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  • The Politics and Challenges of Achieving Health Equity - (Duke University Press)  - 20-OCT-2017    Details

    This special issue of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law is devoted to understanding the many roads that lead toward achieving health equity. The eleven articles in the issue portray an America that is struggling with the clash between its historical ideal of pursuing equality for all and its ambivalence toward achieving equity in all social domains, especially health.

  • Options to Expand Health Insurance Enrollment in the Individual Market - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 20-OCT-2017    Details

    Issue brief analyzes six policy options for expanding enrollment in the individual health insurance marketplace: 1) enhancing tax credits for young adults; 2) increasing tax credit amounts; 3) extending credits to more people; 4) both increasing and extending credits; 5) adding standard reinsurance; and 6) adding generous reinsurance.

  • Request For Abstracts: Health And Health Care In California - (Health Affairs)  - 20-OCT-2017    Details

    Health Affairs is planning a theme issue focusing on the State of California, scheduled for publication in September 2018. The theme issue will examine developments, trends, and emerging priorities within the State of California, as well as the larger framework of the federal policy environment and how the state is responding. Abstracts are due by November 6, 2017.

  • Addressing Population Health: Integrators in the Accountable Health Communities Model - (American Medical Association (AMA))  - 20-OCT-2017    Details

    Article discusses how the CMS' Accountable Health Communities model is testing whether identifying and addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries improves quality of care and reduces costs at the individual-beneficiary level and if use of an community-based integrator can further improve quality and reduce cost by engaging partners in identifying and addressing community-level gaps in 20 communities across the country.

  • NCCIH introduces Know the Science initiative - (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH USA)  - 20-OCT-2017    Details

    The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has launched Know the Science, an initiative aiming to clarify and explain scientific topics related to health research. This effort features a variety of materials including interactive modules, quizzes, and videos to provide engaging, straightforward content for consumers to dive in and get to know the science.

  • Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials - (Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA)  - 19-OCT-2017    Details

    ERS has assembled 70 charts and maps covering key information about the farm and food sectors, including agricultural markets and trade, farm income, food prices and consumption, food security, rural economies, and the interaction of agriculture and natural resources.

  • Making Connections: A Guide to Starting a Rural Health Care Telemedicine Program - (AIDS United US)  - 19-OCT-2017    Details

    This guide discusses telemedicine as an effective strategy for providing high-quality care across distances and provides practical "how-to" information by highlighting the experiences of Medical Advocacy and Outreach of Alabama as they planned and implemented the Alabama eHealth program. This guide also includes downloadable forms, links to other resources, and information about how to request support or technical assistance to set up a telemedicine program in your community. Download requires free registration.

  • Medicaid Enrollment & Spending Growth: FY 2017 & 2018 - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 19-OCT-2017    Details

    A new issue brief discusses Medicaid enrollment and spending trends for FY 2017 and FY 2018 based on interviews and data provided by state Medicaid directors as part of the 17th annual survey of Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Extending Federal Funding for CHIP: What is at Stake? - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 18-OCT-2017    Details

    A new fact sheet discusses the current status of action to extend federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Federal funding for CHIP expired on September 30, 2017.

  • ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive: Opioid Use in Acute Care - (ECRI Institute USA)  - 17-OCT-2017    Details

    Despite the focus on appropriate use of opioids for pain management, many hospitals continue to see adverse events in which patients are injured from unintentional overdoses. To help hospitals prevent patient harm from the use of opioids, ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) conducted a deep dive analysis of adverse events related to opioids in the acute care setting. Executive brief, a leadership infographic, and an interactive tool are available for free download by registering with ECRI.

  • Bridging Community-Based Human Services and Health Care: Case Study Series - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA)  - 17-OCT-2017    Details

    The following case studies illustrate the potential for diverse and effective models between CBOs and health care organizations. They provide important lessons for how successful partnerships deliver services, share information, secure funding, engage their communities, and evaluate success.

  • Medicare Advantage 2018 Data Spotlight: First Look - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 16-OCT-2017    Details

    This first look at the Medicare Advantage plans available for 2018 analyzes publicly available data to review the Medicare Advantage plans offered during the Medicare Open Enrollment period. It describes the Medicare Advantage plan choices and availability, and how these have changed over time.

  • Medicare Part D: A First Look at Prescription Drug Plans in 2018 - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 16-OCT-2017    Details

    This issue brief provides an overview of the 2018 Part D PDP landscape, the largest segment of the Part D marketplace, with 20.4 million enrollees in 2017 (excluding enrollees in employer-only PDPs, for whom plan premium and benefits data are unavailable).

  • Health Equity: Year-Round Schooling - (Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF))  - 16-OCT-2017    Details

    The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) finds insufficient evidence to determine whether year-round schools improve academic achievement. Academic achievement is an established determinant of long-term health.

  • The Physicians Foundation 2017 Patient Survey - (The Physicians Foundation)  - 11-OCT-2017    Details

    Report summarizes patient and consumer views on health care, based on a survey of 1,747 adults who had two or more visits with the same doctor in the last year.

  • Who Are the Uninsured? - (Community Commons USA)  - 11-OCT-2017    Details

    In 2016, there were about 27.3 million people (8.6 percent of the population) who lacked health insurance coverage according to the latest American Community Survey data. You may wonder what the uninsured population looked like. Were the uninsured young or old? Were they more likely to live in certain parts of the nation?

  • Adolescent Health Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) images/pdf.gif icon - (School-Based Health Alliance USA)  - 10-OCT-2017    Details

    Program works to improve health centers' primary care and mental health clinicians' knowledge, skills, and clinical care for adolescents, by linking expert specialist teams with primary care providers in local communities. Applications due by October 31, 2017.

  • Microbiomes of the Built Environment: A Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings (2017) - (National Academies Press (NAP))  - 09-OCT-2017    Details

    This report reviews what is known about the intersection of microbial biology and ecology, chemistry, building science, and human physiology, and how new tools may facilitate advances in understanding the ecosystem of built environments, indoor microbiomes, and effects on human health and well-being. It offers a research agenda to generate the information needed so that stakeholders with an interest in understanding the impacts of built environments will be able to make more informed decisions.

  • The Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis - (U.S. Senate USA)  - 09-OCT-2017    Details

    Three-hour Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee meeting from October 2017 on the opioid crisis and what the federal government is doing about it.

  • Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Research on Women's Health - (Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH)  - 09-OCT-2017    Details

    The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) is updating the trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research. NIH is publishing this Notice to solicit input from the basic, clinical and translational scientists as well as advocacy and patient communities on topics under consideration for the next strategic plan. Comments are requested by November 10, 2017.

  • Individual Insurance Market Performance in Mid 2017 - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 06-OCT-2017    Details

    Brief looks at recently-released second quarter financial data from 2017 to examine whether recent premium increases were sufficient to bring insurer performance back to pre-ACA levels.

  • What do we know about people with high out-of-pocket spending? - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 06-OCT-2017    Details

    This chart collection explores the distribution of out-of-pocket spending among people with large employer coverage using the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database, examing trends in out-of-pocket spending by people with employer coverage from 2005 to 2015, as well as spending on diseases most associated with high out-of-pocket spending.

  • 2020 Roadmap: Improving Health in Our Communities (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - 06-OCT-2017    Details

    Report serves as a high-level framework for New York to create a strong health information exchange foundation, support patient-centric, value based care, enable interoperability and innovation, promote efficiency and affordability of the HIE system, and advocate for the system. (Statewide Health Information Network for New York)

  • 10 Ways Medicaid Affects Us All - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 06-OCT-2017    Details

    Medicaid was created in 1965 as a program for the poor. Today, it helps 74 million people - more than 1 of every 5 people in the U.S. You or someone you know likely benefits.

  • Paying for Prescription Drugs Around the World: Why Is the U.S. an Outlier? - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 06-OCT-2017    Details

    Issue brief compares drug spending levels and trends in the U.S. and nine other high-income countries - Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; consider potential explanations for higher U.S. spending; and explore patients' exposure to pharmaceutical costs.

  • NIH to fund Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  - 05-OCT-2017    Details

    Twelve specialized research centers designed to conduct multidisciplinary research, research training, and community engagement activities focused on improving minority health and reducing health disparities will launch. The centers, to be funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, will share approximately $82 million over five years, pending the availability of funds.

  • Americans' Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  - 05-OCT-2017    Details

    Twenty-one percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error, according to a national survey. The survey further finds that, when errors do occur, they often have lasting impact on the patient's physical health, emotional health, financial well-being, or family relationships. The nationwide survey of more than 2,500 adults was conducted by NORC from May 12-June 26, 2017.

  • Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 05-OCT-2017    Details

    This is an interactive tool where many 2017 Advanced APM participants can look up their Qualifying APM Participant (QP) status based on calculations from claims with dates of service between 1/1/17 and 3/31/17 for the first QP snapshot.

  • Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model; Withdrawal images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  - 05-OCT-2017    Details

    HHS is pleased to announce a withdrawal notice for the proposed rule entitled "Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans" has been published.

  • Video: The Intersection of Black Lives Matter and Public Health - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - 04-OCT-2017    Details

    View the video to learn how public health and social justice professionals from the Bay Area talk about how different sectors such as the economy, transportation, housing, and food can work together and use the national conversation on disparities to address health outcomes.

  • Announcing JAMA Network Open-A New Journal From The JAMA Network - (American Medical Association (AMA))  - 03-OCT-2017    Details

    JAMA just announced that starting in early 2018, they will launch JAMA Network Open, an open access general medicine journal that will include content from medical education, environmental health, ethics, public health, and health policy, among others.

  • State Medicaid Managed Care Program Design for Children and with Special Health Care Needs - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  - 03-OCT-2017    Details

    This map, table, and issue brief illustrate key characteristics of states' Medicaid managed care program design for children and youth with special health care needs, including enrollment, whether states define CYSHCN in their managed care contracts, use of behavioral health services in MMC, and requirements for monitoring the quality of care provided to CYSHCN.

  • Health Affairs October Issue: Emergency Departments, Behavioral Health & More - (Health Affairs)  - 03-OCT-2017    Details

    The October issue of Health Affairs includes several studies relating to the ultimate health care safety net: the emergency department (ED). Additional content in this variety issue focuses on behavioral health, spending, clinician satisfaction, and more. A DataGraphic spotlights aging and health. Subscription is required to view.

  • The Role of Accreditation in Achieving the Quadruple Aim - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))  - 02-OCT-2017    Details

    Perspective article outlines an interprofessional foundational education model created by the National Academies to explore intersections of accreditation across the professions and throughout the continuum of health professions' education.

  • NIH-funded study to focus on newborns affected by opioids - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  - 02-OCT-2017    Details

    The NIH is funding a new study to evaluate treatment options for newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome, a condition caused by exposure to opioids during pregnancy. The study, called Advancing Clinical Trials in Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (ACT NOW), aims to inform clinical care of these infants.

  • Financial Inequality: Disability, Race, and Poverty in America (September 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Association of States United on Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) USA)  - 29-SEP-2017    Details

    This report from the National Disability Institute (NDI) studies the prevalence of disability by race, the changing rate of disability by age and race, and the impact of race and disability on educational attainment, employment, banking status, health insurance, medical debt, and food insecurity.

  • Stabilizing and Strengthening ACA Nongroup Markets - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 28-SEP-2017    Details

    Researchers analyzed both short-term policies to stabilize the market and longer-term approaches to address structural issues of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces.

  • Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  - 28-SEP-2017    Details

    This report presents findings from programs and grants that examined methods for enhancing communication and improving patient safety. Topics include the role of the patient and family in supporting improved care and patient safety; shared decision-making initiatives; the use of reporting systems; the harmful impact of institutional silence when patient harm occurs; implementation of disclosure, apology, and offer programs; safety culture and disclosure culture surveys; and medication safety initiatives.

  • HHS DRAFT Strategic Plan FY 2018 - 2022 - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  - 27-SEP-2017    Details

    HHS is requesting comments on their Strategic Plan Draft for 2018-2022. Comments are requested by October 27, 2017.

  • New Leaders Use Telehealth-and Teamwork-to Tackle Opioid Use - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 27-SEP-2017    Details

    A pioneering team of clinicians is tearing down barriers that prevented opioid dependent patients in a rural community from receiving treatment. Their efforts-and those of leaders like them-are helping communities across the nation have an equal opportunity to lead healthier lives.

  • A New Era for TeamSTEPPS - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  - 27-SEP-2017    Details

    Post outlines changes being made to the TeamSTEPPS program.

  • Preliminary Analysis of Legislation That Would Replace Subsidies for Health Care With Block Grants - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA)  - 25-SEP-2017    Details

    CBO analyzed the direct spending and revenue effects of legislation sponsored by Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller, and Johnson that would replace certain federal subsidies for health care with block grants to states. Over the 2017-2026 period, the legislation would reduce the on-budget deficit by at least $133 billion, the projected savings from the House-passed reconciliation bill.

  • Tennessee Reinstates Work Requirements for Food Stamps - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  - 21-SEP-2017    Details

    Starting in February, food stamp recipients in 70 Tennessee counties who are working-aged, able-bodied and don't have children will need to work, volunteer, or participate in an education or work training program for at least 20 hours a week to continue receiving the benefits

  • First, Do No Harm: Marshaling Clinician Leadership to Counter the Opioid Epidemic - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  - 21-SEP-2017    Details

    Publication serves as an action guide for clinicians - physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, social workers, behavioral health practitioners, pharmacists, and first responders. To successfully marshal progress, the paper calls for clinicians to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic pain, follow five axioms of responsible opioid prescribing, and promote policies that stimulate and support available scientific evidence.

  • Opioid Overdose Outbreak - West Virginia, August 2016 - (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))  - 21-SEP-2017    Details

    An investigation of a nonfatal opioid overdose outbreak that occurred in Huntington, West Virginia, on August 15, 2016, identified 20 cases during a 53-hour period (14 overdoses occurred within 5 hours) and provided evidence that a novel, high-potency synthetic opioid was introduced into a community of persons who use illicit opioids.

  • Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017 - (World Health Organization (WHO))  - 20-SEP-2017    Details

    Report provides data for all 194 WHO member states on 19 indicators, including health policies, tobacco demand reduction, measures to reduce use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, promotion of physical activity, and strengthening health systems through primary health care and universal health coverage.

  • Health Care Facility Design Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  - 20-SEP-2017    Details

    The goal of this toolkit is to assist in the design of a built environment that supports workflow, procedures, and capability while ensuring the safety of patients and staff. Toolkit targets six areas of safety -- infections, falls, medication errors, security, injuries of behavioral health, and patient handling; addresses potential environmental considerations for the built design; and functions as a quality check tool.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Eight Communities the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 20-SEP-2017    Details

    he Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the eight communities selected to receive the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize: Algoma, Wisconsin; Allen County, Kansas; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Garrett County, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; San Pablo, California; Seneca Nation of Indians in western New York, and Vicksburg, Mississippi.

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 20-SEP-2017    Details

    Through this informal Request for Information (RFI) the CMS Innovation Center (Innovation Center) is seeking your feedback on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. Comments will be received through 11:59 p.m. EST November 20, 2017.