Gallagher Discusses Protecting Your Health and Money

Posted: April 23, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: April 24, 2014 at 6:17 am

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Catherine Gallagher

Catherine Gallagher

Catherine Gallagher, director of the Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy, will present a Vision Series lecture on how changes in health care and “shared decision making” processes are altering how medical care is given and received in the United States.

The lecture, “Protecting Your Health and Money in the New Era of Medical Decision-Making,” will be held Monday, April 28, at 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium at Founders Hall, located on George Mason’s Arlington Campus.

With discussions over the necessity and frequency of many preventative care medical tests and complicated billing and insurance policies, health care matters can be a major issue. People find themselves without enough knowledge to know what is best for them, or what could be the consequences of tests and procedures. In this lecture, Gallagher uses real case studies to show the costs and consequences of people being participants in their own care. This lecture will focus on what the right information is for health care providers and patients to share with one another for best practices and best results.

Gallagher is an associate professor at Mason. Her work and research focuses mostly on at-risk populations, and she is an appointed member of the Secretarial Advisory Board on Maternal Home Visiting Programs for the Department of Health and Human Services. She has given invited lectures at Ohio State University’s Memorial Reckless-Dinitz Lecture, the British Medical Journal and Oxford’s Center for Evidence-based Medicine, as well as Academy Health’s National Policy Conference. Her articles have appeared in the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Women’s Health Issues.

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