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Andrew Barnes contributes to new report on U.S. health system

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D.

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D.

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, has co-authored a new review on the United States’ health system. Published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the report is part of its Health Systems in Transition (HiT) series.

The HiT series’ country-based reports provide a detailed description of a country’s health system and of reform and policy initiatives in progress or under development. The series mainly covers the countries of the WHO European Region. This is the first time the U.S. health system has been comprehensively reviewed.

The U.S.’s adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the changes that will result make the report particularly timely.

A health economist, Barnes’ research focuses on understanding the psychology and economics of health insurance choices. He contributed to chapters and sections of the book related to financing and expenditures and also wrote sections on the organization of and regulations in the U.S. health care system.

Barnes was selected to participate as an author while completing his doctoral program in Health Policy and Management at University of California, Los Angeles. The report’s lead author is Thomas Rice, Ph.D., a professor of Health Policy and Management in UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.

Barnes and his co-authors adhered to the same template that is used to describe health systems in Europe to create a report that would provide a good basis for factual comparison and performance assessment of the U.S. health system.

Originally, the audiences for these books were policy makers in European Union countries, agencies like World Health Organization and the World Bank and universities in Europe. As the effort to document health systems outside of Europe expanded, so did its audience. For example, Barnes is using the book as a text in his class on U.S. health policy.

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is hosted by the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe. It supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. The book, United States of America: Health system review, is available for free electronically and is also available in print from the Observatory.


Alumni honored at Medical Society of Virginia annual meeting

Sterling RansoneSterling N. Ransone Jr., M.D., FAAFP

The contributions of a quartet of medical alumni were celebrated at the Medical Society of Virginia’s annual meeting at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs on Oct. 26.

The Class of 1992’s Sterling N. Ransone Jr., M.D., FAAFP, was inaugurated as the new president of the MSV. Rannsone, who specializes in family medicine at Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice in Deltaville, has also served in the MSV as chairman of its political action committee.

Sue CantrellE. Sue Cantrell, M.D.

The Class of 1980s’ E. Sue Cantrell, M.D., was honored by the MSV Foundation with its annual Salute to Service award for service to the uninsured and underserved. She has led a series of public health initiatives to increase access to basic health care and has used telemedicine technology to support diagnostic and screening programs including acting as the primary medical contact and coordinator of the Remote Area Medical Clinic.

Cantrell has served as the dean of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and currently helps lead various regional health initiatives including One Care of Southwest Virginia, Healthy Appalachia Institute, Southwest Virginia Health Authority and the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority. She is director of the Lenowisco Health District for the Virginia Department of Health and works part-time with Frontier Health, Inc. delivering addiction medicine services to residents of Wise, Scott and Lee Counties and the City of Norton, Virginia.

Augustine LewisAugustine “Gus” Warner Lewis III, M.D.

A second Salute to Service award winner was the Class of 1969’s Augustine “Gus” Warner Lewis III, M.D., who was honored for his long-term commitment to caring for patients in medically underserved communities and for training and mentoring medical students who wish to do the same. After assuming his father’s medical practice in Aylett in 1974, Lewis was the lynchpin for access to care for residents of the region, not only through his own medical practice but also through his service as medical director for three area Emergency Medical Services squads.

Lewis focuses considerable time and energy training new family physicians both through his work as a part-time faculty member at the Bon Secours St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program and the VCU School of Medicine. He also serves as a mentor for VCU medical students with a particular interest in working in medically underserved communities.

Steven CrossmanSteven Crossman, M.D.

The Class of 1995’s Steven Crossman, M.D., a faculty member for the medical school’s Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, received a Salute to Service award for his commitment to global health service and to educating physicians for service in international, inner city and rural communities.

Crossman has been instrumental in expanding VCU’s International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship and has developed a Global Health elective that provides medical and pharmacy students with the knowledge and skills they need to travel overseas on medical service teams. He also is chief operating officer for VCU-Thundermist Pinares Project, which has established a year-round medical presence in Pinares, Honduras including a clinic with nursing staffing and regular U.S.-based medical service brigades.

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