Health Care Public Policy

Cincinnati Children’s has been advocating along with 27 other children’s hospitals for the National Pediatric Research Network Act to increase funding for pediatric research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The bill – H.R. 6163 – passed unanimously in › Continue Reading

Ohio has the best statewide network of children’s hospitals in the country. Thanks to the high quality, cost effective care at six freestanding children’s hospitals across the state — in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Toledo and Cleveland — no child › Continue Reading

The 2012 federal budget, offered to Congress on Monday Feb. 14, would eliminate the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program. As Dr. Tom DeWitt discussed here last week, since the program’s inception in 1999, this funding has helped ensure › Continue Reading

A vital national program helping to ensure that children receive care from pediatric specialists trained to meet children’s unique health care needs is up for renewal this year at the federal level. Since 1999, the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education › Continue Reading

Another year come and gone. For some, this is a time to say “good riddance.” For others, there’s sorrow in watching 2010 pass into the history books. For those involved in health care, the year just past is one of › Continue Reading

Comparative effectiveness research is all the rage in medical and political circles these days. It’s the simple-sounding concept of comparing treatments and interventions to figure out which one is best for which patients. It’s not something we’ve done a lot › Continue Reading

It’s no secret that we measure just about everything at Cincinnati Children’s. We do it so we can tell how we’re doing in our quest to be the leader in improving child health. We also share the information because we › Continue Reading

The headline here seems to make intrinsic sense. After all, health care is a doctor’s world and therefore doctors would be heavily involved in the process to make it better, safer and more efficient. Right? Not always, says Patrick Conway, › Continue Reading

In pediatric medical circles, we take any opportunity to remind anyone who will listen that “children are not small adults.” We make the distinction because treating children takes special care. You can’t just take adult medicine and “cut it down › Continue Reading

The Healthy Choices for Healthy Children legislation we discussed a couple of months back (here, and here) passed in the Ohio Senate yesterday afternoon. Cincinnati Children’s and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association have strongly supported this bill from its infancy › Continue Reading

The Global Report on Preterm and Stillbirth was published in February by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS). The report shows that newborn deaths account for 42 percent of mortality in children under the age of five. › Continue Reading

We obviously haven’t read the fine print of the proposed federal budget released by the Obama Administration in Washington, D.C., yesterday, but we were encouraged to read about the prospect for new funding to broaden our approach to global health. › Continue Reading

Somewhere I read that excuses are like noses. Everybody’s got one, so go ahead and pick one. Efforts to improve health care are kind of like that: seems everyone has a reason not to tackle this tough issue. Some of › Continue Reading

A lot has been happening in the child health public policy arena. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of it all. To help, the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s, part of the Division of Health Policy and Clinical › Continue Reading

Waste not, want not

The headline of this post is something I heard my grandmother say over and over. Or maybe it was my mother. Anyway, it’s something those who lived through the Great Depression learned and it became a part of their being. › Continue Reading

The room that is housing the Department of Federal Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatrics this weekend at its National Conference and Exhibition is a busy place. Doctors and other interested people are stopping by to talk about various › Continue Reading