Las Cruces, NM: The Burrell Institute for Health Policy and Research announces the release of The Potential Impact of the Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in New Mexico, a white paper that assesses the potential impact of a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) on New Mexico and examines the impact of current proposals to replace the law, including the American Health Care Act (AHCA) currently being deliberated by Congress.

“Our findings suggest that repeal of the ACA with any of the proposed replacement policies would have a devastating impact on New Mexico’s residents, health-care systems, and overall economy,” said lead author Renée Despres, PhD, MPH, Research Fellow at the Institute. “All of the proposals we analyzed would lead to health care becoming less safe, less innovative, less focused on quality and value, and more expensive.”

The impact would extend beyond health-care coverage and costs to loss of programs that support childhood vaccinations, public health’s ability to respond to emergencies like Zika virus or bird flu, the health-care workforce, and the state’s economy. Federal, state, and local investment in communities would be reduced, leading to significant job loss and economic instability.

“It’s important to recognize that economic losses would impact all sectors, not just health care,” said Despres. “New Mexico is especially vulnerable because we have so many small, “mom-and-pop” businesses, a high poverty rate, and large rural areas.”

Key findings from the report include:

  • Repeal of expanded Medicaid, tax credits, and subsidies would lead to a 136% increase in the uninsured rate.
  • At least four out of 10 New Mexicans would stand to lose health-care coverage if the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions were repealed.
  • Repeal of the ACA’s “lifetime limits” prohibition would jeopardize health-care coverage for the more that 27% of New Mexicans living with chronic health conditions.
  • Repeal of Medicaid expansion would leave nearly one out of 10 New Mexicans without health coverage and lead to 1,323 excess preventable deaths per year in the Medicaid population.
  • Repeal of the expansion of expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits would affect about 403,000 New Mexicans – more than one out of five.
  • Repeal of Section 101, Prevention and Public Health, would cause New Mexico to lose at least $43,257,135 in prevention funding over the next five years.
  • Based on the estimated losses in federal funding, about 32,500 New Mexicans would lose their jobs, 75% outside of health-care.

“We are pleased to present this report and hope that it will facilitate the analysis and understanding of proposals to repeal and replace the ACA,” said Hugo Vilchis, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Institute and Associate Dean at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Our aim is to provide policy makers and other stakeholders with accurate, unbiased, timely information so they can make informed decisions about what is best for our state.”

Read the full paper by following this link:
Potential Impact of Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on NM

About the Burrell Institute for Health Policy & Research
The mission of the Burrell Institute for Health Policy & Research is to provide accurate and timely information that can be used to craft health policies to improve the health of New Mexicans and the US-Mexico border population. Founded in 2016, the Institute is committed to providing unbiased research and analysis and sharing evidence-based recommendations.

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Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Health Sciences Library to Host Free Training for Library Workers and Researchers

Las Cruces, NM—January 31, 2017—The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) Health Sciences Library will host a free training opportunity in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – South Central Region. Three separate courses will be offered on February 17, 2017 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the BCOM Campus Building, 3501 Arrowhead Drive.

The training content will be of interest to library workers, and is also open to anyone who would like to improve their knowledge and skills on accessing authoritative health and medical information through the National Library of Medicine databases.

Participants can attend as many of the courses as they would like. Lunch will be provided and participants are asked to bring a laptop computer. In accordance with MLA guidelines, these courses/hours may apply toward the Consumer Health Information Specialization or AHIP Credential. Pre-registration deadline is February 10. For more information, see the attached flyer.

Making PubMed Work for You

9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (2.5 MLA CE hours)

This class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE.

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (2 MLA CE hours)

This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older patrons find health information.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (2 MLA CE hours)

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries.

This training opportunity was organized by BCOM Library Director & Professor of Medical Informatics Erin Palazzolo, MLIS, and Associate Library Director & Associate Professor of Medical Informatics, Norice Lee, MLIS. Palazzolo earned her Masters of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked and taught in academic, hospital, and medical school libraries for almost 20 years. Lee also earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.  For over 20 years, she has held leadership positions in a variety of library types in the New Mexico/Texas border region and also serves as the Chair of the New Mexico State Library Commission.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

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Students and Faculty from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine to Visit the New Mexico State Capitol for “BCOM Day at The Roundhouse”

Las Cruces, NM—January 31, 2017—A group of students and faculty from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) will visit the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

The entire class of 161 first-year medical students is expected to attend, along with faculty and staff from the school. The group of approximately 180 people will wear their white coats as they meet with legislators and are recognized on the floor. The visit is intended to demonstrate to state legislators the commitment of BCOM and its students to addressing the health care issues in New Mexico.

This visit is a result of the efforts of House Majority Whip Representative Doreen Ybarra Gallegos and Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen who are sponsoring the legislation for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Day at The Roundhouse.



Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the nation’s newest medical colleges. It was established in 2013 and opened its doors to the first class of medical students in August 2016. The school is expected to service approximately 600 medical students by 2020. BCOM has a mission to improve the number and quality of health professionals across the southwestern United States and northern Mexico by increasing the size and diversity of the physician workforce. BCOM is student-centered, utilizing the most advanced technologies and learning methods to assure student- and professional-practice success in all fields of medicine, from primary care to subspecialties.

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July 14, 2014
WRITER: Justin Bannister, 575-646-5981,

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine to open at New Mexico State University

Today, New Mexico State University, NMSU’s Arrowhead Center and the newly formed Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine announced a partnership to create the state’s newest medical school on the NMSU campus.

“This is an outstanding day for New Mexico,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “This public-private partnership will benefit the health and well-being of people across our state, and the region, by addressing our severe shortage of primary care physicians, especially among New Mexico’s underserved, rural populations.”

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University will be a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity. No taxpayer dollars will go toward its operation. BCOM’s initial capital investment in the project is approximately $85 million.

BCOM has already submitted its pre-accreditation application to the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and will submit an application to New Mexico’s Higher Education Department, private schools division. BCOM’s goal is to admit its first class in August 2016.

“The development of a new medical school at NMSU provides a badly needed solution to the health care accessibility issues currently affecting New Mexico and the Borderplex Region,” said Dan Burrell, principal at Burrell Family Offices and chairman of BCOM.

Currently, 32 of New Mexico’s 33 counties are medically underserved or contain medically underserved populations, as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services. BCOM will train physicians who can deliver culturally competent care in areas along the U.S./Mexico border region, in New Mexico’s rural communities and among the state’s Native American tribes, pueblos and nations.

“This also serves as a major economic driver for the region and the state through job creation and spending on goods and services that are produced in New Mexico,” Burrell said. “A project of this magnitude and importance to New Mexico’s economy and long-term health care needs could not have been possible without the strong leadership of President Carruthers and his team, as well as our local and regional hospital and physician partners.”

Over the past year, BCOM has successfully worked with local and regional hospitals and physicians to create new clinical training programs for the medical school’s students and graduates.

“Osteopathic medicine, with its emphasis on primary care and community-based medicine, offers an ideal strategy to address physician workforce and health care needs of the Borderplex,” said George Mychaskiw, chief academic officer and dean of BCOM. “Additionally, by facilitating the pathway of education, we hope to increase physician diversity and deliver more culturally competent care in the region.”

“I have long been impressed by the amount of medical and biomedical research, education and outreach performed by our outstanding faculty across NMSU and our community colleges,” Carruthers said. “This new partnership will serve to enhance those efforts, as well as our land-grant mission, as NMSU and BCOM plan to share faculty, research programs and various student-life services.”

As part of the agreement with the university, BCOM has agreed to a long-term land lease for its facility at NMSU’s Arrowhead Park. Construction on a new, 80,000-square-foot building to house the medical school will begin within the next year.

Additionally, BCOM has agreed to create a significant scholarship fund for NMSU students pursuing health care and health-related fields, with an emphasis on pre-medicine students. BCOM will also provide payment to NMSU for its students to participate and utilize the same campus services as NMSU students, such as campus housing, NMSU’s student activity center and admission to NMSU athletic events.

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April 27, 2015

WRITER: Joanie Griffin

First of Its Kind in the U.S. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and Private Partners Celebrates Foundation Pouring and Accreditation

In a “pouring the foundation for the future” ceremony for a New Mexico college that will be the first of its kind in the nation, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez joined Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) Executive Chairman Daniel C. Burrell, New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, Santa Fe  Mayor Javier Gonzalez, and Robert S. Juhasz, DO – President American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Also in attendance were BCOM’s board of trustees and senior leadership, bipartisan elected officials and dignitaries from the Borderplex region to celebrate the monumental impact the privately funded, pre-accredited Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will have on the economy, as well as the education and healthcare systems in the region.

“It is an honor to be included in this celebration of a privately funded college partnering with a public university that will undoubtedly change the face of higher education for generations to come,” said Governor Martinez. “Not only will this create a significant number of jobs, but it will also expand education and career opportunities for New Mexicans—and for students across the nation and internationally. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is a true model for improving healthcare and education opportunities—all while growing the economy through jobs, from the start of the project to completion. I’m thrilled to be a part of today’s celebration and to see this one-of-a-kind college drastically improve opportunity in the entire Borderplex region.”

Governor Martinez officially announced the results of BCOM’s accreditation award from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).  “On behalf of BCOM, I am pleased to announce that the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, at their April 18th, 2015 meeting in Chicago, approved and awarded BCOM with the status of Pre-accreditation with permission to immediately solicit applications from prospective students and effective July 1, 2015, Provisional Accreditation, with permission to offer admission and begin instruction.  BCOM’s first medical school class will begin in August 2016.

“New Mexico State University is delighted to play a role in this public-private educational partnership to benefit the health and well-being of people across the region,” NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. “The future of higher education will involve more of these kinds of partnerships, where public universities and the private sector work together to benefit the communities we serve.”

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University will help solve the shortages in the medical field in the New Mexico, Texas, and Chihuahua, MX region by serving approximately 600 students by 2020, with a goal of creating 600 or more residency slots in the Borderplex region over the next 10 years, where both healthcare professionals and education opportunities are greatly needed.  In fact, BCOM has already facilitated the approval and submission of over 60 new residency positions at hospitals in Las Cruces within the areas of family practice, internal medicine, orthopedic residency, psychiatry and anesthesia with more under development in Albuquerque and El Paso.

“It’s exciting to be behind the scenes of an educational institution that serves as a win-win for all, that is a model for improving our secondary education system, and that will have a great positive impact on the region,” said Burrell. “We’ve received our pre-accreditation, and we’re moving full-speed ahead with this project. We’re not just creating a school; we’re creating opportunity.”

In the college’s planning and start-up phases, the economic impact is estimated at $87.3 million, and the project will create 360 construction jobs (with an estimated $77.7 million in economic impact and 350 jobs per year upon full operation). This first-of-its-kind in the United States partnership between a public university and private investors is a model solution to improve healthcare, education, and the economy—with strong bipartisan support from leaders in New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.


The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University is a free-standing, privately-funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity and not part of NMSU.  For more information on BCOM, go to:


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Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NMSU Wins Higher Education Marketing Award

LAS CRUCES, NM – December 18, 1015 – The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University (BCOM), a new Osteopathic Medicine School scheduled to open in August 2016, won a gold award for its electronic newsletter series by the Higher Education Marketing Report, the most widely read publication for higher education marketers.  Twenty higher education institutions received awards in the Online Publications category ranging from Award of Merit, to Bronze, Silver and Gold. BCOM was honored to receive a gold award alongside side an established institution in the University of Oklahoma.

“This is a huge honor for a brand new medical school,” said John L. Hummer, President of BCOM. “We know the marketing we are doing is working, because we have a waiting list for our inaugural class. It is the quality of BCOM’s team members, accepted students and the reality of our mission which is reflected in our communications.  Receiving this honor from the leading higher education marketing organization only validates we are on the right track.”

The newsletter series was created by The Lawlor Group, one of the country’s leading higher education marketing firms. Assisting them in developing content was BCOM’s Assistant Dean for Multi-Cultural Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Justin McHorse.  The newsletter is being sent to 3,000 people, with an open rate of 60%, which far exceeds the national average of 15 to 20%.

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View the Pouring the Foundation event booklet here.

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