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Child Well-Being: Key Considerations for Policymakers

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688252.pdf

Examines what is known about the state of child well-being and discusses selected experts’ views on what policymakers could consider doing.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Prescription Opioids: Medicare Needs to Expand Oversight Efforts to Reduce the Risk of Harm

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687629.pdf

Examines federal oversight of Medicare beneficiaries who receive opioid prescriptions under Part D and oversight of providers who prescribe opioids.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

The Opioid Epidemic and Federal Efforts to Address It: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Federal State Relations,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44987.pdf

Includes sections on opioid abuse and supply issues, federal agencies and programs that address opioid abuse, recent legislation, and state policies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists and InfoDocket.

 

Total and High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol in Adults: United States, 2015-2016

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db290.pdf

Finds that 12.4% of U.S. adults had high total cholesterol in 2015-16.  Also reveals findings for cholesterol by sex, age, and various racial/ethnic groups. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

 

Presidential Memorandum: Combatting the National Drug Demand and Opioid Crisis

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,China,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mexico

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/26/presidential-memorandum-heads-executive-departments-and-agencies

Describes the loss of life and other damage caused by addictive drugs and calls upon the Secretary of Health and Human Services to declare a Public Health Emergency.  Cites rise in opioid prescriptions, heroin from Mexico, and fentanyl from China as major culprits.  From the White House

 

Characteristics of Homeless Individuals Using Emergency Department Services in 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Housing/Homelessness,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health

https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb229-Homeless-ED-Visits-2014.pdf

Presents patient characteristics, insurance coverage or noncoverage, and a clinical profile of emergency department visits by homeless individuals in eight states.  Also describes the leading conditions suffered by homeless individuals who are admitted or treated-and-released.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Living Arrangements of People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Implications for Services and Supports: Issue Brief

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Welfare/Social Services

https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/257966/LivingArran.pdf

Provides an overview of where people with dementias live and reviews use of services, quality of care, hospital and emergency department use, costs of care, and types of end-of-life care.  Contract report prepared for the Office of the Assistant Secretasry for Planning and Evaluation of the Health and Human Services Department

 

Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults: United States, 2015-2016

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db289.pdf

The overall hypertension rate was 29% and increased with age from 7.5% for ages 18-39 up to 63.1% for those 60+.  Also looks at differences by races and gender. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

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