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Category Archives: Health Care

GAO Reports – Defense Inventory, Littoral Combat Ship, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, DOD Small Business Contracting

Defense Inventory: Further Analysis and Enhanced Metrics Could Improve Service Supply and Depot Operations, GAO-16-450: Published: Jun 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016. Littoral Combat Ship: Need to Address Fundamental Weaknesses in LCS and Frigate Acquisition Strategies, GAO-16-356: Published: Jun 9, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2016. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Enhanced Detection Tools… Continue Reading

Is Health Insurance Good for Your Financial Health?

Federal Reserve New York:  Is Health Insurance Good for Your Financial Health? – “In this blog post, we discuss the results of a research project that examines the effect of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion on personal financial indicators. We find suggestive evidence that after the implementation of the ACA in the first quarter… Continue Reading

Stem cell study in stroke patients results in restored motor function

Washington Post: “Stanford researchers studying the effect of stem cells injected directly into the brains of stroke patients said Thursday that they were “stunned” by the extent to which the experimental treatment restored motor function in some of the patients. While the research involved only 18 patients and was designed primarily to look at the safety of such a procedure and not… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Midway Atoll, Medicare, Aviation Security, Federal Air Marshall Service, Housing for Special Needs

Midway Atoll: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Faces Many Competing Priorities, GAO-16-382: Published: Jun 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2016. Medicare: Utilization and Expenditures for Complex Wheelchair Accessories, GAO-16-640R: Published: Jun 1, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2016. Aviation Security: Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Would Benefit from Risk Assessment and Strategy Updates,… Continue Reading

Toxic Crops and Zoonotic Disease: UNEP Identifies the Emerging Environmental Issues of Our Time

Via United Nations Environment Programme – “From the worrying rise in zoonotic diseases around the world to an examination of how climate change is increasing the toxicity of crops, a UNEP report out today seeks to highlight a number of the world’s key emerging environmental issues. UNEP’s Frontiers report identifies, highlights and offers solutions to… Continue Reading

CRS – Who Is a “Veteran”? — Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits,

Via FAS – Who Is a “Veteran”? — Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits, Scott D. Szymendera, Analyst in Disability Policy. May 25, 2016. “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a broad range of benefits to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and certain members of their families. Among these benefits are various types of financial… Continue Reading

OSHA Rule Makes Workplace Injury and Illness Data Publicly Available

Via FAS – CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – OSHA Rule Makes Workplace Injury and Illness Data Publicly Available: “On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that will make the data that certain employers collect on workplace injuries and illnesses publicly available. The rule does not… Continue Reading

UMMS – Medical Archives go online for Public Access

“The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was established in 1962, when the Legislature chartered the Commonwealth’s first public medical school. The school opened in 1970 without even waiting for construction of a new building. Today UMMS ranks in the nation’s top ten percent for primary care education and is a leading center for community… Continue Reading

Report – Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation

Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposures) Draft 5-19-2016 Michael Wyde, Mark Cesta, Chad Blystone, Susan Elmore, Paul Foster, Michelle Hooth, Grace Kissling, David Malarkey, Robert Sills, Matthew Stout, Walker, Kristine Witt, Mary Wolfe, John Bucher doi:… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Border Security, Medicare Program, Prisoner Operations

Border Security: DHS Surveillance Technology Unmanned Aerial Systems and Other Assets, GAO-16-671T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016. Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls, GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016. Prisoner Operations: United States Marshals Service Could Better Estimate Cost… Continue Reading

Study – Employees’ experiences of fairness at work can impact on their health

Via University of East Anglia: “The researchers investigated whether perceptions of what they call ‘procedural justice’, such as the processes in place to decide on rewards, pay, promotion and assignments, are related to employees’ health. They found that when perceptions of fairness changed, the self-rated health of employees also changed, for example those who experienced… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Managing for Results, Food Safety, Higher Education, IRS Internal Controls, Electromagnetic Risks, K-12 Education, National Drug Control Policy, Polar Weather Satellites

Managing for Results: OMB Improved Implementation of Cross-Agency Priority Goals, But Could Be More Transparent About Measuring Progress, GAO-16-509: Published: May 20, 2016. Publicly Released: May 20, 2016. Food Safety: FDA Coordinating with Stakeholders on New Rules but Challenges Remain and Greater Tribal Consultation Needed, GAO-16-425: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: May 19, 2016.… Continue Reading