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Compassion, Poetry, and DACA

Joy Jacobson

“There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws,” attorney general Jeff Sessions said yesterday, in a surreal usurpation of the word compassion. In announcing the end of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, he made 800,000 young adults brought to this country illegally as children vulnerable for […]

September 6, 2017

When Beautiful Turns Ugly

Joy Jacobson

Beautiful. I overuse the word too. It’s a superlative that has denigrated from its Proto-Indo-European roots meaning “reverence” to the ubiquity of emoji. Almost half a billion Instagram posts bear the hashtag #beautiful.   Though it still resides in the eye of the beholder, this week we saw beauty twisted into a poisonous usage. “Sad […]

August 18, 2017

NP Delivery of Primary Care for Homebound Elderly Threatened by Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Liz Seegert

As our population lives longer with more chronic conditions, an an estimated two to three million end up homebound, unable to leave their homes to receive primary care in a physician’s office.  It means they often go without care or end up in crisis in the emergency department, driving up costs and further affecting their […]

July 18, 2017

Reporting about nursing: our media fellow reflects on challenges, opportunities

Liz Seegert

In many ways, the state of Kentucky is a microcosm of the challenges in today’s health care system. Tens of thousands of people, many in rural areas, now receive regular health care thanks to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. But delivering that care poses its own dilemmas.   You may recall reading CHMP […]

July 6, 2017

Euphemisms: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

Diana J. Mason

Language and framing are critically important to public debates about policy. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is an example of framing that tries to obscure what is really going on. The BCRA is the Senate’s version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Let’s start […]

June 27, 2017

The Cruelest Cuts

Liz Seegert

Poet T.S. Eliot once called April “the cruelest month.” But that was long before the Trump Administration delivered its detailed budget proposal to Congress on a day in May. The 24th, to be precise.   Trump and budget director Mick Mulvaney spared almost no one — children, women, working poor — from massive cuts in services […]

May 30, 2017

Nurse practitioners want to change law that requires them to make deals with physicians to prescribe strong painkillers

Melissa Patrick

This story by CHMP Media Fellow Melissa Patrick first appeared on the Kentucky Health News website.   Since 2006 Kentucky’s nurse practitioners have been able to prescribe Schedule 2 drugs, the highest level of legal painkillers, under the supervision of a physician. Now their lobbying group says it’s time to let them work without that restriction […]

May 25, 2017

Rural Hospitals

Diana J. Mason

I just wrote a blog post for JAMANews Forum on the closure of rural hospitals. It describes why they close and discusses policy responses that could ensure that these hospitals are able to promote the health of their communities in myriad ways, not just by providing acute care services. As it was being posted, Trump […]

May 25, 2017

Nurses and Patients and Plagiarism, Part 2

Joy Jacobson

In the six years or so that I’ve blogged at HealthCetera, I’ve written about the use of reflective writing in clinical practice and education, and I’ve examined poems that elucidate aspects of health and health policy. And in that time the post of mine that has been viewed most often—by far—is one I wrote three […]

May 23, 2017

Kentucky nurses and their allies seek a mandate for a nurse in every school

Melissa Patrick

– Advocates say move would improve learning outcomes   Putting a full-time nurse in every Kentucky school would not only provide health care, but improve education outcomes, say advocates of the idea.   “We need a nurse in every school because we need to quit thinking about health and education as separate entities, because they are […]

May 9, 2017