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New Report Looks at Correlation Between Disabilities, Health Care Disparities, and Population Health Efforts

August 16, 2018

According to a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, one in four U.S. adults (61 million) have a disability that impacts major life activities. CDC specialists say that if we can learn more about this population, we can better meet their health needs.

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Low-Cost Health Insurance Options Get Mixed Reviews

August 15, 2018

Discussions around health insurance options that were previously prohibited or limited under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to draw mixed reactions from industry experts, consumer advocates, and state and federal officials.

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Cost Remains a Barrier to Health Care for Many Americans

August 13, 2018

The high cost of health care, even for people with health insurance, remains a primary concern for many Americans. From the instability of the ever-changing federal health care law, to increasing premiums and co-pays, to uncertainty about medical bills, Americans are worried about their ability to afford health care.

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National Immunization Awareness Month; Know the Facts

August 10, 2018

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance established to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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First Multistate Analysis of Opioid Use Disorder among Women Delivering Babies is Sobering

August 09, 2018

Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled during a 15-year period ending during 2014.

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New Research Identifies Why Patients and Families are Uncomfortable Sharing Concerns and Asking Questions

August 08, 2018

A BMJ Quality & Safety survey reveals why some patients and family members do not speak up to their physicians and other members of their medical team when they have concerns or questions.

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Employers are Adopting Value Innovations to Manage Health Care Costs and Improve Health

August 07, 2018

The Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy recently released a brief which highlights new initiatives that employers are adopting to manage rising health care costs and improve employee health.

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AHA Calls for Changes to Stark Law to Ensure Greater Patient Care Coordination and Improved Outcomes

August 06, 2018

The American Hospital Association recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calling for exceptions to the Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.

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U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing Provides an Update on 21st Century Cures Act Implementation

July 20, 2018

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to provide a status update about the mental health provisions included in the 21st Century Cures Act. During the hearing, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the agency at the helm of implementing the Cures Act’s mental health provision, reported about the agency’s progress.

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Unintentional Overdose Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Continue to Increase

July 19, 2018

As efforts across the country to address the deadly opioid epidemic continue, a recently issued health alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of a tragic increase in unintentional deaths associated with illegally manufactured synthetic opioids, often many times stronger—and more deadly—than prescription fentanyl.

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Legal Challenge to 340B Payment Cut Rejected on Procedural Grounds; HAP Advocates for 340B Program As Crucial Tool in Helping Hospitals Managing Drug Costs

July 17, 2018

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision rejecting, on procedural grounds, a lawsuit brought by the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America’s Essential Hospitals that could have prevented Medicare payment cuts from taking effect for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Americans Divided About Value of Medical Treatment; Concerned About Cost

July 16, 2018

While new survey results show a divide among Americans about the value of medical treatments, a strong majority (83%) expressed concern that the cost of medical treatment was a barrier to high-quality health care.

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U.S. Senators Explore Options to Reduce Health Care Costs

June 28, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently convened an expert panel to explore dynamics that contribute to the cost of health care in America, and identify policy avenues to address health care spending.

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Federal Officials Press FDA to Address Drug Shortages

June 22, 2018

Members in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exercise its authority to the fullest extent possible to address drug shortages.

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DEP Delivers Final Rule to IRRC—Addresses Supplemental Disinfection to Health Care Facilities’ Water Supplies

June 22, 2018

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission is scheduled to consider a rule addressing supplemental disinfection to health care facilities’ water supplies.

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