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OECD – Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health

“Following a brief pause after the economic crisis, health expenditure is rising again in most OECD countries. Yet, a considerable part of this health expenditure makes little or no contribution to improving people’s health. In some cases, it even results in worse health outcomes. Countries could potentially spend significantly less on health care with no impact on health system performance, or on health outcomes. This report, Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health – 10 January 2017 – systematically reviews strategies put in place by countries to limit ineffective spending and waste. On the clinical front, preventable errors and low-value care are discussed. The operational waste discussion reviews strategies to obtain lower prices for medical goods and to better target the use of expensive inputs. Finally, the report reviews countries experiences in containing administrative costs and integrity violations in health.”

How Cell Phone Data Helps Us Better Understand Human Exposure To Air Pollution

Vast digital data-sets are changing how we predict the impacts of the urban environment on human health. In challenging traditional principles, can cellular network data offer insights on how to mitigate human exposure to dangerous air pollution? “Global urbanization has led to one of the world’s most pressing environmental health concerns: the increasing number of… Continue Reading

Report – Fostering The Advancement of the Internet of Things

Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force & Digital Economy Leadership Team report, Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things, January 2017. “The Internet of Things (IoT) – in which connected devices are proliferating at an unprecedented rate–is a technological development that is transforming the way we live and do business. IoT continues the… Continue Reading

Consumers Could Benefit from Improvements to Nursing Home Compare Website and Five-Star Quality Rating System

Nursing Homes: Consumers Could Benefit from Improvements to the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five-Star Quality Rating System, GAO-17-61: Published: Nov 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2016. “Millions of Americans are cared for in nursing homes each year, and that number is expected to increase as baby boomers age. So how do you choose… Continue Reading

Interactive Maps: Estimates of Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion

“As the 115th U.S. Congress deliberates the future of the Affordable Care Act, an interactive map from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides estimates of the number of people in each congressional district who enrolled in a 2016 ACA marketplace health plan and the political party of each district’s representative as of January. The analysis also… Continue Reading

Cancer Facts and Figures: Death Rate Down 25% Since 1991

Stacy Simon, January 5, 2017 – “The death rate from cancer in the US has declined steadily over the past 2 decades, according to annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society. The cancer death rate for men and women combined fell 25% from its peak in 1991 to 2014, the most recent year for… Continue Reading

Report – The Cost of Full Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, January 4, 2017 – “The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” includes a number of provisions to expand health care coverage, as well as several offsets that raise taxes and slow the growth of Medicare spending. According to our latest estimates, repealing the ACA in its entirety… Continue Reading

Commentary – How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

Dhruv Khullar, New York Times 12-22-16 – “Social isolation is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. About one-third of Americans older than 65 now live… Continue Reading

Legislative History of “Repeal and Replacement” of the Obamacare: Overview

This guide as created and is maintained by experts at the The Legal Research Center, Drexel School of Law. “The election of 2016 saw the GOP obtain control of the presidency and retain control of both chambers of Congress.  This created an opportunity for Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Prison Affected People: Punished to the Margins of Life

Via LLRX.com – Prison Affected People: Punished to the Margins of Life “Ken Strutin’s expansive scholarship, acumen, commitment to and comprehensive knowledge of criminal law and justice is fully articulated and shared in his new guide. He robustly argues and supports his reasoning that retribution is at odds with medical reality for conviction alone and… Continue Reading

Study – regularly walking around and away from desk at work is good

Effect of frequent interruptions of prolonged sitting on self-perceived levels of energy, mood, food cravings and cognitive function. Audrey Bergouignan, Kristina T. Legget, Nathan De Jong, Elizabeth Kealey, Janet Nikolovski, Jack L. Groppel, Chris Jordan, Raphaela O’Day, James O. Hill and Daniel H. Bessesen. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity201613:113. DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0437-z. Published… Continue Reading

Over 1,000 American communities have four times the lead poisoning that Flint does

Sarah Lazare – Salon.com. December 30, 2016:  “Flint’s lead-poisoned water crisis, which erupted in 2014, shined a global spotlight on the dangerous confluence of austerity, poverty and environmental racism. A new in-depth investigation by Reuters finds that Flint is far from alone, with nearly 3,000 areas nationwide facing lead poisoning rates “at least double those… Continue Reading