MPH's Graves examines the effect of Medicaid expansion on ER access

April 21, 2017

Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014 states were to extend Medicaid eligibility to people earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, but 19 states (including Tennessee) have declined. To examine the effect of Medicaid expansion on emergency department access, John Graves, Ph.D., and colleagues used data from 126 for-profit hospitals. Their report appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

VU School of Medicine moves to 8th in NIH research funding

April 13, 2017

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) now ranks No. 8 in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new ranking raises VUSM’s standing two spots from the No. 10 position it held last year. Receiving $340,049,796 in total NIH grant support during calendar year 2016, VUSM finished the year with an additional $48,854,269 in funding over its 2015 total.

NYT: MPH's Penson discusses major change in prostate cancer screening guidelines

April 12, 2017

Older men should talk to their doctors about the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening and make an individual decision that is right for them, an influential national panel of experts has proposed.The panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, continues to recommend that men 70 and older forgo screening altogether. But for men 55 to 69, the panel now says, the trade-offs between the potential benefits and harms of screening are too close to call.

MPH faculty to chair urology association’s science, quality council

March 30, 2017

MPH faculty member David Penson, M.D., MPH, Paul V. Hamilton, M.D., and Virginia E. Howd Professor of Urologic Oncology and chair of the Department of Urologic Surgery, has been selected to chair the American Urological Association (AUA) Science & Quality Council, according to an announcement from the AUA Board of Directors.

JAMA: MPH alumnus Barocas shows active surveillance preserves quality of life for prostate cancer patients

March 21, 2017

Faced with the negative quality-of-life effects from surgery and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, low risk patients may instead want to consider active surveillance with their physician, according to a study released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Vanderbilt's Drug Dependency Clinic, run by MPH alumna Young, treats pregnant opiate dependent women

March 13, 2017

The epidemic of opioid abuse, which each day claims the lives of 91 Americans and adds billions annually to the nation’s health care bill, can be stopped—but it’s not going to be easy, say those steering the ship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Vanderbilt’s Drug Dependency Clinic, run by Jessica Young, M.D. M.P.H., treats the increasing numbers of women who become pregnant while opiate dependent.

In the Tennessean, MPH’s Graves provides analysis of draft legislation for American Health Care Act

March 8, 2017

House GOP legislation aimed at revamping the Affordable Care Act would pave the way to an overhaul of Tennessee’s Medicaid system and shrink the credits meant to offset health insurance costs for many Volunteer State residents. John Graves, assistant professor of health policy, is quoted throughout the article.