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Improving the Health of Women in the United States

“The environment for women’s health has changed over the last 25 years. Increased use of automobiles can lead to health risks from lack of physical activity. There has also been an increase in access to and consumption of unhealthy food. Other changes in the past 2 to 3 decades include the significant increase in theContinue Reading

University research reveals unhealthy lifestyle of most American adults

Via Oregon State University – “Only 2.7 percent of the U.S. adult population achieves all four of some basic behavioral characteristics that researchers say would constitute a “healthy lifestyle” and help protect against cardiovascular disease, a recent study concluded.” Reference – see Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics and Their Joint Association With Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers in USContinue Reading

Majority of Drugs Now Subject to Coinsurance in Medicare Part D Plans

“A new analysis from Avalere finds that a majority of prescription drugs covered by standalone Medicare Part D plans (PDPs) are subject to coinsurance, rather than copayments, in 2016. Coinsurance is when a beneficiary pays a percentage of the cost of the drug, rather than a fixed dollar amount, or copayment. Coinsurance often leads toContinue Reading

An Economic Evaluation of PulseNet

A Network for Foodborne Disease Surveillance Robert L. Scharff, PhD, JD, John Besser, PhD,  Donald J. Sharp, MD, Timothy F. Jones, MD, Gerner-Smidt Peter, DMS, MD, Craig W. Hedberg, PhD. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “The PulseNet surveillance system is a molecular subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories designed to identifyContinue Reading

CDC Releases Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

“As part of the urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths, CDC issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016 will help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for theirContinue Reading

Wake Forest Institute succeeds in creating 3D printed tissue

Via Robotic Trends – “A new method of 3D printing, which has been a decade in the making, can produce human-sized bone, muscle, and cartilage. And when implanted into mice and rats, the 3D-printed ear, cartilage and bone all grew and developed blood vessels. The 3D-printed skeletal muscle has similar results, contracting like developing muscleContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Medicaid, Provider Networks, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity

Medicaid: Federal Guidance Needed to Address Concerns About Distribution of Supplemental Payments, GAO-16-108: Published: Feb 5, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2016. Provider Networks: Comparison of Child-Focused Network Adequacy Standards between CHIP and Private Health Plans, GAO-16-219: Published: Feb 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2016. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Information on Planned ChangesContinue Reading

Pew – States, CDC Seek Limits on Painkiller Prescribing

Pew Charitable Trusts – “Now, in the throes of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, governors, presidential candidates and major health care organizations — from insurance companies to physician associations — are calling for limits on the number and strength of opioid pills prescribed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closeContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Emerging Infectious Diseases, Rare Diseases, Retirement Security, Southwest Border Security

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Preliminary Observations on the Zika Virus Outbreak,GAO-16-470T: Published: Mar 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2016. Retirement Security: Better Information on Income Replacement Rates Needed to Help Workers Plan for Retirement, GAO-16-242: Published: Mar 1, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2016. Southwest Border Security: Additional Actions Needed to Assess Resource Deployment andContinue Reading

The Rare Disease Database

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORAD) – “Every day in America, 30 million people wake up to fight the battle with a rare disease. The vast majority are children. For most, there are no cures and few, if any, proven and effective treatments.  NORD provides a unified voice for those courageous individuals, and the parentsContinue Reading

Elderly Poverty in the United States in the 21st Century

Boston College, Center for Retirement Research – Elderly Poverty in the United States in the 21st Century: Exploring the Role of Assets in the Supplemental Poverty Measure “Official estimates of elderly poverty do not take into account either the medical needs of the elderly, which can be quite extensive, or the assets at their disposal,Continue Reading

Policy Solutions to Fulfill the Promise of Health Information Transformation

Laughlin, Chris, Policy Solutions to Fulfill the Promise of the Health Information Transformation (November 12, 2015). Silicon Flatirons Center, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2731863 “The healthcare system is transforming to a patient-centered model and opening up avenues of innovation. The availability and exchange of patient health information is integral to that transformation. TheContinue Reading