Senate Finance Committee passes chronic care bill

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The Senate Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), legislation to improve care management, coordination and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the Independence at Home demonstration; provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO, Telehealth, chronic conditions

Homeless patient's best prescription is permanent housing, says UI-Hospital

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Chronically homeless patients account for most of Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospital (UI-Hospital) and Health Sciences System’s so-called “super users” of medical care. Health care costs consumed by super users are five to 15 times the average patient’s cost of care, says CEO Avijit Ghosh, M.D.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, chronic conditions

'Wraparound' support stops revolving door of violent injuries

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WraparoundDarius Irvin grew up in violent neighborhoods in Oakland and San Francisco. Nearly three years ago, he was rushed to the San Francisco General Hospital’s emergency department with nine gunshot wounds.

Irvin survived what was his third shooting in a little more than three years. He still visits the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

CMS, HRSA release Medicare chronic care management resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health and Health Resources and Service Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy today launched an educational initiative for Medicare patients and health care professionals on the benefits of chronic care management services.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, coding, nurses, chronic conditions

National Nutrition Month

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The word hunger calls to mind thin starving children. But in America today the real picture of undernutrition is different. In some cases, obese children are malnourished because they are consuming the wrong types of food – foods that are dense in calories, but nutritionally poor.

National Nutrition... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, members, chronic conditions

CDC: 54 million U.S. adults have arthritis, 43% of whom report activity limitations

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Nearly one in four U.S. adults report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimate includes nearly half of adults with heart disease or diabetes and nearly one-third of adults with obesity, CDC said.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, population health, chronic conditions

CDC mapping tool shows prevalence of certain chronic conditions for 500 cities

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released a mapping tool that allows users to view the prevalence of certain chronic conditions, behaviors and risk factors that have a substantial effect on people’s health for 500 of the nation’s largest cities. The application is part of the 500... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Coverage, chronic conditions

CDC: About 40 million adults have noise-induced hearing loss

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An estimated one in four adults have noise-induced hearing loss, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Forty million Americans show some hearing damage from loud noise, with nearly 21 million reporting no exposure to loud noise at work," ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

Better health through all phases of life

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Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities Vice President Kenneth Fawcett, M.D., likens the scope of his organization’s community outreach to the “sun passing from horizon to horizon. We offer support to vulnerable populations through all phases of life.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based health system works... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, chronic conditions

AHA brief examines how hospitals are holding the line on costs

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Hospitals and health systems have been leaders in controlling costs in the health care sector, with hospital price growth in 2015 at the slowest annual rate since 1998 and Medicare spending growth for hospital services at its lowest level in 17 years, according to a data brief on hospital care costs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, Coverage, regulation, workforce, chronic conditions, drug prices

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