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New CMS Report Released on Medicare and Medicaid Savings

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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

Extreme Heat and Your Health

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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

No cost print publications from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Monday, July 11th, 2016

From the NIDDK:

“The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is reducing the number of print publications in our warehouse.

Up to 250 copies of certain titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States.

View the list of eligible titles at NIDDK’s Online Catalog to order resources for your clinic, organization, or community.”

Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Order: http://bit.ly/29sBWQk

Connections: A Peer Learning Webinar Series on Connecting Consumers to Coverage and Care

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Enroll America and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services co-host a series of five webinars in which navigators and assisters share their experience, challenges and solutions for connecting people to health care and preventive services.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Health as a Second Language: Connecting Health Insurance Literacy to Outreach and Coverage to Care Efforts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET
PowerMapping: Expanding Capacity and Building Partnerships to Connect with Consumers All Year Long

For additional information and recordings of previous webinars, visit http://bit.ly/29kDhdR

Text adapted from Enroll America.

Water Safety and Kids Misconceptions

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

An infographic from Safe Kids Worldwide emphasizes findings from their new research report, “Keeping Kids Safe In and Around Water: Exploring Misconceptions that Lead to Drowning.” They address the misconceptions and recommend what people can do to keep kids safe around water. For a summary of the report and links to the infographic, safety poster, and full report, visit http://bit.ly/29m2KT4

Facts about Kids and the Dangers of Drowning from SafeKids.org

New Behavioral Health Publication from SAMHSA

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new publication titled: Understanding Child Trauma. This gives parents and caregivers an overview of the types of traumatic stress that commonly affect children and details the effects these events have on a child’s physical and psychological health.  A resource list  for assisting with recovery is provided.

http://1.usa.gov/291B312

Also available: Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.

Learn How to Protect Yourself against Mosquito Bites

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here is a great infographic from the CDC that illustrates how to protect yourself against mosquito bites.

http://1.usa.gov/28YwOSs

To learn more insect repellent visit: http://1.usa.gov/299kQLL

To learn about mosquito control where you live visit: http://bit.ly/291ASmq

Learn How to Use Free and Low Cost Mapping Tools

Friday, June 24th, 2016

You can learn how to use free and low cost mapping tools to create community health maps through a series of six lab exercises available at the Community Health Maps blog.  The lab exercises take the student through the entire Community Health Mapping Workflow from field data collection through online data presentation. For each of the six labs, you can download an instructional PDF document and a Zip file of data to be used for each exercise.  The topics for the 6 labs include:

  • Lab 1 – Field Data Collection (with either iOS or Android)
  • Lab 2 – Bringing Field Data into QGIS
  • Lab 3 – Combining Field Data with other Organizational Data
  • Lab 4 – Basic Spatial Analysis
  • Lab 5 – Cartography with QGIS
  • Lab 6 – Data Visualization With CartoDB

Learn more on the Community Health Maps blog: http://1.usa.gov/28RX4if

New Resources Available from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Friday, June 24th, 2016

As important stakeholders in health and nutrition, health professionals play an important role in helping to share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients. A new toolkit includes several Dietary Guidelines resources that health professionals can download and use in their practices:

  • A downloadable PDF of the full 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
  • The Executive Summary in English and Spanish
  • Recommendations At-A-Glance in English and Spanish
  • Graphics that can be downloaded, embedded within websites, and shared on social media
  • Conversation starters for talking with patients and clients about nutrition
  • Patient handouts on making healthy shifts and cutting down on added sugars

To access the toolkit, visit: http://1.usa.gov/28RrdNG