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June 2017

  • 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.

  • From Obamacare To Trumpcare From Obamacare To Trumpcare - (Health Affairs) - 09-JUN-2017 Details

    Health Affairs has updated their health care reform resource hub to include information and analysis from multiple sources and viewpoints, with the goal to provide comprehensive collection of thought leadership and emerging knowledge on policy issues related to the current health reform debate.

  • 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) U.S.) - 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, HHS (ASPE) 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 US) - 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) - 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 - (Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS) - 08-MAY-2017 Details

    The final version of the template, designed to assist investigators when organizing clinical trial protocols, has been released.

  • ZikaCare Connect ZikaCare Connect - (March of Dimes) - 02-MAY-2017 Details

    A new website designed to help families affected by Zika find information and appropriate care has been released. ZikaCare Connect can help families find a healthcare professional who matches their unique needs: location, language, health insurance.


April 2017

  • Gender Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage (April 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)) - 13-APR-2017 Details

    This report presents summary information on the quality of health care received by Medicare beneficiaries. Quality-of-care data are presented at the national level for both patient experience and clinical care measures and are shown separately for women and men. Data are reported separately for women and men because there is evidence that quality of care may be different for these groups

  • Barriers to Success Barriers to Success - 10-APR-2017 Details

    This report, a collection of findings from four separate studies with three independent and representative data collections on youth in America and their caregivers, offers insights and recommendations that practitioners and policymakers can use to help mitigate the impact that multiple adversities have on the lives of America's youth. (America's Promise Alliance)

  • The Lancet United States of Health The Lancet United States of Health - (The Lancet) - 07-APR-2017 Details

    The latest volume of The Lancet highlights how widening gaps of income inequality are driving increases in health inequity. Other contributory factors, including mass incarceration and structural racism, are evaluated, as is the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The Series warns of a 21st century health-poverty trap unless new interventions are implemented.

  • Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA) - 07-APR-2017 Details

    Cities, counties and states across the U.S. are attempting to break the pattern of jailing the mentally ill by using law enforcement and criminal justice tools to direct those with mental illness toward treatment services that could help them control behaviors that got them into trouble.

  • Higher death rate among youth with first episode psychosis Higher death rate among youth with first episode psychosis - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS) - 06-APR-2017 Details

    A new study shows that young people experiencing first episode psychosis have a much higher death rate than previously thought. Researchers analyzed data on 5,000 individuals aged 16-30 who had received a new psychosis diagnosis, and followed them for the next 12 months. They found that the group had a mortality rate at least 24 times greater than the same age group in the general population, in the 12 months after the initial psychosis diagnosis.

  • Medicaid Moving Forward Medicaid Moving Forward - (Alliance for Health Policy US) - 05-APR-2017 Details

    A 1-1/2 hour briefing from April 2017 examined the state of play for Medicaid and policy approaches moving forward and addressed how states and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may respond to the new landscape, as Congress shifts its focus away from health care.

  • A Sketch of Community Health Centers (August 2016) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)) - 04-APR-2017 Details

    Chartbook highlights data from and research findings on Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers, as well as other Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

  • Remote Patient Monitoring Telehealth Grants: Brief and Final Reports (March 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - 04-APR-2017 Details

    In June 2015, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) awarded telehealth grants to three organizations to assess the impact of remote patient monitoring (RPM) on reducing hospital encounters, improving patient care, and decreasing health care costs. This report provides information on the grantees' implementation of RPM and lessons learned from their telehealth projects. (Maryland Health Care Commission)


March 2017

  • Pathways through Medicaid to Prevention Pathways through Medicaid to Prevention - (Nemours Foundation US) - 30-MAR-2017 Details

    A toolkit for state Medicaid officials and managed care organizations with Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. The toolkit illustrates the range of Medicaid and CHIP options that states can use to sustain approaches that link clinic to community prevention to address chronic disease, and how best to successfully put these strategies in place on the ground.

  • 2017 Rural Impact Report images/pdf.gif icon - 27-MAR-2017 Details

    Report provides a look at the impact of Tennessee's rural and small hospitals on the state's healthcare system. (Tennessee Center for Patient Safety)

  • Implementing MACRA Implementing MACRA - (Health Affairs) - 27-MAR-2017 Details

    This health policy brief provides an overview of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including history, rules, and debate over the Act.

  • Medicaid and Work Requirements Medicaid and Work Requirements - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US) - 24-MAR-2017 Details

    This issue brief reviews the current status of states' Section 1115 waiver requests relating to Medicaid work requirements and identifies key policy questions to consider in terms of the impact on beneficiaries, states, and other stakeholders.

  • America Speaks, Vol. 17 (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (Research!America) - 23-MAR-2017 Details

    A compilation of survey data with public opinions on national priorities for 2017, research and public health, stem cell research, economy and competitiveness, and opioid addiction and research.

  • All of Us Researcher Interests and Needs Survey All of Us Researcher Interests and Needs Survey - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS) - 21-MAR-2017 Details

    The All of Us Research Program Data and Research Center (DRC) is working to prospectively design a research platform that allows the broad research community to use All of Us Research Program data in a secure environment. In an effort to begin exploring design needs for this researcher space, we are soliciting input from the All of Us community.

  • Medicaid 2.0 Blueprint for the Future (March 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - 21-MAR-2017 Details

    The Medicaid 2.0: Blueprint for the Future lays out a plan to redesign and modernize New Jersey's Medicaid program. The blueprint lays out a set of twenty-four recommendations to improve the quality, and reduce the cost, of the program. (New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute)

  • Advancing LGBT Health & Well-Being 2016 Report images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.) - 21-MAR-2017 Details

    This report of the highlights some of the noteworthy HHS accomplishments in this area over the past six years, as well as steps the Department will continue to take in addressing LGBT health disparities moving forward.

  • Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth (2015) images/pdf.gif icon - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)) - 21-MAR-2017 Details

    This report provides an overview of the current state of scientific understanding of the development of sexual orientation and gender identity in children and adolescents as well as the professional consensus on clinical best practices with these populations.

  • American Health Care Act - Cost Estimate American Health Care Act - Cost Estimate - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) US) - 13-MAR-2017 Details

    The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have produced an estimate of the budgetary effects of the American Health Care Act. They estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 24 million in 2026 relative to current law.

  • Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services - Indian Health Services Strategy (2017) images/pdf.gif icon - (American Hospital Association (AHA)) - 13-MAR-2017 Details

    The AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities examined ways in which the access to and delivery of care could be improved. For American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes that receive health care services from the Indian Health Service (IHS), the AHA recommends a multi-step strategy to promote care coordination between IHS facilities and other health care providers. Doing so would increase access to, and the quality of, care provided for this population.

  • Incorporating Social Determinants into Population Health Management (March 2017) images/pdf.gif icon - 09-MAR-2017 Details

    Article discusses four ways organizations can incorporate the social determinants of health into their population health initiatives by: conducting community health needs assessments, collecting diverse, relevant data pertaining to the population, stratifying patients according to risk, and implementing solutions based on the findings. (Healthcare Financial Management Association)

  • Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study - (Veterans Health Administration US) - 02-MAR-2017 Details

    The Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS) is a nationwide study that will assess the current health and well-being of Vietnam Veterans, Blue Water Navy Veterans, and Veterans who served elsewhere during the Vietnam Era (1961-1975). This study will also compare the health of these Veterans to similarly aged U.S. residents who never served in the military. Researchers will look closely at neurologic conditions and hepatitis C infection as a part of this study.

  • Underserved Health Communities Underserved Health Communities - (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)) - 02-MAR-2017 Details

    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region studied medically underserved areas at the county level. The resulting story map site provides data, resources, and stories of counties in Midwest states that have the highest risk of health factors.


February 2017

  • 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.

  • Key Issues in Children's Health Coverage 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 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.

  • 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.


January 2017

  • 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.

  • State of the States 2017 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.

  • Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)) - 18-JAN-2017 Details

    Report examines opioid misuse and treatment among women of childbearing age using the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).

  • NLM Strategic Planning NLM Strategic Planning - (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.) - 17-JAN-2017 Details

    The National Library of Medicine is developing a new strategic plan in 2017, with a focus on the role of the Library in advancing data science and informatics, advancing biomedical discovery and translational science, supporting the public's health, and building collections to support discovery and health.

  • Pennsylvania Rural Health Model 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.

  • 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.

  • Native Americans with Diabetes 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.


December 2016