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  • Combating Overuse and Underuse in Health Care - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 27-FEB-2017    Details

    A Q&A with Adam Elshaug, a professor of health policy at the University of Sydney on the global problem of overuse of high-cost medical services and underuse of cheap, beneficial services.

  • NCI launches study of African-American cancer survivors - (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))  - 27-FEB-2017    Details

    The Detroit Research on Cancer Survivors (ROCS) study, which will include 5,560 cancer survivors, will support a broad research agenda looking at the major factors affecting cancer progression, recurrence, mortality, and quality of life among African-American cancer survivors.

  • AHRQ's Making Informed Consent an Informed Choice: Training Modules for Health Care Leaders and Professionals - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 27-FEB-2017    Details

    Two interactive training modules that teach clear, comprehensive, engaging communication strategies that hospitals and clinical teams can use to ensure that people understand the benefits, harms, and risks of their alternatives, including the option of not having any treatment. AHRQ has also developed an implementation guide to provide guidance for implementing the training modules using a quality improvement (QI) approach.

  • Fragmented Data on Sexual Violence - (U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) US)  - 23-FEB-2017    Details

    Post outlines how the Departments of Defense, Education, HHS, and Justice can work together to provide data standards and reporting measures to better look at sexual violence on a national scale.

  • The 500 Cities Project: New Data for Better Health - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 23-FEB-2017    Details

    Starting March 2, users can retrieve, visualize, and explore uniformly-defined city and census tract-level data for the 500 largest U.S. cities.

  • Addressing Mental Health in African Americans Through FAITH - (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH (NIMHD) USA)  - 22-FEB-2017    Details

    Post discusses the NIMHD-funded project entitled "Faith Academic Initiatives to Transform Health (FAITH) in the Delta," which consists of faith community leaders and University of Arkansas for Medical Science researchers.

  • 2017 CHIP Directors Survey Results - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  - 22-FEB-2017    Details

    A survey of state CHIP officials to learn about any recent changes in their CHIP programs and how states are budgeting and planning for CHIP considering its uncertain future.

  • How Medicaid Helps Your State - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 21-FEB-2017    Details

    Factsheets on the impact of Medicaid at the state-level, including Medicaid/CHIP coverage, federal dollars, and jobs.

  • Lead Screening & Treatment in Medicaid and CHIP - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  - 21-FEB-2017    Details

    Factsheet provides data on lead toxicity in children, potential health impacts, the federal CMS requirements for screening and treatment through Medicaid and CHIP, and options that states have to improve their lead screening and treatment rates.

  • HHS announces the Move Health Data Forward Phase 2 challenge winners - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - 21-FEB-2017    Details

    ONC has announced the Phase 2 winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge. Winning submissions will now move on to the challenge's last phase to develop applications that will allow individuals to share their personal health information safely and securely with their health care providers, family members or other caregivers.

  • Join an Advisory Panel - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) US)  - 21-FEB-2017    Details

    Applications are due by Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:00pm (ET) for the 2017 Advisory Panel to PCORI.

  • Helping Young People in Crisis, One Text at a Time - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 17-FEB-2017    Details

    Crisis Text Line uses technology to help adolescents struggling with issues like bullying and anxiety. Now, researchers are using data compiled through this effort to better understand and address patterns of adolescent mental health needs within communities.

  • Medicaid's Role for Medicare Beneficiaries - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 17-FEB-2017    Details

    This brief describes the role that Medicaid plays for 10 million Medicare beneficiaries to help inform upcoming debates about proposals to restructure Medicaid financing in ways that could reduce federal funding.

  • Senators Highlight Need for Quality Health Care in Rural America - 17-FEB-2017    Details

    U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., were joined by 37 Senators in sending a letter today to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price regarding health care in rural America.

  • Living with HIV in Rural America - Stigma and Other Barriers to Care - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - 16-FEB-2017    Details

    Recorded webcast from January 2017 identified how barriers to healthcare access including stigma by rural healthcare providers and rural healthcare teams affect the health outcomes of persons living with HIV in the United States and its territories.

  • Understanding the Intersection of Medicaid and Work - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 16-FEB-2017    Details

    This issue brief examines the work status of non-elderly, non-disabled adults with Medicaid coverage to understand the potential implications of work requirement proposals in Medicaid.

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Market Stabilization (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 16-FEB-2017    Details

    This proposed rule would amend standards relating to special enrollment periods, guaranteed availability, and the timing of the annual open enrollment period in the individual market for the 2018 plan year; standards related to network adequacy and essential community providers for qualified health plans; and the rules around actuarial value requirements.

  • 2016-2025 Projections of National Health Expenditures Data Released - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 16-FEB-2017    Details

    The Office of the Actuary annually produces projections of health care spending for categories within the National Health Expenditure Accounts, which track health spending by source of funds, by type of service, and by sponsor. The latest projections begin after the latest historical year (2015) and go through 2025.

  • CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients' Health Insurance Choices for 2018 - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 15-FEB-2017    Details

    CMS released a proposed rule for 2018, which proposes new reforms to stabilize the health insurance markets. The rule includes verification of special enrollment period eligibility, guaranteed availability to prevent coverage lapses, adjusting the range used to determine level of coverage, allowing states to ensure network adequacy, and shortening the open enrollment period.

  • Key Issues in Children's Health Coverage - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 15-FEB-2017    Details

    This brief reviews children's coverage today and examines what is at stake for children's coverage in upcoming debates around funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and restructuring of Medicaid financing to a block grant or per capita cap.

  • How States Engage in Evidence-Based Policymaking - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  - 13-FEB-2017    Details

    This report seeks to address the gap in knowledge on which states use evidence-based policymaking by: 1) identifying six distinct actions that states can use to incorporate research findings into their decisions, 2) assessing the prevalence and level of these actions within four human service policy areas across 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 3) categorizing each state based on the final results.

  • 4 recommendations to advance Medicare delivery system reform - (Brookings Institution US)  - 10-FEB-2017    Details

    This piece focuses on ways to improve existing alternative payment models and create new ones that enhance opportunities for physicians and other providers to provide more efficient, higher-quality, and lower cost care.

  • US child-health study rises from ashes of high-profile failure - (Springer)  - 09-FEB-2017    Details

    A new collaborative program, Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO), will work to understand how environmental, behavioral, and social factors affect children's health by providing support to dozens of longitudinal cohort studies across the U.S..

  • How has Obamacare Impacted State Health Care Marketplaces? - (Brookings Institution US)  - 09-FEB-2017    Details

    Researchers interviewed key ACA Marketplace stakeholders in California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, and Texas to analyze why carriers chose to enter or exit markets, how provider networks were built, and how state regulatory decisions affected the landscape.

  • Request for Information - Learning Healthcare Systems - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - 08-FEB-2017    Details

    AHRQ is seeking information from healthcare delivery organizations about current challenges they are facing and solutions they are implementing as they seek to become learning healthcare systems.

  • Proposed Medicaid Access Measurement and Monitoring Plan - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 07-FEB-2017    Details

    Report outlines current efforts by the CMS and the states to measure access and quality within Medicaid, describes CMS's existing access monitoring regulatory approaches, and proposes a Medicaid Access Measurement and Monitoring Plan based on these efforts. It recommends an access framework, an initial core set of access measures, and strategies for implementation and evolution of the plan.

  • Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity: Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy (20160 images/pdf.gif icon - (National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) US)  - 07-FEB-2017    Details

    The report emphasizes the need for partnerships between the public and private sectors, as well as international engagement. It also discusses the role consumers must play in enhancing our digital security. The report categorizes its recommendations within six overarching imperatives focused on infrastructure, investment, consumer education, workforce capabilities, government operations and requirements for a fair and open global digital economy.

  • Senators Renew Efforts to Close the Rural Broadband Gap - 03-FEB-2017    Details

    U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., recently sent a letter to the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to prioritize mobile broadband deployment in rural and underserved areas.

  • New TRAIN Learning Network Platform Goes Live - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  - 03-FEB-2017    Details

    Learners can now access the new TRAIN Learning Network platform to find quality courses on more than 60 health-related topics at Built with extensive input and feedback from the health workforce, the new platform features a user-friendly design and intuitive functionality.

  • Health-Related Behaviors by Urban-Rural County Classification - United States, 2013 - (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))  - 02-FEB-2017    Details

    Study analyzed BRFSS data for 398,208 adults aged ≥18 years to estimate the prevalence of five self-reported health-related behaviors (sufficient sleep, current nonsmoking, nondrinking or moderate drinking, maintaining normal body weight, and meeting aerobic leisure time physical activity recommendations) by urban-rural status.

  • Native Americans Turning the Tide Against Diabetes - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 02-FEB-2017    Details

    The progress in reducing kidney failure among Native Americans has happened since the IHS began using team-based approaches to diabetes and kidney care.

  • State Variation in the Hospital Costs of Gun Violence, 2010 and 2014 - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 01-FEB-2017    Details

    This study presents information on the 2014 prevalence and cost of emergency department visits and inpatient hospital stays for injuries associated with armed assault in 6 states: Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

  • All of Us Research Program announces funding opportunity for community partners - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  - 01-FEB-2017    Details

    NIH has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

  • Federal and State Collaboration to Improve Health Through Housing (January 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  - 31-JAN-2017    Details

    This report summarizes a December 2016 NASHP meeting to identify concrete policy recommendations and actionable steps to align health and housing programs, ensuring that people with high service needs receive the housing and supportive services they need to become and stay healthy.

  • How States Can Expand Access To Palliative Care - (Health Affairs)  - 30-JAN-2017    Details

    Article provides an overview of the value of palliative care and how states can expand access and quality of palliative care facilities with regulation, surveillance, and payment policies.

  • State of the States 2017 - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  - 30-JAN-2017    Details

    Stateline's annual State of the States series looks at some of the pressing issues state lawmakers are facing as they begin their work this month: Medicaid expansion, budget shortfalls, partisan politics, renewable energy, and marijuana legalization.