Week of February 28

Longer Spanish Speaking Immigrants Are in the US, The Higher Risk of Premature Birth

A study presented at the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine annual meeting finds that longer U.S. residence for immigrants is associated with a higher risk of premature birth. The study was reported by Medical News Today.com and National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.
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50,000 Americans Enrolled in Pre-Existing Condition Health Plans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). On February 23, HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) reported that almost 50,000 people are currently enrolled in the program.
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Medical Costs Per Person in Pre-Existing Condition Health Plans Double Predictions

On February 23, The Washington Post reported that per person medical costs for those participating in the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) more than doubled the initial projections.
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AARP Issues Report on Family Caregiving Challenges

AARP’s Public Policy Institute has issued the report.
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IOM Launches Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence

Institute of Medicine (IOM) announcement.
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National Resource Directory for Wounded Warriors Available

Disabililty.gov has announced directory.
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Tyson Foods Settle Disability Lawsuit

February 23 Disability.gov announcement.
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Filing Veterans Administration Disability Claim

February 24 www.burbank.com article.
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Business Week: State Mental Health Cuts Result in Higher Health Spending With Higher Emergency Room Costs

February 22 Business Week article.
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Promoting Health Prevention and Preventing Disease for People with Disabilities – Webinar Archives Available

Four webinars, conducted in 2012, by American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) and American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), with CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities as faculty.
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HHS Issues Health IT “Meaningful Use” Stage 2 Proposed Rules

On February 24, the HHS ONC (Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT) issued proposed rules for stage 2 “meaningful use” (MU). MU= Health information technology must be used in a meaningful way to optimize patient education and the quality of health care.
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Health IT Industry States that “Meaningful Use” Stage 2 Proposed Rules Keep Clinical Quality Measures in Flux

The February 24 Fierce Health IT analysis.
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AHRQ Seeks Suggestions for Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes – A Users Guide

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) request.
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