Health Policy & News

CDC Report Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jun 08, 2018

Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30% since 1999, and mental health conditions are one of several factors contributing to suicide.

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CMS Unveils Scorecard within Medicaid and CHIP Program

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jun 04, 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first ever Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard, a central component of the Administration’s commitment to modernize the Medicaid and CHIP program through greater transparency and accountability for the program’s outcomes. For the first time, CMS published state Medicaid and CHIP quality metrics along with federally reported measures in a Scorecard format.

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10th Annual Employee Wellbeing Month

Virgin Pulse Employee

Jun 01, 2018

Employee Wellbeing Month spotlights the workplace’s role in helping to create healthier, happier employees and human beings. Join us by pledging to invest in your employees’ health and happiness today.

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Evaluation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative- Fourth Annual Report

May 24, 2018

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC), a health care delivery model developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), tested whether multipayer support of 502 primary care practices across the country would improve primary care delivery, improve care quality, or reduce spending. The results show that participating practices engaged in substantial, challenging transformation and improved how they delivered care. This work reduced Medicare beneficiaries’ hospitalizations and ED visits, however total savings to Medicare were not sufficient to cover total care management fee payments.

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AHIP Report on Access to Healthy Foods: Social Determinants of Health

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)

May 15, 2018

A lifestyle of healthy foods and exercise helps prevent the onset of chronic health conditions. However, millions of Americans have limited access to foods that promote a healthy lifestyle. Federal, state, and local government stakeholders recognize the impact of food insecurity and have developed strategies to address these issues.

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CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

May 08, 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.

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