Week of October 30

Massachusetts – Realizing the Promise of Integrating Services for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

An October 22 Health Affairs blog written by the Commonwealth Care Alliance; see here.

Medicare Will Cover “Maintaining” Therapy As Well as “Improving” Therapy

On October 26, the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) shared a federal district court settlement between CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid), Center for Medicare Advocacy, and Vermont Legal Aid recognizing Medicare payment for “maintaining” functioning in addition to the existing focus on “improving” functioning.
Learn more now.

National Governors’ Association (NGA) Launches New Health Policy Website

See here.

Health Challenges Faced by “Vulnerable” People

A new Commonwealth Fund video; see here.

CDC Announces State-by-State Chronic Disease and Health Grants by Disease

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) chart is available here.

State-by-State Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) Allocations

A new resource by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is here.

REACH – Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health – Program Impact and Accomplishments

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) power points are here.

Election Day Access and Protections – Department of Justice Meets with Disability Groups

See October 16 meeting summary and DOJ press release here.

Respite Care Guide for Families Residing in Rural Areas

New National Respite Network and Resource Center guide is here.

Partnership for Workplace Mental Health

October updates are available here.

Newborn Screening for Congenital Heart Disease and Related Disability

October 25 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) is here.

Clinical Quality Measures – Meaningful Use in Health IT – CMS Standards for 2014

October 26 ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT) and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) announcement is here.

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) – Current Challenges

October 25 Health Affairs blog is here.

PCORI – 2 Paths for Specific Research Priorities

October 22 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announcement here