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  • #RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Literacy - (Rural Health Information Hub)  - 13-APR-2017    Details

    April 27, 2017 12-1pm ET. Participants can use the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with experts working to improve health literacy from around the country.

  • Gender Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage (April 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 13-APR-2017    Details

    This report presents summary information on the quality of health care received by Medicare beneficiaries. Quality-of-care data are presented at the national level for both patient experience and clinical care measures and are shown separately for women and men. Data are reported separately for women and men because there is evidence that quality of care may be different for these groups

  • Health Care Jobs, Spending, & Prices Show Lower Growth - (Altarum Institute US)  - 13-APR-2017    Details

    The health care sector added 13,500 new health jobs in March, which is less than half the 12-month average of 30,000 jobs per month-making the first quarter of 2017 the slowest for health job growth since the second quarter of 2014.

  • Changing Rules for Workplace Wellness Programs: Implications for Sensitive Health Conditions - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 13-APR-2017    Details

    This brief reviews findings from the 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey related to wellness programs and financial incentives. It also reviews findings from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) related to the incidence of certain sensitive or potentially stigmatized health conditions among adults covered under employer-sponsored health plans.

  • The Maternal Health Compact - (New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) US)  - 12-APR-2017    Details

    This perspective article discusses a new model for obstetric care in rural areas.

  • Fostering Integrity in Research (2017) - (National Academies)  - 11-APR-2017    Details

    Report identifies best practices in research and recommends practical options for discouraging and addressing research misconduct and detrimental research practices.

  • Survey offers more proof that dental coverage counts - (Children's Dental Health Project)  - 11-APR-2017    Details

    A new national survey of U.S. parents shows that children without dental insurance were twice as likely as insured kids to have had a recent toothache or other dental problem that affected their ability to eat, sleep or concentrate in school.

  • Prostate Cancer Screening Draft Recommendations - (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))  - 11-APR-2017    Details

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force seeks comments on a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer. Comments are open until May 8, 2017.

  • The Precision Medicine Era is Dawning - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 11-APR-2017    Details

    Post outlines how ONC is collaborating with the NIH, FDA, OCR, DoD, and VA to further precision medicine and the 21st Century Cures Act.

  • Barriers to Success - 10-APR-2017    Details

    This report, a collection of findings from four separate studies with three independent and representative data collections on youth in America and their caregivers, offers insights and recommendations that practitioners and policymakers can use to help mitigate the impact that multiple adversities have on the lives of America's youth. (America's Promise Alliance)

  • The Lancet United States of Health - (The Lancet)  - 07-APR-2017    Details

    The latest volume of The Lancet highlights how widening gaps of income inequality are driving increases in health inequity. Other contributory factors, including mass incarceration and structural racism, are evaluated, as is the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The Series warns of a 21st century health-poverty trap unless new interventions are implemented.

  • Practice Transformation Assistance in State Innovation Models - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA)  - 07-APR-2017    Details

    This brief describes practice transformation assistance activities and related efforts that four state innovation model (SIM) states - Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Vermont - are offering to their provider communities. It details four broad areas of practice transformation assistance being used by states including: (1) tools and resources; (2) trainings; (3) learning collaboratives; and (4) direct assistance.

  • Rural Education At A Glance, 2017 Edition - (Economic Research Service, USDA (ERS))  - 07-APR-2017    Details

    This report highlights key trends in educational attainment among rural Americans and the relationship between educational attainment and economic prosperity for rural people and places.

  • Closing Preventive Care Gaps in Underserved Areas - (Rural Health Information Hub)  - 07-APR-2017    Details

    Case study on how federally qualified health centers increased cancer screening rates as well as other preventive care measures in Appalachian Kentucky, a region with high cancer incidence and mortality rates, and noted health disparities.

  • A New Health Affairs Series: The Practice Of Medicine - (Health Affairs)  - 07-APR-2017    Details

    A new series of articles from Health Affairs will explore many facets of the practice environment and how that environment affects physicians and other clinicians, covering a range of topics, including how clinicians respond-both on a daily basis and in a strategic sense-to regulatory requirements, payment policy, quality measurement, technology, and more. Articles require a subscription to read.

  • Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  - 07-APR-2017    Details

    Cities, counties and states across the U.S. are attempting to break the pattern of jailing the mentally ill by using law enforcement and criminal justice tools to direct those with mental illness toward treatment services that could help them control behaviors that got them into trouble.

  • Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 07-APR-2017    Details

    Brief provides an overview of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and outlines how it can promote academic achievement and positive social behavior, and reduce conduct problems, substance abuse, and emotional distress.

  • State Medicaid Expansion Approaches - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 06-APR-2017    Details

    Map and data table provide the current state-level status of Medicaid expansion, provisions of the expansion, legislative action for 2017, Section 1115 waiver status, and the potential impact on state residents if expanded.

  • "What's New" Page Retirement - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)  - 06-APR-2017    Details

    MedlinePlus is discontinuing the "What's New" announcement page, email newsletter and associated RSS feeds. Updates are still available via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

  • Still Searching: How People Use Health Care Price Information in the United States - (Public Agenda)  - 06-APR-2017    Details

    Report explores people's behaviors, attitudes and perspectives related to health care price information. Findings are based on a nationally representative survey of 2,062 U.S. adults and representative surveys of 802 New York State adults, 819 Florida adults, 808 Texas adults and 826 New Hampshire adults, conducted from July through September 2016 by telephone, including cell phones, and online.

  • Higher death rate among youth with first episode psychosis - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - 06-APR-2017    Details

    A new study shows that young people experiencing first episode psychosis have a much higher death rate than previously thought. Researchers analyzed data on 5,000 individuals aged 16-30 who had received a new psychosis diagnosis, and followed them for the next 12 months. They found that the group had a mortality rate at least 24 times greater than the same age group in the general population, in the 12 months after the initial psychosis diagnosis.

  • Medicaid Moving Forward - (Alliance for Health Reform US)  - 05-APR-2017    Details

    A 1-1/2 hour briefing from April 2017 examined the state of play for Medicaid and policy approaches moving forward and addressed how states and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may respond to the new landscape, as Congress shifts its focus away from health care.

  • States Seek Medicaid Dollars for Addiction Treatment Beds - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  - 05-APR-2017    Details

    To boost the number of beds available for low-income residents, the federal government has granted California, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York a waiver of an obscure Medicaid rule that prohibits the use of federal dollars for addiction treatment provided in facilities with more than 16 beds. Seven other states - Arizona, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Utah and Virginia - are seeking similar permission.

  • A Sketch of Community Health Centers (August 2016) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC))  - 04-APR-2017    Details

    Chartbook highlights data from and research findings on Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers, as well as other Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

  • Remote Patient Monitoring Telehealth Grants: Brief and Final Reports (March 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - 04-APR-2017    Details

    In June 2015, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) awarded telehealth grants to three organizations to assess the impact of remote patient monitoring (RPM) on reducing hospital encounters, improving patient care, and decreasing health care costs. This report provides information on the grantees' implementation of RPM and lessons learned from their telehealth projects. (Maryland Health Care Commission)

  • Focus on Prevention: Strategies and Programs to Prevent Substance Use - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - 04-APR-2017    Details

    A new guide has been developed to in planning and delivering substance abuse prevention strategies. Covers needs assessments, identifying partners, creating effective strategies, marketing, special populations, and program evaluation.

  • Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Community Development Decisions - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  - 04-APR-2017    Details

    This brief presents case studies about three health impact assessments and draws from a review conducted by the Georgia Health Policy Center that summarized the HIA process and findings. It also provides an introduction to HIA for community developers and policymakers and explains how developers can incorporate health considerations into their decisions.

  • Designing A Health System That Works For The Tribe - (Health Affairs)  - 03-APR-2017    Details

    This open-access article from Health Affairs discusses how one tribe worked to provide comprehensive health services to their members after IHS closed their emergency department on the reservation.

  • Connect, Collaborate, Communicate: The Story of the EDM Forum - (AcademyHealth)  - 03-APR-2017    Details

    This report documents the AcademyHealth model focused on bringing innovators together, supporting them in priority-setting and collaboration, and enabling them to disseminate their findings to a broad range of audiences to leave a lasting mark on health care delivery systems research.

  • New Data Reveals High Awareness Among U.S. Adults on What Constitutes Sexual Assault - (National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) USA)  - 03-APR-2017    Details

    New research reveals a strong level of awareness about what acts constitute sexual violence or assault among U.S. adults. Despite higher levels of awareness, men and young adults show lower levels of awareness across all categories of assault, underscoring the need for broader education and awareness around sexual violence.

  • Smoking and Mental Illness Among Adults in the United States - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - 31-MAR-2017    Details

    Report compares past month cigarette use among adults with past year mental illness and among adults with no past year mental illness using data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2012 to 2014.

  • White House Submits FY17 Reduction Options to Congress - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 31-MAR-2017    Details

    The White House submitted proposed cuts for FY17 to Congress on March 24, 2017. The proposal includes cuts to global health initiatives such as PEPFAR, family planning and reproductive health, global health security, tuberculosis and polio, and vulnerable children.

  • National Minority Health Month 2017 #NMHM17 - (Office of Minority Health (OMH))  - 30-MAR-2017    Details

    April is National Minority Health Month-a time to raise awareness on issues impacting health disparities and health equity in America. Site contains graphics, information on a Twitter town hall, events, and social media templates for organizations to use.

  • In Focus: Reimagining Rural Health Care - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 30-MAR-2017    Details

    Issue brief focuses on the innovation going on in rural areas in regards to organization and finance of care delivery, accessible services, and the social determinants of health.

  • Pathways through Medicaid to Prevention - (Nemours Foundation US)  - 30-MAR-2017    Details

    A toolkit for state Medicaid officials and managed care organizations with Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. The toolkit illustrates the range of Medicaid and CHIP options that states can use to sustain approaches that link clinic to community prevention to address chronic disease, and how best to successfully put these strategies in place on the ground.

  • The Occupational Health Safety Network: Empowering and Optimizing Prevention Decision-Making - (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC (NIOSH))  - 29-MAR-2017    Details

    OHSN is a free, web-based system designed by NIOSH to reduce preventable injuries and illnesses among healthcare personnel. OHSN fills the gap for the need of a tool that can monitor work-related injuries by using specific, standard information that includes the root causes of injuries among healthcare workers and reporting this information directly back to participating hospitals in a timely manner to guide interventions.

  • Michigan Considers Opioid Abuse Instruction in Schools - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  - 29-MAR-2017    Details

    Michigan lawmakers are considering requiring mandatory opioid abuse education in public schools as part of a package of bills aimed at combatting the addiction and overdose epidemic in the state.

  • 2017 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report - (County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)  - 29-MAR-2017    Details

    The 2017 County Health Rankings have been released, and the data shows a few key findings: more Americans are dying prematurely, drug overdose and injury deaths are increasing, and there is an opportunity to reconnect disconnected youth in their communities.

  • Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians - (Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) USA)  - 28-MAR-2017    Details

    Toolkit with tools and resources to help pediatricians and health care teams screen for food insecurity, connect families with food and nutrition resources in their communities, and support national and local policies that increase access to adequate healthy food for children and families.

  • 2017 Rural Impact Report images/pdf.gif icon - 27-MAR-2017    Details

    Report provides a look at the impact of Tennessee's rural and small hospitals on the state's healthcare system. (Tennessee Center for Patient Safety)

  • Implementing MACRA - (Health Affairs)  - 27-MAR-2017    Details

    This health policy brief provides an overview of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including history, rules, and debate over the Act.

  • Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - 27-MAR-2017    Details

    The NIH encourages investigators to use interim research products, such as preprints, to speed the dissemination and enhance the rigor of their work. This notice clarifies reporting instructions to allow investigators to cite their interim research products and claim them as products of NIH funding.