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Don't cut Medicaid, fund it better

Dr. Carroll makes the case that Medicaid is underfunded and will not be cut easily, at


Why health reform won't be repealed

Dr. Carroll discusses recent court decisions and legal moves that seek to overturn the PPACA


Health care challenge about politics, not policy

It's very likely that you will see a lot in the news about Republicans' opposition to the individual mandate and their challenge of the constitutionality of health care reform in the next few weeks. The individual mandate is the Obama health care reform law's requirement -- ruled unconstitutional by a judge Monday -- that all Americans obtain insurance.

Surprisingly, little of that news will focus on the cost, quality or access in the U.S. health care system. What is being fought over now is politics, not policy...

Read more from Dr. Carroll at


Effects of the new Healthcare Law

From Sound Medicine:

It's the story that has dominated the past year’s news, especially on this program: Healthcare reform.

When the landmark legislation passed the House and Senate this week, and was signed on Tuesday by the President, it ended one long process and began another.

Joining Barbara Lewis in the studio to discuss what's in the new law, and what it will mean for medicine and the healthcare industry, is our regular policy analyst, Dr. Aaron Carroll.


Health Policy Expert: Companies Need to Figure Out New Business Models

President Barack Obama has signed the last of legislation related to federal health care reform, and the Director of Indiana University's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism and Research says the medical device sector will likely feel the largest initial impact. Dr. Aaron Carroll says the industry, which has significant operations in northern Indiana, will have "more of a downside" as it tries to incorporate a new $20 billion tax. In the case of small businesses, he says businesses with less than 50 employees won't face any fines for not providing health insurance and will actually see tax credits if they do offer it. Watch on Inside Indiana Business.


Health Care Reform Still Confusing For Many

Hoosiers say they're still split and still confused over health care reform. Dr. Carroll is interviewed by WRTV Indianapolis.


Healthcare Reform Revived?

From Sound Medicine:

Well, it looks like the health care reform process that’s been alive, and then comatose, is now flickering back to life.

As we record this mid-week, President Obama is laying out what he hopes will be the end-game to get the House to approve the bill that has already passed the Senate …with the understanding that then, the Senate will go back and amend its version so that both sides can pass it.

And as one step, the President has said that he SUPPORTS four adjustments to the measure that Republicans have proposed.

Here to walk us through what those changes would be is our regular analyst on this topic, Dr. Aaron Carroll.

Dr. Aaron Carroll directs the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the IU School of Medicine. He’s a regular contributor to this program.


On the Demise of Comprehensive Healthcare

From Sound Medicine:

Dr. Aaron Carroll says that even though recent healthcare reform legislation efforts failed, healthcare reform is still needed.


Healthcare Legislation Update with Aaron Carroll

From Sound Medicine:

Congress is getting back to work this week after its holiday recess: the House resumes Monday, and the Senate will be back next week.

That means the clock is ticking to get a healthcare reform bill resolved and onto the President’s desk by the end of the month, when he will make his State of the Union address.

Joining Barbara Lewis today is Dr. Aaron Carroll, Sound Medicine's political analyst during this year-long legislative process.


Health Care Reform Back in the Spotlight: Health Care Reform

This week health care reform was thrust back in to the national spotlight as lawmakers gathered for a health care summit on Thursday and Indianapolis-based WellPoint's CEO Angela Braly testified on Capitol Hill. Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, Director, Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research has perspective. Watch on Inside Indiana Business.


Healthcare Reform: A Policy Analysis

From Sound Medicine:

Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis talks with Dr. Aaron Carroll, director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

As a healthcare researcher at the IU School of Medicine, he is closely following ideas for health care reform in the United States.


Business of Health: Health Care Reform

The health care reform bill now goes onto the full Senate and Indiana Senator Evan Bayh says he wants to make sure that the proposed spending cuts contained in the Senate Finance Committee continue onto the next step. Barbara Lewis has more with Dr. Aaron Carroll, Dir. Center for Healthcare Policy and Professionalism Research in the Business of Health, on Inside Indiana Business.


Update on Health Care Reform

Dr. Carroll has made a number of recent appearances on Sound Medicine to discuss health care reform. Listen to him discuss the Senate Finance Committee's bill and health care reform in general as part of a forum.


Doctors support national health insurance

Don't count Dr. Aaron Carroll among those who were stunned by a Sept. 13 New England Journal of Medicine survey that said American physicians overwhelmingly support national health insurance. A researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Carroll wasn't surprised because the data confirm studies he published in 2003 and 2008 on the subject of physician attitudes toward reform, work that drew national media attention, including an appearance on The Colbert Report.

Read the full profie on Dr. Carroll at The Bloomington Alternative.


Health care co-ops floated as an option

Would a small co-op have WellPoint’s power of price negotiation?

Dr. Aaron Carroll, the director of IU's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, strongly believes a small co-op could not compete with private insurance companies.

"All the things that people think would allow a nationwide public option to achieve lower costs would not necessarily be seen in co-ops," Dr. Carroll said.

Studying health care policy is Dr. Carroll's life's work. But neither he, nor Congress, nor analysts can give details on how competitive health co-ops would work because currently there are so few of them.

"Somebody referred to them as a medical unicorn," Carroll said. "Sort of like sounds great, but nobody's really seen it."

Watch the report on WISH-TV.


NYT coverage of CHPPR's health care reform "myths" survey

The release of CHPPR's survey on health care reform "myths" has continued to garner press. This last weekend, it was referenced in an editorial by Charles Blow in a discussion of Americans' trust in government, and today in a blog post by Kit Seelye entitles, "Who Believes in Health Care 'Myths'?"


The Ed Show

Dr. Carroll appeared on The Ed Show on MSNBC to discuss the results of the CHPPR survey on health care reform myths.


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The Colbert Report

Dr. Carroll was a guest on The Colbert Report on July 21, 2009 to discuss single-payer health care reform with Stephen Colbert!


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Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

Dr. Carroll has been making regular appearances on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick on XM 130 / Sirius 110. Pete's show has a heavy focus on health care reform, and Dr. Carroll has been talking policy with him as well as taking calls from listeners.


Update on Health Care Reform

The battle over health care reform is coming down to two big issues: Should there be a publicly managed health insurance option? And how can the nation pay for reforms that include universal coverage? The Senate Finance Committee is working behind the scenes on both right now, but has said that no legislation will be ready for a vote at least until after the July 4th recess.

Dr. Aaron Carroll directs the IU Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and is the expert we turn to to help us navigate through what’s happening on Capitol Hill. He discusses the practical aspects of reform in the works, including higher prices for taxpayers and differences in the way physicians are reimbursed.

Listen at Sound Medicine.


President Obama Adresses the AMA

This week President Obama spoke directly to the AMA about the need for health care reform, and the AMA's role in the process. As CHPPR has produced some of the most comprehensive work on physician views of National Health Insurance, Dr. Aaron Carroll was interviewed by a number of sources including the Associated Press and the BBC.


The Public Option in Health Care Reform: A Good Idea

President Obama released some details of his priorities in healthcare reform this week. Among them is a plan for a public health insurance option. Barbara Lewis talks with Dr. Aaron Carroll, on Inside Indiana Business.


Don't Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health

People have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe “facts” about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. DON’T SWALLOW YOUR GUM! (Griffin; June 2009; ISBN 0-312-53387-X; Paperback; $13.95) by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies. Did you know:

•That your hair and nails don’t continue to grow after you die
•If you shave your hair it will not grow back faster and thicker
•Using antiperspirants does not cause cancer
•Vitamin C, Echinacea, and Zinc will not help you prevent getting a cold.
•Single people do not have better sex lives than married couples
•Walkers don’t help your baby learn how to walk faster
•Sugar does not make kids hyper
•If you pick up food within five seconds of hitting the floor, it’s not safe
•You do not have to wait an hour after you eat before swimming
•Strangers don’t poison kids’ Halloween candy


With the perfect blend of authoritative research and a breezy, accessible tone, DON’T SWALLOW YOUR GUM is full of enlightening, practical, and quirky facts that will prove wrong some of the most perennial misconceptions we believe about our health and well-being. Visit the website at


Report finds ‘problem’ docs underreported

A national report found hospitals don’t do enough to discipline problem doctors and said many exploit loopholes to avoid reporting physicians to a national database. A federal law requires hospitals to report physicians to the National Practitioner Data Bank who have had their admitting privileges revoked or restricted for more than 30 days. But the report released Wednesday found nearly half of all hospitals in the country – and 48 percent or 72 hospitals in Indiana – hadn’t reported a single doctor to the data bank since it opened in September 1990. Data for the report by consumer-advocacy organization Public Citizen were collected through December 2007.

Dr. Carroll comments on the NPDB and this report to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.


Public Health Insurance: A Good Idea

Congress heads back to Washington this week after its spring break. One of the first big issues that will need to be resolved in any health-care reform package is whether to leave the job of providing non-Medicare health insurance entirely in the private sector, or to offer a publicly financed and managed alternative. The private insurance industry is pushing back at that idea, saying it would be unfair competition.

According to Dr. Aaron Carroll of Indiana University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, the point is to provide health insurance for more people. Listen to the interview on Sound Medicine.


Medical Myths for the Holiday Season

Dr. Aaron Carroll and Dr. Rachel Vreeman another round of worldwide attention for their study entitled "Festive Medical Myths" published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal.  They continued their popular work by discussing six myths that focused on the winter or holiday season, including:

  • Sugar causes hyperactivity in children

  • Suicides increase over the holidays

  • Poinsettia toxicity

  • Excess heat loss in the hatless

  • Nocturnal feasting makes you fat

  • You can cure a hangover

Both Dr. Carroll and Dr. Vreeman appeared on a number of television outlets, including Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, and local affiliates WRTV Channel 6 and WTHR Channel 13. The findings were also prominently featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Times, The New York Times Health Blog, and Katie Couric's Notebook.


How Presidential Health Care Proposals will Affect Businesses

Dr. Aaron Carroll appeared on Inside INdiana Business on October 17 and 19 to discuss how the proposals of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain might affect businesses and the general American public.


Still More Medical Myths

Dr. Aaron Carroll was a guest on Your Health First, a consumer oriented health radio program on 740 AM KTRH radio in Houston, Texas on October 5. Listen to the broadcast.


Universal Health Care

Dr. Aaron Carroll appeared on Special Report with Brit Hume on July 23 in a segment looking at the health care system in Canada, and how similar reform might impact the United States.


Top Five Summer Myths

Dr. Aaron Carroll appeared on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet on July 10 to discuss their Top Five Summer Myths.


What's Next for the 47 Million Uninsured Americans?

Nationally syndicated columnist Marie Cocco quotes Dr. Aaron Carroll in her recent column on the presidential candidate's refusal to endorse significant reform of the health care system.


AAMC Calls for Strict Limits on Industry Support of Medical Education

The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) today urged all medical schools and teaching hospitals to adopt policies that prohibit drug industry gifts and services to physicians, faculty, residents, and students, and to curtail the involvement of industry in continuing medical education activities. The recommendations were part of a new AAMC report, "Industry Funding of Medical Education," unanimously approved by the association's Executive Council. In adopting the report, the AAMC's leadership urged all association members to implement policies and procedures, consistent with the report's guidelines, by July 1, 2009.

The report was the result of a 14-month effort by an AAMC task force, established in 2006, to examine the benefits and pitfalls associated with industry funding of medical education, and to develop principles, recommendations, and guidelines to help medical schools and teaching hospitals better manage their relationships with industry. The panel was chaired by retired Merck Chairman and CEO Roy Vagelos, M.D., and the vice chair was William Danforth, M.D., former chancellor of Washington University. The task force membership included institutional leaders, faculty, residents, students, CEOs from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, ethicists, and public representatives.

Research from CHPPR on Pharmaceutical Industry Interactions with Physicians in Training published in Pediatrics was prominently cited in this report.

Copies of "Industry Funding of Medical Education, Report of the AAMC Task Force," are available, as well as a podcast interview on the report with the AAMC's Chief Scientific Officer, David Korn, M.D.


Physicians Demonstrate Increased Support for National Health Insurance

Dr. Aaron Carroll (Director of CHPPR) and Dr. Ron Ackermann (Assistant Director of CHPRR) have recently conducted the largest survey ever of American physicians’ opinions on health-care financing.  The results of this survey, published in the April 1, 2008 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, found that 59 percent of doctors support government legislation to establish national health insurance while only 32 percent oppose it.  This marks a significant change from 2002 when Drs. Carroll and Ackermann conducted a similar survey, which found 49 percent of physicians supporting national health insurance and 40 percent opposing it.  This 10 percent increase represents at least 80,000 physicians who have changed their minds in regards to health care financing for all US citizens.  With the exception of radiologists, anesthesiologists and surgical subspecialists, a majority of every medical specialty now supports national health insurance.

You can hear Dr. Carroll discuss this work at Medpage Today, and read more about these findings through Reuters, Forbes, Business Week, the Washington Post, and the Indianapolis Star.


Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe

Dr. Aaron Carroll (Director of CHPPR) and Dr. Rachel Vreeman recently received much attention for their study entitled "Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe" published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal.  In this article they explored seven commonly held medical beliefs including:

  • People only use 10 percent of their brains
  • Hair and fingernails continue to grow after we die
  • Eating turkey makes you sleepy

These beliefs are commonly accepted, not only by the general population, but also by many physicians. Drs. Carroll and Vreeman found, after reviewing the medical literature, that all these beliefs were unproven or untrue.

You can see this work discused on the Today Show, and read more about the findings in Newsweek, US News and World Reports, USA Today, and MSNBC.

You can also see an interview with Dr. Carroll on ABC News.