Week of February 21

Characteristics of Effective Wellness Programs for Persons with Mental Illness

Research findings from the SAMHSA-HRSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Health Resources and Services Administration) and the Dartmouth Health Promotion Research Tea.
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VA Disability Claims Grow More Complex

On February 15, the Air Force Times reported on Veterans Administration disability claims.
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SSA Needs More Workers to Process Disability Applications

February 17, Life Health Pro reported in the Social Security Administration’s need for additional employees.
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SSDI Recipients Likely To Improperly Report Income Tax

February 17 Houston Chronicle article.
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HHS-Randallstown Maryland Dialysis Provider Reach Settlement Over Access by Deaf and Hard of Hearing

February 17th settlement.
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Negative Public Health Consequences of Cutting the Prevention and Public Health Fund

As part of the Medicare physician payment Congressional agreement, the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) was cut by over $5 billion over the coming years. On February 16, Market Watch reported the statement of ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials).
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Public Health Departments Unprepared To Receive and Handle Electronic Health Records (HER) Reports

Fierce EMR report.
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Preventive Services Greatly Expand Under Affordable Care Act

HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) statement.
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HHS Issues “Essential Health Benefits” FAQs

On February 17, HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) issued frequently asked questions on their December “essential health benefits” bulletin.
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AHRQ Issues Primary Care – Care Coordination – Practice Accountability Set

February 13 AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) report.
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Judge Approves Final DC Mental Health Settlement

February 16 Washington Post story.
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