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Category Archives: Health Care

GAO Reports – Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare and Medicaid, Offshore Oil and Gas Resources, Homeland Security

Medicaid Managed Care: Trends in Federal Spending and State Oversight of Costs and Enrollment, GAO-16-77: Published: Dec 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2016. Medicare and Medicaid: Additional Oversight Needed of CMS’s Demonstration to Coordinate the Care of Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries, GAO-16-31: Published: Dec 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2016. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources:Continue Reading

UN Global Humanitarian Overview 2016

“The outlook for 2016 is grim. Millions of civilians, uprooted from their homes by violent and prolonged conflict, will remain in desperate need of protection and humanitarian assistance. About 60 million people are displaced around the world, and more than a quarter of these displacements are due to the conflicts in Iraq, South Sudan andContinue Reading

Commentary calls for more data about radon risk and natural gas

Via Oil and Gas Journal – Findings show actual data needed for informed statements about radon risk and natural gas, 12/03/2015 – Lynn Kerr McKay, King & Spalding, Washington, DC; Bruce R. Hurley King & Spalding, Houston. “Actual measurements and evaluation of potential exposure pathways demonstrate that claims of risk of harm due to radonContinue Reading

Paper on Tuberculosis Knowledge, Awareness and Stigma

Tuberculosis Knowledge, Awareness, and Stigma Among African-Americans in Three Southeastern Counties in the USA: a Qualitative Study of Community Perspectives Rachel A. Royce et al.  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-12. “To inform strategies to address the tuberculosis (TB) excess among US-born African-Americans, we sought to understand the TB experience in the most highly affectedContinue Reading

The U.S. Congress and Global Health: A Primer

Kaiser Family Foundation – “The U.S. Congress, the legislative body of the U.S. government (USG), plays an important role in determining and shaping the government’s global health policy and programs. Although only one of many USG entities involved in global health, its engagement has been particularly notable over the last 15 years, which have beenContinue Reading

Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling

The National Acadmies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a ruling in July 2015 to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care or “advance care planning,” a term meant to reflect that people should make their end-of-life wishes known as early as when they get aContinue Reading

Between Openness and Privacy in Genomics

Vayena E, Gasser U (January 2016) Between Openness and Privacy in Genomics. PLoS Med 13(1): e1001937. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001937 – “In this report, the authors examine the questions around access to genomic data. They argue that the real breakthrough in reconciling privacy and openness in genomics requires confronting head-on some fundamentally normative tensions that are escalated inContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, National Security Cutter, Veterans Benefits Management System

Defense Infrastructure: DOD Efforts Regarding Net Zero Goals, GAO-16-153R: Published: Jan 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2016. National Security Cutter: Enhanced Oversight Needed to Ensure Problems Discovered during Testing and Operations Are Addressed, GAO-16-148: Published: Jan 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2016. Veterans Benefits Management System: Ongoing Efforts Can Be Improved; Goals AreContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Firearms Trafficking, Health Care Workforce, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, U.S. Coins

Firearms Trafficking: U.S. Efforts to Combat Firearms Trafficking to Mexico Have Improved, but Some Collaboration Challenges Remain, GAO-16-223: Published: Jan 11, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 2016. Health Care Workforce: Comprehensive Planning by HHS Needed to Meet National Needs, GAO-16-17: Published: Dec 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 2016. Overseas Private Investment Corporation: Additional ActionsContinue Reading

Drug Overdose Deaths by State, US 2013 and 2014

CDC – “CDC analyzed recent multiple cause-of-death mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System to track current trends and shifting characteristics of drug overdose deaths. Opioids—primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin—are the main driver of overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014 and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 2000. Significant increasesContinue Reading

People who are not in the labor force: why aren’t they working?

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Steven F. Hipple – “People who are neither working nor looking for work are counted as “not in the labor force,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 2000, the percentage of people in this group has increased. Data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and its AnnualContinue Reading

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

“The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number ofContinue Reading