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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
June 4, 2013

Older people who are eligible to receive prescription drug insurance aren’t applying for the Medicare Part D benefit. J. Michael McWilliams, HMS assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Policy, offers a reason why, based on findings from his recent study: Some older people lack the cognitive ability to understand they qualify and how to apply.

June 3, 2013

New drugs in the works for muscular dystrophy are showing signs of slowing the disease's muscle-ravaging impact, raising hopes that patients' lives may be prolonged for years beyond what current treatments offer. Louis Kunkel, HMS professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

June 3, 2013

Despite the more than $50 billion that U.S. pharmaceutical companies have spent every year since the mid-2000s to discover new medications, drugmakers have barely improved on old standbys developed decades ago, a study from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania found. Aaron Kesselheim, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and research associate in Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Heath is quoted.

May 30, 2013

Innovations adopted and accelerated by the 2010 health care law will continue to force down overall Medicare costs, according to industry analysts and studies, even as the economy continues to improve. Michael Chernew, HMS professor of health care policy, is quoted.

May 30, 2013

Sanjiv Chopra, faculty dean for continuing education at HMS and professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and his brother, Deepak, co-wrote an article about immigration and their own experiences of coming to the United States.

May 30, 2013

Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine formally pass the mantle to a new generation of physicians and dentists.

May 30, 2013

As the fate of automatic, deficit-reducing budget cuts lay in the hands of a polarized Congress earlier this year, political pundits and academic authorities forecast a gloomy future for research powerhouses like Harvard, where investigators rely heavily on federal funding. Alan M. Garber, university provost and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at HMS, is quoted.

May 30, 2013

A nationwide shortage of primary-care doctors, especially in poor and rural areas, will make it difficult for many of the newly insured to find a personal physician. ER managers say they’re bracing for previously uninsured patients who came to the hospital when they needed acute medical attention to begin showing up, insurance cards in hand, for routine medical care. A study by Peter Smulowitz, HMS instructor in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is cited.

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