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On May 1, Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of general medicine and a research scientist at VA CCMR and Mark Fendrick, M.D., director of U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) urged the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee to enact stronger state health care transparency laws, including requirements to make more data on price and quality publically available. "As more Americans face high levels of cost-sharing in their insurance plans, it's even more important to improve access to data that helps them anticipate their out-of-pocket expenses," Kullgren told the panel. Proposed legislation would establish an easily accessible database to help consumers compare both prices and quality of care for various medical procedures and prescriptions.
Joel Howell, MD, PhD, was awarded the American College of Physicians (ACP) Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine for 2013.
This award is given for outstanding contributions to humanism in medicine and will be bestowed in recognition of scholarly activities in history, literature, philosophy and ethics. The award is described in detail at ACP‘s website.