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Category Archives: Medicine

GAO report on VA administration of human capital challenges

Veterans Health Administration: Management Attention Is Needed to Address Systemic, Long-standing Human Capital Challenges, GAO-17-30: Published: Dec 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2017: “The Veterans Health Administration is facing key human capital challenges that hamper its ability to effectively serve veterans—including skills gaps within medical centers’ HR offices and inadequate training for HR staff.… Continue Reading

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CourtListener – free legal research website – millions of legal opinions from federal and state courts

“Search millions of opinions by case name, topic, or citation. 418 Jurisdictions. Sponsored by the Non-Profit Free Law Project. With CourtListener, lawyers, journalists, academics, and the public can research an important case, stay up to date with new opinions as they are filed, or do deep analysis using our raw data.” Continue Reading

NYT – Trump’s Health Plan Would Convert Medicaid to Block Grants

Robert Pear – Trump’s Health Plan Would Convert Medicaid to Block Grants, Aide Says – “President Trump’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will propose giving each state a fixed amount of federal money in the form of a block grant to provide health care to low-income people on Medicaid, a top adviser to… Continue Reading

Politico – Trump signs sweeping order that could gut Obamacare

Politico, 1/20/17: “A few hours after taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order that encourages federal agencies to dismantle large parts of Obamacare, possibly including the hugely unpopular mandate requiring most Americans to purchase insurance. While only Congress can repeal the law, the nine-paragraph order effectively tells the federal… Continue Reading

Comparison of Medicare Provisions in Recent Bills and Proposals to Repeal and Replace Affordable Care Act

Kaiser Family Foundation: “Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a top priority of the Trump Administration and the Republican leadership, and is a prominent issue on the agenda of the 115th Congress. The ACA includes many provisions affecting the Medicare program, and lawmakers have taken different approaches to the ACA’s Medicare provisions.… Continue Reading

Consumers Could Benefit from Improvements to Nursing Home Compare Website and Five-Star Quality Rating System

Nursing Homes: Consumers Could Benefit from Improvements to the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five-Star Quality Rating System, GAO-17-61: Published: Nov 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2016. “Millions of Americans are cared for in nursing homes each year, and that number is expected to increase as baby boomers age. So how do you choose… Continue Reading

Cancer Facts and Figures: Death Rate Down 25% Since 1991

Stacy Simon, January 5, 2017 – “The death rate from cancer in the US has declined steadily over the past 2 decades, according to annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society. The cancer death rate for men and women combined fell 25% from its peak in 1991 to 2014, the most recent year for… Continue Reading

Report – The Cost of Full Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, January 4, 2017 – “The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” includes a number of provisions to expand health care coverage, as well as several offsets that raise taxes and slow the growth of Medicare spending. According to our latest estimates, repealing the ACA in its entirety… Continue Reading

Pew – Animal Drug Companies Fulfill Commitment to Change Antibiotic Labels

Pew Charitable Trusts: “The Food and Drug Administration announced an important milestone today in efforts to ensure that antibiotics are used responsibly in food animals. The agency said that all affected companies have voluntarily complied with Guidance for Industry #213 that called for them to make two key modifications to the labels of medically important… Continue Reading

Pew – Health issues topped the list of scientific studies reaching wide audiences in 2016

Pew Research Center: “About 2.5 million scientific journal articles are published annually, and the growth of social media and online news outlets have given scientists powerful ways to share their findings – so much so that new measures are being developed to help capture the impact these outlets have on scientific work. A Pew Research… Continue Reading

Social Security Bulletin Archives

The Social Security Bulletin (ISSN 1937-4666) is published quarterly by the Social Security Administration, Washington, DC. The Bulletin is prepared in the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, and digital copies are available from 1938 to present. Older issues are in PDF and more recent issues are in HTML.… Continue Reading