Author Archives: Geisel Communications

4 Reasons ACOs May Generate Limited Savings – FierceHealthcare

Read article – Quotes Valerie Lewis, assistant professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about a study she led that found accountable care efforts are beginning to pay off, but that there are several reasons why these new models may initially generate sluggish savings. “The balance of pushing hard enough with incentives while also allowing time for ACOs to grow and develop is tricky, but getting this right could ultimately lead to more successful programs—and greater savings,” says Lewis.

The Mystery of a 1918 Veteran and the Flu Pandemic – The Conversation

Read article – An opinion piece by Ruth Craig, emeritus professor of pharmacology and toxicology, about the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed roughly 40 million people and was unusual in that it killed many healthy 20- to 40-year-olds, including millions of World War I soldiers. Craig examines what happened to a young man who immigrated to the U.S. and was lost during World War I, and in uncovering his story hypothesizes about why the immune systems of young adults in 1918 did not protect them from the flu.

A Quarter of Marijuana Extracts Sold Online Are Less Potent Than They Claim – Tonic

Read article – Quotes Alan Budney, professor of psychiatry, in an article about new research that suggests that people buying cannabidiol (CBD) products online may not  be getting what they pay for. “The effects of CBD are most certainly being exaggerated in the marketplace and on the internet,” says Budney. “It may indeed have some therapeutic effects, but to date we have good data for only one condition. Moreover, we have no clue what the dosing amount or frequency should be for any of those conditions, so even if the labels were accurate the public is still being hoodwinked.”

Helping Babies: Perinatal Addiction in the Opioid Epidemic – In-Training

Read article – An article by John Damianos Geisel ’20, in which he writes about the prevalence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)—the collection of withdrawal symptoms that neonates present with at birth following prenatal exposure to narcotics—in New Hampshire. The article quotes Alison Holmes, associate professor of pediatrics, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, who has collaborated with the Moms in Recovery Program to educate addicted mothers on NAS and how they can participate in the care of their child.

So Much Care It Hurts: Unneeded Scans, Therapy, Surgery Only Add to Patients’ Ills – Los Angeles Times via Kaiser Health News

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by Lisa Schwartz, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how overzealous screening for cancers of the thyroid, prostate, breast and skin, leads many older people to undergo treatments unlikely to extend their lives, but which can cause needless pain and suffering.