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Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development

Categories: Climate Change,Health/Medical,United Nations

Describes the development of and increasing need for Heat-Health Warning Systems, first developed in Philadelphia in 1995, and considered to be of increasing importance as global warming intensifies.  From the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization.


Medicaid: Service Utilization Patterns for Beneficiaries in Managed Care

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

More than half of Medicaid beneficiaries are enrolled in managed care plans.  This report examines data from 19 states to calculate service utilization rates for adult and child beneficiaries enrolled in managed care plans by state, service category, and length of enrollment.  From the Government Accountability Office


Hospitalizations Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Adults, 2012

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

Reports that 32% of inpatient stays in 2012 were related to a mental or substance use disorder.  This report also discusses patient characteristics of inpatient stays involving M/SUDs and compares them with other types of stays. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources

Estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.  Summarizes results from a five-year, peer-reviewed analysis, the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project.  Predicts that a global agreement to cut ghg emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths by the end of the 21st century.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey

Updates estimates for 15 selected health measures and presents estimates from 1997 through 2013 for comparison.  The measures include health insurance coverage, physical activity, obesity, smoking and drinking, and psychological distress.   From the National Center for Health Statistics


Tracking Universal Health Coverage: First Global Monitoring Report

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,United Nations

The first report of its kind to measure health services coverage and assess progress toward universal health coverage.  From the World Health Organization


Overview of Health Insurance Exchanges

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Provides an overview of the various components of the health insurance exchanges, including how exchanges are structured, consumer and financial assistance available, the range of plans offered, and the implications of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case for the exchanges.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Public Mass Shootings in the United States: Selected Implications for Federal Public Health and Safety Policy

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education,Guns,Health/Medical

Identifies 78 public mass shootings that have occurred in the U.S. since 1983.  The incidents have claimed 547 lives and resulted in injuries to another 476.  This report discusses policy in three areas: law enforcement, public health, and education.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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