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NICU Admissions Increasing for Normal Birth Weight and Term Infants

NICU Admissions Increasing for Normal Birth Weight and Term Infants

A new Dartmouth study found that admission rates to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are increasing for newborns of all weights. In effect, NICUs are increasingly caring for normal, or near normal, birth weight and term infants. The study, recently published online by JAMA Pediatrics, raises questions about possible overuse of this highly specialized and expensive care for some newborns.

Screening Mammograms Don’t Prevent Breast Cancer Deaths, Study Finds

Los Angeles Times – Additional coverage on a study by researchers from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel and Harvard, which found that mammogram screening tests aren’t working as hoped. Instead of preventing deaths by uncovering breast tumors at an early, more curable stage, screening mammograms have mainly found small tumors that would have been harmless if left alone.

Dartmouth Named Health Care National Center of Excellence

Boston Globe via Associated Press – Continued coverage on the $17.5 million awarded to Dartmouth from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study how well, and how quickly, hospitals learn from their successes. Quotes Elliott Fisher, director and professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel, who will lead the work of nine researchers from Geisel joined by others from Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

3 North Texas Hospitals Inflate Bills of the Uninsured, National Study Finds

Dallas Morning News – Quotes Jonathan Skinner, professor of community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel, and professor of economics at Dartmouth, on a recent study that revealed it is common practice at Texas General and two other for-profit medical centers in North Texas to charge patients upward of nine times the cost of care. While insurance companies and federal health care programs arrange lower prices with hospitals, the uninsured don’t have the same negotiating power and are often left with hefty bills.

Pioneer ACOs: Anatomy Of A ‘Victory’

Health Affairs Blog – References a policy objective for ACOs proposed in Health Affairs in 2007 by Elliott Fisher, director and professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and professor of medicine, and community and family medicine, and colleagues from Dartmouth. The policy objective focused on reducing variation in Medicare shared savings rather than containing costs.

Dartmouth Gets Grant to Lead Study on Hospitals

Valley News – Dartmouth will receive $17.5 million over five years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study how well, and how quickly, hospitals learn from their successes. Elliott Fisher, director and professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Geisel, will lead the work of nine researchers from Geisel joined by others from Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.