SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends

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About 12.5 million U.S. residents reported misusing prescription pain relievers in 2015, according to a report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half of them obtained their most recently misused pain reliever from a friend or relative, notes the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

Join the Hospitals Against Violence campaign

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All social and community ills seem to eventually find their way to the hospital. Certainly the results of violence do.

On June 9, Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday will focus national attention on hospitals’ efforts to end violence with a digital media campaign – shared tweets, posted... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, members

Top-performing CMS project touted for curbing 30-day readmissions

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Sun Health in Surprise, Ariz., knows what it takes to prevent Medicare patients from returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

The health care organization had the lowest 30-day readmission rates of all participants in a recently concluded five-year federally funded demonstration... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, population health, Medicare

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

Community Health Improvement Week

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Keeping people healthy makes a lot more sense than treating them once they become ill. That’s why hospitals are increasingly engaged in health improvement strategies to build healthier communities and complement the health care they deliver.

To raise awareness and increase understanding of community... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer's disease up 55% since 1999

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The U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s disease increased 55% between 1999 and 2014, to 25.4 per 100,000 population, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Possible reasons for the increase include the growing older population; increases in diagnosis at... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Stable housing for elderly residents

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elderly-housingThe struggle to maintain safe and affordable housing dims the luster of the golden years for many older Americans.

It’s a struggle that “affects seniors’ ability to remain independent and enjoy a high quality of life,” says Janet Hunko, director of the University of Michigan Health System’s Housing... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

HRET infographic highlights 2016 achievements

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate has released a snapshot of 2016 achievements from its work with national, state and regional partners to advance health in America through high-reliability organizations, emerging models of care, population health and team-based care. For more on... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, population health, Community health

A helping hand for elderly patients returning home

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aurora-westAurora West Allis (WI) Medical Center knew that many of its most chronically ill Medicare patients struggled when they returned home following discharge from the hospital.

The medical center in suburban Milwaukee looked for a way to make sure these frail elderly patients got hands-on coaching and support... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: readmissions, population health, Community health, Community Connections

CDC webinar May 23 on resource management during infectious disease outbreaks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 23 webinar for hospital epidemiologists on resource management and priority setting during infectious disease outbreaks. Part of an Outbreak Response Training Program developed by CDC with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, preparedness

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