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GAO Reports – VA Disability Benefits, Navy Working Capital Fund, Electricity, Federal Transit Benefits, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

  • Veterans’ Disability Benefits: VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported, GAO-15-464: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2015.
  • Navy Working Capital Fund: Budgeting for Carryover at Fleet Readiness Centers Could Be Improved, GAO-15-462: Published: Jun 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2015.
  • Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Medicaid: Service Utilization Patterns for Beneficiaries in Managed Care, GAO-15-481: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.
  • Youth Athletes: Sports Programs’ Guidance, Practices, and Policies to Help Prevent and Respond to Sexual Abuse, GAO-15-418: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015.

GAO Reports – Electricity, Federal Transit Benefit Program, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Medicaid: Service UtilizationContinue Reading

HHS OIG Reports Fraud Abuse in Cost of Drugs Under Medicare

HHS OIG Data Brief • June 2015 • OEI-02-15-00190. Questionable Billing and Geographic Hotspots Point to Potential Fraud and Abuse in Medicare Part D: “More than 1,400 pharmacies had questionable billing for Part D drugs in 2014 A total of 1,432 retail pharmacies billed extremely high amounts for at least one of the five measuresContinue Reading

Health Care Coverage and Access for Men, 2013-2015

Kaiser Foundation: “This Visualizing Health Policy infographic provides a snapshot of men’s health care and insurance coverage issues, including health status, access to care and use of services. It compares the uninsured rates of men and women, their cost barriers to care, their connection to clinicians, and their use of prescription drugs, screening, and counseling services. FewerContinue Reading

State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk of Smoking

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHS) report by  Rachel N. Lipari, Ph.D., and Arthur Hughes, M.S., May 18, 2015: “Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke causes more than 443,000 deaths every year, and another 8.6 million people suffer from a serious illness related to smoking. According to the Surgeon General, if currentContinue Reading

FDA announces ban on trans fats

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1317] Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice; declaratory order. “Based on the available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) has made a finalContinue Reading

Patients – price of prescription drugs too high

“Given recent news about some high-cost prescription drugs and the debate about who should pay for them, this month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has a special focus on the issue. Nearly three-quarters of the public think that the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable. Americans place much of the blame with the drug companies sayingContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Acquisition Process, Federal Home Loan Banks, Mental Health

Defense Acquisition Process: Military Service Chiefs’ Concerns Reflect Need to Better Define Requirements before Programs Start, GAO-15-469: Published: Jun 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2015: “Most current and former military service chiefs and vice chiefs GAO interviewed from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps collectively expressed dissatisfaction with acquisition program outcomes andContinue Reading

NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine

New release via Ben Amata:  “National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the DirectorContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DOD, InfoTech Acquisitions, National Nuclear Security, TSA Performance, VA Health Care

Civil Support: DOD Is Taking Action to Strengthen Support of Civil Authorities, GAO-15-686T: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015. Information Technology: Additional Actions and Oversight Urgently Needed to Reduce Waste and Improve Performance in Acquisitions and Operations, GAO-15-675T: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015. National Nuclear Security Administration: ActionsContinue Reading

Google SEC filing describes new glucose sensing contact lens

“Yet, this is something we are working on today. Our glucose-sensing contact lens is being developed in partnership with Novartis. A tiny chip, using power measured in nanowatts, is embedded into the lens in order to monitor glucose levels continuously. This technology, and others like it being developed today, was made possible through continued improvementsContinue Reading

Super Spending: U.S. Trends in High-Cost Medication Use

“Our recent analysis, Super Spending: U.S. Trends in High-Cost Medication Use, examines prescription drug use among patients with exceedingly high annual medication costs under the pharmacy benefit to help clients identify new opportunities to improve care, quality of life and health outcomes for the patients who rely on these costly, complex therapies. An estimated 576,000Continue Reading