HPM Department News

Pitt Researcher Turns to Lock-In Programs to Prevent ‘Doctor Shopping’

Dr. Julie Donohue, associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been working with the state medicate agency to investigate the prevalence of opioid overdose in the Pennsylvania Medicaid population. Her pilot grant focuses on lock-in programs that determine the best criteria to identify people who are at risk for abusing prescription opioids, and limit them to filling pr... 

Scarpinato’s MHA Residency with Allegheny General Extended

Mario "Mark" Scarpinato's (HPM '17) residency with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) was only supposed to last the summer, fulfilling the MHA program’s residency requirement; however, he has been asked to continue working at Allegheny General Hospital through the coming school year.  

Congratulations Jaideep Karamchandani on new position as infection preventionist!

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA graduate Jaideep Karamchandani ( jkaram7@gmail.com ) has accepted an infection preventionist position at Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

Congratulations Ash Mohan!

HPM is pleased to announce that Ash Mohan has accepted a Strategic Fee Schedule Manager position at the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation in Columbus. 

Mark Roberts: MDM research's impact on practice & lives

MEDICAL DECISION MAKING - Mark Roberts recently published a thoughtful essay in Medical Decision Making reflecting on one of his early papers and its impact on physicians and their patients. 

Congratulations Don Jones!

Don Jones has accepted a position as Project Manager at AHN Revenue Cycle. 

Scott Becker Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-2017

HPM is pleased to announce that Scott Becker, CEO, Conemaugh Health System (bio attached) will be the Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-20 

Blackwood Receives the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

Michael Blackwood (HPM '80) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Public health class advises how to intervene in the opioid epidemic

UNIVERSITY TIMES - When agent Brian Dempsey of the local Drug Enforcement Agency office made his first visit to Pitt’s Law in Public Health Practice course in mid-semester, he told the students that Pittsburgh is now one of the epicenters of the heroin epidemic — and that the “feeder system” of prescription opioid pain medications is to blame. Under the guidance of Elizabeth Van Nostrand , director of the school’s JD/MPH program and ... 

Congratulations Ashley Oates!

HPM is pleased to announce that Ashley Oates (aao21@pitt.edu) has accepted a fellowship at Sutter Health. 

Congratulations Leah Goclano!

HPM is pleased to announce that Leah Goclano (leah.goclano@pitt.edu) has accepted a position as Data Analyst: Quality, Safety, and Value at West Penn Hospital. 

Pitt Report Suggests Urgent Need for Policies to Support Family Caregivers of Aging and Disabled Americans

Family members and friends provide the vast majority of care for aging Americans experiencing chronic conditions, trauma or illness. Yet, according to “Addressing the Needs of Caregivers at Risk: A New Policy Strategy,” a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy, current policy efforts at the federal and state levels have not adapted to address significant health and economic risks that these caregive... 

JHF Patient Safety Fellowship - Applications Due 4/25

This fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of healthcare leaders in quality through introduction to PRHI’s Perfecting Patient methodology. 

Congratulations Caitlin Colkitt

HPM is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA candidate Caitlin Colkitt has accepted a position as Sr. Practice Manager of Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates- UPMC.  

Dr. Husan Guclu's paper has just been accepted by Plos One

Dr. Hasan Guclu's paper, "Social contact networks and mixing among students in K-12 schools in Pittsburgh, PA." to appear soon in PLoS ONE 

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