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  • Celebrating 51 Years of the Older Americans Act - (Administration for Community Living USA)  - 21-JUL-2016    Details

    Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law 51 years ago, ensuring that older Americans had the rights to health and well-being. The bill was reauthorized in April, 2016.

  • Necessary versus Sufficient Claims Data (2016) - (Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) USA)  - 19-JUL-2016    Details

    This data brief compares membership characteristics and health care service prices in Employee Retirement Income Security Act populations against those not included in ERISA.

  • Relevance of Health Literacy to Precision Medicine - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  - 15-JUL-2016    Details

    A June 8, 2016 workshop in brief, speakers discussed genomic literacy, health literacy in relation to precision medicine, communicating risk in the clinical setting, and communicating with the public

  • Lifelong Impact: Why the United States Needs a National Birth Cohort Study (2016) - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  - 15-JUL-2016    Details

    In the first of a two-part series,experts discuss the importance of a national birth cohort in determining for the future of US health. It also examines how the study could be designed so that is multidisciplinary, focuses on the main drivers of health, engages communities, employs a diverse set of data sources, and includes innovative techniques in data analysis.

  • Medicaid's Most Costly Outpatient Drugs - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 15-JUL-2016    Details

    This issue brief discusses the 50 most expensive medications before rebates used by the Medicaid program from January 2014 through June 2015, as well as the reasons behind the high costs.

  • How the Money Flows under MACRA - (Brookings Institution US)  - 13-JUL-2016    Details

    The new brief describes the potential financial changes in physician payment based on the proposed rule.

  • Health Equity Change Makers Toolkit - (Office of Minority Health (OMH))  - 12-JUL-2016    Details

    This toolkit provides ideas and resources for activities to help end health disparities and accelerate health equity.

  • HHS announces new actions to combat opioid epidemic - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 11-JUL-2016    Details

    The HHS has announced multiple new initiatives in combating the opioid epidemic, including increased access to buprenophrine, eliminating financial incentives to doctors prescribing opioids, and requiring IHS pharmacists/providers to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program beforing prescribing or providing opioids.

  • Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: June 2016 - 11-JUL-2016    Details

    The Kaiser Family Foundation has released the June 2016 update to their health tracking poll, a monthly phone survey completed of ~1,200 adults on opinions of healthcare topics. This month's topics included increasing healthcare, zika, and the ACA.

  • Supporting Research to Address Environmental Health Disparities - (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) U.S.)  - 11-JUL-2016    Details

    The EPA and NIH are awarding $25.5 million to five universities to address environmental health disparities. These universities will create Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research to attempt to research these disparities.

  • CMS Releases Third Year of Open Payments Data - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 05-JUL-2016    Details

    CMS posted the Open Payments data for the 2015 program year, along with updated 2013 and 2014 records. The Open Payments data is used to foster transparency between the health care industry and providers.

  • Interoperability: friend or foe? - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  - 05-JUL-2016    Details

    Part 1 of a 3 part series on interoperability between EHR systems and medical devices.

  • The Community Guide Beta Site - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - 29-JUN-2016    Details

    Check out The Community Guide's new beta site and give them feedback on the new look.