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  • Why the U.S. Needs Medicaid - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 23-SEP-2016    Details

    A discussion of the collective impact of Medicaid on beneficiaries, health providers and systems, and state economies.

  • A Look at the Clinton and Trump Health Reform Proposals - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 23-SEP-2016    Details

    Findings from analysts on how the candidates' proposals would affect healthcare in the U.S., presented in two reports, an online comparison tool, and a summary on The Commonwealth Fund's To the Point blog.

  • Families Caring for an Aging America (2016) - (National Academies Press (NAP))  - 22-SEP-2016    Details

    This book examines the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults and the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs, supports, and other interventions designed to support family caregivers.

  • Preventing Medical Errors - (American Psychological Association)  - 22-SEP-2016    Details

    An article on how medical errors can be reduced by promoting evidence-based interventions, effective teamwork, user-friendly technology, and buy-in from management.

  • Evaluating a Ten-Year Effort to Transform Health Care - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 21-SEP-2016    Details

    New research on RWJF's quality improvement initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality, uncovered barriers that health collectives face, and how successful cultural shifts have helped transform health systems.

  • National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST) - (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))  - 21-SEP-2016    Details

    The FDA is building a National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST), a collaborative national evaluation system that will rely on multiple sources including clinical registries, EHRs, and billing claims.

  • Reducing Low-Value Care - (Health Affairs)  - 21-SEP-2016    Details

    A blog post outlines the results of a series of interviews, which focused on the wastes in health care expenditures.

  • Centralized Repository for Public Health Agencies and Clinical Data Registry Reporting images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 19-SEP-2016    Details

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is developing a centralized repository for public health agency and clinical data registry reporting, which will assist eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in finding entities that accept electronic public health data.

  • NIMH Funds 3 ‘Zero Suicide' Grants - (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH (NIMH))  - 16-SEP-2016    Details

    The National Institute of Mental Health has funded grants for a 'Zero Suicide' campaign to prevent suicide attempts and deaths among those being treated within health care systems.

  • 2016-2017 Flu Season Website - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - 16-SEP-2016    Details

    News, information, educational resources, and recommendations for the 2016-2017 flu season and vaccinations.

  • Baltimore Draws 10-Year Blueprint To Cut Racial Health Disparities - (Kaiser Health News (KHN) US)  - 14-SEP-2016    Details

    Baltimore officials recently presented a 10-year plan highlighting the poor health status of African-Americans and aims to bring black rates of lead poisoning, heart disease, obesity, smoking and overdoses more in line with those of whites.

  • PHSSR Translational Toolbox - (Public Health Services and Systems Research and the Practice-Based Research Networks (PHSSR/PBRN))  - 14-SEP-2016    Details

    Toolkits to guide initiatives on quality improvement, quality assessment, and public health services costs, among others. Tools are designed for public health practitioners, managers, policymakers, and researchers.

  • 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 14-SEP-2016    Details

    A summary of the annual Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey of small and large employers that provides status and trends in employer-sponsored health insurance, costs, and coverage. Full report is available for download.

  • Medicaid Works - (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities USA)  - 14-SEP-2016    Details

    A site with resources on how Medicaid improves access to healthcare, its successes, and an argument for why states should expand Medicaid.

  • Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Patient Work Information - (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC (NIOSH))  - 14-SEP-2016    Details

    NIOSH is requesting examples and stories of how healthcare organizations have or would use work information collected in an EHR, including diagnosis, chronic disease management, and more generally for population health.

  • USDA Seeks Applications for Health Care Grants in the Delta Region - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  - 13-SEP-2016    Details

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for $4.4 million in grants to improve health care in the Delta Region. The Delta Health Care Services Grant Program is focused on helping rural communities gain access to high-quality health care services.

  • Families Caring for an Aging America - (National Academies)  - 13-SEP-2016    Details

    An overview of the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults as well as its personal impact on caregivers' health, economic security, and overall well-being.

  • Medicaid, Medicare making the move toward social determinants - (The Nation's Health)  - 13-SEP-2016    Details

    A CMS Innovations Center pilot project, the Accountable Health Communities Model, will allow organizations to screen participants for social determinants of health and then refer them to community organizations that can help.

  • Increasing Openness and Transparency in Research 2016 Call for Proposals - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 13-SEP-2016    Details

    RWJF grants to encourage and support projects aimed at increasing transparency and accountability throughout the research life cycle, with a special emphasis on open access, to increase the speed of the flow of information from funded research to action.

  • Roadmap to Community-Integrated Health Care - (National Council on Aging (NCOA))  - 13-SEP-2016    Details

    A roadmap designed to help aging, public health, and disability professionals make stronger linkages with the health care sector to achieve better health through better care with Chronic Disease Self-Management Education programming.

  • Making Dental Care A Part Of ACOs - (Health Affairs)  - 09-SEP-2016    Details

    A discussion of how the ACA is aligning dental and medical care, and the benefits and challenges of merging dental care into ACOs.

  • MEPS Insurance Component Chartbook 2015 (September 2016) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 09-SEP-2016    Details

    This chartbook describes trends in employer-sponsored coverage, premiums and benefits from 2003 to 2015, with easily accessible graphs and maps to facilitate trend comparisons.

  • ONC announces Blockchain challenge winners - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 08-SEP-2016    Details

    ONC announced the winners of their Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-related Research Challenge, a competition to look for innovative ways of using Blockchain (secure data structuring) in health IT.

  • High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Who Are They and How Do They Use Health Care? - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 08-SEP-2016    Details

    An examination of the data from the 2009-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey on demographics and health care spending and use of services among adults with high needs, defined as people who have three or more chronic diseases and a functional limitation in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks.

  • Regenstrief Project Assembles Health Information from Different Electronic Medical Records - 08-SEP-2016    Details

    The Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics is pilot-testing a new, efficient method for compiling healthcare information electronically. The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Standard (FHIR for short, pronounced "fire"), is being used to merge data from individual electronic medical records with those stored in the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), Indiana's common framework for health information exchange.

  • American Community Survey: 2015 Data Release New and Notable - (U.S. Census Bureau)  - 08-SEP-2016    Details

    The 2011-2015 ACS 5-year estimates will be released on Thursday, December 8, 2016. These data will be available for all geographic areas including census tracts, ZIP Code Tabulation Areas, and block groups. The 2011-2015 ACS 5-year PUMS files and 2011-2015 ACS 5-year replicate estimates will be released on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

  • Cancer Moonshot Report - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - 08-SEP-2016    Details

    The report to the National Cancer Advisory Board was released on September 7, 2016. The report describes 10 transformative research recommendations for achieving the Cancer Moonshot's ambitious goal of making a decade's worth of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in just 5 years.

  • Implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - 08-SEP-2016    Details

    The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 requires health insurers and group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and/or substance use treatment and services that they do for medical/surgical care.

  • HHS awards $53 million to help address opioid epidemic - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 02-SEP-2016    Details

    HHS will provide $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorders, reduce opioid related deaths, and strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts. The funding will also go towards data collection, tracking, and analysis of opioid-related misuse and fatal/non-fatal overdose.

  • The Health Status of Northeast Texas 2016 images/pdf.gif icon - (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)  - 31-AUG-2016    Details

    A report on the health status of residents of a largely rural 35-county area, including mortality rates, prevalence of cigarette smoking, healthcare access, and percentage of people with health insurance.

  • 2016 NY Open Enrollment Report - (New York State Department of Health)  - 25-AUG-2016    Details

    A summary of marketplace enrollment numbers and demographics through January 31, 2016 for New York residents.

  • NIH establishes new research program to address health disparities of chronic diseases - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - 25-AUG-2016    Details

    https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-establishes-new-research-program-address-health-disparities-chronic-diseases NIMHD is launching the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCC) for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention program. This program will address chronic diseases among racial and ethnic minority groups, under-served rural populations, people of less privileged socio-economic status, along with groups subject to discrimination who have poorer health outcomes often attributed to being socially disadvantaged.