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Diabetes State Atlas Now Available Online

“CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation announces the launch of the Diabetes State Atlas (available athttp://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data), an interactive Internet tool for the public to view maps and charts of diabetes data and trends at the U.S. state level. Some of the features of the atlas include 1) customizable maps and graphics of diabetes surveillance data, 2)Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Group Purchasing Organizations, Medicare Program Integrity, Defense Logistics, Vaccine Injury Compensation

Group Purchasing Organizations: Funding Structure Has Potential Implications for Medicare Costs, GAO-15-13: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2014. Medicare Program Integrity: CMS Pursues Many Practices to Address Prescription Drug Fraud, Waste, and Abuse, GAO-15-66: Published: Oct 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 2014. Defense Logistics: Greater Awareness of Recommendations and Improvements in Data QualityContinue Reading

NFL Concussion Settlement: How Much is a Brain Worth to the NFL?

Video via FRONTLINE: “Thousands of former NFL players are suing the National Football League over brain injuries they got while playing the game. But no brain is the same. So, what is a brain injury worth to the NFL? FRONTLINE explains.”

Global Disease Monitoring and Forecasting with Wikipedia

Global Disease Monitoring and Forecasting with Wikipedia by Nicholas Generous, Geoffrey Fairchild, Alina Deshpande, Sara Y. Del Valle, Reid Priedhorsky. Published: November 13, 2014. “Infectious disease is a leading threat to public health, economic stability, and other key social structures. Efforts to mitigate these impacts depend on accurate and timely monitoring to measure the risk and progress of disease.Continue Reading

New Database of FDA Warning Letters Helps Consumers Avoid Adulterated Products Masquerading as Supplements

“The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced a free online tool that compiles FDA Warning Letters sent to dietary supplement companies into a searchable database to help industry achieve better regulatory compliance. The database can be used to evaluate FDA’s warning letterContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Compounded Drugs, Bureau of Fiscal Service Audit

COMPOUNDED DRUGS: Payment Practices Vary across Public Programs and Private Insurers, and Medicare Part B Policy Should Be Clarified, GAO-15-85: Published: Oct 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2014. FINANCIAL AUDIT: Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Schedules of Federal Debt, GAO-15-157: Published: Nov 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2014.

Study Calls Out Workplace Telepressure

Please Respond ASAP: Workplace Telepressure and Employee Recovery. Barber, Larissa K.; Santuzzi, Alecia M. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Nov 3 , 2014, No Pagination Specified. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038278 “Organizations rely heavily on asynchronous message-based technologies (e.g., e-mail) for the purposes of work-related communications. These technologies are primary means of knowledge transfer and building social networks. As a by-product, workersContinue Reading

CFPB Report Finds Debt Collection Tops Older Consumer Complaints

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report, A snapshot of debt collection complaints submitted by older consumers, highlighting debt collection as a top complaint for older Americans, many of whom say they struggle with debt in retirement. According to the report, some of the debt collection issues older Americans complain about include collectors: hounding aboutContinue Reading

Medicare Beneficiaries Paid Nearly Half of the Costs for Outpatient Services at Critical Access Hospitals

HHS IG Report (OEI-05-12-00085), October 7, 2014 “The Critical Access Hospital (CAH) certification was created to ensure that rural beneficiaries would have access to hospital services. Medicare reimburses CAHs at 101 percent of their “reasonable costs,” rather than at the predetermined rates set by the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). The system that Medicare uses toContinue Reading

Ebola crisis in West Africa brings hightened focus to need for vaccine

WSJ – Ebola Vaccine Push Ramps Up – After Years of Delay, Researchers Rush to Field Test a Shot to Prevent the Disease “The world had little interest in Ebola in 1997, which is why cell biologist Nancy J. Sullivan thought she might be able to make a mark. Today, if the scientific world is to haveContinue Reading

Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority

CRS – Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority, Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. October 9, 2014. “In the wake of increasing fears about the spread of highly contagious diseases, federal, state, and local governments have become increasingly aware of the need for a comprehensive public health response to such events. An effective response could include the quarantine of personsContinue Reading

Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets

CDC – “The ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the AmericanContinue Reading