Julie Kautz Mills

Author's details

Name: Julie Kautz Mills
Date registered: September 18, 2012
URL: http://www.needymeds.org

Biography

Julie is Director of Education at NeedyMeds where she is developing the curriculum for the NeedyMeds Educational Institute, including CEU and Certificate programs. She also writes about contemporary topics in U.S. healthcare for the NeedyMeds Voice, our weekly blog, and is editor of Patient Advocate News (PAN), our monthly newsletter for healthcare providers. Julie has an academic background and was a university professor for 10 years, teaching psychology and women's studies at various universities in Canada, the UK and The Netherlands. And after moving back to Boston in 1995, she took a job in healthcare administration, Director of Women's Health, at North Shore Medical Center/Partners Healthcare, until 2003. She then worked as Director of Community Outreach and Interpreter Services at NSMC/Partners until 2011. She completed a fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School in 2011 and is committed to quality, accessible health care for all. Julie is originally from the North Shore, and now lives in Salem with her two collies. She is the proud mother of two grown sons and enjoys her family and friends, her dogs, the beach, reading, gardening and cooking. Julie can be reached at julie@needymeds.org.

Latest posts

  1. Gender-Specific Medicine: Part 2 — April 17, 2013
  2. Gender-Specific Medicine — April 10, 2013
  3. The Lowdown on Specialty Drugs II: Biosimilars and How to Get Your Insurance Company to Cover the Costs — April 3, 2013
  4. The Lowdown on Specialty Drugs — March 27, 2013
  5. What on Earth is the Donut Hole? A Brief Explanation of Medicare Part D and the “Donut Hole” — March 13, 2013

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Gender-Specific Medicine: Part 2

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This week we continue to look at gender medicine- how diseases may manifest themselves differently, and how medications may affect differently- depending on whether you are male or female. An editorial in Nature in 2010 urged us to “put Gender on the Agenda,” as increasingly we are seeing from research results that there are distinct …

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Gender-Specific Medicine

4.10.13gender

“Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars.” “Women think differently than men.” These viewpoints appear to be widespread and popular, fueling spirited and on-going debate in the media and the arts, but what about healthcare and medicine? Most medical research over the years has focused on white men as subjects, and results were then …

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The Lowdown on Specialty Drugs II: Biosimilars and How to Get Your Insurance Company to Cover the Costs

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Biosimilars are defined as “similar versions of an existing biological medicine by a different manufacturer.” Biosimilars may be used to treat difficult-to-manage conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, HIV and cancer, among other conditions. Because they are more complex and more difficult to manufacture than other pharmaceuticals, rigid compliance to regulations and quality …

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The Lowdown on Specialty Drugs

03.27.13

Healthcare costs continue to be a concern, despite efforts underway to reduce them through healthcare reform initiatives.  One area, in particular, is worrying patients and physicians alike: specialty drugs or biologics. An article in Workforce Management reports that specialty drugs “make up about 17% of employers’ total drug costs, even though just 1% of the …

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What on Earth is the Donut Hole? A Brief Explanation of Medicare Part D and the “Donut Hole”

03.13

Today, we are hoping to provide answers to some of your questions about the Donut Hole! Tell us about your experiences. We would love to hear from you.  1.    What is the donut hole? To answer that question, we first need to understand Medicare and Part D. According to Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director …

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