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Year 2016: December November


October 2017

  • 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.


September 2017

  • Financial Inequality: Disability, Race, and Poverty in America (September 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Association of States United on Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) USA) - 29-SEP-2017 Details

    This report from the National Disability Institute (NDI) studies the prevalence of disability by race, the changing rate of disability by age and race, and the impact of race and disability on educational attainment, employment, banking status, health insurance, medical debt, and food insecurity.

  • Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) - 28-SEP-2017 Details

    This report presents findings from programs and grants that examined methods for enhancing communication and improving patient safety. Topics include the role of the patient and family in supporting improved care and patient safety; shared decision-making initiatives; the use of reporting systems; the harmful impact of institutional silence when patient harm occurs; implementation of disclosure, apology, and offer programs; safety culture and disclosure culture surveys; and medication safety initiatives.

  • Health Care Facility Design Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit Health Care Facility Design Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) - 20-SEP-2017 Details

    The goal of this toolkit is to assist in the design of a built environment that supports workflow, procedures, and capability while ensuring the safety of patients and staff. Toolkit targets six areas of safety -- infections, falls, medication errors, security, injuries of behavioral health, and patient handling; addresses potential environmental considerations for the built design; and functions as a quality check tool.

  • Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update 2017 (Augusst 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA) - 19-SEP-2017 Details

    The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis reports annually on rural beneficiary enrollment in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, noting any trends or new developments evident in the data. These reports are based on data through March of each year, capturing results of open enrollment periods.

  • Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) - 15-SEP-2017 Details

    Interactive online tool to help employers, insurers, and state health departments weight the costs and benefits of National DPP lifestyle change programs, including cost of delivering of lifestyle change program, health benefit resulting from the program, life years gained, cost-effectiveness, and return on investment.

  • Sliding Fee Scale Discount Guide for CAHs and RHCs Sliding Fee Scale Discount Guide for CAHs and RHCs - (National Rural Health Resource Center US) - 14-SEP-2017 Details

    Guide provides critical access hospital (CAH) and rural health clinic (RHC) executive and management teams with concepts and guidance in developing a Sliding Fee Scale Discount Program. It also assists in gaining an understanding of how sliding fee scale discount programs relate to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r) compliance and participation in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).

  • Narrow Networks on the Individual Marketplace in 2017 Narrow Networks on the Individual Marketplace in 2017 - (University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) US) - 14-SEP-2017 Details

    Brief describes the breadth of physician networks on the ACA marketplaces in 2017, finding that the overall rate of narrow networks is 21%, which is a decline since 2014 (31%) and 2016 (25%), and that narrow networks are concentrated in plans sold on state-based marketplaces, at 42%, compared to 10% of plans on federally-facilitated marketplaces.

  • Social Determinants of Health Resource Series Social Determinants of Health Resource Series - (American Hospital Association (AHA), Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI), Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET)) - 14-SEP-2017 Details

    A work in progress, this series of resources can help hospitals address the social determinants of health in their communities. Resources include reports, case studies, webinars, and videos on food, housing, education, transportation, violence, social support, health behaviors, and employment.

  • Breastfeeding Savings Calculator Breastfeeding Savings Calculator - (United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)) - 14-SEP-2017 Details

    Calculator allows visitors to explore the cost of suboptimal breastfeeding in the United States. It contains two cost calculators that predict the cost of suboptimal breastfeeding by state and by the achievement of specific population breastfeeding rates.

  • New Health Literacy Toolkit New Health Literacy Toolkit - (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)) - 13-SEP-2017 Details

    Toolkit provides key messages, program ideas and downloadable marketing materials, including bookmark templates and social media graphics, to use to promote health literacy in October and throughout the year. The wide-ranging array of health literacy topics covered include nutrition, aging, and chronic illness.

  • Trends in Emergency Department Visits, 2006-2014 (September 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) - 13-SEP-2017 Details

    This brief presents information on ED visits between 2006 and 2014. Population-based ED visit rates in 2006 and 2014 are provided by patient characteristics, whether the ED visit resulted in admission to the same hospital or resulted in the patient being treated and released, and the type of first-listed diagnosis for the ED visit.

  • Medicaid Financing of Home Visiting Services for Women, Children, and Their Families (August 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)) - 13-SEP-2017 Details

    This issue brief highlights the Medicaid financing authorities and mechanisms available to support home visiting services. It also explores new opportunities to integrate home visiting into state health reform efforts; how states are currently using Medicaid to finance home visiting; and additional funding sources that states are using to implement and/or expand home visiting programs.

  • Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day Health Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day - (Futures Without Violence) - 13-SEP-2017 Details

    A nationally-recognized day that will take place on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare and advocacy communities to offer education about the critical importance of universal education to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse and offer warm referrals to domestic violence advocates.

  • Opioid Action Plan (September 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Arizona Department of Health Services US) - 08-SEP-2017 Details

    This report, in response to an emergency public health declaration, is intended to be an action plan that will serve as a catalyst to reducing deaths from opioids in Arizona.

  • Health Sector Trend Report - August 2017 images/pdf.gif icon - (Altarum Institute USA) - 08-SEP-2017 Details

    This report provides a monthly summary of key trends in U.S. health care spending, prices, utilization, and employment, based primarily upon data from Altarum's Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs (HSEI).

  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health (September 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Hospital Association (AHA)) - 07-SEP-2017 Details

    A one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders in vulnerable communities implement a multi-step strategy to address the underlying social conditions that often prevent individuals from being able to access health care or achieve health goals.

  • 2016 Focus: Poverty in New York City images/pdf.gif icon - (NYU Furman Center USA) - 06-SEP-2017 Details

    A new report analyzes poverty and its spatial concentration in New York City, including recent changes in poverty across neighborhoods and demographic groups.

  • National Recovery Month National Recovery Month - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - 05-SEP-2017 Details

    Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.

  • Go4Life Month! September 2017 Go4Life Month! September 2017 - (National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH) - 05-SEP-2017 Details

    An opportunity to focus attention on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults. This year's theme is Move More with Go4Life! The goal for Go4Life Month is to help older adults move a little more, work a little harder, and try all 4 types of exercise.


August 2017

  • Rural-Urban Differences in Medicare Service Use in the Last Six Months of Life (August 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Health Research & Policy Centers (RHRC) USA) - 31-AUG-2017 Details

    Brief used data from a sample of Medicare beneficiary claims to assess whether service utilization (inpatient stays, physician visits, long-term care, skilled nursing, home health or hospice care) in the last six months of life differed between rural and urban decedents and across decedents of different race/ethnicity categories.

  • Appalachian Diseases of Despair (August 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) USA) - 29-AUG-2017 Details

    The goal of this study was to analyze the impact of the diseases of despair (those due to alcohol and prescription drugs) on mortality within the Appalachian Region.

  • Housing and the Role of Hospitals (August 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET)) - 23-AUG-2017 Details

    This guide includes five case studies about hospitals and health systems engaging in innovative programs to address different housing issues in their communities.

  • State Community Health Worker Models State Community Health Worker Models - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)) - 22-AUG-2017 Details

    This map highlights state activity to integrate CHWs into evolving health care systems in key areas such as financing, education and training, certification, and state definitions, roles and scope of practice. The map includes enacted state CHW legislation and provides links to state CHW associations and other leading organizations working on CHW issues in states.

  • Design and Operation of the National Survey of Children's Health, 2011-2012 (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS)) - 07-AUG-2017 Details

    This report presents the development, plan, and operation of the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health, a survey designed to produce national and state prevalence estimates of the physical and emotional health of children aged 0-17 years, as well as factors including medical homes, family interactions, parental health, school and after-school experiences, and neighborhood characteristics.

  • Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency? Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency? - (National Public Radio (NPR) USA) - 02-AUG-2017 Details

    A White House commission released a report this week on America's opioid crisis with an urgent recommendation - that President Trump declare it a national emergency. Some medical professionals and others who work to treat drug addiction are praising that recommendation, saying it would shore up much needed drugs to treat overdose and aid recovery. But others worry it could lead to heightened enforcement of those struggling with addiction - similar to the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

  • Hospice Center Hospice Center - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) - 02-AUG-2017 Details

    CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update the Medicare hospice wage index, and a final wul that will update the Medicare hospice payment rates.


July 2017

  • HealthEquityGuide.org HealthEquityGuide.org - (Human Impact Partners (HIP)) - 31-JUL-2017 Details

    This website is structured around a set of strategic practices that health departments can apply to more meaningfully and comprehensively advance health equity. This resource showcases success stories from across the United States to answer the question "What are the strategic steps we can take to advance health equity at our health department?"

  • Cost of community violence to hospitals and health systems (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Hospital Association (AHA), Milliman USA) - 28-JUL-2017 Details

    Report estimates that proactive and reactive violence response efforts cost U.S. hospitals and health systems approximately $2.7 billion in 2016, including $280 million related to preparedness and prevention to address community violence, $852 million in unreimbursed medical care for victims of violence, $1.1 billion in security and training costs to prevent violence within hospitals, and $429 million in medical care, staffing, indemnity, and other costs as a result of violence against hospital employees.

  • State Approaches to Reducing Health Disparities (June 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)) - 28-JUL-2017 Details

    This brief explores health disparities with a focus on differences across racial and ethnic groups, recent state action to address disparities, and policy options for legislators to consider in their states.

  • Medicaid Expansions Help States Cope with the Opioid Epidemic (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health) - 27-JUL-2017 Details

    Brief examines newly released data from four Southern states, all of which have experienced rapid increases in emergency room visits and hospital admissions related to opioids, such as overdoses, psychiatric problems or acute treatment for addiction. Two states have adopted the expansion and two have not.

  • New Medicare cards New Medicare cards - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 27-JUL-2017 Details

    A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

  • Public Perception of Clinical Trials (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Research!America) - 26-JUL-2017 Details

    86% of Americans agree that health care professionals should discuss clinical trials with patients diagnosed with a disease as part of their standard of care, according to a new national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America.

  • The Community Guide in Action The Community Guide in Action - (Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)) - 25-JUL-2017 Details

    Community Guide in Action stories feature decision-makers, program planners, employers, and leaders from across the country who have used The Community Guide to make people safer and healthier.

  • Patient Request Model Form Patient Request Model Form - (American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)) - 24-JUL-2017 Details

    AHIMA has developed a model Patient Request for Health Information form to assist patients and providers in understanding and complying with patients "individual right of access" to their information as required by HIPAA. This model form is written at an 8th grade reading level to assist patients and can be used and customized by providers and organizations to capture patient request information.

  • Visualize Health Equity Visualize Health Equity - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM)) - 10-JUL-2017 Details

    The National Academy of Medicine is calling on artists to Visualize Health Equity for a nationwide community art project. Show us what health equity would look like to you-whether it's access to healthy food or safe neighborhoods, good education or a living wage, clean drinking water or affordable housing, connection to cultural heritage or lack of discrimination, or any other opportunity that helps you live your healthiest life.

  • Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes (July 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA) - 06-JUL-2017 Details

    Report summarizes lessons learned from community-based organizations, healthcare organizations, and others on partnerships to address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes.

  • Community Benefit Programming to Improve Healthy Food Access and Reduce Risk of Diet-Related Disease (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) - 06-JUL-2017 Details

    Report summarizes findings from a survey of a random sample of community benefit directors at not-for-profit, general medical and surgical hospitals throughout the US. The survey investigates how hospitals organize community benefit activities and how they include food insecurity, healthy food access, and diet-related disease in their community health needs assessments and implementation strategies.

  • Protecting Our Infants Act: Report to Congress (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - 05-JUL-2017 Details

    This report provides background information on prenatal opioid exposure and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), summarizes HHS activities related to prenatal opioid exposure and NAS, presents clinical and programmatic evidence and recommendations for preventing and treating NAS, and presents a strategy to address the identified gaps, challenges, and recommendations.


June 2017

  • Abuse-Deterrent Opioids: Evidence Report Abuse-Deterrent Opioids: Evidence Report - (Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) USA) - 30-JUN-2017 Details

    An Evidence Report that assesses the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of 10 abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) of opioids. The report finds that current evidence is limited to judge the potential of ADFs to effectively reduce abuse on a widespread basis, and that their use generates significant costs, even after accounting for possible reductions in abuse.

  • Addiction in America Addiction in America - (Washington Post Live) - 22-JUN-2017 Details

    On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The Washington Post, policymakers, researchers and health care experts examined the roots of the country's opioid crisis and discussed solutions for combating addiction in America. Transcripts and recorded videos are available.

  • The Case for Supervised Consumption Services (June 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)) - 16-JUN-2017 Details

    This issue brief outlines the case for supervised consumption services, a public health intervention that provides a safe and clean space for people to use drugs under staff supervision, reducing disease transmission, overdosing, and connecting users with treatment and social services.

  • LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) - 13-JUN-2017 Details

    New York City just published a LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, a list of current legal rights and protections for LGBTQ communities that can be used to assert health care rights.

  • Finance in rural and urban hospitals (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)) - 13-JUN-2017 Details

    Brief provides a snapshot of key financial trends in rural Minnesota hospitals between 2011 and 2015, the period encompassing implementation of the ACA.

  • Medicaid Lessons From Pioneering States Medicaid Lessons From Pioneering States - (Vanderbilt University USA) - 08-JUN-2017 Details

    Two briefs that synthesize the available evidence on how HSAs, cost sharing, payment enforcement, and healthy behavior programs have worked in several states, including Arkansas, Indiana, and Michigan. The briefs include a summary of these changes, available evidence from state waiver evaluations, and best practices for state and federal policymakers considering implementing similar programs.

  • Report on Lessons Learned from Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Recipients (April 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) USA) - 08-JUN-2017 Details

    This report highlights lessons from the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) pilot program to develop community partnerships to combat the opioid crisis at the local level. The program trained rural healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and other community members to recognize the signs of overdose and administer naloxone as necessary.

  • ONC announces winners of Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge ONC announces winners of Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA) - 08-JUN-2017 Details

    The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the winners of the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge. Winners of this challenge created Model Privacy Notice (MPN) generators that produce a customizable MPN for health information technology (IT) developers, making it easier for consumers to see a product's privacy and security policies.

  • Community Health Heroes Community Health Heroes - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM)) - 05-JUN-2017 Details

    This series highlights individuals or groups who are working to advance health and health equity in communities across the nation. The series features preventive strategies and programs that are conceived and implemented at the local level and focus on a range of factors that contribute to health, like education, employment, health systems and services, housing, income and wealth, the physical environment, public safety, the social environment, and transportation.


May 2017

  • Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013-2017 Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013-2017 - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS USA) - 24-MAY-2017 Details

    This ASPE Data Point analyzes premium increases from two data series, comparing premium costs in individual market plans purchased by consumers in 2013 to exchange plans purchased in 2017 in order to better determine how much premiums have increased since the ACA's key provisions have taken effect.

  • 2017 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey images/pdf.gif icon - 23-MAY-2017 Details

    Results from a benchmark survey of healthcare executives, physicians, nurses, and other professionals on telemedicine priorities, objectives and challenges, telemedicine program models and management structures, clinical specialties, service lines and settings of care, and their telemedicine platforms. (REACHHealth)

  • Challenges Increasing Access to Dental Care Among Rural Veterans (May 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA USA) - 17-MAY-2017 Details

    This case study describes dental service delivery opportunities and challenges at VA, identifies a solution for increasing access to dental services for rural Veterans, outlines the challenges encountered by the program, and provides recommendations for those considering implementation of this or similar programs.

  • Demonstrating the Value of Medicaid MLTSS Programs (May 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) USA, National Association of States United on Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) USA) - 17-MAY-2017 Details

    This report provides results of a survey of states with MLTSS (managed long-term services and supports) programs to provide evidence of their value.

  • My Tribal Area My Tribal Area - (U.S. Census Bureau, ESA) - 17-MAY-2017 Details

    The Census Bureau collects data for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) population and publishes specific counts, estimates, and statistics. My Tribal Area gives users quick and easy access to selected statistics from the American Community Survey (ACS).

  • Public Health 3.0 Public Health 3.0 - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)) - 16-MAY-2017 Details

    This new web portal from NACCHO provides information about the five Public Health 3.0 recommendations, and other resources and stories on collaborations to advance community health.

  • Pursuing Equity Pursuing Equity - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)) - 15-MAY-2017 Details

    Pursuing Equity is a two-year initiative, launched in April 2017, that aims to reduce inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes by implementing comprehensive strategies to create and sustain equitable health systems.

  • Clinical Research Policy Clinical Research Policy - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS) - 08-MAY-2017 Details

    The Clinical Research Policy Program focuses on the regulatory and policy issues related to research involving human subjects, biospecimens, participant data, and the integration of bioethical considerations across the NIH research portfolio.