Focus on Public Health Policy

Focus on Public Health Policy


  • Warning: The Risks of Prescribing "Off-Label"

    May 12, 2014 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Larry Kaskel Guest: Mark Herrmann Guest Mark Herrmann tells us what it means when a prescription drug or medical device is described as "off-label".  Mr. Herrmann also explains that a physician can legally prescribe any drug for any purpose and that his exposure for malpractice liability is based upon whether he met the legal "standard of care", not whether he complied with the drug or device's approved use as authorized by the FDA.
  • Sustaining Multiple Heart Transplant Programs in One City

    Feb 2, 2009 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Mark Nolan Hill Guest: Valluvan Jeevanandam Heart transplants are among the most complex procedures in medicine. Without performing transplants on a consistent basis, it is argued that transplant teams may not be able to maintain the utmost level of precision requisite for care. In cities like Chicago, which has five transplant centers, are there factors preventing one or more of these hospitals from achieving the highest standard of care? Is there an efficient way to remedy the prospective dilemma for Chicago and other urban centers in a similar situation? Host Dr. Mark Nolan Hill considers the potential value of redundancy among these programs, and whether there is an ideal numb...
  • Cultural Proficiency 101: New Skills for Providers

    Jan 19, 2009 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Maurice Pickard Guest: James Webster Often, healthcare workers are unaware of the particular needs, expectations, and belief systems of minority groups. Dr. James Webster, professor of medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and president of the Chicago Board of Health, and host Dr. Maurice Pickard discuss the ways that gaps in understanding can adversely affect medical outcomes.
  • The Physician's Role in Controlling MRSA in Healthcare Settings

    Oct 27, 2008 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guest: John Jernigan Life-threatening Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections occur most frequently in healthcare settings among patients with weakened immune systems. What do clinicians need to know about preventing MRSA in hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers and other healthcare facilities? Dr. John Jernigan, chief of the interventions and evaluation section in the division of healthcare quality promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), delves into the debate over universal screening for MRSA, as well as contact precautions and decolonization regimens, with host Dr. Jennifer Shu.
  • Are We Doing All We Can to Stop the AIDS Epidemic?

    Oct 27, 2008 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Maurice Pickard Guest: W. David Hardy Dr. David Hardy, director of infectious disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, emphasizes that we already have methods for prevention of the HIV epidemic, especially among gay men and African-Americans. He tells host Dr. Maurice Pickard that, if implemented, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new recommendation for testing, that does away with exceptionism, would go a long way towards diagnosing the 25 percent of cases in the United States that are not identified.
  • Your Patient's Drug Bill Keeps Growing: What to Tell Them?

    Oct 27, 2008 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Bruce Japsen Guest: Devon Herrick The drug bill for consumers continues to grow, but there are things they can do about it and doctors have ways of helping their patients in this regard. Dr. Devon Herrick, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, tells host Bruce Japsen about the latest developments doctors and their patients should be aware of when it comes to paying for their prescriptions, including how to be a smart shopper. 
  • Expedited Partner Therapy for STDs: Legal and Clinical Factors

    Oct 27, 2008 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Cathleen Margolin Guests: Matthew Golden, James G. Hodge, Jr. The CDC has suggested that expedited partner therapy for those with certain conditions such as sexually transmitted diseases is recommended. However, the act of providing medications or prescriptions without an exam or established relationship causes legal and professional concerns among physicians. What is the current legal situation for physicians providing expedited partner therapy? Join Dr. Cathleen Margolin as she talks with attorney James Hodge of the Center for Law and the Public’s Health / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Dr. Matthew Golden, associate professor of medicine at University of Was...
  • Building a Statewide Registry to Monitor Joint Implantations

    Oct 27, 2008 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Mark Nolan Hill Guest: William Jiranek Many countries around the world maintain a national joint registry, which collects evidence of successful trends in joint implantation, and provides opportunities to find areas for improvement in the procedures, devices and techniques we use. In the absence of a national system, as is the case in the United States, state-level programs may help us gather data. What are the keys to building a statewide joint registry? Dr. William Jiranek, associate professor of orthopaedics and chief of the adult reconstruction section of orthopaedic surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, currently leads a campaign across the state...
  • Supervisory Resources & Legislative Efforts to Protect Nurses

    Oct 27, 2008 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Jennifer Shu Guests: Diana Mason, Charlene Richardson Every day, nurses are relating on a personal level with their patients. Undoubtedly, it can be a rewarding interaction, but when patients and their visitors are unhappy, nurses bear the brunt of the anger. Sometimes, this anger even turns to violence. What administrative resources can help you protect nurses and other healthcare workers, and are these resources accessible both at big hospitals and at small clinic institutions? Are there substantive and ongoing legislative efforts, on each level of government, to protect our safety? Dr. Diana Mason, a registered nurse and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, and C...
  • Candidate Healthcare Plans: What's in Store for Docs & Patients?

    Oct 27, 2008 | 16 min
    Hosted by: Bill Rutenberg Guest: Aaron Carroll As a physician, will you be better off under a John McCain or a Barack Obama health plan? How about as a patient? Join host Dr. Bill Rutenberg and his guest Dr. Aaron Carroll, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine as they examine what's in store for us and our patients. Dr. Carroll shares with us his ideas for a better and more affordable healthcare system. 

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