Week of April 10

County Health Rankings Published

The Robert Wood Johnson and the University of Wisconsin have published mortality and morbidity ratings for each U.S. County. The “Roadmaps to Health” portal is available here.

CDC Publishes Funding Profiles by State

CDC (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control) has published funding profiles for each U.S. state.

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HHS Quality Measures Inventory Updated

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) has announced the updating of its Health and Human Services quality measures inventory. Eleven HHS agencies are included.

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Measuring Health Care Prices, Costs, and Spending

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a paper on how to measure health care prices, costs, and spending.

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Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health – Published Research

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) have published a list and review of journal articles on the integration of primary care and behavioral health.

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Integrated Delivery Systems – State Government Leaders’ Views

The National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) has published a summary of interviews with state government leaders on integrated delivery systems.

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Medicaid Financing-Supportive Housing-Persons who are Homeless

ASPE (Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation), HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) has published a study on how Medicaid funding can assist supportive housing for persons who are chronically homeless. Three sites – Boston-Worcester, Chicago, and San Francisco are featured.

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Court Rejects Closing Segregated Adult Homes for Persons with Mental Illness

On April 6, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that a judge “vacated” a previous court ruling to transfer persons with mental illness from segregated adult homes. A technicality of “standing” was the grounds for the ruling. The Bazelon Center on Mental Health Law statement is here.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program Grants Announced

On April 2, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) announced the awarding of $46.5 million to 54 state health insurance assistance programs. The programs assist persons seeking or on Medicare.

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Model Children’s Electronic Health Record Suggested

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) has published a suggested children’s HER.

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Federal Dollars Support Sheltered Employment More Than Competitive Employment

On April 6, Disability Scoop announced a new NDRN (National Disability Rights Network) report documenting that federal funds support sheltered employment much more than competitive employment.

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