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Wild day for Obamacare: Appeals court rulings conflict

on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:39

Two U.S. appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on Obamacare subsidies Tuesday. One upheld them in a victory for the White House. The other dealt a blow to the president’s health law by striking them down for millions of Americans covered through


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously struck down a challenge to Obamacare subsidies, ruling unanimously that the people can get insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act through exchanges being run by either states or the federal government.


Just hours earlier, the D.C.

Reform Update: Doctors' employment contracts due for renewal

on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:40

Physician employment contracts with hospitals that were signed in the early days of healthcare reform are coming up for renewal.  Experts say the expectation of payment reform requires that these new deals include the flexibility to adapt to expected and unforseeable changes.  “We're seeing a fair amount of handwringing in terms of these deals,” said Max Reiboldt, president and CEO of the Coker Group, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based healthcare consultant. “We are changing the paradigm of how doctors are being paid.

Quality Improvement Initiative II - Funding Opportunity

on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 21:14

The following is information regarding a funding opportunity through the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Preventative Health, Chronic Disease Bureau

Phone: 601-206-1559
Fax: 601-899-0154

Part I. Overview Information
A. Funding Agency Name: Mississippi State Department of Health - Office of Preventive Health, Chronic Disease Bureau
B. Funding Opportunity Title: Mississippi Quality Improvement Initiative II (MSQII-2)
C. Dates: A Letter of Intent is required.

The Letter of Intent Deadline Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Application Deadline

Health Officials Investigating First Possible Case of Chikungunya Virus in Mississippi

on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:08

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya virus in a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti.  A mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia, chikungunya virus has recently appeared in the Caribbean, and could possibly infect Mississippians who travel there.  Symptoms of chikungunya infection include fever, muscle and joint pain, and swelling of the joints. Deaths from chikungunya virus are rare, but anyone with a compromised immune system is at higher risk of complications from the infection.

VA audit finds long waits, employees coerced to alter records

on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:37

A new audit of the Veterans Affairs Department health system found incidents of facilities around the country trying to hide long wait times for veteran care, with some employees saying they were threatened or coerced into falsifying appointment dates and veteran wait times.  “This data shows the extent of the systemic problems we face, problems that demand immediate actions,” acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 21:25

1.       For the 11th year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.

Court deals setback to hospital 340B drug discounts

on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:17

The pharmaceutical industry scored another victory Friday in its battle to limit access to lower-priced drugs through HHS' 340B drug discount program.  A U.S. district court judge ruled rural and cancer hospitals participating in 340B program could not buy high-priced orphan drugs at discounted prices if the drugs were being used off-label, according to Drug Discount Monitor, the newsletter of the Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Resources

on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 02:16

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Regional Administrators, continue to collaborate in an effort to provide timely and relevant behavioral health integration information to our partners and stakeholders.  Tobacco use is a preventable cause of premature death and disease, and is a particularly significant issue for those with behavioral health disorders. 

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SAMHSA over the last several years has conducted a series of policy academies to help

Flip the Clinic hopes to improve the patient-doctor visit experience

on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:01

Flip the Clinic, a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website, has launched with a goal of redesigning the patient-caregiver encounter based in input from both sides of that meeting. “The traditional doctor's visit is ripe for reinvention undefined both because it is such a valuable interaction and because we know there are ways to make it better,” according to the site. Visitors are encouraged to become part of the Flip the Clinic community by either submitting comments or suggesting tools that might improve the doctor-patient experience, called a flip on the site.