NAM initiative issues final report on policy priorities for better health at lower cost

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The National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative today proposed four policy priorities for the administration and health care leaders to achieve better health at lower cost: pay for value, empower people, activate communities and connect care. To support these... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, population health

Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect coverage

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aha-panel-031717At a briefing today at the National Press Club, hospital leaders urged Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“Our primary concerns are that the bill does not maintain coverage for the more than 22 million... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, advocacy

CDC: Avian flu outbreak in Tennessee poultry poses low risk to humans

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Department of Health to minimize any human health risk posed by an H7N9 avian flu outbreak in commercial poultry in Lincoln County, TN, the agency said yesterday. According to USDA, the virus is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, preparedness

AHA trustee Hochman says better behavioral health care is a national priority

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Providing better behavioral health care services is a national priority for Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health. And he has made his commitment to the issue crystal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, acquisitions, population health, ACO, governance, leadership, clinical integration

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

Experts propose principles to guide population health policy

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An article published online this month by the journal Population Health Management, co-authored by AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., proposes seven foundational principles of population health policy to inform the development of practical tools, research and education. The principles respond to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: population health

Street Medicine makes house calls to homeless

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Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Street Medicine program includes clinics in a number of area shelters and soup kitchens, a street medicine team, and an inpatient/outpatient consult service that has helped reduce emergency department (ED) visits while increasing the number of... read more

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

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

AHA task force's strategies for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA Nov. 29 released a report, “Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,” that offers hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Redefining the H, access

CDC: Adult cigarette smoking rate declines over decade

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About 15% of adults smoked cigarettes in 2015, down from about 17% in 2014 and 21% in 2005, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette smoking rates were higher among men than women, Native Americans than other racial and ethnic groups, and those with less... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, prevention

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