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Patients who choose not to intervene after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer face a challenging path—one that is often defined by a sense of isolation and anxiety, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, Vermont. As the concept of cancer…

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3 Public and Health Policy Challenges That Will Define the Next Generation Through forecasting future disease and mortality rates, demographers like Dartmouth Institute Assistant Professor Samir Soneji, PhD, are able to predict how changes in population affect public policy. In this installment of the 3-Series, he outlines 3 public and health policy challenges that will…

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In a first-of-its-kind national study, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice examined the connection between payer type and low-value care to determine what effect insurance design (commercial insurance vs. Medicare) may have on medical overuse and waste. For most providers and services, the profit margins for delivering care to commercially insured…

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3 Facts About Contraceptive Care: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Dartmouth Institute Assistant Professor Rachel Thompson heads the Institute’s Right For Me research study, which aims to improve conversations about birth control and support people to make decisions that are right for them. The Good:  Contraceptive access is better than ever. The…

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Substance abuse rates in New Hampshire are significantly higher than national averages. The state has the highest synthetic opioid death rate in the country. Alcohol consumption rates in the state are also much higher than the national average. Of the more than 100,000 people in need of treatment for the disease of addiction in New Hampshire, only between four and six percent get that…

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ACA repeal, what is ailing ACOs, and the (surprising) effect of drug prices on health care spending were among the topics covered at “Health Policy: The Future of the Affordable Care Act and Other Possible Changes to Health Policy,” an inauguration eve panel discussion co-sponsored by The Dartmouth Institute and the Tuck School of Business. Dartmouth Institute health economist Ellen…

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New research by The Dartmouth Institute finds that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) serving a high proportion of minority patients performed significantly worse on many quality-of-care measures than other ACOs. While previous research has shown ACOs have improved quality of care during the first three years of performance, little was known about the impact ACOs and similar payment reforms…

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Dartmouth is convening a week of panel discussions leading up to inauguration day that will feature the College’s leading voices on education, immigration, the budget, terrorism, trade, health care, and energy policy. On Thursday, January 19, Dartmouth Institute Director Elliott Fisher, along with Professors Jonathan Skinner and Ellen Meara, will participate in a panel discussion on…

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Don’t let uncertainty stand in your way: 3 ways we can work together to improve health and health care Many now worry about the future of health care in the United States — for good reason.  But the greatest risk may be inaction, as those uncertain about the future take a wait and see approach. This is not what our country needs. And this is not what our Institute is doing.…

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How much flexibility and discretion are patients, providers, and healthcare entrepreneurs given in your state? The Healthcare Openness and Access Project (HOAP), a new report co-authored by Dartmouth Institute research project manager Jared Rhoads, provides a state-by-state look at regulatory openness across the country. In the report, Rhoads and his co-authors utilize a…

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