Journal Club

Journal club meetings are held monthly to discuss current articles related to public policy and public health, particularly articles related to minority health issues. Although open to any students participating in the seminar series, The  Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy Fellows are responsible for presenting and leading the discussion.

|2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012

2016-2017 Journal Club Articles

Guest Faculty Discussant: Denise De Las Nueces, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Yasaitis LC, Pajerowski W, Polsky D, Werner RM. Physicians' Participation In ACOs Is Lower In Places With Vulnerable Populations Than In More Affluent Communities. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016;35(8):1382-90.

Smith CE, Fullerton SM, Dookeran KA, et al. Using Genetic Technologies To Reduce, Rather Than Widen, Health Disparities. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016;35(8):1367-73.

Guest Faculty Discussant: Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director, The Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Betancourt JR. Ushering In The New Era Of Health Equity. 2016 Oct 31. Health Affairs Blog. Available from: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/10/31/ushering-in-the-new-era-of-heal...

Chin MH. Creating the Business Case for Achieving Health Equity. Journal General Internal Medicine 31(7):792-6.

Guest Faculty Discussant: Kevin Tabb, MD, President and CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Jost T. Day One and Beyond: What Trump’s Election Means for the ACA. Health Affairs Blog. 2016 Nov 9. Available from: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/11/09/day-one-and-beyond-what-trumps-...

2015-2016 Journal Club Articles

Polsky D., Richards M., Basseyn S., Wissoker D., Kenney G., Zuckerman S., Rhodes K., Appoint Availability after Increases in Medicaid Payments for Primary Care. The New England Journal of Medicine, 372, no. 6 (2015): 537-545

Stoff B., Bercovich L., Grant-Kels J.,  The Case for Equal Access to Urgent Dermatology Appointments for Medicaid Beneficiaries: When Professional Duty Conflicts with Economic Reality. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 72, no.1 (2015): 181-183

Iglehart. J, Sommers B., Medicaid at 50 – From Welfare Program to Nation’s Largest Health Insurer. The New England Journal of Medicine, 372, no. 22 (2015): 2152-2159

Briefs from The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured – August 2013, What is Medicaid’s Impact on Access to Care, Health Outcomes, and Quality of Care?

Kullgren J., McLaughlin C., Mitra N., Armstrong K., Nonfinancial Barriers and Access to Care for U.S. Adults. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured - Health Services Research, 47, No. 1 part II (2012): 462-485

Rhodes K., Kenny G., Friedman A., Saloner B., Lason C., Chearo D., Wissoker D., Polsky D., Primary Care Access for New Patients on the Eye of health Care Reform. Journal of the American Medical Association – Internal Medicine, 174, no. 6 (2014): 861-869

Asarnow J, Rozenman M, Wiblin J, Zeltzer L. Integrated Medical-Behavioral Care Compared With Usual Primary Care for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatric. 2015;169(10):929-937. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1141.

Astha Singhal, Daniel J. Caplan, Michael P. Jones, Elizabeth T. Momany, Raymond A. Kuthy, Christopher T. Buresh, Robert Isman and Peter C. Damiano. Eliminating Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage In California Led To Increased Dental Emergency Visits And Associated Costs. Health Affairs, 34, no.5 (2015):749-756

Brandon A. Mahal, Gino Inverso, Ayal A. Aizer, R. Bruce Donoff, Sung-Kiang Chuang, Impact of African–American race on presentation, treatment, and survival of head and neck cancer, Oral Oncology, Volume 50, Issue 12, December 2014, Pages 1177-1181, ISSN 1368-8375, (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1368837514002656)

Haskins R, Paxson C, Brooks-Gunn J. Social Science Rising: A Tale of Evidence Shaping Public Policy. The Future of Children. Available at: http://futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/19_02_Pol...

Kitzman HJ, Olds DL, Cole RE, et al. Enduring effects of prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses on children: follow-up of a randomized trial among children at age 12 years. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010; 164(5):412–418.

Kolko DJ. The Effectiveness of Integrated Care on Pediatric Behavioral Health: Outcomes and Opportunities. JAMA Pediatr.2015;169(10):894-896. doi:10.1001/ jama pediatrics. 2015.1428.

Olds DL, Kitzman HJ, Cole RE, et al. Enduring effects of prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses on maternal life course and government spending: follow-up of a randomized trial among children at age 12 years. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(5):419–424

Olds, D., N. Donelan-Mccall, R. O'Brien, H. Macmillan, S. Jack, T. Jenkins, W. P. Dunlap, M. O’Fallon, E. Yost, B. Thorland, F. Pinto, M. Gasbarro, P. Baca, A. Melnick, and L. Beeber. "Improving the Nurse-Family Partnership in Community Practice." Pediatrics (2013). Print.

Rodday, Angie Mae, Parsons, Susan K, Snyder.Frederick, Simon, Melissa, Llanos, Adana, Warren-Mears, Victoria, Dudley, Donals, Lee, Ji-Hyun, Patierno, Steven R., Markossian, Talar, Sanders, Mechelle, Whitley, Elizabeth, and Freund, Karen.  “Impact on Patient Navigation in Eliminating Economic Disparities in Cancer Care.”  Cancer, November 15, 2015: 4025-4034.

Itzkowitz, Steven H, Winawer, Sidney, Krauskopf, Marian, Carlesimo, Mari, Schnoll-Sussman, Felice, Huang, Katy, Weber, Thomas, and Jandorf, Lina.  “New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition: A Public Health Effort to Increase Colon Cancer Screening and Address Health Disparities. Cancer, January 15, 2016: 269-277.

Alley, Dawn E., PhD. Asomugha, Chisara N., MD, Conway, Patrick H, MD, and Sanghavi, Darshak M. MD.  Accountable Health Communities – Addressing Social Needs through Medicare and Medicaid.  New England Journal of Medicine. 734;1 January 7, 2016 pp8-11.

2014-2015 Journal Club Articles

David Blumenthal, Karen Davis, and Stuart Guterman. Medicare at 50 — Moving Forward. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015 Feb 12; 372(7): 671-677.

Sanjay Basu, Hilary Kessler Seligman, Christopher Gardner, and Jay Bhattacharya.  Ending SNAP Subsidies For Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Could Reduce Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Health Affairs, 33, No.6 (2014) 10-32-1039.

Craig S. Miller and Phillip M. Westgate. Implications of Medical Screenings of Patients Arriving for Dental Treatment: The Results of a Comprehensive Laboratory Screening. The Journal of the American Dental Association.  2014; 145(10): 1027-1035 10.14219/jada.2014.69

Matthew J. Trowbridge, Sarah Gauche Pickell, Christopher R. Pyke and Douglas P. Jutte.  Building Healthy Communities: Establishing Health and Wellness Metrics For Use Within The Real Estate Industry.  Health Affairs, 33, no 11 (2014): 1923-1929

Ian M. Goldstein, Deliana Kostova, Jennifer L. Foltz and Genevieve M. Kenney.  The Impact of Recent CHIP Eligibility Expansions on Children’s Insurance Coverage.  Health Affairs. 33, no. 10 (2014): 1861-1867

Charles Liu, Tanja Srebotnjak and Renee Y. Hsia.  California Emergency Department Closures Are Associated With Increased Inpatient Mortality At Nearby Hospitals.  Health Affairs, 33, no. 8 (2014): 1323-1329

Sam Harper, Richard F. MacLehose and Jay S. Kaufman.  Trends in The Black-White Life Expectancy Gap Among US States, 1990-2009.  Health Affairs, 33, no. 8 (2014): 1375-1382

William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS, Alexis A. Krumme, MS, Angela Y. Tong, MS, Claire M. Spettell, PhD, Olga S. Matlin, PhD, Andrew Sussman, MD, Troyen A. Brennan, MD, JD, and Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, PhD.  Quality of Care at Retail Clinics for 3 Common Conditions.  American Journal of Managed Care, October 2014, Vol 20 No 10, 794-801.

Pamela K. Joshi, Kimberly Geronimo, Bethany Romano, Alison Earle, Lindsay Rosenfeld, Erin F. Hardy, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia.  Integrating Racial/Ethnic Equity Into Policy Assessments To Improve Child Health.  Health Affairs, 33, no 12, (2014):2222-2229.

Terry Keleher, Racial Equity Impact Assessments of Economic Policies and Public Budgets.  Applied Research Center.

Elna Nagasako, Mat  Reidhead, Brian Waterman, W. Claiborne Dunagan.  Adding Socioeconomic Data to Hospital Readmissions Calculations May Produce More Useful Results.  Health Affairs.  33, no. 5 (2014) 786-791.

Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH, Helen R. Burstin, MD, MPH, David R. Nerenz, PhD. Quality Measures and Sociodemographic Risk Factors – To Adjust or Not to Adjust.  JAMA December 24/31, 2014. Volume 312, Number 24. 2615-2616.

Steven H. Lipstein, MHA and W. Claiborne Dunagan, MD, MS.  The Risks of Not Adjusting Performance Measures for Sociodemographic Factors.  Annals of Internal Medicine.  American College of Physicians.  July 22, 2014. 594-597.

2013-2014 Journal Club Articles

Nagasako EM, Reidhead M, Waterman B, Dunagan WC. Adding Socioeconomic Data To Hospital Readmissions Calculations May Produce More Useful Results. Health Affairs. 2014 May;33(5):786-791.

Gabow PA, Mehler PS. A Broad and Structured Approach To Improving Patient Safety And Quality: Lessons From Denver Health. Health Affairs, 30, no.4 (2011):612-618.

Parmet WE, Jacobson PD. The Courts and Public Health: Caught in a Pincer Movement. Am J Public Health.2014;104:392–397. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301738

Whitney E. Denver Health: Low Readmission Rate Not Easy To Emulate. Capsules: the KHN Blog. 2012 Aug. 16.

Tsai J, Rosenheck R, Culhane D, Artiga, S. Medicaid Expansion: Chronically Homeless Adults Will Need Targeted Enrollment And Access To A Broad Range Of Services. Health Affairs, 32, no. 9 (2013): 1552-1559.

Kirby J, Kaneda T. ‘Double Jeopardy’ Measure Suggests Blacks And Hispanics Face More Severe Disparities Than Previously Indicated. Health Affairs, 32, no. 10 (2013): 1766-1772.

Bodenheimer T, Smith M. Primary Care: Proposed Solutions To The Physician Shortage Without Training More Physicians. Health Affairs, 32, No. 11 (2013): 1881-1886.

Kolata G. Studies Question the Pairing of Feed Deserts and Obesity.  New York Times, April 17, 2012.

Treuhaft S. A Health (and Profitable) Oasis in Philly’s Food Deserts. Yes! Magazine, October  01, 2012.

Bertrand, M, Mullainathan, S. Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?  A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination.  University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, June 20, 2004.

Dimick J, Ruhter J, Vaughan Sarrazin M, Birkmeyer J. Black Patients More Likely Than Whites To Undergo Surgery At Low-Quality Hospitals in Segregated Regions.  Health Affairs, 32, no. 6 (2013) 1046-1053.

Kangovi S, Barg F, Carter T, Long J, Shannon R, Grande D. Understanding NY Patients Of Low Socioeconomic Status Prefer Hospitals Over Ambulatory Care. Health Affairs, 32, no. 7 (2013) 1196-1203.

Iglehart, J, The Uncertian Future of Medicare and Graduate Medical Education.  New England Journal of Medicine. October 6, 2011. 365:14. 1340-1345.

Briefs from The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured – December 17, 2013

Characteristics of Poor Uninsured Adults who Fall into the Coverage Gap, The Impact of the Coverage Gap in States not Expanding Medicaid by Race and Ethnicity

Seligman HK, Bolger AF, Guzman D, López A, Bibbins-Domingo K. Exhaustion of Food Budgets At Month’s End and Hospital Admissions for Hypoglycemia. Health Affairs. 2014 Jan;33(1): 116-123.

Schwamm LH. Telehealth: Seven Strategies To Successfully Implement Disruptive Technology And Transform Health Care. Health Affairs. 2014 Feb; 33(2):200-206. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2013.1021

Brody H, Light D. The Inverse Benefit Law: How Drug Marketing Undermines Patient Safety and Public Health. American Journal of Public Health. 2011 March; 101(3); 399-404.

Light DW, Lexchin JR. Pharmaceutical Research and Development: What Do We Get for All That Money? BMJ 2012 Aug;344:e4348 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e4348.

2012-2013 Journal Club Articles

Danny McCormick, MD, MPH, Assaad Sayah, MD, Hermione Lokko, BA, Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, and Rachel Nardin, MD.  Access to Care after Massachusetts’ Health Care Reform: A Safety Net Hospital Patient Survey. Journal of General Internal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-012-2173-7 © Society of General Internal Medicine 2012 (Published online: 24 July 2012)

Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD, Katherine Baicker, PhD, and Arnold M. Epstein, MD. Mortality and Access to Care among Adults after State Medicaid Expansions. New England Journal of Medicine, July 25, 2012, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1202099.

McCormick D, Bor DH, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Giving Office-Based Physicians Electronic Access To Patients’ Prior Imaging And Lab Results Did Not Deter Ordering Of Tests. Health Affairs. 2012 March; 31(3): 488-496. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0876

Herrin J, da Graca B, Nicewander D, Fullerton C, Aponte P, Stanek G, Cowling T, Collinsworth A, Fleming NS, Ballard DJ. The Effectiveness of Implementing an Electronic Health Record on Diabetes Care and Outcomes. Health Services Research. 2012 August; 47(4): 1522-1540. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01370.x

Amanda Richardson, PhD, MS, Jane Appleyard Allen, MA, Haijun Xiao, MS, and Donna Vallone, PhD, MPH. Project Muse: Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status on Health Information-Seeking, Confidence, and Trust.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Meharry Medical College. 23 (2012): 1477-1493.

Alice A. Kuo, MD, PhD, Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD, Lance A. Chilton, MD, Camille Watson, MS, and Peter A. Gorski, MD, MPA. Primary Care Pediatrics and Public Health: Meeting the Needs of Today’s Children.  American Journal of Public Health.  December 2012, Vol 102, No. 12.

Theresa A. Coughlin, Sharon K Long, Edward Sheen, and Jennifer Tolbert.  How Five Leading Safety-Net Hospitals Are Preparing for the Challenges and Opportunities of Health Care Reform. Health Affairs, 31, no. 8 (2012) 1690-1697

Gloria J. Bazzoli, Woolton Lee, Hui-Min Hsieh, and Lee Rivers Mobley.  The Effects of Safety Net Hospital Closures and Conversions on Patient Travel Distance to Hospital Services.  Health Services Research.  Health Research and Educational Trust.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.0318x

Outcomes for Whites and Blacks at Hospitals That Disproportionately Care for Black Medicare Beneficiaries.  Lenny Lopez and Ashish K. Jha.  Health Services Research. Health Research and Educational Trust. 10.1111/j.1475-6773.0445.x

Primary Care Physicians and Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Elderly.  Ashwani K. Singal, Yu-Li Lin, Yong-Fang Kuo, Taylor Riall, and James S. Goodwin.  Health Services Research. Health Research and Educational Trust. 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01433x

Clinicians’ Implicit Ethnic/Racial Bias and Perceptions of Care Among Black and Latino Patients.  Irene V. Blair, PhD, John F. Steiner, MD, MPH, Diane L. Fairlough, DrPH, Rebecca Hanratty, MD, David Price, MD, Helen K. Hirsh, PhD, Leslie A Wright, MA, Michael Bronsert, PhD, Elhum Karimkhani, MPH, David J. Magid, MD, Edward P. Havranek, MD.  Annals of Family Medicine, Vol 11, No 1. January/February 2013. 43-52.

Differences in Patient-Reported Experiences of Care by Race and Acculturation Status.  Memoona Hasnain, Alan Schwartz, Jorge Girotti, Angela Bixby, Luis Rivera, and the UIC Experiences of Care Project Group., Springer Science + Business Media, New York 2012 – J Immigrant – Minority Health - Published online 04 October 2012.  DOI 10.1007/s 10903-012-9728x.

Point-Counterpoint: State Medicaid Policy and Health Reform.  Harold A. Pollack,  University of Chicago.  Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 38, No. 1, February 2013.  DOI 10.1215/03616878-1898830.  2013 Duke University Press

Point-Counterpoint: The Medicaid Expansion is Not Such a Good Deal for States or the Poor.  Joseph Antos.  American Enterprise Institute.  Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 38, No. 1, February 2013.  DOI 10.1215/03616878-1898848.  2013 Duke University Press

Point-Counterpoint: Sound Policy Trumps Politics: States Should Expand Medicaid.  Austin B. Frakt, VA Boston Healthcare System, Aaron E. Carroll, Indiana University  Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 38, No. 1, February 2013.  DOI 10.1215/03616878-1898839.  2013 Duke University Press

Future Directions in Research on Institutional and Interpersonal Discrimination and Children’s Health. Reframing Arguments to Advance Public Health. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD, MPA-URP, Lindsey E. Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM, Erin Hardy, MS, Nancy McArdle, MPP, and Theresa L. Ospuk, SD, SM. American Journal of Public Health, Published online ahead of print February 14, 2013.

2011-2012 Journal Club Articles

“The Effect of Financial Incentives on Hospitals that Serve Poor Patients,” Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, E. John Orav, PhD; and Arnold Epstein, MD, MA. Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, September 2010, Vol 153, No 5, pp 299-306, w-98-104.

“Will Pay-For-Performance and Quality Reporting Affect Health Care Disparities? These rapidly proliferating programs do not appear to be devoting much attention to the possible impact on disparities in health care.” Lawrence P. Casalino, Arthur Elster, Andy Eisenberg, Evelyn Lewis, John Montgomery, and Diana Ramos, Health Affairs, 26, no 3 (2007) w405-414, Published April 10, 2007; 10.1377

“Affordable Care Act Reforms Could Reduce The Number Of Underinsured US Adults By 70 Percent: Cathy Schoen, Michelle M. Doty, Ruth H. Robertson and Sara R. Collins. Health Affairs, 30, no. 9 (2011): 1762-1771

“Public Policy Versus Individual Rights in Childhood Obesity Interventions: Perspectives From the Arkansas Experience With Act 1220 of 2003” Martha M Phillips, PhD, MPH, MBA, EdS; Kevin Ryan, JD, MA; James M. Raczynski, PhD. Preventing Chronic Disease Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention September 2011. Volume 8; No 5, A96

Medical Group Responses to Global Payment: Early Lessons From The ‘Alternative Quality Contract’ in Massachusetts,’” Robert E. Mechanic, Palmira Santos, Bruce E. Landon and Michael E. Chernew.  Health Affairs, 30, no.9 (2011): 1734-1742.

Analysis & Commentary – “Quality Improvement Efforts Under Health Reform: How To Ensure That They Help Reduce Disparities – Not Increase Them” Robin M. Weinick and Romana Hasnain-Wynia.  Health Affairs, 30:10 (2011) 1837-1843.

“Giving Office-Based Physicians Electronic Access to Patients’ Prior Imaging and Lab Results Did Not Deter Ordering of Tests,” Danny McCormick, David H. Bor, Stephanie Woolhandler, and David U. Himmelstein.  Health Affairs 21:3 (2012) 488-496.

Nonfinancial Barriers and Access to Care for U.S. Adults.  Jeffrey T. Kullgren, Catherine G. McLaughlin, Nandita Mitra, and Katrina Armstrong.  Health Research and Education Trust DOI.10.111/j.475-6773.2011.01308.x Special Issue: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Health  Policy – Insights from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.

“Massachusetts’ Experience Suggests Coverage Alone Is Insufficient to Increase Addiction Disorders Treatment” by Victor A. Capoccia, Kyle L. Grazier, Christopher Toal, James H. Ford II, and David H. Gustafson.  Health Affairs 31: 5, May 2012 (1000-1008.

“System-Level Health Disparities in California Emergency Departments: Minorities and Medicaid Patients Are at Higher Risk of Losing Their Emergency Departments” by Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc, Tanja Srebotnjal. PhD, Hemal K. Kanzaria, MD, Charles McCulloch, PhD, Andrew D. Auerbach, MD, MPH. Annals of Emergency Medicine, Volume 59 No 5: May 2012

“The Impact of Insurance Coverage in Diminishing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Behavioral Health Services” by Margarita Alergia, Julia Lin, Chih-Nan Chen, Naihua Duan, Benjamin Cook, and Xiao-Li Meng.  Health Services Research, DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01403.x