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  • Opioid Crisis: Status of Public Health Emergency Authorities - (U.S. Government Accountability Office) - Oct 23, 2018 Details

    GAO was asked to review the decision to declare a public health emergency for the opioid crisis and what actions have been taken under the declaration. This report describes: (1) the factors HHS indicated as affecting its decision to declare and renew the public health emergency for the opioid crisis, and (2) the public health emergency authorities the federal government has used to address the opioid crisis.

  • Health Care and the Candidates in the 2018 Midterm Elections: Key Issues and Races - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)) - Oct 23, 2018 Details

    Based on a review of media coverage and political advertising by candidates during the current election cycle, this election update explores select health care issues being discussed by candidates in key gubernatorial and Senate campaigns across the country as voters prepare to go to the polls in November.

  • Marketplace Subsidies May Be Option In 2020 For Plans That Skirt Obamacare - (Kaiser Health News (KHN)) - Oct 23, 2018 Details

    States would be able to use federal funding to provide subsidies to people buying short-term health insurance policies, which typically don’t provide comprehensive coverage, under guidance released Monday by the Trump administration. The new policy could begin taking effect in 2020. It would allow states to ask for waivers from Affordable Care Act provisions governing not only subsidies that help pay for premiums, but also the benefits insurers must include in plans offered on the federal marketplace to consumers buying their own coverage.

  • Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape: Proceedings of a Workshop - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)) - Oct 22, 2018 Details

    Proceedings of a one-day workshop focused on changing the health needs of older adults, chronic disease and medication management, health communication challenges for older adults, health literacy needs and challenges for caregivers, and other topics related to health literacy for older people.

  • SOPHE Journals are open access - (Society for Public Health Education) - Oct 22, 2018 Details

    SOPHE has opened access to its three peer-reviewed journals, Health Education & Behavior, Health Promotion Practice, and Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning during this 45-day period, October 15 – November 30, 2018.

  • Disseminating Findings From EPC Reports: Pilot Project of Three Products - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS) - Oct 22, 2018 Details

    This report is from AHRQ's series on Health Systems Partnership Pilot Project Reports. These reports describe the efforts of Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) to work with health care decisionmakers and facilitate the use of information from AHRQ EPC evidence reports.

  • Advancing Health and Well-Being: Using Evidence and Collaboration to Achieve Health Equity - (Kaiser Health News (KHN)) - Oct 19, 2018 Details

    This volume is the second in RWJF's Culture of Health series, spanning a broad range of topics related to current public discourse, including the role of place, race, opportunity, and class in health and well-being; mass incarceration; health and climate change; new methods and approaches for research and dissemination of evidence; and a deep dive on health and well-being in Kentucky. Users can request a free hardcover copy.

  • The essential scan: Top findings in health policy research - (Brookings Institution) - Oct 19, 2018 Details

    The Essential Scan, produced by the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. This week's topics include the 340B prescription drug pricing program, work requirements for Medicaid, Medicaid and the opioid epidemic, and financing of safety-net hospitals.

  • Best Practices and Innovative Solutions to Overcome Barriers to Delivering Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes in Rural Communities - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) - Oct 19, 2018 Details

    To better understand the barriers to implementing policy; systems; and environmental (PSE) change initiatives within Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) programming in U.S. rural communities; as well as strategies to overcome these barriers, this study identifies: (1) the types of nutrition-related PSE SNAP-Ed programming currently being implemented in rural communities; (2) barriers to implementing PSE in rural communities; and (3) common best practices and innovative solutions to overcoming SNAP-Ed PSE implementation barriers.

  • Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan - (National Indian Health Board) - Oct 19, 2018 Details

    The National Indian Health Board is collecting information for the Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS). The purpose of this scan is to increase the knowledge of Tribal and federal health leaders and advocates through the creation and dissemination of a national-level, comprehensive profile of the public health system and infrastructure in Indian Country.

  • State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) - Oct 19, 2018 Details

    Road map outlines how state and local public health agencies and their partners can continue to promote cognitive health, address cognitive impairment for people living in the community, and help meet the needs of caregivers. Twenty-five specific actions are proposed in four traditional domains of public health: educate and empower, develop policies and mobilize partnerships, assure a competent workforce, and monitor and evaluate.

  • Demographics Dashboard - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS) - Oct 18, 2018 Details

    The team recently launched a new demographics dashboard. This interactive tool combines population, income, age, and other Census data with HRSA grant funding, shortage areas, loan repayment, and scholarship awards.

  • Report to Congress: Rural Community Hospital Demonstration (October 2018) - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - Oct 18, 2018 Details

    Report summarizes results from the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration (RCHD). The demonstration's goal was to assess the feasibility and advisability of cost based reimbursement for small rural hospitals too large to be Critical access Hospitals (CAHs).

  • KFF Election Tracking Poll: Health Care in the 2018 Midterms - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)) - Oct 18, 2018 Details

    In an expansive look at the 2018 midterm elections, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll includes an in-depth examination of the role health care may be playing in midterm elections nationally, as well as in Florida and Nevada, two bellwether states with competitive Senate and Gubernatorial elections in which candidates from both parties are talking about health care issues.

  • Request for Comments on the Cross-Agency Priority Goal: Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset: Phase 2 - (Executive Office of the President) - Oct 18, 2018 Details

    In March 2018, President Trump launched the President's Management Agenda (PMA). It lays out a long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government in key areas that will improve the ability of agencies to deliver mission outcomes, provide excellent service, and effectively steward taxpayer dollars on behalf of the American people. The PMA established a Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goal of Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset with an intended purpose of guiding development of a comprehensive long-term Federal Data Strategy to grow the economy, increase the effectiveness of the Federal Government, facilitate oversight, and promote transparency. This notice seeks comment on practices for Federal agencies to adopt in order to achieve this CAP goal. Comments should be submitted by November 16, 2018.

  • Health Care in America: The Experience of People with Serious Illness - (Commonwealth Fund) - Oct 17, 2018 Details

    Report examines the experiences of Americans with serious illness — the sickest of the sick — and those who help care for them, with the goal of understanding whether our health care system is doing all it can do not just to treat illness but to help people cope with illness.

  • How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation - (Pew Charitable Trusts) - Oct 17, 2018 Details

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl’s popularity didn’t take off until 2013, propelling what the agency now calls the third wave of the opioid epidemic, after painkillers and heroin.

  • Life in Rural America (October 2018) - (Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health) - Oct 17, 2018 Details

    This “Life in Rural America” report is based on a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The survey was conducted June 6 – August 4, 2018, among a nationally representative, probabilitybased telephone (cell and landline) sample of 1,300 adults ages 18 or older living in the rural United States. The purpose of this survey was to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues.

  • Medicaid: Access to Health Care for Low-Income Adults in States with and without Expanded Eligibility - (U.S. Government Accountability Office) - Oct 15, 2018 Details

    This report describes 2016 national survey estimates of (1) the number and demographic characteristics for low-income adults who were uninsured in expansion and non-expansion states, (2) unmet medical needs for low-income adults in expansion and non-expansion states and by insurance status, (3) barriers to health care for low-income adults in expansion and non-expansion states and by insurance status, and (4) having a usual place of care and receiving selected health care services for low-income adults in expansion and non-expansion states and by insurance status.

  • Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural America (October 2018) - (Georgetown University) - Oct 15, 2018 Details

    Brief explores how census data are used to determine which areas are considered rural, to inform other surveys that characterize rural residents, and to make funding decisions for federal programs that serve those residents.

  • Understanding the Economics of Microbial Threats - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)) - Oct 15, 2018 Details

    To assess the current understanding of the interaction of infectious disease threats with economic activity and suggest new areas of research, the Forum on Microbial Threats at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine planned a 1.5-day public workshop. Through multisectoral participation, topics in the workshop explored identifying potential knowledge gaps, research priorities, and strategies to advance the field in understanding the econom­ics of microbial threats.

  • An Overview of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)) - Oct 15, 2018 Details

    This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicare Part D program, plan availability, enrollment, and spending and financing, based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), CBO, and other sources.

  • Care Redesign Survey: Lessons Learned from and for Rural Health - (New England Journal of Medicine) - Oct 15, 2018 Details

    NEJM Catalyst surveyed their Insights Council members to understand the similarities and disparities between health care in rural and urban/suburban settings, and to get a clearer picture of the barriers that exist in delivering excellent care to rural settings.

  • Premiums on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges drop in 2019 - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - Oct 15, 2018 Details

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the average premium for second lowest cost silver plans (SLCSP) for the 2019 coverage year will drop by 1.5 percent, the first time average premiums have dropped since the implementation of the Federally- facilitated Exchange in 2014.

  • Promoting Healthy Communities: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage - (American Library Association) - Oct 15, 2018 Details

    The Public Library Association, along with nearly a dozen other organizations throughout the U.S., is working to promote health insurance enrollment, with primary goal is to promote enrollment in the health insurance marketplace during the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act. PLA will do this by distributing quality materials and communications and offering 120 mini-grants of $300 to U.S. public libraries to disseminate, offer education, and encourage their communities to enroll in the health insurance Marketplace during the Open Enrollment period between November 1 and December 15, 2018.

  • Addressing the Opioids Crisis: Data Sources and Linking Strategies - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS) - Oct 12, 2018 Details

    This report highlights key research questions and identifies opportunities to use existing data sources and implement data-linking strategies that can support the HHS five point strategy to combat the opioid crisis.

  • An Overview of Long-Term Services and Supports and Medicaid: Final Report - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS) - Oct 12, 2018 Details

    This report examines the role of long-term services and supports (LTSS) in Medicaid. It also examines how sociodemographic changes are likely to affect the demand for LTSS in the future, and as a result, Medicaid use and expenditures.

  • 2019 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - Oct 12, 2018 Details

    On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.

  • 2016 Mental Health Client-level Data (MH-CLD) Annual Report - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - Oct 12, 2018 Details

    This report presents results from the Mental Health Client Level Data (MH-CLD) and Mental Health Treatment Episode Data Set (MH-TEDS) for individuals receiving mental health treatment services in 2016, as well as selected trends in data collected from such individuals between 2013 and 2016.

  • Five Things to Know About CDC's 6|18 Initiative - (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)) - Oct 12, 2018 Details

    This blog post, authored by CHCS along with CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice blog, highlights five things to know about the 6|18 Initiative now underway in 34 states, territories, and localities across the country.

  • Clarity Across Languages - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH) - Oct 10, 2018 Details

    Blog post discusses how the National Library of Medicine works to improve health literacy and cultural competence in MedlinePlus.

  • CMS Announces Participants in New Value-Based Bundled Payment Model - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - Oct 10, 2018 Details

    CMS recently announced that 1,299 entities have signed agreements with the agency to participate in the Administration’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model. The participating entities will receive bundled payments for certain episodes of care as an alternative to fee-for-service payments that reward only the volume of care delivered.

  • What Is Driving Price Variation in Private Health Insurance? - (National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation) - Oct 10, 2018 Details

    This study uses extensive claims data from three large private insurers to provide a national picture of private-sector spending and pricing variation and to delve into the reasons for this variation.

  • An Early Look at Implementation of Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)) - Oct 09, 2018 Details

    This brief analyzes the early experience with implementation of work and reporting requirements in Arkansas, based on publicly available data and information, as well as targeted interviews with state officials, health plans, providers, and beneficiary advocates conducted in August and September 2018.

  • U.S. National Health IT Week Starts Today - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)) - Oct 09, 2018 Details

    National Health IT Week (NHIT Week), October 8-12, is a nationwide awareness week focused on catalyzing actionable change within the U.S. health system through the application of information and technology.

  • The Current State of Evidence on Bundled Payments - (University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI)) - Oct 09, 2018 Details

    Brief reviews how bundled payments have changed the cost and quality of care, as well as whether they have had any unintended impact on access and equity.

  • Individual Insurance Market Performance in Mid-2018 - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)) - Oct 09, 2018 Details

    Brie fused financial data reported by insurance companies to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and compiled by Mark Farrah Associates to look at the average premiums, claims, medical loss ratios, gross margins, and enrollee utilization from second quarter 2011 through second quarter 2018 in the individual insurance market.

  • NIH funds specialized centers for child maltreatment research - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS) - Oct 05, 2018 Details

    The National Institutes of Health is funding three centers that will conduct research on all forms of child abuse and neglect. The Capstone Centers for Child Maltreatment Research promise to identify best practices for prevention and screening, as well as treatment of children affected by abuse.

  • NLM VSAC Publishes Addendum Update to Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets for 2019 Reporting - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH) - Oct 05, 2018 Details

    On September 17, 2018, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published an addendum to the electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) annual update specifications originally published in May 2018.

  • NLM Names Dr. Clem McDonald First Chief Health Data Standards Officer - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH) - Oct 05, 2018 Details

    NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Clem McDonald, MD, to the newly created position of Chief Health Data Standards Officer for the National Library of Medicine. Dr. McDonald’s appointment will be effective November 1, 2018. The new position demonstrates NLM’s strong and enduring commitment to health data standards. The Chief Health Data Standards Officer’s responsibilities will involve integrating standards efforts across the Library, including the FHIR interoperability standard, Common Data Elements, and the vocabularies specific to clinical care

  • ODP Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023, Prevention Research: Building a Healthier Future - (Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), NIH) - Oct 05, 2018 Details

    Plan includes six strategic priorities that will guide the activities of the Office over the next 5 years. To better integrate disease prevention into trans-NIH initiatives, we’ve introduced three new cross-cutting themes: leading causes and risk factors for premature mortality and morbidity, health disparities, and dissemination and implementation research.

  • Marketplace Pulse: Percent of Plans with Out-of-Network Benefits - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) - Oct 04, 2018 Details

    The threat to consumers posed by bills from out-of-network (OON) health care providers is an issue that has been gaining prominence lately, with coverage from the media and growing policymaker interest. A number of states have addressed the problem legislatively, and others are considering taking action.

  • will be down for maintenance October 20-22, 2018 - ( - Oct 04, 2018 Details will be down October 20-22 for maintenance and its Release 16.3 upgrade, which will bring a set of enhancements and updates to improve the user experience, including enhanced password reset security, a related opportunities feature, and account merging.

  • will be down for maintenance October 20-22, 2018 - ( - Oct 04, 2018 Details will be down October 20-22 for maintenance and its Release 16.3 upgrade, which will bring a set of enhancements and updates to improve the user experience, including enhanced password reset security, a related opportunities feature, and account merging.

  • SBIRT Program for Women of Reproductive Age Misusing Opioids in Rural Primary Care Settings - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), HHS) - Oct 04, 2018 Details

    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health will release a funding opportunity in December 2018 to modify, implement and evaluate the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services (SBIRT) approach to take a rural-sensitive and approach that meet the unique needs of women. Adaptation of SBIRT may include rural specific access issues and identification of other critical linkages to services from multiple sectors including but not limited to legal assistance; law enforcement; mental health services; substance abuse treatments; and housing.

  • Preventing Violence Against Women in Priority Communities through Expanded Services - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), HHS) - Oct 04, 2018 Details

    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health will be releasing a funding opportunity in December 2018 to encourage a focus on preventing and responding to violence against women in these and other priority communities. Harmful social norms, including social constructs around what it means to be a woman or a man, contribute to the risk of perpetrating violence against women. As such, this FOA encourages applications from organizations and coalitions working to prevent violence against women by transforming harmful gender norms through women’s empowerment and male engagement efforts.

  • NLM Funds Study to Forecast Long-Term Costs of Data - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH) - Oct 04, 2018 Details

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has teamed up with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to conduct a study on forecasting the long-term costs for preserving, archiving, and promoting access to biomedical data.

  • SAMHSA partners with NCHS to make Restricted-use NSDUH data available - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - Oct 04, 2018 Details

    SAMHSA has partnered with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to host restricted-use National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data at their Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs). RDCs are secure facilities that provide access to a range of restricted-use microdata for statistical purposes.

  • Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio - (Health Policy Institute of Ohio) - Oct 03, 2018 Details

    Assessment identifies Ohio’s top child health and healthcare-related priorities and provides a starting place for a child-focused health policy agenda that can pave the way for a healthier Ohio.

  • Health Coverage and Human Service Program Eligibility: Considerations for States Weighing Systems Integration - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)) - Oct 02, 2018 Details

    Should states integrate their health insurance and human services eligibility and enrollment systems? Some state officials are weighing this question now that their revamped, Affordable Care Act (ACA) health coverage systems have been operational for several years and most of the early, initial glitches have been repaired. However, there are multiple factors to consider, some of which are new now that state health systems are expected to make eligibility determinations for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and marketplace subsidies.

  • HRSA releases new data on child health across the U.S. - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS) - Oct 02, 2018 Details

    HRSA has released the 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health data from nearly 21,000 households across the U.S. This voluntary survey, funded and directed by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being.

  • Federal report on health, well-being of America's children and youth now available - (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics) - Oct 02, 2018 Details

    The latest annual report of federal statistics on the health and well-being of America's children and youth is now available. The 2018 America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, highlights six measures on the status of children and youth who face heightened risks to their well-being.

  • Heat Wave: The U.S. is Poised to Catch FHIR in 2019 - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS) - Oct 01, 2018 Details

    Today, new analysis shows that the United States (US) might be at a turning point when it comes to the adoption and implementation of the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard in health information technology (health IT).