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Robert Block Named to Northeast Lipid Association Board

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Robert Block, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FNLA,  professor of Public Health Sciences, Medicine and in the Center for Community Health and Prevention, was recently named to serve a three-year term on the Northeast Lipid Association Board of Directors (the regional chapter of the National Lipid Association) beginning in June. 

Block specializes in the care of patients with complex lipid disorders including familial cholesterol disorders and directs the URMC Lipid Apheresis Program.

LETTER: Coronavirus and vaping — pandemic meets epidemic

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

To the Editor:

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. The U.S. Surgeon General declared teen vaping a national epidemic. Research will show how much they are linked, but evidence already supports advice to quit vaping (and smoking) to help protect people from COVID-19.

Both vaping and smoking damage the lungs, and the recent vaping-related outbreak of lung disorders shows how serious that damage can be. People with weaker lungs are less able to fend off the effects of coronavirus, and people who have lung disease are at higher risk of more serious coronavirus illness.

In all the messaging about hand-washing and social distancing to prevent coronavirus, we also need to emphasize the importance of quitting smoking and vaping.

To stop vaping or smoking, contact your doctor and the NYS Smokers' Quitline at 1 (866) 697-8487 and at nysmokefree.com.

SCOTT McINTOSH, PhD

Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester

Read More: LETTER: Coronavirus and vaping — pandemic meets epidemic

Twenty Presentations Scheduled for HSR Faculty and Students at Top Academic Conferences in June 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Twenty presentations are scheduled for HSR faculty and students at two national academic conferences in health services research, AcademyHealth and ASHEcon (American Society of Health Economists) this year. Among them, twelve are scheduled as podium presentations.

AcademyHealth and ASHEcon attract scholars from worldwide to present the results of their pioneering research. Presentations for both meetings are selected on a highly competitive base.

HSR Abstracts Accepted by 2020 Annual Meeting of Academy Health & ASHEcon

Authors List

Title

Topic Section

Time of Presentation

 

Format

Conference

Helena Temkin-Greener, Yunjiao Mao, Susan Ladwig, Brian McGarry, Yue Li

State Variations in Regulatory Stringency for Assisted Living Communities: Potential Implications for Service Supply, Cost, and Quality

Understanding the Variation in Home and Community Based Care

06/14/2020, 2:15PM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Yue Li, Xueya Cai, Shan Gao, Yeates Conwell, Adam Simning, Helena Temkin-Greener

Attempted Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury Among US Nursing Home Residents: Resident and Facility Correlates

Caring for High Risk Nursing Home Patients

06/15/2020, 11:30AM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Sijiu Wang, Helena Temkin-Greener, Adam Simning, R. Tamara Konetzka, Shubing Cai

Is the Generosity of Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Associated with Community Discharge from Skilled Nursing Facilities?

Understanding the Variation in Home and Community Based Care

 

06/14/2020, 2:15PM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Sijiu Wang, Di Yan, Helena Temkin-Greener, Shubing Cai

Does Medicaid HCBS Generosity Influence Nursing Home Placement for Dually Eligible ADRD Patients?

Understanding the Variation in Home and Community Based Care

06/14/2020, 2:15PM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Jessica Orth, Yue Li, Adam Simning, Sheryl Zimmerman, Helena Temkin-Greener

 

Nursing Home Residents with Dementia Experience Better End-of-Life Care and Outcomes in Nursing Homes with Alzheimer’s Special Care Units?

 

Quality Outcomes at the End-of-Life: Incorporating Patient Preferences and Values

 

06/14/2020, 4:15PM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Alina Denham, Peter Veazie

An explanatory model of care seeking: Understanding how factors drive motivation

What Does All This Data Mean? Conceptual Frameworks, Theoretical Explanations, Mechanisms, and Models

06/15/2020, 3:00PM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Meiling Ying, Caroline Thirukumaran, Xueya Cai, Yue Li

Mandatory Medicare Bundled Payment Program for Lower Extremity Joint Replacement Is Associated with More Efficient Post-Acute Care but Maintained Disparities between Medicare-Only and Dual Eligible Patients

Impact of Medicare Payment Models on Spending and Quality of Care

 

06/14/2020, 8:45AM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Di Yan, Sijiu Wang, Helena Temkin-Greener, Shubing Cai

Hcbs Service Intensity and Nursing Home Placement for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Does Race Matter?

Social Determinants of Health and Their Influence on Health and Health Care among Older Adults and People with Disabilities

06/15/2020, 9:45AM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Tianwen Huan, Orna Intrator

Provision of VA Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and Inpatient Care to Veterans Residing in Deprived Areas

Incorporating Social Services to Improve Outcomes for Complex Patients

06/15/2020, 11:30AM

Podium

AcademyHealth

Alina Denham, Elaine Hill, David Slusky, Janet Currie 

 

Evaluation of Initiatives to Improve Maternal Health in New York State

Effects of Public Policy on Maternal Health

 

06/08/2020,10:15AM

Podium

ASHEcon

Alina Denham, Andrew Boslett, Tarsha Vasu, Michael Mendoza, Elaine Hill

Medical Examiner Vs Coroner: Does It Matter for the Opioid Epidemic?

 

Investigations into the Opioid Epidemic?

 

06/10/2020, 8:30AM

Podium

ASHEcon

Yeunkyung Kim, Caroline Thirukumaran, Helena Temkin-Greener, Elaine Hill, Robert Holloway, Yue Li

The Effect of Medicare Shared Savings Program on Readmissions and Variations by Race and Payer Status

 

Moving to Value in the Medicare Program

06/10/2020, 10:15AM

Podium

ASHEcon

Shubing Cai, Sijiu Wang, Helena Temkin-Greener

Obesity, Dementia and Antipsychotic Use Among Nursing Home Residents

Poster Session: Aging, Disability, and End-of-Life

06/15/2020, 8:00AM

Poster

AcademyHealth

Caroline Thirukumaran, Xueya Cai, Laurent Glance, Yeunkyung Kim, Benjamin Ricciardi, Kevin Fiscella, Yue Li

Geographic variation and disparities in use of hip and knee replacement: 2009 to 2017

Poster Session: Disparities and Health Equity

06/15/2020, 8:00AM

Poster

AcademyHealth

Yunna Xie, Peter Veazie, Inkyu Kim, Alice Peatland, Brian Pentland and Julie Wolf

Visit Complexity: A Novel Quality Measure of Healthcare Resources Allocation in Disparity Study

Poster Session: Measuring Safety, Quality, and Value

06/14/2020, 12:30PM

Poster

AcademyHealth

Jessica Orth, Yue Li, Adam Simning, Helena Temkin-Greener

Aggressive Behaviors, Suicidal Ideation, and Depression in US Nursing Homes: Association with the Availability of Behavioral Health Services?

Poster Session: Aging, Disability, and End-of-Life

 

06/15/2020, 8:00AM

Poster

AcademyHealth

Huiying Wang, Wei Song, Bruce Kinosian, Edward Miller, Orna Intrator

Characteristics of Long-stay Veterans in VA Community Living Centers, State Veterans Homes and Community Nursing Homes

Poster Session: Aging, Disability, and End-of-Life

 

06/15/2020, 8:00AM

Poster

AcademyHealth

Di Yan, Sijiu Wang, Helena Temkin-Greener, Shubing Cai

Home and Community-Based Services Use by Medicare-Medicaid Dually Eligible Users with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Racial Differences in Service Use and Outcomes

Poster Session: Aging, Disability, and End-of-Life

 

06/15/2020, 8:00AM

Poster

AcademyHealth

Wenhan Guo, Yue Li, Helena Temkin-Greener

The Association between Nursing Home Patient Safety Culture and Discharge Outcomes for Post-Acute Care Residents

Poster Session: Aging, Disability, and End-of-Life

 

06/15/2020, 8:00AM

Poster

AcademyHealth

Alina Denham, Elaine Hill, Maria Raven, Michael Mendoza, Peter Veazie

Are Emergency Department and Primary Care Substitutes or Complements in Medicaid: An Explanation of an Unintended Effect of the ACA Medicaid Expansions

Poster Session

06/09/2020,5:15PM

Poster

ASHEcon

The death toll of the opioid epidemic is higher than originally thought, researchers say

Friday, February 28, 2020

Opioid-related overdoses could be 28 percent higher than reported because of incomplete death records, researchers found in a study published Thursday.

More than 400,000 people in the United States have died of opioid overdoses since the turn of the century, a quarter of them in just the past six years. But University of Rochester researchers found that between 1999 and 2016, about 100,000 more people died from opioids who were not accounted for — potentially obscuring the scope of the opioid epidemic and affecting funding for government programs intended to confront it, Elaine Hill, an economist and senior author of the study, told The Washington Post.

The discrepancies were most pronounced in several states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Indiana.

“We thought we would find underreporting, but we were definitely not prepared to find how spatially determined it is,” Hill said.

Read More: The death toll of the opioid epidemic is higher than originally thought, researchers say

University Earns First Community Engagement Classification from Carnegie Foundation

Monday, February 3, 2020

The University has received 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement. This is the first time that the University has earned the classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, becoming one of 359 institutions nationwide to hold the distinction.

Read More: University Earns First Community Engagement Classification from Carnegie Foundation

Vaping Linked to Higher Risk of Self-Reported COPD Diagnosis

Thursday, January 2, 2020

A new study reveals an elevated risk of self-reported chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — the third leading cause of death associated with smoking — among people using e-cigarettes. People who vaped were at increased risk even if they had never smoked tobacco, which casts doubt on e-cigarette companies’ claims that vaping is a safe alternative to smoking. 

According to the study, people who vaped were at a 47-percent greater risk of self-reported COPD diagnosis as compared to people in the study who did not use tobacco products. Compared to ex-smokers, people who had quit smoking and switched to e-cigarettes were 27 percent more likely to report a COPD diagnosis.

The study, published by Nicotine and Tobacco Research, is based on 2016 and 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) national survey data of nearly one million adults. Survey participants were asked whether they had ever been diagnosed with COPD by their health-care provider.

Authors of the study, which was funded in part by the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI), the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration, are Zidian Xie, Ph.D., Deborah J Ossip, Ph.D.Irfan Rahman, Ph.D. and Dongmei Li, Ph.D.

“It is clear, based on the large sample size of this study, that there is a significant link between vaping and self-reported COPD diagnosis in adults, even among vapers who never smoked before,” said lead study author Zidian Xie.

Senior study author Dongmei Li, an associate professor in the UR CTSI, added, “More long-term clinical research is needed to determine how e-cigarette use is related to COPD, but our findings are consistent with other recent studies showing that e-cigarette use is associated with respiratory issues.”

“This study provides further evidence that vaping simply isn’t safe,” said Deborah Ossip, a tobacco research expert and professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “We hope that people begin to heed this message, especially young people who think vaping is cool and who are enticed by the thousands of available flavors.”

Recent statistics from the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey demonstrated the popularity of vaping among young people in the U.S. About one of every 10 middle school students and one out of four high school students reported in 2019 that they used electronic cigarettes.

Read More: Vaping Linked to Higher Risk of Self-Reported COPD Diagnosis