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  • The State Role in Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Implementation - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  - 13-JAN-2017    Details

    The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act emphasizes that behavioral health is an important component of an individual's overall health; however, the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force highlights opportunities to improve enforcement of insurance beneficiary protections in this legislation.

  • Environmental Scan of Puerto Rico's Health Care Infrastructure - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 13-JAN-2017    Details

    This environmental scan provides an assessment of Puerto Rico's health care infrastructure and explores potential existing barriers to accessing high quality care in Puerto Rico, including adequacy of provider supply, cost and payment environment, building infrastructure, and capacity to provide basic diagnostic care and treatment as well as preventive care.

  • Pennsylvania Rural Health Model - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 13-JAN-2017    Details

    The Pennsylvania Rural Health Model seeks to increase rural Pennsylvanians' access to high-quality care and improve their health, while also reducing the growth of hospital expenditures across payers, including Medicare, and increasing the financial viability of rural Pennsylvania hospitals to ensure continued access to care.

  • Antibiotic Resistance Investments - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - 13-JAN-2017    Details

    A map and state-level breakdowns of the 2016 investments made by the CDC to support implementation of public health actions to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • Nearly 900,000 Puerto Ricans May Lose Health Coverage When Medicaid Funds Run Out (January 2017) - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS (ASPE) USA)  - 13-JAN-2017    Details

    Puerto Rico's Medicaid program is projected to exhaust the last of the $6.4 billion additional funds allocated it for Federal Fiscal Years (FY) 2011-2019 as early as the first quarter of FY 2018. As many as 900,000 American citizens covered by Medicaid in Puerto Rico could lose coverage as a result of the depletion of these funds.

  • Reducing Potentially Excess Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death in the Rural United States - (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))  - 12-JAN-2017    Details

    During 1999-2014, annual age-adjusted death rates for the five leading causes of death in the United States (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD), and stroke) were higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The report presents data on disparities in mortality between rural and nonrural areas for the five leading causes of death and ways these might be addressed.

  • Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan - (New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) US)  - 12-JAN-2017    Details

    This NEJM article outlines the economic impact of expanding Medicaid in Michigan, including state tax revenues, increased employment, and a reduction in state spending on mental and correctional health programs.

  • Prioritizing ICT Interventions for Health - (MEASURE DHS)  - 12-JAN-2017    Details

    This brief examines a method of weighting criteria to provide guidance for setting priorities for health interventions and information/communication technologies, in order to improve transparency and avoid ad hoc decisions.

  • Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period: January Enrollment Report (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 11-JAN-2017    Details

    This report provides interim data on enrollment-related activity in the Marketplaces during the first part of the 2017 Open Enrollment Period for all 50 states and D.C.. The report indicates that, as of December 24, 2016, more than 11.5 million individuals are signed up for 2017 coverage through the Marketplaces, an increase of 286,000 people compared to the comparable period last year.

  • Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment - (National Academies)  - 11-JAN-2017    Details

    This final report summarizes the full report series to identify social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and methods to account for these factors in Medicare payment programs.

  • Testing New Codes to Capture Post-Operative Care - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 11-JAN-2017    Details

    This document discusses a new set of nonpayment codes that could be used to capture the number and level of visits, and how vignettes can be used to test the efficacy of the codes in practice.

  • Native Americans with Diabetes - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  - 11-JAN-2017    Details

    This Vital Signs report outlines diabetes in Native American populations, the resulting kidney issues, and how IHS has worked to implement population health strategies to combat diabetes and kidney failure.

  • Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017) - (National Academies)  - 11-JAN-2017    Details

    Report outlines solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level to advance health equity, including key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements needed to be successful.

  • CMS Finalizes New Medicare and Medicaid Home Health Care Rules and Beneficiary Protections - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 11-JAN-2017    Details

    CMS has finalized rules governing home health agencies that will improve the quality of health care services for Medicare and Medicaid patients and strengthen patients' rights. These Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation are the minimum health and safety standards a home health agency must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

  • Health Affairs' January Issue - (Health Affairs)  - 10-JAN-2017    Details

    The January issue of the subscription-based Health Affairs addresses the success of the ACA with a number of studies on premium increases, insurer/provider negotiated prices, the long-term uninsured, and cancer care.

  • Engaging Consumers in the Quality Measurement Enterprise - (RAND Corporation USA)  - 10-JAN-2017    Details

    This report addresses concerns of consumer advocates about making quality measurement more consumer-centered, explores the experience of consumer advocates in engaging with quality measurement, identifies barriers to effective consumer engagement, and suggests ways to address those barriers. This report is intended for decisionmakers in quality measurement organizations and for consumer advocates.

  • 2016 Mathematica Policy Research Facts and Findings - (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)  - 09-JAN-2017    Details

    Summaries, videos, and infographics represent highlights from roughly 300 reports, briefs, journal articles, and other work produced this year that examine the policies and programs in behavioral health, disabilities, early childhood, education, environment, health, and nutrition.

  • The Future of Contraceptive Coverage - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 09-JAN-2017    Details

    Issue brief provides an analysis of the contraceptive coverage provision of the ACA, the impact it has had on coverage, and the potential ramifications if the ACA rule is eliminated.

  • Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Keeping Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries Healthy - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  - 05-JAN-2017    Details

    This blog post highlights how CMS is working to address the opioid epidemic by implementing person-centered and population-based strategies, expanding naloxone use, distribution, and access, expanding screening and treatment of opioid-use disorders, and increasing use of evidence-based practices for pain management.

  • Reflecting the Health Services Research Landscape - On a Global Scale - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - 05-JAN-2017    Details

    With 32,000 records, HSRProj is the most comprehensive repository of information on health services research in the United States. To increase its ability to address global health challenges, the database's staff is working to include more records on projects taking place in and funded by countries other than the United States.

  • The Impact on Health Care Providers of Partial ACA Repeal through Reconciliation - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 05-JAN-2017    Details

    The partial repeal of the ACA through a reconciliation bill being considered by Congress would increase the amount of uncompensated care sought by the newly uninsured. This demand would be more than state and local governments and health care providers could handle, leading to substantially more unmet medical need.

  • Knowledge, Training and Development, and Dissemination Awards - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) US)  - 05-JAN-2017    Details

    These awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. Letters of intent due by February 1, 2017.

  • RFI - Partnership for Healthy Outcomes: Bridging Community-Based Human Services and Health Care - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA)  - 04-JAN-2017    Details

    This request for information is specifically exploring partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide human services and health care organizations, especially those that serve low-income and/or vulnerable populations. The RFI is designed to (1) identify promising models of and challenges to building effective partnerships; (2) inform funding and policies; and (3) advance effective partnerships across the nation. Responses requested by January 27, 2017.

  • Medicaid Pocket Primer - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 04-JAN-2017    Details

    A fact sheet on Medicaid, the public health insurance program for those with low income.

  • New Nursing Home Rules Offer Residents More Control Of Their Care - (Kaiser Health News (KHN) US)  - 04-JAN-2017    Details

    The federal rules reflect a shift toward more "person-centered care," including requirements for speedy care plans, more flexibility and variety in meals and snacks, greater review of a person's drug regimen, better security, improved grievance procedures and scrutiny of involuntary discharges.

  • Nuestro Futuro: Climate Change and U.S. Latinos - (Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC))  - 03-JAN-2017    Details

    This report uses demographic data, public opinion research, and analysis of climate-related health threats to illustrate the dangers of climate change to U.S. Latinos and show how Latino engagement can help secure a safer climate and a cleaner energy future.

  • Nutrition across the Lifespan for Healthy Aging: Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief - (National Academies)  - 30-DEC-2016    Details

    Summary of a workshop to examine trends and patterns in aging and factors related to healthy aging in the United States with a focus on nutrition; to examine how nutrition can sustain and promote healthy aging; to highlight the role of nutrition in the aging process at various stages in life; to discuss changes in organ systems over the lifespan; diet-related sensory preferences; oral health; and the microbiome; and to explore opportunities to move forward in promoting healthy aging in the United States.

  • Report to Congress: Social Risk Factors and Performance under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing Programs - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS (ASPE) USA)  - 30-DEC-2016    Details

    This report provides a study examining the effect of individuals' social risk factors on quality measures, resource use, and other measures under the Medicare program, as well as analyses of the impact of Medicare's current value-based payment programs on providers serving socially at-risk beneficiaries and simulations of potential policy options to address these issues.

  • The Digital Bridge Initiative: Improving Public Health Surveillance in the U.S. - (Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - 29-DEC-2016    Details

    Digital Bridge is a collaboration of the largest healthcare providers, EHR vendors, and public health practice associations in the U.S. designed to improve the health of our nation by creating a bidirectional information exchange between health care and public health.

  • 769 Hospitals Penalized For Patient Safety In 2017: Data Table - (Kaiser Health News (KHN) US)  - 29-DEC-2016    Details

    The federal government has cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient injuries this year. Those hospitals will lose 1 percent of Medicare payments over the federal fiscal year, which runs from October 2016 through next September.

  • Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment: Mapping State Programs - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA)  - 23-DEC-2016    Details

    This interactive map provides high-level details on Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs and DSRIP-like programs, including those in both the implementation and application process. DSRIP programs, authorized through federal Medicaid Section 1115 waivers, provide states with funding derived from projected savings to test cutting-edge ways to improve how care is paid for and delivered.

  • Repeal of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: Critical Questions for States - 23-DEC-2016    Details

    This issue brief provides a series of questions and answers on the potential repeal of the Medicaid expansion, reviewing available information, and highlighting critical questions that states will want to consider as Congress and the incoming Administration continue to debate when and how to repeal the ACA. (State Health Reform Assistance Network)

  • States Implement Policy Measures in 2016 to Address Opioid Misuse - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  - 23-DEC-2016    Details

    This year, legislatures focused on finding effective solutions to this ongoing epidemic by adopting statutory and regulatory limits on opioid prescriptions and expanding safe syringe access programs.

  • New Health Services Research ONESearch - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - 23-DEC-2016    Details

    Article provides an overview of the new ONESearch consolidated search site, which allows users to search Health Services Research Information Central, Health Services Projects in Progress, Health Services and Sciences Research Resources, and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce using one simple search interface.

  • Global Health Policy Hub - (Health Affairs)  - 23-DEC-2016    Details

    A hub containing Health Affairs‘ most recent global health policy articles and blog posts, plus links to our global health theme issues of the journal.

  • Who Gained Health Insurance Coverage Under the ACA; and Where Do They Live? - (Urban Institute (UI))  - 23-DEC-2016    Details

    Report used data from the American Community Survey to compute uninsured rates for the nation, individual states, and demographic groups. The researchers found that gains in coverage were large and broad-based for all Americans under 65, for both men and women, and across subgroups based on race/ethnicity, levels of educational attainment, and states.

  • Making Quality of Life a Treatment Factor - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) US)  - 23-DEC-2016    Details

    The results of this Pipeline to Proposal award focuses on assessing patients' quality of life while making treatment decisions.

  • Medicaid Financing: The Basics - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - 22-DEC-2016    Details

    Issue brief outlines how Medicaid financing works currently, how much Medicaid costs and how funds are spent, and the role of Medicaid in federal and state budgets.

  • HHS selects eight states for new demonstration program to improve access to high quality behavioral health services - (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)  - 22-DEC-2016    Details

    HHS has selected eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high quality care for people with mental and substance use disorders.

  • The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) Project - Infographic - (Administration for Children and Families, HHS (ACF))  - 22-DEC-2016    Details

    The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project demonstrated the value of applying insights from behavioral science to improve the efficacy of human services programs. This infographic captures key elements of the project, highlights the behavioral techniques most commonly used in BIAS, and summarizes results across the BIAS experiments.

  • Why Doesn't Payment Reform Support Population Health? A Look at the Barriers - (AcademyHealth)  - 21-DEC-2016    Details

    Despite an overall shift toward value-based care, payment and financing models in the United States remain largely tied to clinical services and have not incorporated services linked to the social determinants of health, stunting reform that could make the benefits of community-wide population health a reality.

  • A Long Way in a Short Time: States' Progress on Health Care Coverage and Access, 2013-2015 - (Commonwealth Fund)  - 21-DEC-2016    Details

    Issue brief examines how insurance coverage changed between 2013 and 2015 because of the ACA insurance reforms, by comparing five indicators of health care access: uninsured adults, uninsured children, adults who went without care due to cost, at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the last two years, and adults without a dental visit in the past year.

  • State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  - 19-DEC-2016    Details

    SAMHSA is accepting applications for the 2017 State Target Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants, a program that aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder.

  • Health Policy Literacy - 19-DEC-2016    Details

    December 19, 2016 - January 20, 2017. Free online training on factors that influence health literacy, the difference between literacy and health literacy, and the definition and application of health policy literacy. (Health Policy Research Consortium)

  • Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths - United States, 2010-2015 - (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))  - 16-DEC-2016    Details

    From 2014 to 2015, the death rate from synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl, increased by 72.2%, and heroin death rates increased by 20.6%. Rates of death involving heroin and synthetic opioids other than methadone increased across all demographic groups, regions, and in numerous states.

  • Public Health Leadership and Management in the Era of Public Health 3.0 - (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)  - 16-DEC-2016    Details

    Article discusses how the challenge of creating a Public Health 3.0 workforce is less about subject matter expertise and the science of public health and more about building the leadership and management competencies of public health workers nationwide.