Week of March 20

ADA Requirements for Swimming Pools-Recreation Delayed

On March 15, Disability Scoop reported that the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to an American Hotel and Lodging Association request to delay new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility requirements related to recreational facilities, including swimming pools at hotels.
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Deaf People Have More Mental Health Needs But Less Access to Services

On March 15, Medical X Express and on March 16 Health Day News and U.S. News and World Report reported on a Lancet report documenting the mental health needs of persons who are deaf.
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Elsevier’s New General Medicine Portal Includes Disability and Health

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State Respite Care Grants Deadlines Are April 2 and May 14

The Administration on Aging (AOA) has announced its Lifespan Respite Care Program grants. Letters of Intent are due April 2 and applications are due May 14.
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Expanding Access to Adolescent Mental Health Services

The report of the Teen Screen/National Center on Mental Health Checkups November 2011 forum.
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Local Area Health Systems Scorecard Issued

On March 14, the Commonwealth Fund issued the first-ever scorecard.
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Premium Incentives Drive Wellness in the Workplace

The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute study.
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Social Security Disability Insurance Video Hearings Increase in 2011

See the March 14 Virtual Strategy Magazine article.
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CDC on Public Health Strategies Dealing with Excessive Alcohol Use

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) March 20 – Public Health Grand Rounds learning.
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Collaboration Practice Examples – Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) video is available here.

11 States, DC Selected for Medicaid Private Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Demonstration

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) has announced that AL, CA, CT, IL, ME, MD, MO, NC, RI, WA, WV, and DC to share $75 million in a private hospital demonstration authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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The Prevention and Public Health Fund Overview and Status

On March 17, the Foundation Center made available the February Health Affairs and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation overview of the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Final Health Insurance Exchange Rules Published

On March 12, HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) published final rules governing the establishment of health insurance exchanges authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Final Exchange Rules on Risk Adjustments Published

On March 16, HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) published rules on how health insurance exchanges authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) apply risk corridors, risk adjustments, and reinsurance.
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