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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.


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.