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Category Archives: Health Care

Stanford scholars identify 10 work stressors that are destroying employee health

Stanford Business – Why Your Workplace Might Be Killing You: “Workplace stress — such as long hours, job insecurity and lack of work-life balance — contributes to at least 120,000 deaths each year and accounts for up to $190 billion in health care costs, according to new research by two Stanford professors and a formerContinue Reading

CRS – Genetic Testing: Background and Policy Issues

Genetic Testing: Background and Policy Issues. Amanda K. Sarata, Specialist in Health Policy. March 2, 2015. “Congress has considered, at various points in time, numerous pieces of legislation that relate to genetic and genomic technology and testing. These include bills addressing genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment; precision medicine; the patenting of genetic material;Continue Reading

Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: An Overview

CRS – Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program: An Overview. Kirstin B. Blom,Analyst in Health Care Financing, Ada S. Cornell, Information Research Specialist. February 25, 2015 “The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program provides health insurance to federal employees, retirees, and their dependents. This report provides a general overview of FEHB. It describes the structureContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – 2020 Census, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Federal Workforce Performance

2020 Census: Key Challenges Need to Be Addressed to Successfully Enable Internet Response, GAO-15-225: Published: Feb 5, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2015. Comparative Effectiveness: Initial Assessment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, GAO-15-301: Published: Mar 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2015. Federal Workforce: Improved Supervision and Better Use of Probationary Periods Are NeededContinue Reading

Report – The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

The Demolition of Workers’ Comp Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR March 4, 2015. “Over the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ compContinue Reading

The Hidden Costs of Unused Leave: Balancing Employee Needs with Business Liabilities

Project: Time Off – “There’s a hidden cost lurking on the balance sheets of American companies. It is nearly half the size of the current federal deficit, larger than the Gross State Product of half of U.S. states and 24 times the annual revenue of the NFL. The source may surprise many U.S. companies. InContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Science and Technology, Drug Shortages, Government Efficiency and Effectiveness, Healthcare.gov, Indian Irrigation Projects, Motor Carrier Safety, Whistleblower Protection

Defense Science and Technology: Further DOD and DOE Actions Needed to Provide Timely Conference Decisions and Analyze Risks from Changes in Participation, GAO-15-278: Published: Mar 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2015. Drug Shortages: Better Management of the Quota Process for Controlled Substances Needed; Coordination between DEA and FDA Should Be Improved, GAO-15-202: Published: FebContinue Reading

U.S. Bicycling Participation Benchmarking Report

“When PeopleForBikes launched 16 years ago as Bikes Belong, we established the mission of “getting more people riding bikes, more often.” This goal remains central in all of our work today. As we’ve grown, and as we’ve evaluated the progress of our key projects, we’ve often been frustrated by not being able to confidently answerContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Antipsychotic Drug Use, Defense Acquisitions, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Federal Research, Information Security, Medicaid Information Technology

Antipsychotic Drug Use: HHS Has Initiatives to Reduce Use among Older Adults in Nursing Homes, but Should Expand Efforts to Other Settings, GAO-15-211: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015. Defense Acquisitions: Better Approach Needed to Account for Number, Cost, and Performance of Non-Major Programs, GAO-15-188: Published: Mar 2, 2015. Publicly Released: MarContinue Reading

A Guide to the Supreme Court Argument in King v. Burwell

Kaiser Family Foundation – “On March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the availability of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium subsidies in states with a Federally-run Marketplace (including states with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and states with a Partnership Marketplace). In addition to expandingContinue Reading

Amnesty International Annual Report 2014-2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International “Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world’s politicians have miserably failed to protect thoseContinue Reading

Kaiser – New Online Tool Gives Patients Insight Into The Cost Of Medical Care

Jay Hancock – Kaiser Health News: “Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. A tool that went online Wednesday is supposed to give patients a small peek at the products and prices before they openContinue Reading