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New CMS Report Released on Medicare and Medicaid Savings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report showing that investments made in program integrity activities – which include stamping out fraud and deterring and reducing other improper payments – pay off for taxpayers and beneficiaries.  From October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014 (Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and FY 2014), every dollar invested in CMS’ Medicare program integrity efforts saved $12.40 for the Medicare program. The report highlights CMS’s significant achievements in reducing potentially fraudulent and improper payments.  Total savings from program integrity efforts were nearly $42 billion over the two-year period covered by the report.  This equates to an average savings of $12.40 for each dollar spent on Medicare program integrity alone.  These savings represent funds that remain available to provide needed health care to Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries nationwide and reflect the increasing success of CMS’ efforts to proactively prevent improper payments. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2alUlmi

Health Literacy Tool Shed

The Health Literacy Tool Shed is an online database of health literacy measures. The site contains information about measures, including their psychometric properties, based on a review of the peer-reviewed literature. Users can search by language and context to measure health literacy. To search the database, please visit: http://bit.ly/2a2Ig0E

New National Institute on Aging Facebook Page

If you like getting Healthy Aging Tips from NIHSeniorHealth.gov, then you’ll also appreciate the new Facebook page from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). There you’ll find tips on exercise, nutrition, and caregiving, plus information on Alzheimer’s disease and ways to manage other health issues that can be a part of growing older. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2aAWMOf

Health and Well-Being for All Meeting-in-a-box

The Health and Well-Being for All meeting-in-a-box, http://bit.ly/2afpRj6, provides resources needed to explore the determinants underlying health problems faced by patients and communities. This tool incorporates a big-picture visual with supporting materials, including data cards, group dialogue exercises, and facilitator tips to identify and engage collaborators. Currently, there are three modules: obesity, gang violence, and asthma. The box can be purchased or the Facilitator Guide and materials for each module can be downloaded for free from http://bit.ly/29PV1vZ.

Text adapted from CDC Foundation, http://bit.ly/2afpRj6 

Webinar on Improving Health Outcomes through Inclusion and Participation

Improving Health Outcomes through Inclusion and Participation

Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm ET

Register at http://bit.ly/29YWijS

Join Health People 2020 for a Progress Review webinar featuring 2  topic areas:

  • Disability and Health
  • Health Related Quality of Life and Well-Being

The webinar will also feature the Montana Disability and Health Program – a community-based initiative with a proven track record of improving health outcomes.

Violence Related Trauma Resources

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) of the US Department of Health Human Services has a list of resources to help individuals, families, and communities support emotional well-being and recovery after experiencing  violence-related trauma, http://bit.ly/2adVMU9

Extreme Heat and Your Health

With temperatures climbing to above 90 degrees in many areas of the U.S. it is important to take precautions to protect yourself. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable. This web site will provide easily accessible resources for members of the public, local health departments and other organizations assisting in outreach to  vulnerable populations.  To learn how to stay cool, hydrated and informed go to http://bit.ly/29Mxi3k

American Cancer Society Updates HPV Vaccine Recommendations to Include Males

In a new report, the American Cancer Society recommends that 11- and 12-year-old girls as well as boys should be vaccinated to guard against cancers associated with the human papilloma virus (HPV). “HPV vaccination has the potential to prevent tens of thousands of cancers and hundreds of thousands of pre-cancers each year,” said Debbie Saslow, PhD, director of cancer control intervention for HPV vaccination and women’s cancers at the American Cancer Society. “It is critical that all the stakeholders here—families, health care providers, and others—make HPV vaccination a priority, so that prevention of the vast majority of cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal [throat] cancers can become a reality.”

To learn more about the HPV vaccine and these recommendations go to HPV Facts and Fears. http://bit.ly/29Mwbkb

U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry: Tribal Healthcare Providers: How to Contribute

From the CDC

This two-page document provides information about how tribal healthcare providers can contribute to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, which collects information about pregnancy and infant outcomes among pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection and their infants. It discusses how to participate in the registry, who is included in the registry, and how to report to the registry http://bit.ly/29O0NOE

 

INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The World Health Organization (WHO) along with the Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Together for Girls, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children came together to create an evidence-based technical package, INSPIRE. It contains solutions to help countries and communities prevent and respond to violence against children and adolescents.”

The full report is available in English. The executive summary and accompanying infographic is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

INSPIRE: http://bit.ly/29TBLkm