Week of April 3

The health media during this past week continued to be dominated by the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court hearing Affordable Care Act (ACA) arguments.

IOM Encourages Primary Care-Public Health Integration

On March 26, IOM (Institute of Medicine) (National Academy of Science) issued a report encouraging CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) to collaborate to foster primary care  and public health integration).
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CMS Announces 23 Additional Community-Based Care Transition (CCTP) Sites

On March 14, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) announced 23 additional Community-Based Transitions Program (CCTP) sites. CCTP targets Medicare patients with risk of hospital readmissions. CCTP are community-based organization-acute care hospital partnerships focused on providing community-based services and supports. The original November 18, 2011 seven sites were: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, and Ohio (2 sites). Added March 14 were 23 sites: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts (2 sites), Michigan (3 sites), Nebraska, New York (4 sites), Ohio, Pennsylvania (3 sites), Texas (2 sites), and Washington (2 sites).
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North Carolina Home and Community Based Services Reduction Stopped

On March 29, Disability Rights North Carolina and National Health Law Project reported that a Federal District Court ordered the State of North Carolina to halt reductions to home and community based services and restore lost services until the state Medicaid agency and its managed care contractor, Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare, comply with beneficiary notification requirements.
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50 Organization Coalition Works To Ensure Virginia Implements Department of Justice Community Based Services Agreement

On March 30, the Bazelon Center on Mental Health Law announced that 50 organizations have come together to ensure Virginia implementation of an agreement with the Department of Justice to deliver home and community-based services.
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State Public Health Agency Responsibilities, Structure, Governance, Finance

ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) has prepared a series of power point presentations on the current organizational status of state public health agencies.
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Department of Justice Reaches ADA Settlement with Iowa Health System

On March 30, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) agreement with Trinity Health Systems of Fort Dodge, Iowa on providing accessible services to patients and perspective patients who are deaf.
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San Francisco Chronicle Critical of California Involuntary Treatment Law

On March 26, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article critical of “Laura’s Law.”
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Federal Worker Health Plans Instructed To Offer More Wellness Benefits

On March 29, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) instructed health plans participating in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to increase wellness benefits. FEHBP is the largest employer insurance program in the nation, with 8 million enrollees. The OPM instruction was reported March 29 by the Washington Post (Eric Yoder blog).
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Health Care Delivery Reform Progress Under the Affordable Care Act

On March 29, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued a report on the progress of health care delivery reform progress under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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User-Centered Quality Reports

On March 26, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) announced the availability of its Podcast on User-Centered Quality Reports.
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This publication was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (200-2010-36219).