Promoting oral health

From the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Three new publications are available from the HRSA Information Service. Promoting Oral Health in Schools: A Resource Guide (2nd Edition) MCH00440   Designed to help health professionals, program administrators, educators, researchers, policymakers, parents, & others working in school settings prevent disease & promote oral health in children … Continue reading Promoting oral health

“Access to HIV care: Real results” & live stream of White House observation of World AIDS Day

From the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): On December 1, 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration celebrated World AIDS Day to show our support and commitment to those who are living with the disease and to remember those who have died from HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world. Learn how … Continue reading “Access to HIV care: Real results” & live stream of White House observation of World AIDS Day

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources

A new web page, “Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources,” is now available from the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international responders and response planners as well as to U.S. friends and family of people in the Philippines. http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/typhoonHaiyan.htmlContinue reading Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources

Health Literate Care Model

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): In 2012, Health Affairs published an article proposing a Health Literate Care Model that weaves health literacy strategies into the widely adopted Care Model (formerly known as the Chronic Care Model). The article describes how health care organizations can infuse health literacy into all aspects of … Continue reading Health Literate Care Model

New database from CMS: Medicare Provider Charge Data

The Department of Health & Human Services has created a database that for the first time gives consumers information on what hospitals charge.  The data, on the charges for services that are provided during the 100 most common Medicare inpatient stays and 30 common outpatient services, show significant variation across the country and within communities. For example, average inpatient … Continue reading New database from CMS: Medicare Provider Charge Data

New HRSA briefs on rural health

From the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Two new health briefs have been published focusing on rural health and Medicare. "Medicare Payments & Common Diagnoses. Review of 2009 Medicare Output Claims Data. Findings Brief #107" (ORPH00574) presents a summary profile of Medicare billing and reimbursement activity for independent and provider-based Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). It … Continue reading New HRSA briefs on rural health

Policy Brief. Childhood Asthma in Rural-Urban Areas

From the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): This policy brief assesses rates of lifetime and current asthma for children across the rural-urban continuum for the US. It examines asthma in rural areas adjacent or non-adjacent to urban areas and relates it to variation in measures of air quality, to varying levels of agriculture and … Continue reading Policy Brief. Childhood Asthma in Rural-Urban Areas

Opening up government data

From the Department of Health and Human Services' Digitalk blog: Earlier this summer, the U.S. Chief Information Officer, Steven VanRoekel released the federal government’s new digital strategy which aims to shift the way government information is accessed and consumed. Instead of focusing on producing a final product, which has been common practice for years, the government will … Continue reading Opening up government data

Crisis standards of care – Disaster response

Just out from the National Academies Press is Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response. Catastrophic disasters occurring in 2011 in the United States and worldwide--from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, to the earthquake in New Zealand--have demonstrated that even prepared communities can be … Continue reading Crisis standards of care – Disaster response

A new tool to track the progress of the health care system

From the Health Affairs blog: Now, thanks to a new tool launched by HHS, data about the state of the American health care system are at the fingertips of policymakers, providers and the public.  The Health System Measurement Project allows people to track the progress we are making toward providing all Americans with access to affordable, high-quality … Continue reading A new tool to track the progress of the health care system