SAMHSA announces grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 grants for states to work with qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. The agency anticipates awarding 11... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, nurses, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

Medical school seniors, others matched to residency slots

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A record 30,478 medical school seniors and graduates were matched to U.S. residency positions today through the National Resident Matching Program, 906 more than last year. A record 31,757 positions were offered. Applicants include students and graduates of U.S. and international medical schools. 

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, graduate medical education

AAMC updates physician shortage projections

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The nation faces a shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 physicians by 2030, according to updated projections released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The projected shortfalls range between 7,300 and 43,100 for primary care, and between 33,500 and 61,800 for non-primary care specialties.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, workforce

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

CMS previews eCQM changes for 2018, updates eCQMs for EPs for 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pre-released information on expected changes to its electronic clinical quality measure standards, terminology and specifications for 2018 quality reporting and incentive programs. The agency expects to publish the eCQM changes in late spring. In addition,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Electronic Health Records

Hospital and physician groups tell Congress they can't support AHCA as drafted

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In a letter today to members of Congress, the AHA, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Children’s Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, and National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems said they... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

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

AHA webinar March 17 on preventing physician burnout

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum will host a free webinar March 17 on “Preventing Physician Burnout - What Hospital Leaders Can Do to Make a Difference.” For more information and to register for the webinar, from 2-3 p.m. ET, click here.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, prevention

White House issues revised travel order

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President Trump this morning signed a revised Executive Order prohibiting entry to the U.S. for 90 days for certain foreign nationals travelling on the passport of one of six nations, effective March 16, 2017. Today’s order replaces the EO signed on Jan. 27 to pause travel from six nations rather than the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

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