Opinion / Commentary

Opinion / Commentary

Detroit one of worst for Medicare drug fraud, feds say

June 25, 2015

Detroit is among the top four cities for pharmacies that had questionable billing practices in Medicare’s prescription drug program last year, according to an analysis by a government watchdog. 

In the case of one Detroit-area pharmacy, 58 percent of the prescriptions it billed to...

Those With Subsidies Elated at Supreme Court Obamacare Decision

June 25, 2015

Across the country, people who used the federal health insurance exchange to buy subsidized health insurance expressed relief about Thursday’s ruling in King v. Burwell. Health experts say the loss of the subsidies would have left millions of Americans without the ability to afford...

King ruling dims hopes of crippling the ACA through the courts

June 26, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision Thursday upholding premium subsidies for Americans in all states put to rest months of fretting over the immediate future of the Affordable Care Act. While it didn't necessarily drive a stake through the heart of all anti-Obamacare litigation, legal experts...

School Coaches Often ill-Equipped to Spot, Manage Concussions

June 29, 2015

Two recent studies suggest that U.S. middle school and high school coaches may not be sufficiently trained and equipped to quickly recognize concussions in student athletes. 

Director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory and IHPI member...

Overuse of nursing home antibiotics may put all residents at risk

July 1, 2015

Some nursing home facilities prescribe antibiotics more often than others, which is tied to increased health risks, even for residents who don’t receive the medications, according to a new study.

About two-thirds of nursing home residents receive antibiotic treatment of some kind each...

When Does Workplace Wellness Become Coercive?

June 26, 2015

Many Americans get there health coverage through an employer that uses financial rewards and penalties to get workers to sign up for wellness programs. A small but growing number tie those financial incentives to losing weight, exercising or dropping cholesterol or blood-sugar levels. The...

Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., calls for chemo med protection for health workers

July 6, 2015

U-M School of Nursing assistant professor Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., authored a recent op-ed calling for more safeguards for health care workers who handle hazardous materials...

Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., writes piece for Detroit Free Press

July 8, 2015

IHPI member Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., writes a piece for the Detroit Free Press regarding the criminal chemotherapy scandal involving Dr. Farid Fata, and his recent sentencing to 175 years...