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  • National Health Expenditure Projections 2017-2026 Forecast Summary images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 16-FEB-2018    Details

    Under current law, national health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.5 percent per year for 2017-26 and to reach $5.7 trillion by 2026. While this projected average annual growth rate is more modest than that of 7.3 percent observed over the longer-term history prior to the recession (1990-2007), it is more rapid than has been experienced 2008-16 (4.2 percent).

  • March 2018 Issue of AJPH: Work as a Social Determinant of Health - (American Public Health Association (APHA))  - 16-FEB-2018    Details

    The March 2018 issue of AJPH showcases articles on health inequities, preventing violence against sex workers, public health education, and the effects of household medical expenditures on income inequality. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Mapping Life Expectancy - (Virginia Commonwealth University, Center on Society and Health USA)  - 15-FEB-2018    Details

    To underscore the connection between neighborhood conditions and health, the VCU Center on Society and Health has created a series of maps that prominently display life expectancy values alongside common geographic landmarks such as subway stops and highway exits.

  • NCQA Seeks Public's Help On New and Revised Measures - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA))  - 15-FEB-2018    Details

    Comments are welcome on the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures. All responses must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 13, 2018.

  • Rural Food Access Toolkit - (Rural Health Information Hub)  - 14-FEB-2018    Details

    This toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing food access programs in rural communities across the United States.

  • NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder - (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH)  - 14-FEB-2018    Details

    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) are co-hosting a Twitter chat to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The chat will take place Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET.

  • Report from Nine Maternal Mortality Review Committees - (Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP))  - 14-FEB-2018    Details

    A report of data from nine states using a standard data-collection system provides an in-depth analysis of causes of death, preventability and specific recommendations for action for maternal mortality.

  • Prevalence of Depression Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 2013-2016 - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  - 13-FEB-2018    Details

    This report provides the most recent national estimates of depression among adults. Prevalence of depression is based on scores from the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), a symptom-screening questionnaire that allows for criteria-based diagnoses of depressive disorders.

  • Whole-Health Assessment 2.0 - (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD))  - 13-FEB-2018    Details

    In this training, health service providers expand on the intersecting issues that impact the overall physical, emotional and mental well-being of young Black men who have sex with men (MSM).

  • HEDIS®1 Public Comment - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA))  - 13-FEB-2018    Details

    NCQA is releasing for public comment proposed new measures, changes to existing measures and guidelines and strategies for addressing issues that apply across various HEDIS measures. Reviewers are asked to submit comments in writing via the NCQA public comment website by 11:59pm (ET), Tuesday, March 13.

  • Top 10 HEOR Trends images/pdf.gif icon - (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) USA)  - 13-FEB-2018    Details

    This document examines issues surrounding health economics and outcomes research, related to drugs and pricing, drug approvals, health coverage, the aging populations, preventive medicine, and innovation disruptions.

  • Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health (Draft) - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  - 12-FEB-2018    Details

    The Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health (PI Competencies) are a set of skills desirable for performance improvement professionals working in public health, including quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, accreditation readiness, or community health assessment and improvement planning. Comments on PHF's draft competencies are requested by March 31, 2018.

  • Share Your Feedback on Competencies for Population Health Professionals - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  - 12-FEB-2018    Details

    PHF is looking for feedback for a set of competencies for population health professionals, primary designed for non-clinical hospital, health system, public health, and healthcare professionals involved in population health needs assessment. Comments are requested by March 31, 2018.

  • Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  - 08-FEB-2018    Details

    This fact sheet serves as guide for individuals seeking behavioral health treatment. It provides three necessary steps to complete prior to utilizing a treatment center and the five signs of a quality treatment center, which include a review of the accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, position on the role of families, and support networks.

  • 2018 Call For Measures: Medicare EHR Incentive Program Call for Measures - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 08-FEB-2018    Details

    In Calendar Year (CY) 2018, CMS is initiating an Annual Call for Measures process to allow stakeholders to be involved in the focus on and ongoing evolution of Medicare EHR Incentive Program measures. Proposals are due by June 29, 2018.

  • Distance and Networks: A Regional Analysis of Health Insurance Marketplaces (January 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Health Research & Policy Centers (RHRC) USA)  - 07-FEB-2018    Details

    Using 2015-16 data on insurance issuer participation, premiums, and enrollment success for 15 Midwestern states, study examined the possibility that geographic distance to care plays a role in this variation through its effect on network adequacy from several angles and attempts to assess the moderating role that state-level policies on network adequacy standards and Rating Area design may have.

  • Employment Spillover Effects of Rural Inpatient Healthcare Facilities - (Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA)  - 06-FEB-2018    Details

    This report estimates the share of wage/salary employment in inpatient healthcare facilities-hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential care facilities-versus other industries in rural counties during 2001-2015, and the spillover effects of additional inpatient facility employment in rural counties.

  • State Efforts to Close the Health Coverage Gap - (University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) US)  - 06-FEB-2018    Details

    This review examines prominent state efforts to expand health coverage to the remaining uninsured. It analyzes and compares efforts in Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado, California, and Nevada and highlights insights and themes that emerge.

  • Communities Driving Health Equity: A Spotlight Video Series - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  - 06-FEB-2018    Details

    A documentary video series that spotlights local organizations across the U.S. advancing health equity for their communities by addressing the environmental, social, economic, and structural challenges that may impact residents' health.

  • Medicaid Assisted Living Services: Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare is Needed - (U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) USA)  - 05-FEB-2018    Details

    GAO surveyed all state Medicaid agencies and interviewed officials in a non-generalizable sample of three states with varied oversight processes for their assisted living programs. GAO reviewed regulations and guidance, and interviewed CMS officials. GAO recommendations to CMS include clarifying state requirements for reporting program deficiencies and requiring annual reporting of critical incidents.

  • HHS Approves New Healthy Indiana Medicaid Demonstration - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  - 02-FEB-2018    Details

    On Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joined Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb to announce the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval of Indiana's Section 1115 waiver, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan or HIP.

  • Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado (2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Colorado Rural Health Center)  - 02-FEB-2018    Details

    Brief provides a snapshot of demographics, access to health care, health information technology, health outcomes, opioid abuse, workforce shortages, oral health, and mental health for rural residents of Colorado.

  • The essential scan: Top findings in health policy research - (Brookings Institution USA)  - 02-FEB-2018    Details

    The Essential Scan aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. This weeks topics include the 340B drug pricing program, quality of Medicare Advantage skilled nursing facilities, community benefit spending, and quality of marketplace plans compared to Medicaid.

  • Health Equity in New Mexico (January 2018) - (New Mexico Department of Health)  - 02-FEB-2018    Details

    Report provides relevant and timely information regarding the health status of the various population groups in NM to help inform, educate, and empower readers on equity issues. It is also intended to be a tool for community, state, and tribal partners and policymakers to use in the design and implementation of effective strategies to decrease health disparities and improve health outcomes for all people in New Mexico.

  • Treating Domestic Violence As A Medical Problem - (Kaiser Health News (KHN) USA)  - 30-JAN-2018    Details

    Article describes how a Los Angeles women's center has partnered with local hospitals to train health providers in recognizing signs of domestic violence, responding to patients in crisis, and opening a short-term shelter on medical center grounds.

  • Telemedicine in the Management of Type 1 Diabetes - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  - 30-JAN-2018    Details

    Study evaluated telemedicine's effectiveness in delivering endocrinology care from Atlanta-based endocrinologists to veterans with Type 1 diabetes living in rural Alabama and Georgia.

  • Exploring Partnership Governance in Global Health: Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))  - 30-JAN-2018    Details

    To explore partnership governance in global health, the Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety held a workshop, planned by an ad hoc expert committee, on October 26th, 2017. A workshop rapporteur has prepared this proceedings-in brief as a factual summation of the session discussions.

  • Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA)  - 30-JAN-2018    Details

    This brief outlines practical recommendations for health care organizations interested in taking steps to becoming more trauma-informed. It draws from the experiences of pilot sites in Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, a CHCS-led national initiative made possible through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • RWJF Opioid Challenge - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 30-JAN-2018    Details

    A challenge to develop tech-enabled tools to help support and connect those affected by opioid addiction.

  • Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit - (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH)  - 29-JAN-2018    Details

    The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) that can help nurses or physicians successfully identify youth at risk for suicide.

  • A Century of Advancing Health Care for All - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 29-JAN-2018    Details

    In 1918, Anna Harkness founded the Commonwealth Fund with a gift of $10 million and the mandate to "do something for the welfare of mankind." To celebrate 100 years of work to improve health care and make it affordable and accessible for all Americans, they have launched a website that tells the Commonwealth Fund's story.

  • 2018 Maryland Rural Health Plan images/pdf.gif icon - 23-JAN-2018    Details

    Plan outlines areas of need, including access to care, sustainable funding for health care services, care coordination, chronic disease prevention and management, health literacy and health insurance literacy, and outreach and education. It also focuses on policy, systems-based, and individual recommendations. (Maryland Rural Health Association)

  • Call for Applications: Culture of Health Leaders 2018 - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 23-JAN-2018    Details

    The Culture of Health Leaders Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 cohort. The Culture of Health Leaders Program builds on the connections between health and neighborhoods, providing opportunities for leaders to develop skills, network with like-minded professionals, and collaborate across sectors. Applications are due February 21, 2018.

  • Pediatricians and Public Health: Optimizing the Health and Well-Being of the Nation's Children - (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP))  - 23-JAN-2018    Details

    Policy statement builds on the 2013 AAP Policy Statement on community pediatrics by identifying specific opportunities for collaboration between pediatricians and public health professionals that are likely to improve the health of children in communities. Statement provides recommendations for pediatricians, public health professionals, and the AAP and its chapters.

  • The Linked Epidemics of Opioid Addiction and Hepatitis C - (American Public Health Association (APHA))  - 23-JAN-2018    Details

    For February 2018, AJPH showcases articles on acute hepatitis C virus and opioid use, the effect of Medicaid expansions on early-stage cancer diagnoses, menu-labeling regulations for restaurants, and trends in illicit cigarette use in Brazil. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Taking Stock: Policy Opportunities for Advancing Rural Health (2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA)  - 19-JAN-2018    Details

    Paper lays out clear policy trajectories in seven major subject areas that can enhance access and affordability of high quality services in rural America into the future. Subject areas include Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, Insurance Coverage and Affordability, Quality, Health Care Finance and System Transformation, Workforce, and Population Health.

  • Winter Issue of The Journal of Rural Health - (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))  - 19-JAN-2018    Details

    Winter issue of the Journal of Rural Health focuses specifically on various aspects of substance abuse and treatment in rural health areas.

  • Rural Health Clinic Institute - (National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) USA)  - 19-JAN-2018    Details

    9-part webinar series to help State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) build capacity to provide technical assistance to clinics in their states. SORH will learn about the needs of RHCs, compliance issues for RHCs, how to support RHCs to do better billing and collection, ways to help RHCs become innovative, and how to organize their office's efforts so that they can be effective technical assistance providers for RHCs.

  • Communicating About Opioids in Appalachia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices images/pdf.gif icon - (Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) USA)  - 19-JAN-2018    Details

    From January-June 2017, the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) conducted interviews and focus groups to explore best practices for communicating about opioids in the Appalachian Region. The goals of the project were to: 1) explore how the opioid crisis is uniquely affecting diverse Appalachian communities; and 2) identify effective content and messaging strategies that Appalachian community-based organizations (CBOs) can use to support opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.

  • Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid Data Book (January 2018) - (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC))  - 18-JAN-2018    Details

    This data book is part of an ongoing effort by MedPAC and MACPAC to create a common understanding of dually eligible beneficiaries, a group that accounts for a disproportionate share of both Medicare and Medicaid spending. This is the fifth edition of this book, updated with 2013 data and 2009-2013 trends in the dually eligible population's composition, service use, and spending.

  • Reinventing Rural Health Care: A Case Study of Seven Upper Midwest States (January 2018) - (Bipartisan Policy Center USA)  - 18-JAN-2018    Details

    In 2017, the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) spoke with over 90 national thought leaders and stakeholders about the current state of rural health care in the Upper Midwest region, including Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. BPC and CORE used these discussions to determine the real-world implications of existing federal policies, to understand ongoing care challenges, and to identify opportunities for improvement in rural health care access and delivery. Report summarizes these findings.

  • New Jersey Health Initiatives: Upstream Action Acceleration - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 18-JAN-2018    Details

    The goal of NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration is to support existing cross-sector coalitions to adopt and implement "upstream" environmental-, policy- and systems-change strategies, and accelerate their work in areas they have already identified as priorities to improve community health. Applications due March 1, 2018.

  • Rural Veteran Health Background - (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA))  - 18-JAN-2018    Details

    This page contains a variety of prepared information on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to increase access to care for rural Veterans.

  • Healthy Communities Policy Guide (2017) - (American Planning Association (APA))  - 17-JAN-2018    Details

    Guide identifies policy ideas for local, state, and federally elected officials aimed at improving community health and quality of living through planning.

  • Shocks, stresses and universal health coverage: pathways to address resilience and health - 17-JAN-2018    Details

    Report explores: why universal health coverage is important for health and wellbeing, sustainable development and resilience; how disasters and drivers of risk, such as climate change, negatively impact health and wellbeing and disrupt the desired health and financial benefits of UHC; and the potential of UHC to offer a platform to more actively address shocks and stresses to health and wellbeing through governance, financing and the implementation of services.(Overseas Development Institute)

  • Culture of Health Leaders: 2018 Call for Applications - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 17-JAN-2018    Details

    This Culture of Health Leaders three-year program will develop a large group of leaders from diverse sectors (e.g., for-profit/business, government, nonprofit, social enterprise) to work with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America. Applications are due by February 21, 2018.

  • Health Policy Research Scholars: 2018 Call for Applications - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 17-JAN-2018    Details

    The Health Policy Research Scholars program is open to full-time, second-year (as of September 2018) doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, from any research-focused discipline. Applications are due by March 14, 2018.

  • Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment (December 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (University of Washington)  - 17-JAN-2018    Details

    Report provides details about: the occupations and roles that comprise the overall behavioral health workforce, the size and distribution of the workforce, measures of workforce demand, the education and training pathways connecting to these careers, and some new approaches to addressing behavioral health workforce needs in Washington.

  • How does cost affect access to care? - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 17-JAN-2018    Details

    This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in access to care in the U.S. The high cost of health care can be a barrier to access for both insured people (particularly those with high deductibles) and the uninsured, and costs can be particularly burdensome for people in worse health.

  • Approved Changes to Medicaid in Kentucky - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 17-JAN-2018    Details

    On January 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a Section 1115 demonstration waiver in Kentucky, entitled "Kentucky Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health" or KY HEALTH. This fact sheet summarizes key provisions of Kentucky's approved waiver.