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  • 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook - 16-AUG-2017    Details

    Data from the National Home Visiting Resource Center on early childhood home visiting; the full yearbook contains information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Tribal MIECHV Awardees.

  • Visualize Health Equity - A Community Art Show - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 15-AUG-2017    Details

    The National Academy of Medicine is calling on artists of all kinds to explore what health equity means to communities across the country. Submission deadline is September 4th, 2017.

  • Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment (2017) - (National Academies Press (NAP))  - 15-AUG-2017    Details

    Recent disasters, from hurricanes to cyber-attacks, and their consequences have shown that the investments of the federal government and of the many other entities that sponsor academic research are not uniformly secure. This report offers recommendations and guidance to enhance the disaster resilience of the academic biomedical research community, with a special focus on the potential actions researchers, academic research institutions, and research sponsors can take to mitigate the impact of future disasters.

  • FDA to expand public education campaign to focus on prevention of youth e-cigarette use - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)  - 14-AUG-2017    Details

    A strategic, new public health education campaign aimed at discouraging the use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) by kids. The agency plans to expand its "The Real Cost" public education campaign to include messaging to teens about the dangers of using these products this fall while developing a full-scale campaign to launch in 2018.

  • China Joins ICH in Pursuit of Global Harmonization of Drug Development Standards - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)  - 14-AUG-2017    Details

    International harmonization of regulatory standards means that pharmaceutical manufacturers and developers will be held to the same standards in different markets, which will make the development and delivery of quality pharmaceuticals to the public more timely and efficient.

  • Culture of Health Prize 2018 Call for Applications - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 11-AUG-2017    Details

    The Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates American communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health. Applications are due November 3, 2017.

  • New Data Available from the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  - 11-AUG-2017    Details

    Fact sheet summarizes many of the new Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) data elements, organized by category. The T-MSIS will give both state and federal policymakers more and better information about state Medicaid programs: who is eligible to receive services, which services are provided and to whom, outcomes of care, and how much it costs-and they will have this information for all states, beneficiary groups, and payment systems.

  • Discovery Documentary First in Human - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  - 10-AUG-2017    Details

    First in Human is a three-part documentary capturing the real-life experiences of doctors, researchers, staff, patients and their caregivers, at the NIH Clinical Center. The documentary airs on three sequential Thursday evenings on August 10, 17, and 24, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.

  • Exploring the Concept of Positive Health - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 07-AUG-2017    Details

    Building on advances in Positive Psychology, the emerging field of Positive Health is examining whether factors such as optimism and happiness may lead to better health and well-being.

  • Health Gap Widens Between Appalachia And Rest Of The U.S. - (Kaiser Health News (KHN) USA)  - 07-AUG-2017    Details

    A study released Monday in Health Affairs found health disparities widening sharply between Appalachia and the rest of the country, driven by higher rates of infant mortality, smoking, obesity and early deaths from motor vehicle accidents and drug overdoses.

  • Quality of Care for PTSD and Depression in the Military Health System - Final Report - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 07-AUG-2017    Details

    This report is a comprehensive assessment of the quality of care delivered by the Military Health System in 2013-2014 for over 38,000 active-component service members with PTSD or depression. The assessment includes performance on 30 quality measures to evaluate the receipt of recommended assessments and treatments.

  • Design and Operation of the National Survey of Children's Health, 2011-2012 (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - 07-AUG-2017    Details

    This report presents the development, plan, and operation of the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health, a survey designed to produce national and state prevalence estimates of the physical and emotional health of children aged 0-17 years, as well as factors including medical homes, family interactions, parental health, school and after-school experiences, and neighborhood characteristics.

  • Social Determinants of Health in Managed Care Payment Formulas - (American Medical Association (AMA))  - 07-AUG-2017    Details

    Open access article from JAMA Internal Medicine looks at whether social determinants of health (SDH) can be included in Medicaid payment formulas so as to pay more equitably for the care of socially vulnerable individuals.

  • Fact Sheet & Primer: Declared States of Emergency - Opioid Crisis - (Network for Public Health Law)  - 04-AUG-2017    Details

    The Fact Sheet provides a brief summary of the emergency declarations in six states as a result of the opioid epidemic. The Primer provides a visual snapshot and synopses of state-and tribal-based emergency declarations across the U.S. based on currently-available information.

  • Substance Use Disorder in America: Research to Practice, and Back Again - (University of Pennsylvania)  - 04-AUG-2017    Details

    These Proceedings from the June 2017 National SUD Conference Addressing the Gaps in Evidence-Based Policy and Practice summarize the insights shared by nationally renowned panels of experts and overall themes discussed throughout a substance use disorder conference held at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • U.S. Prescribing Rate Maps - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  - 04-AUG-2017    Details

    Interactive maps that show annual opioid prescribing rates between 2006 and 2016 by state and county.

  • A Playbook for Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health (2017) - (American Hospital Association (AHA))  - 04-AUG-2017    Details

    A playbook of effective methods, tools and strategies to create new hospital-community partnerships and sustain successful existing ones. The playbook also incorporates lessons learned from HRET's Learning in Collaborative Communities cohort, 10 communities from across the U.S. with strong, successful hospital-community partnerships.

  • A Transformed Health System in the 21st Century White Paper (2017) - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  - 04-AUG-2017    Details

    White paper looks at how to effectively integrate social determinants of health into the health system by collaborating with social services, housing, education, behavioral health, criminal justice, environmental protection, and transportation.

  • CMS Approves Florida Medicaid Demonstration Under New Era of State Flexibility - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 03-AUG-2017    Details

    CMS has approved a five-year extension of Florida's Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) section 1115 demonstration that allows the state to operate a capitated Medicaid managed care program and a low-income pool (LIP) to provide continuing support for the safety net providers that furnish charity care to the uninsured.

  • Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency? - (National Public Radio (NPR) USA)  - 02-AUG-2017    Details

    A White House commission released a report this week on America's opioid crisis with an urgent recommendation - that President Trump declare it a national emergency. Some medical professionals and others who work to treat drug addiction are praising that recommendation, saying it would shore up much needed drugs to treat overdose and aid recovery. But others worry it could lead to heightened enforcement of those struggling with addiction - similar to the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

  • Hospice Center - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  - 02-AUG-2017    Details

    CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update the Medicare hospice wage index, and a final wul that will update the Medicare hospice payment rates.

  • Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  - 01-AUG-2017    Details

    Interactive map allows users to explore state-specific information about opioid-related hospital stays, including opioid-related hospitalization trends between 2009 and 2014, and hospitalizations broken down by demographics.

  • Covered California Expects 12.5% Average Rate Rise In 2018 - (Kaiser Health News (KHN) USA)  - 01-AUG-2017    Details

    Covered California said Tuesday that premiums on its health insurance plans would rise by an average of 12.5 percent statewide next year, amid continuing uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Why Do Adults Misuse Prescription Drugs? - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  - 31-JUL-2017    Details

    Report outlines common reasons misuse prescription psychotherapeutic drugs, using data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

  • Alternatives to Antibiotics: Why and How - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  - 31-JUL-2017    Details

    Discussion paper looks at alternatives to antibiotics, including bacteriophage therapy, predatory bacteria, bacteriocins, competitive exclusion of pathogens, immunotherapeutics, and pro-, pre-, or synbiotics to modulate the gut microbial community.

  • Healthy Eating, Active Play, Screen Time Best Practices - (Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Public Health Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law)  - 31-JUL-2017    Details

    This interactive 50-state map syntheses data on how state child care licensing regulations match best practices for 3- to 5-year-olds, relating to healthy eating, active play and screen time best practices.

  • - (Human Impact Partners (HIP))  - 31-JUL-2017    Details

    This website is structured around a set of strategic practices that health departments can apply to more meaningfully and comprehensively advance health equity. This resource showcases success stories from across the United States to answer the question "What are the strategic steps we can take to advance health equity at our health department?"

  • Health Equity and Social Justice - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - 31-JUL-2017    Details

    The landing page for NACCHO's Health Equity and Social Justice program which includes multiple online courses, publications, and a toolkit, all geared towards the public health workforce.

  • Cost of community violence to hospitals and health systems (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Hospital Association (AHA), Milliman USA)  - 28-JUL-2017    Details

    Report estimates that proactive and reactive violence response efforts cost U.S. hospitals and health systems approximately $2.7 billion in 2016, including $280 million related to preparedness and prevention to address community violence, $852 million in unreimbursed medical care for victims of violence, $1.1 billion in security and training costs to prevent violence within hospitals, and $429 million in medical care, staffing, indemnity, and other costs as a result of violence against hospital employees.

  • State Approaches to Reducing Health Disparities (June 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))  - 28-JUL-2017    Details

    This brief explores health disparities with a focus on differences across racial and ethnic groups, recent state action to address disparities, and policy options for legislators to consider in their states.

  • Engaging Consumers in the Quality Measurement Enterprise - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 28-JUL-2017    Details

    Report explores the experience of consumer advocates in engaging with quality measurement, identifies barriers to effective consumer engagement, and suggests ways to address those barriers. This report is intended for decisionmakers in quality measurement organizations and for consumer advocates.

  • 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement Public Comments - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  - 28-JUL-2017    Details

    ONC is beginning a 30-day public comment period to receive comments on the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions in Section 4003 of the Cures Act-including comments specifying considerations, concerns, and success stories for the exchange of health data across networks. The comment period will close on August 25, 2017.

  • Digital Health Software Precertification (PreCert) Program - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)  - 28-JUL-2017    Details

    The Software PreCert Pilot Program is a voluntary program that will enable the FDA to develop a tailored approach toward regulating this technology by looking first at the software developer and/or digital health technology developer, rather than primarily at the product. This pilot will help FDA establish the most appropriate criteria for standing up a firm-based precertification program for these new tools.

  • Medicaid Expansions Help States Cope with the Opioid Epidemic (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health)  - 27-JUL-2017    Details

    Brief examines newly released data from four Southern states, all of which have experienced rapid increases in emergency room visits and hospital admissions related to opioids, such as overdoses, psychiatric problems or acute treatment for addiction. Two states have adopted the expansion and two have not.

  • New Medicare cards - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 27-JUL-2017    Details

    A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

  • The Financial Importance of Medicare Post-Acute and Hospice Care to Rural Hospitals (July 2017) - (Rural Health Research & Policy Centers (RHRC) USA)  - 26-JUL-2017    Details

    Brief describes Medicare post-acute and hospice care provided by rural hospitals by characterizing 1) the variation in the number of rural hospitals that provide PAC and hospice care, 2) the average amount of Medicare revenue rural hospitals receive for these services, and 3) the financial importance of PAC and hospice care services to rural hospitals.

  • Public Perception of Clinical Trials (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Research!America)  - 26-JUL-2017    Details

    86% of Americans agree that health care professionals should discuss clinical trials with patients diagnosed with a disease as part of their standard of care, according to a new national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America.

  • Emerging Strategies for Integrating Health and Housing - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 25-JUL-2017    Details

    This study examined emerging interventions that integrate housing and health services in neighborhoods, in cities, and across the country, focusing on interventions where health care organizations have taken a significant leadership role.

  • The All of Us Research Program announces first community partner awards - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  - 25-JUL-2017    Details

    The NIH announced its first four community partner awards to begin building a national network of trusted leaders to motivate diverse communities to join the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This initial group of awardees will receive a combined $1.7 million this fiscal year, with future support planned pending the availability of funds.

  • HHS Awards 16 Grants to Prevent Opioid Misuse among Women and Girls - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  - 25-JUL-2017    Details

    HHS has announced 16 awards to public and private nonprofit entities across the nation. Sixteen projects covering 16 cities in 12 states were selected to address the primary and/or secondary prevention of prescription and illegal opioid misuse by women across the lifespan.

  • The Community Guide in Action - (Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF))  - 25-JUL-2017    Details

    Community Guide in Action stories feature decision-makers, program planners, employers, and leaders from across the country who have used The Community Guide to make people safer and healthier.

  • Understanding Certified Health IT Infographic images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  - 24-JUL-2017    Details

    Infographic is an easy-to-understand look at the sixty 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria.

  • Apply: Health IT Advisory Committee - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  - 24-JUL-2017    Details

    ONC is recruiting individuals to participate in its federal advisory committee.

  • Patient Request Model Form - (American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA))  - 24-JUL-2017    Details

    AHIMA has developed a model Patient Request for Health Information form to assist patients and providers in understanding and complying with patients "individual right of access" to their information as required by HIPAA. This model form is written at an 8th grade reading level to assist patients and can be used and customized by providers and organizations to capture patient request information.

  • Combatting the Opioid Crisis - (Big Cities Health Coalition)  - 21-JUL-2017    Details

    Resource page contains information on policies and practices, prevention, harm reduction, treatment, case studies, and additional resources on the opioid epidemic.

  • H.R. 1628, Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA)  - 20-JUL-2017    Details

    CBO and JCT estimate that enacting this legislation would reduce federal deficits by $473 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 32 million in 2026 relative to current law.

  • CDC awards $12 million to help states fight opioid overdose epidemic - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  - 20-JUL-2017    Details

    The CDC will be awarding this week more than $12 million to 23 states and the District of Columbia to support their responses to the opioid overdose epidemic. The funds will be used to strengthen prevention efforts and better track of opioid-related overdoses. CDC expects to announce additional funding awards for state opioid overdose prevention programs later in the summer.

  • Coordinated Care and Beyond: The Future of Chronic Care - (Alliance for Health Policy USA)  - 20-JUL-2017    Details

    A half-day summit in July 2017 examined how to improve care for patients with complex, chronic conditions. The summit consisted of three panels, each focusing into a different aspect of health care for chronic conditions and incorporating the views of a diverse group of experts: future trends in chronic care, coverage and chronic care, and the future of integrated care for complex chronic conditions.

  • The Concentration of U.S. Health Care Spending - (National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM) USA)  - 20-JUL-2017    Details

    A series of graphs and charts demonstrates how health care spending is highly concentrated among a small portion of the U.S. population.

  • Advancing Public Health: The Story of The National Public Health Improvement Initiative (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  - 18-JUL-2017    Details

    Report summarizes the accomplishments of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII), a program to assist 73 public health agencies in increasing public health accreditation readiness, improving efficiency and effectiveness through quality improvement initiatives, and increasing performance management capacity.

  • Medicaid Restructuring and Children with Special Health Care Needs - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 17-JUL-2017    Details

    This issue brief describes the role that Medicaid plays for children with special health care needs. It presents data comparing the health and functional needs, coverage adequacy and access to care, and affordability of coverage for Medicaid/CHIP children with special health care needs and those with private insurance.