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A New Approach to Treating Mental Health Conditions

(Posted July 2018)

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Thomas Hess, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Genomind to learn more about a new approach to treatment and therapy of mental health conditions using genome testing.

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Do In-gap discounts in Medicare Part D increase use of specialty drugs?

(Posted February 2018)

In-gap discounts in Medicare Part D and specialty drug use
Authors: Jeah Jung, Wendy Xu, Chelim Cheong

Many patients benefit from specialty drugs, but they incur relatively high cost-sharing costs through Medicare Part D plans. An Affordable Care Act provision attempted to lighten the financial burden by reducing cost sharing in the Part D gap. This study examined the effect of this provision on specialty cancer drug use and patients’ out-of-pocket (OOP) spending. The authors found that while in-gap discounts in Part D decreased patients’ financial burdens to some degree, they led to no change in specialty drug use. The recent Congressional budget of 2018 extended the current in-gap discounts to 70 percent (from 50 percent) for brand-name drugs, which include most specialty drugs. Whether it would increase demand for specialty drugs has yet to be examined, and continuing efforts are needed to ensure patients’ access to needed drugs

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Perceptions of Protection Under Nondiscrimination Laws

(Posted February 2018)

Kristen Underhill, Associate Professor of Law at Columbia Law School speaks in our Health Services Research Colloquium. Jointly sponsored by Penn State Law, this lecture was part of a workshop series on “Empirical Approaches to Health Law.”

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The Impact of Health Care Reform on Practicing Physician

(Posted February 2018)

Dennis Scanlon and Anthony Agostini, DO, Interventional Cardiology Center of Amarillo, L.L.P. discuss the impact of health reform and new payment models on practicing providers, the differences between allopathic and osteopathic medicine, and offer advice for students entering the medical field.

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Penn State Hosts Summit to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

(Posted January 2018)

Opioid overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased 37 percent in 2016, ranking the state fourth in the nation. Coming on the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a disaster emergency, Penn State recently held its first University-wide summit on the opioid epidemic. The summit drew together almost 200 researchers, practitioners and educators from across the Penn State system with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary and translational agenda aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.

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Center for Health Care and Policy Research helps form recommendations to enhance consumers' ability to "shop" for health care in Pennsylvania

(Posted January 2018)

As part of the implementation of the Health Innovation in Pennsylvania plan, the Commonwealth's Insurance Commissioner convened a multi-disciplinary work-group to determine a recommended path to enhance the ability of Pennsylvanians to effectively shop for health care. Dennis Scanlon, Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Director of the Center for Health Care and Policy Research, served as a member of the work-group.

The work-group studied shopping tools offered by health insurers and other third parties in order to assess the landscape of tools available to consumers. Through this process, the work-group learned that although private industry is working hard and investing heavily to provide cost and quality information to consumers, the tools vary in usability, services covered, the information on quality of care provided, and uptake among consumers. There is an opportunity for the Commonwealth to establish guidelines and/or engage in policies that encourage and support the improvement and use of these tools.

Recently the workgroup released its recommendations addressing specific actions the Commonwealth can take in this area.