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Year 2018: March February January
Year 2017: December November October September August July June May April


March 2018

  • Addressing Health Through Housing Solutions Addressing Health Through Housing Solutions - (American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) USA) - 20-MAR-2018 Details

    As the US healthcare system searches for a way to address the poor health and high healthcare costs of American, one concept has risen to the top and received a lot of attention: social determinants of health. Podcast focuses on the issue of housing, and how communities are working to get people into housing so their health can improve.

  • Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2018 Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2018 - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA) - 19-MAR-2018 Details

    CBP and JCT have provided an estimate of the cost of the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2018, which would: change the state waiver process, appropriate money for reinsurance programs or high-risk pools, appropriate funds for cost-sharing reductions, allow enrollees to purchase catastrophic plans, and require existing funding for outreach/enrollment for 2019 and 2020.

  • Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP (March 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (MACPAC USA) - 16-MAR-2018 Details

    This report focuses on three aspects of Medicaid to improve efficiency and impact: streamlining the authorities states can use to run their managed care programs, promoting use of telehealth as a strategy for addressing access barriers; and understanding how disproportionate share hospitals have been affected by changes in insurance coverage.

  • Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy (March 2018) Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy (March 2018) - (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)) - 16-MAR-2018 Details

    Report makes payment policy recommendations for nine provider sectors in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and reviews the status of Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare's prescription drug benefit (Part D), recommends changing the way Medicare pays for clinician services in FFS by moving beyond the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), recommends changes to MA and Part D to improve the equity and efficiency of those programs, and responds to a Congressional mandate on telehealth in Medicare.

  • The Intersection of Technology and Policy: EHR Population Level Data Exports to Support Population Health and Value (March 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS) - 13-MAR-2018 Details

    ONC, the Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) and the SMART Team at Boston Children's Hospital hosted a meeting in December 2017 focused on emerging standards for population level data export from health information systems using Health Level Seven® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®). Report includes a summary of the meeting including key takeaways, high level overviews, insights from the attendees, and future directions.

  • Hospital Compare Quality Measure Results for CAHs, 2016 (March 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Flex Monitoring Team) - 08-MAR-2018 Details

    This report summarizes reporting rates and performance among all U.S. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on Hospital Compare inpatient and outpatient process of care and structural measures for calendar year 2016. The Flex Monitoring Team also produces state-specific CAH reports with more detailed results.

  • Leading a Faith-Based Charge Against Opioid Abuse images/pdf.gif icon - (Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHAUSA) USA) - 07-MAR-2018 Details

    CHI St. Gabriel's Health, a multifacility rural health organization located in Little Falls, Minnesota, has developed a systematic and effective approach to treating opioid abuse.

  • USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse - (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)) - 07-MAR-2018 Details

    USDA is hosting a series of monthly roundtables on opioids through the summer in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maine. Key topics will include challenges associated with substance use disorder; strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery; and how these measures can be replicated to effectively address the epidemic in other rural communities.

  • 2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 06-MAR-2018 Details

    HHS has updated the federal poverty guidelines for the CHIP and Medicaid thresholds. The 2018 guidelines reflect the 2.1 percent price increase between calendar years 2016 and 2017. For a family or household of 4 persons living in one of the 48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia, the poverty guideline for 2018 is $25,100.

  • State of Rural Minnesota, 2018 State of Rural Minnesota, 2018 - 06-MAR-2018 Details

    A brief update on various economic and demographic data in rural Minnesota. This report provides historical data points, illustrating how rural conditions have changed so we can have healthy discussions about the current demographic and economic vitality of rural Minnesota. (Center For Rural Policy and Development)

  • Healthcare Affordability: Untangling Cost Drivers (February 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI)) - 02-MAR-2018 Details

    Annual report comparing the total cost of care for those with private insurance in various U.S. regions. The report uses the average cost of healthcare for comparable populations as its benchmark, and compares each state to that average.

  • Does where you live affect how long you live? Does where you live affect how long you live? - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) - 02-MAR-2018 Details

    A ZIP code is 5 numbers meant to give mail to people-not indicate how long they live. Unfortunately, many US cities and counties have significant gaps in life expectancy, often for residents just a few miles apart. Explore how life expectancy in America compares with life expectancy in your area, and resources to help illuminate these disparities and enable everyone to have the opportunity to live a healthier life.

  • NLM Releases 2017-2027 Strategic Plan! NLM Releases 2017-2027 Strategic Plan! - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA) - 01-MAR-2018 Details

    The National Library of Medicine 2017-2027 Strategic Plan, A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health is now accessible online. NLM's future is being built on three pillars: NLM as a platform for data-driven discovery and health; Reaching new users in new ways; and Workforce excellence from citizens to scientists.

  • How States Use Data to Inform Decisions How States Use Data to Inform Decisions - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA) - 01-MAR-2018 Details

    Using data collected from interviews with more than 350 state officials, this study highlights ways in which some government leaders have employed sophisticated data analytics, beyond traditional uses of administrative data to craft policy responses to complex issues, improve service delivery, manage existing resources, and examine policy and program effectiveness.


February 2018

  • 2018 State of Health in All Policies (HiAP) 2018 State of Health in All Policies (HiAP) - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)) - 28-FEB-2018 Details

    Report provides case studies from nine states on their HiAP initiatives, including background information, drivers behind starting and maintaining the HiAP work, partnerships, challenges, keys to success, and impacts are included. In addition, the report summarizes, at a higher level, themes that emerged from the collection of case studies.

  • Request for Nominations Request for Nominations - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS) - 28-FEB-2018 Details

    HRSA is seeking nominations of four qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (Committee). The Committee consists of 18 public members, including two co-chairs. Nominations are due by May 30, 2018.

  • Overdose Deaths Fall in 14 States Overdose Deaths Fall in 14 States - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA) - 22-FEB-2018 Details

    New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working.

  • The Opioid Public Health Emergency and Older Adults The Opioid Public Health Emergency and Older Adults - (Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS USA) - 21-FEB-2018 Details

    Brief provides background information about opioid use among older adults, opioid use disorder, and evidence-based treatments, as well as federal guidelines for prescription opioid use, and therapeutic alternatives, evidence-based practices for treatment, and recovery support services. The issue brief then describes federal resources and state and local innovations that address opioid use among older adults.

  • National Health Expenditure Projections 2017-2026 Forecast Summary images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 16-FEB-2018 Details

    Under current law, national health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.5 percent per year for 2017-26 and to reach $5.7 trillion by 2026. While this projected average annual growth rate is more modest than that of 7.3 percent observed over the longer-term history prior to the recession (1990-2007), it is more rapid than has been experienced 2008-16 (4.2 percent).

  • Mapping Life Expectancy Mapping Life Expectancy - (Virginia Commonwealth University, Center on Society and Health USA) - 15-FEB-2018 Details

    To underscore the connection between neighborhood conditions and health, the VCU Center on Society and Health has created a series of maps that prominently display life expectancy values alongside common geographic landmarks such as subway stops and highway exits.

  • Rural Food Access Toolkit Rural Food Access Toolkit - (Rural Health Information Hub) - 14-FEB-2018 Details

    This toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing food access programs in rural communities across the United States.

  • Whole-Health Assessment 2.0 Whole-Health Assessment 2.0 - (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)) - 13-FEB-2018 Details

    In this training, health service providers expand on the intersecting issues that impact the overall physical, emotional and mental well-being of young Black men who have sex with men (MSM).

  • Top 10 HEOR Trends images/pdf.gif icon - (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) USA) - 13-FEB-2018 Details

    This document examines issues surrounding health economics and outcomes research, related to drugs and pricing, drug approvals, health coverage, the aging populations, preventive medicine, and innovation disruptions.

  • Distance and Networks: A Regional Analysis of Health Insurance Marketplaces (January 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Health Research & Policy Centers (RHRC) USA) - 07-FEB-2018 Details

    Using 2015-16 data on insurance issuer participation, premiums, and enrollment success for 15 Midwestern states, study examined the possibility that geographic distance to care plays a role in this variation through its effect on network adequacy from several angles and attempts to assess the moderating role that state-level policies on network adequacy standards and Rating Area design may have.

  • Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado (2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Colorado Rural Health Center) - 02-FEB-2018 Details

    Brief provides a snapshot of demographics, access to health care, health information technology, health outcomes, opioid abuse, workforce shortages, oral health, and mental health for rural residents of Colorado.

  • Health Equity in New Mexico (January 2018) Health Equity in New Mexico (January 2018) - (New Mexico Department of Health) - 02-FEB-2018 Details

    Report provides relevant and timely information regarding the health status of the various population groups in NM to help inform, educate, and empower readers on equity issues. It is also intended to be a tool for community, state, and tribal partners and policymakers to use in the design and implementation of effective strategies to decrease health disparities and improve health outcomes for all people in New Mexico.


January 2018

  • A Century of Advancing Health Care for All A Century of Advancing Health Care for All - (Commonwealth Fund) - 29-JAN-2018 Details

    In 1918, Anna Harkness founded the Commonwealth Fund with a gift of $10 million and the mandate to "do something for the welfare of mankind." To celebrate 100 years of work to improve health care and make it affordable and accessible for all Americans, they have launched a website that tells the Commonwealth Fund's story.

  • 2018 Maryland Rural Health Plan images/pdf.gif icon - 23-JAN-2018 Details

    Plan outlines areas of need, including access to care, sustainable funding for health care services, care coordination, chronic disease prevention and management, health literacy and health insurance literacy, and outreach and education. It also focuses on policy, systems-based, and individual recommendations. (Maryland Rural Health Association)

  • Taking Stock: Policy Opportunities for Advancing Rural Health (2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA) - 19-JAN-2018 Details

    Paper lays out clear policy trajectories in seven major subject areas that can enhance access and affordability of high quality services in rural America into the future. Subject areas include Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, Insurance Coverage and Affordability, Quality, Health Care Finance and System Transformation, Workforce, and Population Health.

  • Communicating About Opioids in Appalachia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices images/pdf.gif icon - (Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) USA) - 19-JAN-2018 Details

    From January-June 2017, the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) conducted interviews and focus groups to explore best practices for communicating about opioids in the Appalachian Region. The goals of the project were to: 1) explore how the opioid crisis is uniquely affecting diverse Appalachian communities; and 2) identify effective content and messaging strategies that Appalachian community-based organizations (CBOs) can use to support opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.

  • Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment (December 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (University of Washington) - 17-JAN-2018 Details

    Report provides details about: the occupations and roles that comprise the overall behavioral health workforce, the size and distribution of the workforce, measures of workforce demand, the education and training pathways connecting to these careers, and some new approaches to addressing behavioral health workforce needs in Washington.

  • How does cost affect access to care? How does cost affect access to care? - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA) - 17-JAN-2018 Details

    This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in access to care in the U.S. The high cost of health care can be a barrier to access for both insured people (particularly those with high deductibles) and the uninsured, and costs can be particularly burdensome for people in worse health.

  • Focus on: Health Literacy Focus on: Health Literacy - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA) - 17-JAN-2018 Details

    To find out what's going on in the growing field of health literacy, NLM in Focus spoke with resident expert Rob Logan, PhD, in the Office of Communication and Public Liaison at NLM. Logan is the co-author of a new book on health literacy research and practice.

  • Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults (November 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (AARP) - 12-JAN-2018 Details

    This study examines whether social isolation also affects health care spending among older adults. By examining Medicare spending data, this study found that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional federal spending annually.

  • Healthy Innovation, Safer Families: FDA's 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS) - 11-JAN-2018 Details

    The FDA has outlines four priorities that will be the focus of policy action in 2018: reducing the burden of addiction crises; leveraging innovation to improve health care, broaden access, and advance public health; empower consumers to make informed decisions about their diets and health; and strengthen the FDA's scientific workforce and tools for risk management.

  • Urban and Rural Variation in Fertility-related Behavior Among U.S. Women, 2011-2015 images/pdf.gif icon - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS)) - 09-JAN-2018 Details

    Using National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) data from 2011 through 2015 for women aged 18-44, this report describes urban-rural differences in first sexual intercourse, marital and cohabitation status, number of births, and contraceptive use based on residence at the time of interview.

  • Notice of an Upcoming Challenge Competition Notice of an Upcoming Challenge Competition - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) - 03-JAN-2018 Details

    This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct a Challenge Competition in Fall 2018 to develop user-friendly technical tools to collect and integrate patient-reported outcome data in electronic health records or other health information technology products.

  • Update: Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity Update: Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS) - 03-JAN-2018 Details

    The purpose of this notice is to provide an updated diversity statement that describes NIH's interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. This diversity statement was informed by a literature review, the reports and deliberations of several internal NIH committees, as well as input from Institute and Center officials, program staff and external stakeholders.

  • Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Promoting Telehealth in Rural America - (Federal Communications Commission (FCC) USA) - 02-JAN-2018 Details

    New rule from the FCC proposes steps to ensure that rural healthcare providers get the support they need while guarding against waste, fraud, and abuse, considers a series of measures to ensure the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program operates efficiently and considers the appropriate size of the funding cap.


December 2017

  • Mortality in the United States, 2016 (December 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS)) - 22-DEC-2017 Details

    This report presents final 2016 U.S. mortality data on deaths and death rates by demographic and medical characteristics. These data provide information on mortality patterns among U.S. residents by variables such as sex, race and ethnicity, and cause of death.

  • When Will CHIP Funding Run Out? images/pdf.gif icon - (Georgetown University) - 20-DEC-2017 Details

    A new analysis by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found that if Congress does not act soon to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), an estimated 1.9 million children in separate CHIP programs could lose coverage in January. An additional 1 million children would also be at risk of losing coverage by the end of February.

  • Cancer Survival in the United States Cancer Survival in the United States - (Wiley Interscience USA) - 19-DEC-2017 Details

    CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control led a special open-access issue in the journal Cancer about cancer survival in the United States. The 10 cancer-specific papers in the supplement provide the percentage of people who live for at least five years after being told they have cancer.

  • Effects of Rural Hospital Closures (December 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Health Research Gateway USA) - 19-DEC-2017 Details

    From January 2005 to November 8, 2017, 124 rural hospitals closed in the U.S. Closure of a rural hospital has a direct effect on the individuals within that hospital's service area, decreasing the health and economic wellbeing of that community.

  • Addiction Evidence Project Addiction Evidence Project - (Health Policy Institute of Ohio) - 19-DEC-2017 Details

    Project is designed to provide policymakers and other stakeholders with information needed to evaluate Ohio's policy response to the opiate crisis, and accelerate and continually improve strategies to address substance use disorders in a comprehensive, effective and efficient way.

  • AHIMA Guidelines: The Cybersecurity Plan (December 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)) - 14-DEC-2017 Details

    AHIMA has released guidelines for providers looking to implement cybersecurity prevention measures, including actions that can be started immediately as well as comprehensive efforts that require more long-term commitments.

  • AI/AN Community Crisis Response Guidelines AI/AN Community Crisis Response Guidelines - (Indian Health Service (IHS)) - 14-DEC-2017 Details

    Guidelines address the importance of federal and tribal partnerships in addressing suicide behavior-related crises. These guidelines recommend responsibilities and procedures for Tribes, who receive services through Indian Health Service (IHS), in requesting assistance in suicide prevention and early/post intervention from the IHS Division of Behavioral Health (DBH).

  • The Integration of Behavioral Health into Pediatric Primary Care Settings (November 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - 13-DEC-2017 Details

    Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health), an initiative of SAMHSA, provides grants to states, tribes, and local communities to support behavioral health integration into primary care settings, among other activities. This issue brief highlights selected promising behavioral health integration strategies that the Project LAUNCH grantees used to improve the delivery and quality of care for children and families.

  • Visualize Health Equity Project Visualize Health Equity Project - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM)) - 11-DEC-2017 Details

    The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) called on artists of all kinds to illustrate what health equity looks, sounds, and feels like to them. By sharing insights directly from people in diverse communities around the United States, the goal of this community art project is to get more people thinking and talking about health equity and the social determinants of health.

  • Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health (November 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, de Beaumont Foundation USA) - 07-DEC-2017 Details

    Report provides public health departments with a framework that will allow them to request data from hospitals and health systems in order to move the needle on critical public health challenges.

  • Perspectives on Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health Perspectives on Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM)) - 06-DEC-2017 Details

    This NAM Special Publication, an edited volume of discussion papers, provides author's recommendations to advance the agenda to promote health equity for all. Organized by research approaches and policy implications, systems that perpetuate or ameliorate health disparities, and specific examples of ways in which health disparities manifest in communities of color, this special publication provides a stark look at how health and well-being are nurtured, protected, and preserved where people live, learn, work, and play.


November 2017

  • ESRD Facility Characteristics by Rurality and Risk of Closure images/pdf.gif icon - (South Carolina Rural Health Research Center) - 28-NOV-2017 Details

    Study profiles rural end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities, focusing specifically on those at greatest risk for closure based on low-volume designation and/or negative Medicare profit margins and examines characteristics of these facilities, quality of care they provide, and distance patients in rural areas would have to travel if these facilities were to close.

  • Pain in the Nation Pain in the Nation - (Trust for America's Health (TFAH)) - 27-NOV-2017 Details

    Report highlights more than 60 research-based policies, practices and programs to reduce substance use, alcohol misuse and suicide - and promote better well-being for all Americans.

  • School Health Index School Health Index - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) - 27-NOV-2017 Details

    The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2017 is an online self-assessment and planning tool (also available in a downloadable, printable version) that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

  • The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Epidemic (November 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Executive Office of the President) - 21-NOV-2017 Details

    This paper estimates the economic cost of opioid overdose deaths using conventional economic estimates for valuing life routinely used by U.S. Federal agencies. It also adjusts for underreporting of opioids in overdose deaths, includes heroin-related fatalities, and incorporates nonfatal costs of opioid misuse.

  • Rural Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA) - 21-NOV-2017 Details

    This paper provides policymakers and other interested stakeholders a primer on rural long-term services and supports (LTSS): (1) the fundamentals of the rural LTSS system, (2) rural access to and use of LTSS, and (3) discussion of the opportunities within and limitations of current Federal and State LTSS policy for advancing rural health system transformation toward a high-performing rural health delivery system.

  • Transportation and the Role of Hospitals (November 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Hospital Association (AHA)) - 17-NOV-2017 Details

    This guide discusses the role of hospitals and health systems and recommends strategies for addressing patient transportation issues. It also includes four case studies on hospitals and health systems and their interventions to reduce transportation barriers in their communities.

  • 2018 Updates to the Child and Adult Core Health Care Quality Measurement Sets images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 15-NOV-2017 Details

    This informational bulletin describes the 2018 updates to the core set of children's health care quality measures for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (the Child Core Set) and the core set of health care quality measures for adults enrolled in Medicaid (the Adult Core Set).

  • Mass Violence and Behavioral Health (September 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - 15-NOV-2017 Details

    This issue of the Supplemental Research Bulletin focuses on how mass violence affects the behavioral health of adult and young (child and adolescent) survivors or witnesses of a mass violence incident.

  • Best Practices in Rural Regional Mobility (2017) Best Practices in Rural Regional Mobility (2017) - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)) - 13-NOV-2017 Details

    Report addresses the role of state transit program policies and regional planning agencies in the development of services that fall in the middle ground between intercity bus service and rural public transportation. Report provides lessons learned on how to address needs for rural regional mobility, and includes a checklist for developing a rural regional route.

  • Medicare Delivery System Reform: The Evidence Link Medicare Delivery System Reform: The Evidence Link - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA) - 13-NOV-2017 Details

    A central source of information and data about Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs), medical home models, and bundled payment models-all developed by CMS under the ACA. This interactive resource synthesizes the most up-to-date evidence on Medicare's efforts to reduce the growth in health care spending and improve patient care through new payment and delivery reform models.

  • Rural Behavioral Health images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Health Research Gateway USA) - 08-NOV-2017 Details

    A summary of the Rural Health Research Gateway's most recent research on rural behavioral and mental health.

  • Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 - (ECRI Institute USA) - 06-NOV-2017 Details

    ​​Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats, endoscope reprocessing failures, and contamination of bed and stretcher support surfaces-these are just a few of the potential danger areas that ECRI identified in their Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 list. Download of the full brief requires free registration.

  • FAQs: What's the Latest on IPAB? FAQs: What's the Latest on IPAB? - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA) - 03-NOV-2017 Details

    On November 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 849) to repeal the provision of the ACA that authorized the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. Although IPAB was authorized under the ACA in 2010, no members have been appointed and currently the Board is not operational. These FAQs address common questions about IPAB, including how it was designed to operate and the implications of eliminating it.

  • Discrimination in America Discrimination in America - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) - 01-NOV-2017 Details

    The "Discrimination in America" report series focuses on personal experiences with discrimination across more than a dozen areas of daily life. This series is based on a survey among a nationally representative sample of 3,453 adults ages 18 or older, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Whites, LGBTQ adults, men and women.

  • The Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact (October 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health) - 01-NOV-2017 Details

    Report contains specific, proven recommendations for how to most effectively combat the epidemic -from allowing physicians to more effectively treat those suffering from addiction; to expanding coverage and accessibility of opioid overdose reversal drugs like naloxone; to changing the way that health care professionals, employers, and advocates talk about addiction to reduce stigma.


October 2017

  • How HIPAA Allows Doctors to Respond to the Opioid Crisis (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA) - 31-OCT-2017 Details

    This document explains how health care providers have broad ability to share health information with patients' family members during certain crisis situations without violating HIPAA privacy regulations.

  • Health Plan Choice and Premiums in the 2018 Federal Health Insurance Exchange (October 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS USA) - 30-OCT-2017 Details

    This brief presents information on qualified health plans (QHPs) available in the Exchange for states that use the HealthCare.gov platform, including estimates for issuer participation, health plan options, premiums, and subsidies in the upcoming open enrollment period (OEP), and trends since the first OEP.

  • Rural Transit Fact Book 2017 images/pdf.gif icon - (North Dakota State University (NDSU) US) - 24-OCT-2017 Details

    Fact Book serves as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. This publication includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial and operating statistics for agencies receiving section 5311 funding. In addition to national level data, statistics are presented by state, FTA region, tribe, and mode, as well as other agency characteristics.

  • Partnership Assessment Tool for Health Partnership Assessment Tool for Health - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA) - 24-OCT-2017 Details

    The Partnership Assessment Tool for Health (PATH), designed for CBOs and health care organizations in existing partnerships, provides a template to: (1) understand progress toward benchmarks characteristic of effective partnerships; (2) identify areas for further development; and (3) guide strategic conversations. The objective of the tool is to help partnering organizations work together more effectively to maximize the impact of the partnership.

  • Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Hospital Association (AHA)) - 23-OCT-2017 Details

    American Hospital Association developed this toolkit to provide guidance and resources to hospitals and health systems on how to work with patients, clinicians and communities to stem the opioid epidemic.

  • S. 1827, Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017 S. 1827, Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017 - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA) - 23-OCT-2017 Details

    S. 1827 would extend federal funding for CHIP for five years, through fiscal year 2022. The bill also would make several other changes to CHIP, including a change in the federal matching rate for the program and an extension of the requirement that states maintain eligibility levels as they were in 2010. CBO and JCT estimate that, on net, enacting this legislation would increase the deficit by $8.2 billion over the 2018-2027 period. That amount includes a spending increase of $14.9 billion and an increase in revenues of $6.7 billion.

  • FDA Releases 2015 NARMS Integrated Report FDA Releases 2015 NARMS Integrated Report - (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS) - 23-OCT-2017 Details

    Today the FDA, along with its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) partners, the CDC and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, released the 2015 NARMS Integrated Report. The annual report highlights antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacteria isolated from humans (by CDC), raw retail meats (by FDA), and animals at slaughter (by USDA).

  • NCCIH introduces Know the Science initiative NCCIH introduces Know the Science initiative - (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH USA) - 20-OCT-2017 Details

    The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has launched Know the Science, an initiative aiming to clarify and explain scientific topics related to health research. This effort features a variety of materials including interactive modules, quizzes, and videos to provide engaging, straightforward content for consumers to dive in and get to know the science.

  • ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive: Opioid Use in Acute Care ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive: Opioid Use in Acute Care - (ECRI Institute USA) - 17-OCT-2017 Details

    Despite the focus on appropriate use of opioids for pain management, many hospitals continue to see adverse events in which patients are injured from unintentional overdoses. To help hospitals prevent patient harm from the use of opioids, ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) conducted a deep dive analysis of adverse events related to opioids in the acute care setting. Executive brief, a leadership infographic, and an interactive tool are available for free download by registering with ECRI.

  • Who Are the Uninsured? Who Are the Uninsured? - (Community Commons USA) - 11-OCT-2017 Details

    In 2016, there were about 27.3 million people (8.6 percent of the population) who lacked health insurance coverage according to the latest American Community Survey data. You may wonder what the uninsured population looked like. Were the uninsured young or old? Were they more likely to live in certain parts of the nation?

  • 2020 Roadmap: Improving Health in Our Communities (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - 06-OCT-2017 Details

    Report serves as a high-level framework for New York to create a strong health information exchange foundation, support patient-centric, value based care, enable interoperability and innovation, promote efficiency and affordability of the HIE system, and advocate for the system. (Statewide Health Information Network for New York)

  • Americans' Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)) - 05-OCT-2017 Details

    Twenty-one percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error, according to a national survey. The survey further finds that, when errors do occur, they often have lasting impact on the patient's physical health, emotional health, financial well-being, or family relationships. The nationwide survey of more than 2,500 adults was conducted by NORC from May 12-June 26, 2017.

  • Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model; Withdrawal images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA) - 05-OCT-2017 Details

    HHS is pleased to announce a withdrawal notice for the proposed rule entitled "Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans" has been published.