Alan M. Garber, MD, PhDProvost of Harvard University, Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Professor of Economics in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Former Stanford Health Policy Director; Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor Emeritus
The Benefits of Health Insurance for the PoorFSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR in the news: The New York Times on July 7, 2011
When poor people are given medical insurance, they not only find regular doctors and see doctors more often but they also feel better, are less depressed and are better able to maintain financial stability, according to a new, large-scale study that provides the first rigorously controlled assessment of the impact of Medicaid. Those who do not have health insurance tend to be different in many ways from people who have it, says Alan Garber, MD head of Stanford Health Policy.
In an interview with the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Alan Garber discusses cost-effectiveness research and its importance to health care reform. Read more »
Alan Garber named Provost of HarvardFSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News
Alan Garber, the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor and Professor of Medicine and Economics, and Director of Stanford Health Policy (Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research), has been named Provost of Harvard University, effective fall 2011. Making the announcement Harvard President Drew Faust said, “Alan is a distinguished academic leader who brings to Harvard an extraordinary breadth of experience in research across disciplines." FSI Director Coit D. Blacker, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies said, "We congratulate Alan on his appointment as Provost of Harvard. We will miss his probing intellect, his contributions to scholarship and public policy, and his keen appreciation of the challenges facing research universities." In a message to colleagues Alan Garber said, "My time on the faculty at Stanford has been wonderful in every important way. The past 13 years, when CHP and PCOR were created and grew, have been the high point of my Stanford career."
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CHP/PCOR in the news: The ASCO Post
The 111th Congress is gone but not forgotten, having passed into law the landmark Affordable Care Act of 2010. Although this legislation has several interesting appropriations for cancer research, a core principle of the bill is finding ways to reduce health-care spending, which gives the oncology community an uneasy sense of déjà vu: The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 hammered oncology with deep cuts in reimbursement for Part B drugs, leaving many community infusion centers underwater. Oncology practices, especially smaller one- to three-person groups, have to wonder how much more change they can take. Read more »
IOM recommendations for sodium intake cites SHP studyCHP/PCOR in the news
The Institute of Medicine issued recommendations for decreasing sodium intake in the United States, and drew upon a recent study by Stanford Health Policy trainee Crystal Smith-Spangler, director Alan Garber and core faculty member Douglas Owens. The IOM report referenced their Annals of Internal Medicine paper, which found that a voluntary effort by the U.S. food service industry to reduce salt in processed foods could prevent strokes and heart attacks in nearly a million Americans and saving $32.1 billion in medical costs.
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