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THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
School of Social Service Administration
CHAS eNews: December 2016
POLICY BRIEFS
The Future of Healthcare Reform
A book edited in 2015 by CHAS Fellow Anup Malani and his colleague Michael H. Schill seeks to provide insight on how the healthcare reforms undertaken by the Obama administration will continue to affect the American health care regime in the coming years and decades. By including chapters written by renowned academic leaders from the realms of public health, economics, medicine, and law, The Future of Healthcare Reform in the United States offers a multidisciplinary look into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Today's readers will be interested to see the book's examination of how PPACA has stood up to legal challenges thus far as well as how the law stands to fare economically in the coming years.
COPD Readmissions Examined
In 2014, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program expanded its coverage to include COPD patients who are readmitted within 30-days of their discharge. Therefore, CHAS Fellow Tamara Konetzka and fellow researchers set out to discover what factors may influence the frequency of COPD readmissions. Their 2015 study showed that one-in-five COPD admitted inpatients return to the hospital within the 30-day window, but the likelihood of readmission decreased among patients who were discharged with post-acute care. The results also revealed that readmitted COPD patients who are dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid tend to have longer stays and more comorbidities.
SERVICE DELIVERY INNOVATIONS
The Economics of Cancer Vaccines
While cancer vaccines have become an attractive option due to their minimal toxicity and durable responses, the cost of such treatments still poses a concern. Thus CHAS Fellow Fabrice Smieliauskas and colleagues reviewed existing cost and cost-effectiveness literature on cancer immunotherapy so as to better understand the financial implications of the treatments. Their study revealed a general lack of economic studies on immunotherapies. Of the nine immunotherapy agents that had been included in published reviews, only one was found to be cost-effective. Ultimately, the researchers conclude that more research is needed, particularly in improving the identification of appropriate patients for the treatment.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming Davis Lectures: Spring 2017
Save the dates for CHAS's upcoming Davis Lectures! Tickets can be reserved using the links below. Additional information is available on the CHAS website

April 4, 2017Andrew Goodman-Bacon, PhD; Assistant Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University; Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

April 11, 2017: Helena Hansen, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New York University.

April 18, 2017Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

April 25, 2017: TBA

May 2, 2017: Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH, FASAM, FACP; Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Baystate Chief Research Officer at Baystate Health.

May 9, 2017: Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH; Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics; Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice; and Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity at the University of Chicago.

May 16, 2017: David Gustafson, PhD, MS; Emeritus Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering
UPCOMING EVENTS

CONVENING 2017:  State of Our Knowledge and Training 
Gleacher Center
Chicago, IL
January 9, 2017
IMPORTANT DEADLINES

2015-funded CHAS Seed Grants expire December 31, 2016; final reports due January 31, 2017.

Please contact Keith Brown for report templates and questions.
CONFERENCE REMINDERS
 
Society for Social Work and Research
New Orleans, LA
January 11-15, 2017

Academy Health Annual Research Meeting*
New Orleans, LA
June 25-27, 2017

American Public Health Association*
Atlanta, GA
November 4-8, 2017

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Grand Rapids, MI
November 16-18, 2017

* currently accepting abstracts or proposals
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