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  • How Social Spending Affects Health Outcomes - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 24-AUG-2016    Details

    A post from the RWJF Culture of Health blog on the correlation between social services spending and health care outcomes and spending.

  • HHS awards more than $100 million to improve health center quality - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 24-AUG-2016    Details

    HHS announced more than $100 million in funding to 1,304 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the 5 U.S. territories and the 3 Freely Associated States to invest in health center quality improvement, building upon their achievements in providing high quality comprehensive care.

  • Gap in Supply of HIV Clinicians Expected to Increase - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  - 24-AUG-2016    Details

    A new article in HIV Specialist reports that the number of HIV providers was expected to decline over 5% nationally from 2010 to 2015, while the demand for their services would increase almost 14%.

  • A Final Look: California's Previously Uninsured after the ACA's Third Open Enrollment Period - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 23-AUG-2016    Details

    This is the fourth and final survey in a series, to find out whether more Californians have gained coverage, lost coverage, or remained uninsured, what barriers to coverage remain, how those who now have insurance view their coverage, and to assess the impacts that gaining health insurance may have had on financial security and access to care.

  • Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 23-AUG-2016    Details

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published the draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) for public comment.

  • Survey shows broad support for national precision medicine study - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - 23-AUG-2016    Details

    In a recent survey designed to measure public attitudes about the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program, a majority of respondents expressed willingness to participate in the nationwide research effort. The findings were published online in PLOS ONE by a team of NIH researchers.

  • How 30 Percent Became the "Tipping Point" - (New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) US)  - 23-AUG-2016    Details

    A discussion about how health care organizations and the country as a whole are reaching the "tipping point" for meaningful change in how we pay for and deliver care.

  • Education: A lifelong social determinant of health - (American Public Health Association (APHA))  - 23-AUG-2016    Details

    Education is a social determinant of health: one of the social, economic and environmental factors that have an effect on how healthy a person is. It can affect lifespan, income, where we live and what happens to our children. And it is something that public health advocates can work to make better for kids and adults in the U.S.

  • The promise of interoperability - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  - 23-AUG-2016    Details

    A summary of the current interoperability climate and how that may change with the new MACRA standards.

  • 2016 BEC Request for Proposals: Special Populations - (National Council on Aging (NCOA))  - 22-AUG-2016    Details

    NCOA is looking to fund organizations willing to serve as Benefit Enrollment Centers (BECs) for special populations that may be hard to reach through traditional benefits outreach and enrollment strategies, or who have special enrollment needs, such as veterans, LGBT seniors, members of American Indian tribes, individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP), and those recently released from incarceration..

  • HHS Office of Minority Health awards $2.4 million to support re-entry programs - (Office of Minority Health (OMH))  - 22-AUG-2016    Details

    The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new grant awards totaling approximately $2.4 million to seven organizations to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged individuals in transition from jail to their communities.

  • HIPAA at 20: A Bipartisan Achievement - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 22-AUG-2016    Details

    A blog post outlines the history of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • The Cost to States of Not Expanding Medicaid - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 18-AUG-2016    Details

    States that have expanded Medicaid report net budget savings, furthering the claim that nonexpansion states are losing out on potential economic savings.

  • Telehealth Parity Laws - (Health Affairs)  - 17-AUG-2016    Details

    A new issue brief examines the reforms and remaining issue for telehealth parity.

  • The Future of Medicaid Transformation: A Practical Guide for States - (National Association of States United on Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) USA)  - 17-AUG-2016    Details

    The toolkit is a guide for states seeking to design and implement statewide transformation of their Medicaid programs, using the federal authorities of either State Plan Amendments or Section 1115 demonstrations.

  • $16 million in funding to improve health care in rural America - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 16-AUG-2016    Details

    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded over $16 million to improve access to quality health care in rural communities, including expanded use of telehealth. The awards will be administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP).

  • Growing Enrollment in Integrated Programs - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  - 12-AUG-2016    Details

    Slides from a presentation to states participating in the Implementing New Systems of Integration for Dually Eligible Enrollees (INSIDE), a program from CHCS to increase enrollment in dual Medicaid-Medicare plans.

  • Rural Hospital Closure Tracking - (Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research)  - 12-AUG-2016    Details

    A crowdsourced map and list of rural hospital closures since 2010. Users can submit new closures for addition.

  • Virginia Health Opportunity Index - 12-AUG-2016    Details

    The HOI is a tool to help communities in Virginia understand the many factors determining health, so they can work to improve the health outcomes for all their residents. The HOI is a composite measure of the Social Determinants of Health.

  • EPC Methods: AHRQ End-User Perspectives of Rapid Reviews - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 12-AUG-2016    Details

    This report summarized elements users consider essential to evidence-based practice inventories, rapid responses, and rapid reviews, user opinions of EBP resources, and how/when users might prefer to use EBP resources.

  • High-Risk Pools For Uninsurable Individuals - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 12-AUG-2016    Details

    This issue brief reviews the history of temporary high-risk pool programs, which offer non-group health coverage to uninsurable residents, to provide context for some of the potential benefits and challenges of a high-risk pool.

  • Connect2Health - (Federal Communications Commission (FCC) US)  - 11-AUG-2016    Details

    A tool from the FCC that maps the overlap in broadband availability and different health outcomes.

  • Pathways to Prevention Program - (Office of Disease Prevention, NIH)  - 10-AUG-2016    Details

    The NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is actively seeking proposals for this program.

  • State-Run SHOPs: An Update Three Years Post ACA Implementation - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 03-AUG-2016    Details

    The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) was implemented as part of the ACA to make it easier for small-business owners and their employees to shop for and compare plan options online. This brief summarizes participation in SHOP since it was implemented.

  • JAMA Forum: The Partisan Divide on Health Care - 01-AUG-2016    Details

    Kaiser Family Foundation's Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives, Larry Levitt, summarizes the differing health care platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties, with a focus on the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.

  • NIH funds precision medicine research with a focus on health disparities - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - 01-AUG-2016    Details

    The NIMHD has committed ~ $31 million over five years to launch a new program for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research exploring the potential for precision medicine to promote health equity and advance the science of minority health and health disparities.

  • Exploring Single-Payer Alternatives for Health Care Reform - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 29-JUL-2016    Details

    A dissertation published on RAND that set out to discuss single-payer alternatives and the costs of these alternatives. The author also discusses an interactive cost tool she developed as part of her dissertation.

  • Turning Medicare Into a Premium Support System: Frequently Asked Questions - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 27-JUL-2016    Details

    This issue brief looks at a House of Representatives proposed change to Medicare that would increasing competition among health plans and providing a stronger incentive for beneficiaries to be cost-conscious in their plan selection, also known as premium support.

  • Rural Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 2016 images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Senate US)  - 26-JUL-2016    Details

    The U.S. Senate's Bipartisan Rural Health Caucus has introduced The Rural Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 2016, which sets and provides support for core healthcare quality standards and improvement measures for rural healthcare providers, promotes payment reform, and increases rural representation in health care delivery reform.