Health

Syringe Exchange Approved For Marion County

Jun 20, 2018
Syringes for exchange. (Photo: Jake Harper Side Effects)
Jill Sheridan

Marion County is the latest in Indiana to establish a syringe exchange program.  The Indianapolis program adopted by the City-County Council Monday is in response to a hepatitis C outbreak. 

The rise in cases, an estimated 1,000 new cases in 2017, prompted health officials to declare an epidemic last month.  

School health text book. (Jill Sheridan IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Topics at the annual Indiana School Health Conference this week touch on numerous supportive health services and the issue of school safety was front and center. 

More Indiana schools are focused on how to best provide social and emotional learning in an effort to support students behavioral health. 

(File Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture)
(File Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Besides support for farmers and agricultural efforts, the recently passed Farm Bill also addresses the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

Funds to increase telemedicine treatment and training options will be available through the bill. 

Indiana Maternal Mortality Focus Of Review

Jun 18, 2018
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Indiana has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country, and efforts to find out why are underway.  Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the Maternal Mortality Review Committee bill recently. Side Effects Public Media reporter Lauren Bavis took a closer look at the issue and talked about it with Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan.

Proposed ACA Changes Meet Opposition

Jun 15, 2018
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The Affordable Care Act, ACA, is back in the spotlight after the U.S. Department of Justice said it will not defend parts of the law including pre-existing condition coverage.  In Indiana, opposition to the proposed changes is growing.

Courtesy Purdue University

A patient’s self-evaluation of mental health problems may be more accurate than previously thought according to new research out of Purdue University. 

Past studies indicate patient and therapist diagnoses of personality disorders do not align.  But this new study found different results when patients and providers had the same diagnostic tool.

Lead author and Purdue professor Doug Samuels says patients and providers identified many of the same symptoms at the similar places on a personality assessment scale.

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Hoosiers did not stop signing up for Indiana's Medicaid expansion even though they had to pay into a health savings account. That’s according to new research from three Indiana University professors.

Report: Indiana Lags In Tobacco Cessation Spending

Jun 5, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends states spend more than $73 million annually on tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. A new report finds Indiana spends just more than 10 percent of that amount, less than half the national average. 

A new state program will deliver medically tailored meals to people with HIV in Indiana. The Ryan’s Meals for Life project is funded by a $1 million grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. 

St. Vincent, Anthem Reach Deal On Microhospitals

Jun 4, 2018

Hoosiers with Anthem insurance are now covered for care at St. Vincent’s “neighborhood hospitals.” The two organizations have reached a deal to include the hospitals in the network. 

The neighborhood hospital or microhospital model offers patients inpatient and emergency care in a smaller, more accessible setting. 

St. Vincent has opened four of those new hospitals in the past year but they were not in network for patients with Anthem. St. Vincent Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Richard Fogel says they had to correct this. 

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