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  • Free AHRQ Webinar on Missing Data in Patient Registries - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 20-NOV-2015    Registration is required for this free webinar, being held December 14 from 12-1 PM ET. This session will describe the major reasons why data are often missing or incomplete in observational studies, such as losses to follow-up and censoring.
  • HHS Releases 2015 Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities - 18-NOV-2015    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Report to Congress on Minority Health Activities summarizes programs, policies and initiatives of agencies across HHS that address minority health and health disparities and demonstrate HHS's commitment to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and achieving health equity.
  • Improving Vector Control Using a Population Health Driver Diagram - 17-NOV-2015    The Public Health Foundation (PHF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating on a project to use the Vector Control Population Health Driver Diagram as a framework for developing and implementing quality improvement (QI) interventions within five different vector control programs from across the country.
  • March of Dimes Announces Premature Birth Report Card Findings - 16-NOV-2015    The March of Dimes has released its eighth annual Premature Birth Report Card, which revealed that the United States has reduced its national premature birth rate for the second year in a row: the 2014 national preterm birth rate was 9.6 percent, down from 11.4 percent in 2013.
  • The Health of Complex Human Populations - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  - 10-NOV-2015    This document examines the common ground of health care and public health by providing linked domains of thought and practice to bridge the two disciplines using the Leading Causes of Life framework.
  • Rural Care Coordination - (Rural Assistance Center (RAC))  - 05-NOV-2015    Care coordination has great potential to improve rural health access and quality, as well as health outcomes. This new guide looks at opportunities, barriers, and models related to coordinating care in rural settings. Topics covered include Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, the role of HIT in care coordination, and more
  • Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - 03-NOV-2015    The purpose of the SHIP is to help small rural hospitals of 49 beds or less, do any or all of the following: 1) enable the purchase of equipment and/or training to help hospitals attain value-based purchasing provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA); 2) aid small rural hospitals in joining or becoming accountable care organizations, or create shared savings programs per the ACA; and 3) enable small rural hospitals to purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.
  • Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  - 29-OCT-2015    Through healthcare-focused insights, successes and lessons learned, discover the most effective paths forward to conquer the transition to value-based care.
  • Spending on disease treatment has increased, but good health outcomes have too - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 27-OCT-2015    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently updated their disease-based health spending estimates with new data that allows users to examine national health spending trends by disease category from 2000 - 2012. The BEA satellite account differs from the official national health expenditure accounts, developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which break out spending by type of service.
  • In L.A., Community Health Workers Are Part Of The Medical Team - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 27-OCT-2015    Health officials across the country face a vexing quandary - how do you help the sickest and neediest patients get healthier and prevent their costly visits to emergency rooms? Los Angeles County is testing whether community health workers may be one part of the answer.