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  • The Oral Health Imperative - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - 21-OCT-2016    Details

    This article discusses the importance of integrating oral health into primary care.

  • Solving surprise medical bills - (Brookings Institution US)  - 21-OCT-2016    Details

    Report provides an overview of surprise medical bills and an outline of what policy actions can be taken to protect patients.

  • Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - 20-OCT-2016    Details

    The Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) initiative highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier.

  • Urbanization - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  - 20-OCT-2016    Details

    This visualization displays populations from 1950 to 2030 for urban agglomerations with over one million inhabitants at any point during this time span.

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Projections for 2017 - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS (ASPE) USA)  - 20-OCT-2016    Details

    This brief looks ahead to estimate how many individuals nationwide might select a Marketplace plan during the upcoming Open Enrollment period and how many - on average throughout 2017 - might have Marketplace coverage.

  • $294 Million in Primary Care Workforce Awards Help Expand Access to Primary Care - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 19-OCT-2016    Details

    HHS will provide more than $294 million in awards to primary care clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and NURSE Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs, which reduce the educational debt of clinicians and students who serve underserved populations.

  • NIMH-Funded Study to Track the Effects of Trauma - (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH (NIMH))  - 17-OCT-2016    Details

    A NIMH-funded study will track 5,000 people after they experience traumatic events to determine the role of trauma in the development of mental disorders.

  • Medicaid and HIV - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 17-OCT-2016    Details

    A fact sheet on Medicaid beneficiaries with HIV, eligibility, spending, and benefits.

  • "You Never Want to Go Back": The Promise of Health IT - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 17-OCT-2016    Details

    Transcript and slides of a keynote address given by Dr. Washington to the Association of Health Care Journalists' (AHCJ) Journalism Workshop on Health Information Technology.

  • Panel develops plan for preventing youth suicide - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - 14-OCT-2016    Details

    An independent panel convened by the NIH has developed a 10-year roadmap for advancing research to prevent youth suicide. The panel listed 29 recommendations that address three critical issues: improving data systems, enhancing data collection and analysis methods, and strengthening the research and practice community.

  • New Health Impact Assessment Resources for Local Health Departments - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  - 14-OCT-2016    Details

    NACCHO has released four new tools to help local health departments with health impact assessments, including a value fact sheet, data indicators collection tool, budget worksheet, and a collection of predictive modeling tools.

  • Medicare and HIV - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 14-OCT-2016    Details

    Report on Medicare enrollees with HIV, including eligibility, benefits, and spending.

  • Cool & Connected Fall 2016 Application - (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) U.S.)  - 14-OCT-2016    Details

    EPA is soliciting applications for a planning program to use broadband service to revitalize main streets and promote economic development in rural communities.

  • Housing as Health Care: A Road Map for States - (National Governors Assocation Center for Best Practices US)  - 13-OCT-2016    Details

    A report on developing statewide plans to establish or advance housing programs to improve outcomes and reduce cost of care for high-need, high-cost Medicaid enrollees.

  • A Path to Global Health Security - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 13-OCT-2016    Details

    A post on the Global Health Security Agenda and what steps are being taken to reduce epidemic threats.

  • 2017 Star Ratings - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 12-OCT-2016    Details

    The Medicare Part C and Part D ratings for 2017.

  • Speak Up! - (AIDS Foundation of Chicago USA, Harvard University)  - 12-OCT-2016    Details

    A web-based information hub that identifies health equity issues facing people living with HIV, advocates, and providers across the nation that are related to the Affordable Care Act, and seeks resolutions on a personal scale and beyond through education, advocacy and policy change.

  • Actuarial Challenge - (Milliman US, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 12-OCT-2016    Details

    An initiative to test different approaches to increasing stability in the individual health insurance market. Initial team/individual applications are due October 28, 2016.

  • State Health Gaps - (County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)  - 11-OCT-2016    Details

    Provides state-level reports and data on gaps in opportunities for health between counties within each state.

  • New Jersey Moves to Further Regulate Telehealth - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  - 07-OCT-2016    Details

    The New Jersey Senate's Health Committee has approved a bill to allow clinicians to provide telehealth and telemedicine services to patients within the state.

  • Health Impact Assessment's Role in Planning - (American Planning Association (APA))  - 07-OCT-2016    Details

    Site provides a report, issue brief, and toolkit for integrating Health Impact Assessments into plans and policies to shape the built environment.

  • Healthy People 2020 and Health Equity - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  - 07-OCT-2016    Details

    An issue brief which provides examples of how state programs are using the Healthy People 2020 guidelines to achieve health equity.

  • Assessing Innovations in Medicaid - (Alliance for Health Reform US)  - 06-OCT-2016    Details

    Briefing from Sept 2016 examined the range of Medicaid's efforts to improve care and promote value. Transcript and video are available.

  • Hispanic Women's Health Outreach - (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))  - 06-OCT-2016    Details

    Information on medication safety, clinical trials, heart health, pregnancy, and general wellness specifically for Hispanic women.

  • Preparing Nurses for New Roles in Population Health Management (2016) images/pdf.gif icon - 05-OCT-2016    Details

    This publication advocates for educational efforts to prepare nurses to gather and analyze population-level data, promote wellness and disease prevention in the community, adopt and disseminate best practices for population health, and identify patients who may benefit from greater outreach efforts to promote health screening and related primary care services.

  • CMMI, Mathematica Strengthen Primary Care Partnership - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 04-OCT-2016    Details

    The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is partnering with MPR to evaluate primary care payment and delivery reform, the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Initiative.

  • Key Facts about the Uninsured Population - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 30-SEP-2016    Details

    This fact sheet describes how coverage has changed under the ACA, examines the characteristics of the uninsured population, and summarizes the access and financial implications of not having coverage.

  • Mapping Life Expectancy - (Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health USA)  - 30-SEP-2016    Details

    A series of life expectancy maps that illustrate how longevity can vary dramatically by neighborhood.

  • By The Numbers: Our Progress In Digitizing Health Care - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 29-SEP-2016    Details

    A post from the former and current National Coordinators for Health IT on interoperability, learning systems, and person-centered health.

  • HHS announces winners of challenge to improve the medical bill for patients - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 28-SEP-2016    Details

    HHS announced the winners of the HHS "A Bill You Can Understand" challenge, a design and innovation challenge to solicit new approaches and draw national attention to a common complaint with the health care system: that medical billing is a source of confusion for patients and families.

  • Exploring America's Investment in Health IT - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  - 28-SEP-2016    Details

    A podcast on the rollout and implementation of the HITECH Act, which supports the development and use of health information technology to reform care delivery and improve health outcomes.

  • Beyond Training for Health Equity - (National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI))  - 28-SEP-2016    Details

    A post on how to effectively train the public health workforce in social justice and health equity.

  • Outcome Measures Framework: Literature Review Findings and Implications - Final Report - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 28-SEP-2016    Details

    A systematic review of systems used to standardize language and definitions for outcome measures and other data elements, including systems for registries, clinical trials, electronic health records (EHRs), and quality reporting systems. The findings are intended to develop the Outcome Measures Framework information model

  • The Gap in Medigap - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 27-SEP-2016    Details

    A perspective on Medigap, a supplemental insurance for Medicare enrollees, and its lack of coverage and availability, for adults under 65 with disabilities who are enrolled in Medicare.

  • The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 26-SEP-2016    Details

    A factsheet on Medicare Part D for 2017, including drug plan availability, subsidy plans, premiums and benefits, enrollment, spending and financing, and issues.

  • Security Risk Assessment Tool - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 26-SEP-2016    Details

    A self-contained, operating system independent application which takes providers and professionals through each HIPAA requirement based on their organization's activities.

  • Why the U.S. Needs Medicaid - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 23-SEP-2016    Details

    A discussion of the collective impact of Medicaid on beneficiaries, health providers and systems, and state economies.

  • A Look at the Clinton and Trump Health Reform Proposals - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 23-SEP-2016    Details

    Findings from analysts on how the candidates' proposals would affect healthcare in the U.S., presented in two reports, an online comparison tool, and a summary on The Commonwealth Fund's To the Point blog.

  • Families Caring for an Aging America (2016) - (National Academies Press (NAP))  - 22-SEP-2016    Details

    This book examines the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults and the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs, supports, and other interventions designed to support family caregivers.

  • Preventing Medical Errors - (American Psychological Association)  - 22-SEP-2016    Details

    An article on how medical errors can be reduced by promoting evidence-based interventions, effective teamwork, user-friendly technology, and buy-in from management.

  • Evaluating a Ten-Year Effort to Transform Health Care - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 21-SEP-2016    Details

    New research on RWJF's quality improvement initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality, uncovered barriers that health collectives face, and how successful cultural shifts have helped transform health systems.

  • National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST) - (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))  - 21-SEP-2016    Details

    The FDA is building a National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST), a collaborative national evaluation system that will rely on multiple sources including clinical registries, EHRs, and billing claims.

  • Reducing Low-Value Care - (Health Affairs)  - 21-SEP-2016    Details

    A blog post outlines the results of a series of interviews, which focused on the wastes in health care expenditures.