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GAO Reports – Tax Gap, Ford Class Aircraft Carrier, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Spent Nuclear Fuel, Tricare Pharmacy Pilot

  • Fiscal Outlook: Addressing Improper Payments and the Tax Gap Would Improve the Government’s Fiscal Position, GAO-16-92T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.
  • Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: Poor Outcomes Are the Predictable Consequences of the Prevalent Acquisition Culture, GAO-16-84T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.
  • Hospital Value-Based Purchasing: Initial Results Show Modest Effects on Medicare Payments and No Apparent Change in Quality-of-Care Trends, GAO-16-9: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel: Legislative, Technical, and Societal Challenges to Its Transportation, GAO-16-121T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.
  • Tricare Pharmacy Pilot: Improved Monitoring Needed with Expansion of Pilot Requirements, GAO-15-768: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.

GAO Reports – DOD Contract Services, Great Lakes Restoration, Managing for Results, Medicare, Pension Advance Transactions

DOD Contract Services: Improvements Made to Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls, GAO-15-780: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Some Information on Projects and Progress Made Available to Congress and the Public, GAO-15-841T: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015. Managing for Results: Implementation of GPRAContinue Reading

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

News release: “Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR),Continue Reading

Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health: consultation

“The Draft zero of the “Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health” is now open to public consultation from individuals and institutions. Please respond as soon as possible so that your comments will help develop Draft 1, which will be discussed in Geneva on 29-30 October 2015.” “Healthy Ageing” is defined as theContinue Reading

EPA Revisions to the Worker Protection Standard – Pesticides

“EPA is announcing stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. These revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries….There is a clear need for better protection for farmworkers.Continue Reading

NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence

“The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new health services research resource on domestic violence, to complement the new NLM exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives. The new resource can be found on the Web portal, Health Services ResearchContinue Reading

Healthcare costs unsustainable in advanced economies without reform

OECD: “Healthcare costs are rising so fast in advanced economies that they will become unaffordable by mid-century without reforms, according to a new OECD report. Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems: Bridging Health and Finance Perspectives finds that going over budget on health spending remains endemic in most OECD countries. Maintaining today’s healthcare, and funding futureContinue Reading

HHS OIG Audit of MIDAS – central system managing citizen health care insurance data

Public Summary Report: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Implementation of Security Controls Over the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System Needs Improvement (A-06-14-00067). September 21, 2015. “This summary report provides an overview of the results of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) review of the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS). It does notContinue Reading

Creating a 21st-Century Medical Device Surveillance System

“The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a hearing in response to public concerns about Essure, a nonsurgical, permanent female sterilization device. Since FDA approved the product in 2002, the agency has received reports on 5,093 adverse events, including six deaths. The hearing coincides with a landmark event for medical device safety: the compliance dateContinue Reading

Administrative data collection by nations poses privacy concerns for public and researchers

Nature – Researchers wrestle with a privacy problem – The data contained in tax returns, health and welfare records could be a gold mine for scientists — but only if they can protect people’s identities. “…In the past few years, administrative data have been used to investigate issues ranging from the side effects of vaccinesContinue Reading

HIV/AIDS Database Update

“The U.S. Census Bureau’s HIV/AIDS database has been updated to include new data for more than 120 nations. It is a compilation of data from 219 countries and areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. Major updates include new data for China, Nigeria, India, South Africa, and Namibia. The database focuses on HIV/AIDSContinue Reading

California Healthcare Compare Project

“In California, Consumer Reports is looking out for consumers by bringing you free healthcare cost and quality information in a graphic, easy-to-understand way. Using the tools available through our website, California Healthcare Compare, you can find the higher- and lower-performing hospitals and medical groups for childbirth, hip and knee replacement, back pain, colon cancer screening,Continue Reading