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June 2018

  • Pride and Some Progress Pride and Some Progress - (Colorado Health Institute) - 13-JUN-2018 Details

    The 2017 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) shows improvement in some areas for the state's Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual residents. The percentage without health insurance has dropped by more than half in the past four years, for example. And LGB residents are more likely to see a doctor for preventive visits than straight Coloradans.

  • Three Essays on Value in Health Care Three Essays on Value in Health Care - (RAND Corporation USA) - 12-JUN-2018 Details

    This dissertation, in a three paper format, examines three policy levers for improving health care value: Workplace Wellness Program Return on Investment; Effectiveness of Monetary Penalties for Tobacco Cessation Non-Participation; and Physician Perceptions of Their Use of Time and Appropriateness of Care Provided.

  • Medicaid and the Role of the Courts Medicaid and the Role of the Courts - (Commonwealth Fund) - 12-JUN-2018 Details

    Report reviews judicial decisions that have been instrumental in shaping Medicaid policy regarding eligibility, benefits, and provider participation and payment; reviews the scope and limits of state and federal powers; and reviews whether courts can intervene, prior to federal agency review, to prevent states from implementing potentially unlawful and harmful policies.

  • CMS Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic (June 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 11-JUN-2018 Details

    Roadmap outlines CMS' efforts to address the opioid epidemic, detailing a three-pronged approach to combating the epidemic, focusing on prevention, treatment, and utilization of data to target prevention and treatment.

  • CMS leverages Medicaid Program to combat the Opioid crisis CMS leverages Medicaid Program to combat the Opioid crisis - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 11-JUN-2018 Details

    Today, CMS released guidance aimed at building on their commitment to partner with states to ensure that they have flexibilities and the tools necessary to combat the opioid crisis. This new guidance provides information to states on the tools available to them, describes the types of approaches they can use to combat this crisis, ensures states know what resources are available, and articulates promising practices for addressing the needs of beneficiaries facing opioid addiction.

  • H.R. 3192, the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act H.R. 3192, the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA) - 07-JUN-2018 Details

    H.R. 3192, the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, would require all CHIP plans to cover mental health and substance abuse treatment. In addition, states would not be allowed to impose financial or utilization limits on mental health treatment that are lower than limits placed on physical health treatment. Based on information from CMS, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would have no budgetary effect because all CHIP enrollees are already in plans that meet those requirements.


May 2018

  • Ideas to Make Health Care Affordable Again (May 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Senate USA) - 30-MAY-2018 Details

    Brief from Senator Bill Cassidy's office focuses on six policy areas to improve healthcare affordability, including empowering patients to reduce health care costs, lowering insurance premiums, ending health care monopolies, decreasing drug costs, eliminating administrative costs, and reducing costs through primary care, prevention, and disease management.

  • Reporting of Indian Health Service Coverage in the American Community Survey (May 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Census Bureau U.S.) - 25-MAY-2018 Details

    Our study evaluates the quality of IHS coverage reporting among AIANs in the American Community Survey (ACS), by asking three main research questions - first, how accurate are ACS estimates of the total number of AIANs with IHS coverage; second, what is the extent of misreporting of IHS coverage in the ACS; and third, what characteristics are associated with this misreporting.

  • Behavioral Health Integration and Workforce Development (May 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Milbank Memorial Fund) - 23-MAY-2018 Details

    Brief uses case studies to illustrate the need for behavioral health integration and workforce development, with the intention of assisting state policymakers such as legislators and executive branch staff who are responsible for BHI policy in their states.

  • Legal and Policy Best Practices in Response to the Substance Abuse Crisis (March 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Indiana University USA) - 18-MAY-2018 Details

    Report analyzes select law and policy areas identified as promising interventions to combat the substance abuse crisis in Indiana. The report identifies general or medium-term law and policy issues, a list of specific findings that may be appropriate for more immediate action, and a suggestion of topics requiring further research.

  • America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2018 images/pdf.gif icon - (United Health Foundation) - 18-MAY-2018 Details

    Using 34 measures of senior health, report highlights successes and challenges this population faces on a national and state-by-state basis. This year's report highlights two supplemental measures - the suicide rate among seniors as well as a new measure to identify locations where seniors are at higher risk of social isolation.

  • The State of Senior Hunger in America 2016 (May 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Feeding America) - 18-MAY-2018 Details

    Report provides a broad overview of the extent and distribution of food insecurity among seniors in the United States in 2016, along with trends over the past decade and a half using national and state-level data from the December Supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS).

  • State of Health Equity (SHE) at CDC Forum State of Health Equity (SHE) at CDC Forum - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) - 18-MAY-2018 Details

    Since 2012 CDC has held an annual State of Health Equity (SHE) at CDC Forum. This internal forum brings together health equity experts and senior leaders from across the agency to discuss efforts to achieve health equity. The most recent forum looked at healthy child development through the lens of health equity.

  • CMS Rural Health Strategy images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 14-MAY-2018 Details

    CMS's strategy regarding specific health care provider issues in rural areas.

  • H.R. 3832, Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act H.R. 3832, Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA) - 14-MAY-2018 Details

    H.R. 3832 would require medical providers at the VA who prescribe controlled substances to veterans to seek information regarding those veterans from state programs that monitor prescription drug use. As a result, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2019-2023 period, primarily to prepare the necessary regulations.

  • National Prevention Week National Prevention Week - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - 10-MAY-2018 Details

    National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

  • Is Bigger Better? Exploring the Impact of System Membership on Rural Hospitals (May 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)) - 09-MAY-2018 Details

    Study explores how system membership impacts the financial performance and transfer patterns of rural hospitals in California. It examines which rural hospitals are in systems, the extent to which rural hospitals receive direct subsidies or other financial benefits from their system, and whether joining a system increases or decreases the likelihood of a rural hospital remaining open.

  • CMS Rural Health Strategy CMS Rural Health Strategy - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 08-MAY-2018 Details

    CMS has launched the agency's first Rural Health Strategy to help improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare in rural communities. The strategy is intended to provide a proactive and strategic focus on healthcare issues across rural America to ensure the nearly one in five individuals who live in these areas have access to care that meets their needs.

  • National Arthritis Awareness Month - May 2018 National Arthritis Awareness Month - May 2018 - (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)) - 03-MAY-2018 Details

    May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. In the United States, 54 million adults have some form of doctor-diagnosed arthritis, a number projected to increase to 78 million by 2040. Approximately two thirds of adults with arthritis have overweight or obesity, and only 36% meet the recommended aerobic physical activity guidelines.

  • Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture (April 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) - 03-MAY-2018 Details

    This report presents statistics (averages, standard deviations, minimum and maximum scores, and percentiles) on the patient safety culture composites and items from the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Medical Office Survey.

  • Learning Resources Database Redesign Learning Resources Database Redesign - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA) - 02-MAY-2018 Details

    On April 18, 2018, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new design and improved functionality for the Learning Resources Database. This database makes it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services by allowing users to search multiple areas of the library through one search interface.

  • Older Americans Month 2018 Older Americans Month 2018 - (Administration on Aging (AoA), ACL, HHS (AOA) USA) - 01-MAY-2018 Details

    Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


April 2018

  • 2017 Profile of Older Americans (April 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS USA) - 30-APR-2018 Details

    An annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population compiled primarily from U.S. Census data, including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.

  • The 2017 Access to Care Index The 2017 Access to Care Index - (Colorado Health Institute) - 26-APR-2018 Details

    The Colorado Health Institute's third biennial Access to Care Index measures health insurance coverage, access to care, preventive services, prescription drug costs, and other factors to determine whether Coloradans can obtain the care they need - a crucial component for a lifetime of good health.

  • Drug Overdose Deaths in Appalachia Drug Overdose Deaths in Appalachia - (Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) USA, University of Chicago, Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis) - 25-APR-2018 Details

    Tool to allow users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents.

  • Tribal Nursing Home Best Practices: Cultural Sensitivity (March 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 19-APR-2018 Details

    Report describes the approaches to culturally sensitive care of four tribal long-term care facilities, outlining tips for providing person-centered care, honoring traditions, coordinating cultural activities, supporting elders' spiritual wellbeing, training staff to provide culturally sensitive care, and leveraging community support and partnerships to provide care rooted in culture and tradition.

  • Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage (April 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - 13-APR-2018 Details

    This report describes the quality of health care received in 2016 by Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans nationwide. In particular, the report highlights racial and ethnic differences in health care experiences and clinical care, compares quality of care for women and men, and looks at racial and ethnic differences in quality of care among women and men separately.

  • Countering the Production of Health Inequities: Ensuring the Opportunity for Health for All (April 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Prevention Institute) - 10-APR-2018 Details

    Brief provides an overview of a set of prioritized determinants of health that unmask the systemic causes that have created the community conditions that undermine health and analyzes the complex web of laws, policies, practices, and procedures-both current and historic-that have led to health inequities. The analysis also provides policy recommendations, community examples, and actionable solutions for creating an equitable Culture of Health.

  • Health Care Data 101 Health Care Data 101 - (All In: Data for Community Health) - 09-APR-2018 Details

    Informational guide provides an overview of common terms used when discussing health care data to promote a shared vocabulary across sectors.

  • National Minority Health Month, April 2018 National Minority Health Month, April 2018 - (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH USA) - 09-APR-2018 Details

    National Minority Health Month is an opportunity to renew our commitment to reduce health disparities and improve the health status of minority populations. Events include a 5K run/walk on the NIH campus, the NIMHD Twitter Chat on 4/18 at 2pm ET, and the NIMHD/NLM Science Day.

  • Maryland Rural Health Plan Maryland Rural Health Plan - 04-APR-2018 Details

    Report summarizes the state of rural health in Maryland and provides recommendations on access to care, sustainable funding, care coordination, chronic disease prevention and management, health literacy, and outreach and education. (Maryland Rural Health Association)

  • Individuals' use of online medical records and technology for health needs (April 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS) - 04-APR-2018 Details

    Using the National Cancer Institute's 2017 Health Information Trends Survey, brief reports on access and use of online medical records and the use of technology such as smartphones, tablets, and electronic monitoring devices (e.g. Fitbits, blood pressure monitors) for health related needs.

  • The Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records The Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS) - 04-APR-2018 Details

    The Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records is for patients, parents, and caregivers who want to get their health records. This guide is here to help you through the process of getting your health record. We'll show you how to make sure your records are accurate and complete - and how to use them to get the most out of your health care.


March 2018

  • A Health Picture of HUD-Assisted Children, 2006-2012 (March 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) USA) - 27-MAR-2018 Details

    This report describes the health characteristics of HUD-assisted children using various NHIS variables. Focus includes sociodemographic characteristics, health status, learning-related health status, and healthcare access.

  • Rural Child Welfare Practice (February 2018) images/pdf.gif icon - 27-MAR-2018 Details

    This issue brief highlights the importance of understanding the concerns and needs of children and families in rural communities, their strengths and resources, and the cultural sensitivity required of child welfare professionals as they work to achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for rural children. (Child Welfare Information Gateway)

  • Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow 2018 Playbook images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), HHS) - 22-MAR-2018 Details

    Playbook features a strength-based framework, Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents, and action steps for youth-serving professionals, family members, and youth. It also provides up-to-date information about today's adolescents, a spotlight on youth with disabilities, and new action steps for helping youth prepare for and succeed in the workforce.

  • Health Equity Report 2017 images/pdf.gif icon - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS) - 21-MAR-2018 Details

    Report presents trends in health disparities and improvements in health equity for a number of program areas, including maternal and child health, primary health care access and quality, HIV/AIDS, mental and behavioral health, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, health workforce, and rural-urban and geographic disparities.

  • Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool - (University of Chicago, Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis) - 21-MAR-2018 Details

    Tool allows users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents.

  • 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.

  • 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

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  • 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

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