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  • CMS Awards $8.6 Million in Funding to States to Help Stabilize Markets - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 21-AUG-2018    Details

    CMS just awarded $8.6 million in funding to 30 states and the District of Columbia to provide State insurance regulators with the opportunity to enhance States' ability to strengthen their respective health insurance markets through innovative measures that support market reforms and consumer protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

  • Improving Care and Lowering Costs for Chronic Care Beneficiaries: Implementing the Bipartisan Budget Act - (Bipartisan Policy Center USA)  - 21-AUG-2018    Details

    Brief explores the key decisions CMS, health plans, and states will make in determining how best to implement the chronic care provisions included in the 2018 Budget. The new law allows Medicare Advantage plans to target important non-medical health-related services such as meals, transportation, and home modifications to patients with multiple chronic conditions. It also includes language to better align and integrate care for those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

  • State Strategies to Address Opioid Abuse - (Council of State Governments (CSG) USA)  - 17-AUG-2018    Details

    Blog post outlines innovative strategies states have adopted to allow them to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, or MAT.

  • HHS awards $125 million to support community health center quality improvement - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  - 16-AUG-2018    Details

    HHS just announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by HRSA, health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities they serve.

  • Updated Estimates of the Potential Impact of Short-Term, Limited Duration Policies - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 16-AUG-2018    Details

    2.2 million fewer people are estimated to have ACA-compliant nongroup insurance coverage in 2019, a decrease of 15.5 percent. The number of people without minimum essential coverage is estimated to increase by 2.6 million. Premiums in the ACA-compliant nongroup market are estimated to increase by more than 18 percent in the states most affected.

  • CMS Proposes "Pathways to Success," an Overhaul of Medicare's ACO Program - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 14-AUG-2018    Details

    CMS just issued a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the program established by the Affordable Care Act and launched in 2012 under which the vast majority of Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operate. The redesigned program is called "Pathways to Success."

  • An analysis of out-of-network claims in large employer health plans - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  - 13-AUG-2018    Details

    Brief examines out-of-network claims in large employer plans, and finds that a significant share of inpatient hospital admissions includes bills from out-of-network providers, often leaving patients exposed to "surprise medical bills" and high out-of-pocket costs.

  • NIH Research: Action Needed to Ensure Workforce Diversity Strategic Goals Are Achieved - (U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) USA)  - 10-AUG-2018    Details

    GAO reviewed the actions NIH has taken to support (1) investigators beginning their biomedical careers; and (2) investigators from underrepresented groups and women. GAO analyzed NIH data from fiscal years 2013 through 2017 on grant funding for investigators by career phase and demographic status. GAO also reviewed relevant laws and NIH policies, programs, and initiatives, and interviewed NIH officials and stakeholders from the scientific research community.

  • Population Health Twitter Brainstorm - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))  - 10-AUG-2018    Details

    August 14, 2018 10:30-11:00am ET. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) and the Health and Medicine Division (@NASEM_Health) will co-host a Twitter brainstorm on important questions for the population health field in the next decade. The chat will use the hashtag #pophealthRT.

  • Notification of patient overdose deaths reduces clinician opioid prescriptions - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  - 10-AUG-2018    Details

    Clinicians were more likely to reduce the number and dose of opioid drugs they prescribed after learning that one of their patients had died from an overdose from a controlled substance than those not notified, according to a recent study appearing in the August 10 issue of Science.

  • Preventing Prescription Opioid Overdoses in New York State - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  - 09-AUG-2018    Details

    Like many states, New York is suffering from the consequences of the opioid overdose epidemic. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of overdoses due to both prescription and illicit drug use in recent years. Overdoses are killing people of all races and ages. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is coordinating statewide prevention interventions to save lives and prevent opioid overdoses.

  • HHS announces grantees for Title X family planning program services - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  - 02-AUG-2018    Details

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs announced the 96 grantees to whom HHS intends to award Title X family planning service grants for fiscal year 2018. Twelve of the intended awards go to grantees who are new to Title X.

  • An Assessment of the New York Health Act - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 01-AUG-2018    Details

    Report evaluates the near- and long-term impact of the New York Health Act, which would create a state-sponsored single-payer health program that would provide coverage to all residents of New York State.

  • Trump Administration Delivers on Promise of More Affordable Health Insurance Options - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  - 01-AUG-2018    Details

    On Wednesday, the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule to help Americans struggling to afford health coverage find new, more affordable options. The rule allows for the sale and renewal of short-term, limited-duration plans that cover longer periods than the previous maximum period of less than three months.

  • Estimating the Effects of a Single-Payer Proposal in New York State - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 01-AUG-2018    Details

    The New York Health Act (NYHA) would create a state-sponsored single-payer health plan called New York Health (NYH). The plan would cover all residents of New York State, including undocumented immigrants and seniors over age 65 (if federal waivers are approved).

  • Healthy Birth Outcomes through Cross-Sector Collaboration - 31-JUL-2018    Details

    Report highlights lessons learned from two birth outcomes projects in Fresno County, California, and Staten Island, New York, to offer others insights into paths to success and challenges to be aware of when seeking to address birth outcomes through such collaborations. Report download requires free registration.

  • Is Health Care Shoppable? - (National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM) USA)  - 31-JUL-2018    Details

    This study examines whether patients price shop when deciding which imaging providers to use for lower-limb MRIs and estimates how much money could be saved if patients shopped more.

  • May 2018 Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment Data Highlights - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 31-JUL-2018    Details

    The May 2018 Medicaid and CHIP Application, Eligibility Determinations, and Enrollment Report (ZIP 260.43 KB) represents state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agency activity for the month.

  • Substance Use Disorder Workforce Issue Brief - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS USA)  - 31-JUL-2018    Details

    Issue brief identifies the number of practitioners in the SUD workforce, their professional training, certification, and the ratios of professionals to clients in SUD treatment.

  • Dentists Play Vital Role in Addressing Opioid Crisis - (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH)  - 31-JUL-2018    Details

    A commentary by the directors of the NIDCR and NIDA notes that dentists can play a vital role in helping to address the nation's opioid crisis. The coauthors outline NIH-funded research and initiatives that aim to inform clinical decision making related to opioid prescribing.

  • Medicare Part D premiums continue to decline in 2019 - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 31-JUL-2018    Details

    CMS announced today that, for the second year in a row, the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2019 is projected to decline. At a time when health insurance premiums are rising across-the-board, basic Part D premiums are expected to fall from $33.59 this year to $32.50 next year.

  • The Opioid Crisis and the EHR - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  - 30-JUL-2018    Details

    Recorded webinar explores the background and current state of the opioid crisis in the United States and outlines the potential of the EHR to provide tools that can reduce opioid related harm and deaths, as well as improve the quality of life for patients suffering from SUD.

  • The essential scan: Top findings in health policy research - July 30 - (Brookings Institution USA)  - 30-JUL-2018    Details

    Brief focuses on recent research in insurance coverage gains for vulnerable populations and young adults, increasing Medicaid physician payment to increase participation, the need for black doctors to reduce the black-white male gap in cardiovascular mortality, and the correlation between EHRs and lower hospital mortality.

  • Financial Hardship in Families Raising CYSHCN (July 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice (CAHPP) USA)  - 30-JUL-2018    Details

    Inadequate insurance coverage and financing results in significant financial hardship for many families raising children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

  • Older Adults' Experiences with Opioid Prescriptions - (University of Michigan (U-M))  - 30-JUL-2018    Details

    Results from a national sample of adults age 50-80 which asked about their use of opioids for pain management, the education they received, how they disposed of unused medications, and perceptions of current and proposed policies related to opioid disposal and prescribing.

  • Opioid Response Strategic Plan 2018-2023 images/pdf.gif icon - 30-JUL-2018    Details

    Strategic plan includes broad goals to guide Denver's response to the opioid epidemic, strategies that support achievement of each goal, and specific actions to be implemented in the next 1-5 years.

  • Federal Parity and Spending for Mental Illness - (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP))  - 27-JUL-2018    Details

    A difference-in-differences approach was used to compare commercially insured children ages 3 to 18 years (in 2008) who were continuously enrolled in plans newly subject to parity under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)to children continuously enrolled in plans never subject to parity.

  • Child Welfare Substance Use - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS USA)  - 26-JUL-2018    Details

    The quantitative and the qualitative results of this study describe how the child welfare system interacts with community partners to serve an increasing population of parents whose substance use has impaired their ability to parent, placing their children at risk

  • Building the Case for Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))  - 26-JUL-2018    Details

    Proceedings of a one-day workshop to understand the extent to which health literacy has been shown to be effective at contributing to the Quadruple Aim of improving the health of communities, providing better care, providing affordable care, and improving the experience of the health care team.

  • Health IT Safe Practices for Closing the Loop (2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (ECRI Institute USA)  - 26-JUL-2018    Details

    Toolkit addresses the consequences of failing to close the patient data loop loop by looking at evidence from Patient Safety Organization (PSO) hazards and events, an evidence-based literature review, and methodical analysis by a multistakeholder workgroup as they identified safe practices and supported the recommendations with tools and suggestions that reflect the concept that safety is a shared responsibility.

  • Characteristics of the Remaining Uninsured: An Update - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 26-JUL-2018    Details

    Using data from March 2015-2017, this report provides the characteristics of uninsured people, including those eligible for Medicaid or eligible for financial assistance (premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions) through the marketplaces.

  • Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science - 26-JUL-2018    Details

    The Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science provides comprehensive reviews in biomedical data science, focusing on advanced methods to store, retrieve, analyze, and organize biomedical data and knowledge.

  • CMS Empowers Patients and Ensures Site-Neutral Payment in Proposed Rule - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  - 25-JUL-2018    Details

    Today, CMS took steps to strengthen the Medicare program with proposed changes to ensure that seniors can access the care they need at the site of care that they choose. In addition, as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to lower drug prices as outlined in the President's Blueprint, CMS included a Request for Information on how best to develop a model leveraging authority provided to the agency under the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP) to strengthen negotiations for prescription drugs.

  • NIH makes STRIDES to accelerate discoveries in the cloud - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  - 24-JUL-2018    Details

    The NIH has launched a new initiative to harness the power of commercial cloud computing and provide NIH biomedical researchers access to the most advanced, cost-effective computational infrastructure, tools and services available. The STRIDES (Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability) Initiative launches with Google Cloud as its first industry partner and aims to reduce economic and technological barriers to accessing and computing on large biomedical data sets to accelerate biomedical advances.

  • FFF: Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act: July 26, 2018 - (U.S. Census Bureau U.S.)  - 24-JUL-2018    Details

    This Facts for Features provides a demographic snapshot of the U.S. population with a disability and examines various services available to them. The statistics come from various Census Bureau censuses and surveys, covering different periods of time.

  • USDA Invests in Rural Community Facilities in 22 States - (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))  - 23-JUL-2018    Details

    The USDA is investing $17.4 million in 41 projects that will provide essential services for rural communities in 22 states. The funding helps rural areas purchase, construct or improve essential facilities. An essential community facility is one that provides a necessary service for the orderly development or operation of a rural community, such as schools, libraries, health care facilities, day care centers and infrastructure improvements.

  • The IHS Launches New Opioids Website - (Indian Health Service (IHS))  - 23-JUL-2018    Details

    The Indian Health Service launched a new IHS opioid website to share information and increase communication surrounding opioids with key stakeholders across Indian Country. The new site is available at