Welcome From The Chair

Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H. Professor and Chair

The Department of Healthcare Policy & Research, formerly Public Health, concentrates on studying and improving healthcare delivery to optimize the value of healthcare for patients in New York and across the country. It is chaired by Dr. Rainu Kaushal, an expert in healthcare quality, patient safety and information technology.

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highcost healthcare

The High Price of Failing America’s Costliest Patients

Even patients with whom I have the best rapport would probably rather not see me so often.
Sometimes I readmit a patient I cared for just weeks before in the hospital. “Nice to see you again,” I offer with a smile. The usual response, loosely paraphrased: I’d rather be anywhere else.
This reflects not some deep deficiency in my bedside manner (I think), but rather an essential truth about medicine: People want health, not health care. And those who require the most health care and get the least health — high-need, high-cost patients with multiple or severe medical conditions — feel this most acutely.
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opioid crisis

A Helpful Tool to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is so complex and so large — drug-related deaths now exceed those caused by cars, H.I.V. or guns — that there is no single solution. Among the partial ones: prescription drug monitoring programs, an approach highlighted in the draft report from President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

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disability

Brain Injury and the Civil Right We Don’t Think About

The last time I saw Margaret Worthen was in November 2012. She was in New York participating in a study of patients with severe brain injury. As soon as I walked into her room, I knew something had changed. She was still immobile, but she noticed my presence, was more attentive and engaged. And there was something else: She at times was able to use her left eye to answer simple yes or no questions. That morning, she seemed to relish her new found fluency. She responded with verve, as if the determined downward swoop of her eye could signal an exclamation point.

Communicating with one eye may not seem like much, but it was something to behold. Maggie, as she was known, had suffered a complex stroke six years earlier, during her senior year at Smith College, that involved areas deep in her brain. She had been thought to be in the “vegetative state” — the term commonly used to define the unconscious brain state most of us associate with the right to die movement and the legacies of Karen Ann Quinlan, Nancy Cruzan and Terri Schiavo.

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opioids

Mandatory Drug Monitoring Program Registration Reduces Opioid Prescriptions

States that require prescribers to register for prescription drug monitoring programs have seen a reduction in the number of prescriptions issued for Schedule II opioids to Medicaid enrollees by up to 10 percent, according to research from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

Drug monitoring programs provide prescribers with an online record of a patient’s history of controlled substance use, and currently operate in every state and the District of Columbia except Missouri. These programs, which track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled prescription drugs, help identify possible misuse.

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CityTech-WCM Big Data Training program in Biomedical Informatics (BD2BMI) recently awarded an NIH training grant

A joint training program between the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) of Cornell University was recently awarded a 4-year NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) training grant to educate and train undergraduate students in biomedical big data sciences and informatics.
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NYC-CDRN Receives Funding for Phase II Work
The NYC-CDRN has been approved for a three-year, $8.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as part of the second phase of the development of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.

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CHERISH is a multi-institutional Center of Excellence, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Center's mission is to develop and disseminate health economic research on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and health-related behaviors that informs substance use disorder treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of substance users. The Center is a collaboration among Weill Cornell Medicine, Boston Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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