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August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Public Comment for Healthy People 2030 Public Comment for Healthy People 2030 - (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS) - 06-JUL-2017 Details

    HHS is soliciting written comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030 developed by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The comment period is open until September 29, 2017.

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

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


June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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) USA) - 08-JUN-2017 Details

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

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

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


May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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), HHS) - 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 USA) - 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 USA) - 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) USA) - 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) USA) - 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), HHS) - 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) USA) - 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 Financia