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Update: Addressing Health Disparities

The October issue of Health Affairs contains an article on health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. The article also discusses tried-and-true and newer interventions to address the problem. The article reiterates what we already know: racial and ethnic minorities receive worse health care and have poorer health outcomes than non-minorities. The same holds for disabled and low-income persons.

Medication Non-Compliance Detriment to Patients’ Health and Costs Money

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ran a piece in their Informed Patient column entitled Many Pills, Many Not Taken. The column discusses medication compliance challenges and the value of technology and intervention by health care providers.

Medicaid Redesign Team Meeting Summary

A full meeting of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) was held yesterday in Albany. The meeting was informational. Proposals and recommendations from the sub work groups were presented but no action was taken. Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson and DOH also provided updates. A complete summary is after the jump, including MRT schedule and agenda for the remainder of the year.

Insurance Exchange Update

Since the legislature shows no sign of returning before January, it appears a decision on how to develop the NYS Health Insurance Exchange would be stalled until then. But according to a Crain’s report today, the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) suggested that Gov. Cuomo might issue an executive order to lay out a plan for implementing the health insurance exchange.

Medicaid Redesign Meeting Today

There is a full meeting of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) today from 12:30-3:30pm. There is no public comment period but the webcast can be viewed here.

2009 Albany Medical Center Winner Achieves Nobel Prize for Medicine

Dr. Ralph M. Steinman is a local hero to many in the health care field thanks to winning the Albany Medical Center Prize in 2009, and it was announced today that he’s also received international acclaim by way of the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his contributions to the research and development of new treatments for pancreatic disease. The Albany Times Union reports on his contributions, where Dr. Ralph M. Steinman discovered dendritic cells, using his own pancreatic cells for research.

Business Council of NYS Hosts Event about Biopharm Jobs in New York

It’s been tough for everyone to work through this recession, so I’m always excited to hear about new jobs in New York for those in the health care field.

Medicaid Prescription Drug Changes Start Saturday

Check out the Gannett story today about concern advocates have over the new prescription drug changes to Medicaid.

Disparities in Health Care Event

Here’s an interesting Health Affairs article about disparities in health care – important for patient advocates. There’s an October 6 briefing in Washington DC about the upcoming article sponsored by Health Affairs. For any of our partner groups that have a chance to attend, please report back and let us know how this goes!

Medicaid Redesign Team listens to concerns on Managed Long-Term Care

Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) continues to hold public hearings regarding different facets of his Medicaid Overhaul plan. Yesterday, providers and advocates expressed concerns over the MRT draft proposal for Managed Long-Term care.