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

CDC: Infant mortality rates decline over decade for most racial/ethnic groups

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U.S. infant mortality declined between 2005 and 2014 for all major racial and ethnic groups except American Indians/Alaska Natives, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates declined 21% among Asian/Pacific Islander women, 20% among black women, 15% among white... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, infant health

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

Study looks at dietary links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes mortality

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Nearly half of deaths due to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 were associated with suboptimal intake of certain foods and nutrients, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The largest numbers were related to high sodium,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

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 reports 20-fold increase in birth defects associated with Zika

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The proportion of U.S. pregnancies with Zika-associated birth defects is about 20 times higher than it was before the virus spread to the Americas, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between Jan. 15 and Sept. 22, 2016, the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, infant health, Zika

CDC: Flu vaccine 48% effective this season

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This season’s flu vaccine has been 48% effective at preventing flu-related outpatient visits for acute respiratory illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. More specifically, the vaccine has been 43% effective against the predominant influenza A virus (H3N2) and 73% effective... read more

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

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

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

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