeon and a HCEMBA candidate in the class of 2015. The discussion is invite only and will take place on May 29, 2015.


24th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference

Thank you for joining us from February 19-20, 2015. The 2015 Conference focused on Health Politics and Policies Under a Republican Congress and was attended by more than 350 executives in the health care industry. If you missed it, you can view video of it here. To view pictures from the event click here



Health Care Management and Our Students

The Center supports the Paul Merage School of Business MBA programs by helping to merge the medical and health care industries with business education in a unique learning environment. We are among a small group of elite institutions that offer a combined MD/MBA program that attracts candidates with a unique interest in the business of medicine. Additionally, over 10% of Fully Employed MBA students work in health care, and nearly 10% of our Full Time MBA students seek employment in the health care industry upon graduation. If you are a current student, consider joining the Merage Healthcare Association for the latest student-focused industry events.