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  • Integrating Racial/Ethnic Equity Into Policy Assessments to Improve Child Health - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 16-DEC-2014    A new article in Health Affairs introduces the Policy Equity Assessment, a framework that combines policy assessment and equity methods to synthesize existing research and identify and conduct new analyses to reduce racial and ethnic inequities. The study applies the frame work to Head Start, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Section 8, to determine inequities in access to benefits.
  • Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (2014) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 15-DEC-2014    The period of public comments for this plan, which looks at the ways in which electronic health information can be collected, shared, and used of electronic health information to better health care, is open until February 6, 2015.
  • HHS awards $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 09-DEC-2014    HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. The health centers receiving awards today are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to report quality data.
  • List of Measures under Consideration for December 1, 2014 images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 03-DEC-2014    This document provides a listing of the 202 new quality and efficiency measures under consideration for Medicare. An early public comment period will be open from December 1-5, 2014. MAP's full measure recommendations will be available for public review and comment starting December 23, 2014 - January 13, 2015.
  • Data for Individual Health images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 03-DEC-2014    This report discusses access to and integration of data gleaned from the electronic health record and personal health record can contribute to the improved health of individuals and the development of a Learning Health System.
  • The ACA and Recent Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 25-NOV-2014    This brief focuses on waivers related to implementation of the ACA Medicaid expansion to adults, with a particular focus on provisions which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved, denied, and are pending.
  • CMS creates new chief data officer post - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 20-NOV-2014    CMS announced the formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) which will be led by Niall Brennan, the agency's first Chief Data Officer. The office will oversee improvements in data collection and dissemination.
  • AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) - (AcademyHealth)  - 18-NOV-2014    The meeting will be held in Minneapolis, MN on June 14-15, 2015. Call for abstracts is open until January 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Registration for the meeting will open in February of 2015.
  • Fiscal Year 2015 HHS OIG Work Plan - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 03-NOV-2014    The outline of planned projects for the OIG are discussed in this new report.
  • Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 24-OCT-2014    Beginning October 23, 2014, CMS will be accepting funding application for this new program, which focuses on helping achieve large-scale health transformation. Also included on this website are links to webinars about the Support and Alignment network
  • Differences in Case-Mix between Rural and Urban Recipients of Home Health Care images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA)  - 08-OCT-2014    A new report looks at differences in health status and needs of the population receiving home health services, within urban and rural settings. Home health care is both an important part of the care continuum for Medicare beneficiaries and a major program cost.
  • The Physician Payments Sunshine Act - (Health Affairs)  - 02-OCT-2014    A new issue brief looks at the Sunshine Act, which requires medical product manufacturers to disclose to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) any payments or other transfers of value made to physicians or teaching hospitals. The act led to the creation of Open Payments from the CMS.
  • Open Payments - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 01-OCT-2014    This program (also known as the Sunshine Act) is a national resource for beneficiaries, consumers, and providers to better understand relationships between physicians, teaching hospitals, and industry. Included is information related to drugs/pharmaceuticals, medical device and biologicals that are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, or Children's Health Insurance Program
  • The National Children's Study 2014: An Assessment (2014) - 25-SEP-2014    This document outlines the mission of the National Children's Study, a longitudinal observational birth cohort study to evaluate the effects of chronic and intermittent environmental exposures on child health and development from birth or before birth to age 21.
  • The State of Health Equity Research: Closing Knowledge Gaps to Address Inequities (2014) images/pdf.gif icon - (AcademyHealth, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC))  - 18-SEP-2014    This report presents the results of a qualitative analysis of all U.S.-based, health disparities-focused health services research to analyze trends (2007-2011) in funding and grantee institutions, the populations and outcomes studied, and shifts in these investigations' focus on detecting, understanding, or eliminating inequities in health and health care.
  • Translating Research into Practice: Using AHRQ and PCORI Evidence-Based Research for Nursing Practice, Webinar - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) US)  - 03-SEP-2014    Held on September 10, 2014, AHRQ and PCORI will offer an overview of patient-centered outcomes research, and define their roles. They will highlight a research-to-practice continuum that begins with the generation of evidence through research and is advanced with the translation of research, dissemination, and finally implementation of evidence-based practices. AHRQ and PCORI will highlight ongoing research and discuss ways in which nurses can be engaged in research funded by both organizations.
  • New CMS Rule Extends Meaningful Use Stage 2, Offers Flexibility in CEHRT Reporting - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - 03-SEP-2014    The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has issued its final rule to change the meaningful use stage 2 and stage 3 timelines, as well as the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). NACCHO believes that this final rule creates the flexibility critical to support eligible providers, hospitals, and public health agencies in strengthening data sharing partnerships.
  • 2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Now Available - 22-AUG-2014    The 2014 version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) is now available. Following a year-long review and revision process, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice recently released this updated version of the Core Competencies for use by public health practitioners, educators, and researchers.
  • The Emerging Revolution in Health Care - (Brookings Institution US)  - 11-AUG-2014    This paper looks at interoperability, privacy, and security as key components of developing an evidence-based model using health information technology,
  • The ACA and America's Cities: Fewer Uninsured and More Federal Dollars - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Urban Institute (UI))  - 19-JUN-2014    This report and chart pack looks at the effects of the ACA in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Columbus, Charlotte, Detroit, Memphis, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, and Miami.
  • Leaving Fee for Service Behind (2014) - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 04-JUN-2014    This article looks at an effort in Wisconsin to change payment to a reimbursement-based payment system.
  • Outcome Measure Framework (OMF) Design Document - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 03-JUN-2014    The objectives of this project were to create an Outcome Measures Framework to serve as a conceptual model for development of standard outcome measures and to design and pilot test a tool for collecting and displaying information about outcome measures in a system such as the Registry of Patient Registries
  • The Multi-State Plan Program (2014 Update) - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 30-MAY-2014    This policy brief provides an update of a publication from April of 2013. It examines the Multi-State Plan Program, which would allow insurers to offer plans across state lines.
  • Patient Cost-Sharing Under the Affordable Care Act - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 28-MAY-2014    The study projects what deductibles and coinsurance would meet the requirements of a Bronze plan, the minimum tier in the ACA's four-tier insurance plan.
  • Federal Reform Resources - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 14-MAY-2014    Health care reform resources which come from SCI and similar organizations, states, and the federal government.
  • Retiree Health Benefits At the Crossroads - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 12-MAY-2014    This report and exhibit looks at the role of retiree health coverage for early and Medicare-eligible retirees, examines changes underway, and considers the outlook for the future.
  • National Prevention Week 2014 Participant Toolkit - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - 05-MAY-2014    A new toolkit equips communities resources for planning an event to help prevent substance use and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral wellness.
  • A Practical Roadmap for Provider-Payer Engagement - (Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  - 28-APR-2014    This one-hour, on-demand webinar from HIMSS 2014 requires registration, and provides a roadmap for provider-payer engagement.
  • Medication Use in Medicare (2014) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 24-APR-2014    The Effective Health Care Program presents statistical data concerning medication use among Medicare beneficiaries with medical and psychiatric conditions, 2009-2011
  • ACE Measureā„¢ - (Altarum Institute US)  - 19-MAR-2014    This 21 question survey is designed to measure the health engagement levels of individuals and populations.
  • Legislation Introduced to Prevent Overregulation of Health IT - 14-FEB-2014    A new bill currently being discussed in the Senate, "Preventing Regulatory Overreach To Enhance Care Technology (PROTECT) Act of 2014" attempts to provide a regulatory framework for health IT innovation, and balances protecting patient safety.