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  • Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - Feb 19, 2019 Details

    CMS has released a new voluntary, five year payment model aimed at providing more flexibility to ambulance services responding to Medicare beneficiaries.





  • Executive Action as a Tool for Promoting Evidence-Based Public Health Decision-Making - (Network for Public Health Law) - Feb 19, 2019 Details

    Gubernatorial executive orders and directives can serve as powerful tools for furthering public health goals. In addition to directing public health agency activities, establishing policies and priorities, and responding to emergencies, executive orders or directives can also play a role in shaping agency culture to promote effective public health decision-making.




  • Cancer statistics for African Americans, 2019 - (American Cancer Society) - Feb 15, 2019 Details

    Report provides data and information on cancer occurrence among the African American/black community in the United States, including incidence, survival, mortality, and the estimated numbers of new cases and deaths in 2019, as well as the prevalence of cancer risk factors and screening. It also estimates the total number of cancer deaths averted among blacks as a result of the continuous decline in cancer mortality since the early 1990s.




  • The Market Mechanism and Health Insurance in Rural Places: Lessons Learned from an Economics and Policy Perspective (February 2019) - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)) - Feb 14, 2019 Details

    This paper focuses on unique challenges in health insurance markets facing rural people, providers, and place by identifying how and when these challenges stem from what economists call “market failures,” defined narrowly or broadly. It reviews how previous government interventions and programs have sought to redress insurance market failures, and assesses the success (or lack thereof) of these interventions, and concludes with observations about the current landscape of rural insurance markets and suggestions for policy interventions and further research.



  • The Cost Shift Myth - (Colorado Health Institute) - Feb 14, 2019 Details

    Advocates for Medicaid expansion promoted the idea that hospitals charge extra to patients with private insurance to make up for underpayments from the uninsured and public programs. A new report from Colorado’s Medicaid agency calls into question this theory of the “cost shift.”


  • Behavioral Health Spending & Use Accounts, 2006-2015 - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS) - Feb 14, 2019 Details

    This report provides updated estimates of mental health and substance use disorder spending by payment source and provider, setting, payer and specialty type. The report highlights spending on behavioral health by private insurers, Medicaid and Medicare as well as other payers.


  • 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)) - Feb 14, 2019 Details

    The 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey provides insight into what healthcare organizations are doing to protect their information and assets, in light of increasing cyber-attacks and compromises impacting the healthcare and public health (“HPH”) sector.


  • 2019 HIMSS U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)) - Feb 14, 2019 Details

    Survey reflects the perspectives of U.S. health information and technology leaders on a myriad of topics influencing the healthcare sector. The present report provides a robust profile of U.S. health information and technology priorities, as well as insight into their health IT workforce experiences.


  • Two decades of data reveal overall increase in pain, opioid use among U.S. adults - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS) - Feb 14, 2019 Details

    Researchers used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to examine the impact of pain-related interference, a measure of pain’s impact on normal work activities, on people’s health status and health care use. MEPS is a nationally representative survey of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population.


  • Call for Abstracts: Tobacco and Health Equity - (Society for Public Health Education) - Feb 13, 2019 Details

    Health Promotion Practice (HPP) is calling for short article abstracts on issues regarding health equity and tobacco for a special collection to be published in 2019.Abstracts should contribute new knowledge from tobacco-related research and/or interventions that contributes to better understanding equity-related disparities among racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations. The submission deadline is March 22, 2019.






  • Neighborhood disadvantage and chronic disease management - (Wiley Interscience) - Feb 13, 2019 Details

    Open access study in Health Services Research) assesses the relationship between a composite measure of neighborhood disadvantage, the Area Deprivation Index (ADI), and control of blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol in the Medicare Advantage (MA) population.


  • PRAMS Releases New Data - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) - Feb 12, 2019 Details

    CDC is pleased to announce the release of 2017 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Researchers can request the most recent year of data, as well as prior years’ data. PRAMS was developed in 1987 to help reduce infant morbidity and mortality by providing data not available elsewhere about pregnancy and the first few months after birth.




  • Slow Growth in Medicare and Medicaid Spending Per Enrollee Has Implications for Policy Debates - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) - Feb 12, 2019 Details

    Since 2006, national health expenditure (NHE) growth has been slow relative to historic growth rates. Annual spending growth between 2006 and 2017 averaged 5.2% for Medicare, 6% for Medicaid, and 4.4% for private health insurance. CMS projects much faster growth in Medicare and Medicaid spending per enrollee from 2017 to 2026 than we have seen in the past decade.These projections raise concerns about the sustainability of current trends and have been cited in proposals to dramatically restructure both programs. However, Medicare and Medicaid better contain per enrollee health spending growth than private insurance.


  • Understanding the Opioid Crisis in Rural and Urban Iowa - (Iowa State University (ISU)) - Feb 12, 2019 Details

    This publication compares the existing conditions of the opioid epidemic in Iowa to surrounding states, conditions related to the opioid crisis across Iowa counties and provides strategies and resources to address opioid abuse in Iowa communities.






  • Feedback Wanted: NCQA Public Comment on Measures for HEDIS® 2020 - (National Committee for Quality Assurance ) - Feb 11, 2019 Details

    The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) invites the public to comment on proposed changes to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). There are proposed measure retirements, new measures, changes to existing measures and changes that apply across various measures for HEDIS 2020. The public comment period is open February 11-March 11, 2019.


  • Survey: Data Metrics at Repositories - Feb 11, 2019 Details

    This is a RDA Data Usage Metrics WG survey. If you are a repository provider, please answer these questions to help us understand the current state of data metrics


  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Improve the Interoperability of Health Information - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS) - Feb 11, 2019 Details

    HHS recently proposed a new rule to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). The proposed rule is designed to increase innovation and competition by giving patients and their healthcare providers secure access to health information and new tools, allowing for more choice in care and treatment. It calls on the healthcare industry to adopt standardized application programming interfaces (APIs), which will help allow individuals to securely and easily access structured EHI using smartphone applications.




  • Living with a Disability in America - (Commonwealth Fund) - Feb 08, 2019 Details

    On this episode of The Dose, host Shanoor Seervai talks to Martha Hostetter and Sarah Klein, who recently studied several health plans and clinics that have created custom models, helping people with disabilities live with dignity and independence.


  • Call for Papers: “Public Health and Pharmacy: Collaborative Approaches to Improve Population Health” - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS) - Feb 08, 2019 Details

    Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) invites authors to submit manuscripts describing innovative and effective work to link public health and pharmacy in ways that improve population health. PCD seeks manuscripts that provide timely information on effective ways the disciplines of public health and pharmacy can collaborate to improve the nation’s health and/or improve population health globally. Submissions are due by October 31, 2019.


  • Using Health Homes to Integrate Care for Dually Eligible Individuals: Washington State’s Experiences - Feb 08, 2019 Details

    To provide more integrated, coordinated care for its residents who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, Washington State is operating a demonstration under the Financial Alignment Initiative offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This case study describes: (1) the demonstration’s structure; (2) results achieved to date; and (3) insights on the demonstration’s implementation from the state and other stakeholders. (Integrated Care Resource Center)








  • Practicing Medicine in Rural America: Listening to Primary Care Physicians - (Commonwealth Fund) - Feb 06, 2019 Details

    This feature is the third post in a series, “Listening to Primary Care Physicians for Low-Income Patients,” that draws on focus group research to illustrate the challenges of serving low-income patients. This post uses primary care physicians’ words to illustrate how serving low-income patients in rural communities can be particularly challenging.




  • Tackling the Opioid Crisis: What State Strategies Are Working? - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)) - Feb 06, 2019 Details

    NASHP officials met with policy makers from a dozen states to talk about their challenges and most promising policy strategies to tackle the opioid crisis. The group discussed and evaluated a range of policy approaches involving Medicaid, behavioral and public health departments, and governors’ offices.


  • 2019 Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Ninth Edition - (University of Nevada Reno) - Feb 06, 2019 Details

    Data book contains a wide range of current county-level information on the resident population, economy, social environment, population health, health workforce, and the health care delivery system. It includes important data for public policy makers, health care professionals and administrators, rural health care advocates, and residents of rural and frontier Nevada.



  • Understanding Community-Based Social Innovations for Healthy Ageing - (RAND Corporation) - Feb 06, 2019 Details

    Study aims to identify how community-based social innovations (CBSIs) are functioning across a number of rapidly ageing countries and the policies, programmes and health system factors underpinning their success, as well as to examine the evidence base for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of CBSIs.




  • OMH announces 2019 theme for National Minority Health Month: Active & Healthy - (Office of Minority Health (OMH), HHS) - Feb 05, 2019 Details

    National Minority Health Month begins on April 1, 2019, and the HHS Office of Minority Health will join our partners in raising awareness about the important role an active lifestyle plays in keeping us healthy. The theme, Active & Healthy, highlights the health benefits from even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity throughout the day.









  • New Law Enacts Recommendations of Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking - (AcademyHealth) - Feb 01, 2019 Details

    On January 14, President Trump signed into law the Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (PL 115-435), which enacts many of the recommendations of the bipartisan Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEBP). The new law will both facilitate health services research and offer new opportunities for this research to influence policy.







  • Are Value-Based Incentives Driving Behavior Change to Improve Value? - (American Journal of Managed Care) - Feb 01, 2019 Details

    Study works to understand physician organization (PO) responses to financial incentives for quality and total cost of care among POs that were exposed to a statewide multipayer value-based payment (VBP) program, and to identify challenges that POs face in advancing the goals of VBP.



  • Trauma Caused by Injury or Abuse in Late Life: Experiences, Impacts, and the Federal Response - (National Academy of Medicine) - Jan 31, 2019 Details

    Report identifies existing resources that both work to prevent injury and abuse in elders, and that help those who have experienced these tragedies deal with their ramifications. The review serves to both highlight existing programs that individuals can utilize, as well as identify potential gaps and areas of growth as our population continues to age.


  • The Marketing of Short-Term Health Plans - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)) - Jan 31, 2019 Details

    Consumers shopping online for health insurance will often find websites selling short-term plans as a replacement for ACA-compliant coverage, which often fail to provide consumers with needed information.


  • Long-Term Trends in Employer-Based Coverage - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)) - Jan 31, 2019 Details

    This brief presents data from the National Health Interview Survey to examine trends in the share of nonelderly people who receive and are offered coverage through a job.




  • 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice Part II and Draft Call Letter - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) - Jan 31, 2019 Details

    On January 30, 2019, CMS released Part II of the 2020 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment Policies (the Advance Notice), and Draft Call Letter. Through the 2020 Advance Notice, CMS is proposing updates to the methodologies used to pay Medicare Advantage plans and Part D sponsors.






  • Opioid Money Has Helped, But States Want More - (Pew Charitable Trusts) - Jan 30, 2019 Details

    More than a decade into an opioid overdose epidemic that’s costing the nation at least $78 billion a year, emergency federal dollars have kindled local victories. But state and local officials say they need sustainable funding for what they expect to be a long-term struggle to provide effective treatment for legions of people addicted to opioids.




  • NIMH Twitter Chat: Eating Disorders - (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH) - Jan 30, 2019 Details

    February 28, 2019, 2:00―3:00 PM EST. This chat will cover the common types of eating disorders, how they are treated, current research, and how to find help. Use the hashtag #NIMHchats to participate.










  • Leading Public Health Practice Though Health Informatics and Technology - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)) - Jan 24, 2019 Details

    The future of disease surveillance is electronic case reporting, which is the process of electronically reporting disease cases from clinically-based electronic health records to public health agencies for integration into disease surveillance systems. eCR is an important first step in advancing bidirectional data exchange between healthcare and public health as it leverages data flow between these entities. This guidebook provides additional information on achieving bidirectional data exchange and preparing for eCR adoption and implementation.