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CRS – An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know?

An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know? Carol Rapaport, Analyst in Health Care Financing. April 30, 2015. “Congress has seen a renewed interest in the market for private health insurance since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended). This report provides an overview ofContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Community Development Capital Initiative, Controlled Substances, Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System

Community Development Capital Initiative: Status of the Program Investments and Participants, GAO-15-542: Published: May 5, 2015. Publicly Released: May 5, 2015. Controlled Substances: DEA Needs to Better Manage Its Quota Process and Improve Coordination with FDA, GAO-15-494T: Published: May 5, 2015. Publicly Released: May 5, 2015. Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Navy Needs to Demonstrate MatchContinue Reading

Ingredients Must Meet Strict Safety Standards

“There’s a new label hitting store shelves this spring and summer that will make it easier to find cleaning products that are safer for everyone, including our pets and the environment. To display the new Safer Choice label, a product must first be reviewed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists to ensure every ingredient itContinue Reading

Review of USDA’s Approach to Meat and Poultry Safety

The Promise and Problems of HACCP: A Review of USDA’s Approach to Meat and Poultry Safety was made possible by support from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The findings and conclusions are exclusively the work of Consumer Federation of America and do not necessarily reflect the views of Pew. “The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionContinue Reading

Using consumer health data: Some considerations for companies

“As the FTC staff discussed at a seminar about consumer generated and controlled health data, people are turning to apps, devices, and websites to manage their own health information. Yesterday we talked about the contours of the compliance landscape. Especially when it comes to the sensitive subject of health data, one key takeaway is theContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Geographic Area Series: Health Care, Social Assistance

“This is a series of state-, county-, place- and metro area-level data files providing statistics on the number of establishments, receipts or revenue, payroll, number of employees and other items by industry. The first data were released today for the following sectors: Health Care and Social Assistance — Includes statistics for offices of physicians, outpatient care centers,Continue Reading

Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action 2015

“Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action—2015 brings into focus the economic value our oceans represent for this planet, as the future of humanity depends on their healthy living conditions. While figures in the report are a vast underestimation, the economic assets at risk accurately portray the losses we will incur should we continueContinue Reading

Study on Pollution: Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter

Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter, Residential Proximity to Major Roads and Measures of Brain Structure – Elissa H. Wilker, Sarah R. Preis, Alexa S. Beiser, Philip A. Wolf, Rhoda Au, Itai Kloog, Wenyuan Li, Joel Schwartz, Petros Koutrakis, Charles DeCarli, Sudha Seshadri, and Murray A. Mittleman. Stroke, 2015 DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.008348 “Background and Purpose—Long-term exposure toContinue Reading

Antibacterial Drug Shortages From 2001 to 2013

Antibacterial Drug Shortages From 2001 to 2013: Implications for Clinical Practice. Clin Infect Dis. (2015) doi: 10.1093/cid/civ201 First published online: April 22, 2015 “Background. Previous studies have described drug shortages; however, there has been no comprehensive evaluation focusing on US antibacterial shortages. Methods. Drug shortage data from the University of Utah Drug Information Service database were analyzed,Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Medicare, State Department Construction, VA Construction

Medicare: Potential Uses of Electronically Readable Cards for Beneficiaries and Providers, GAO-15-319: Published: Mar 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2015. State Department Construction: Basis for Building versus Leasing Decisions Was Insufficiently Documented at Three Embassies, GAO-15-472R: Published: Apr 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2015. VA Construction: Actions to Address Cost Increases and ScheduleContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Funding

Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns, GAO-15-498T: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015: “U.S. airports are key contributors to the national and regional economies, providing mobility for people and goods, both domestically and internationally. Since 2007 when GAO last reported on airport funding, airports of allContinue Reading

Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity with City-Scale Metagenomics

“Afshinnekoo et al. describe a city-scale molecular profile of DNA collected from a city’s subway system, public surfaces, and one waterway. These data enable  baseline analysis of bacterial, eukaryotic, and aracheal organisms in the built environment of mass transit and urban life.” Afshinnekoo et al., 2015, CELS 1, 1–15 July 29, 2015.  Highlights: Almost halfContinue Reading