Source: Study finds $200 billion in avoidable health care costs | American Pharmacists Association
Medication misuse, non-adherence, errors contribute to wasteful spending
Health care costs caused by improper and unnecessary use of medications exceeded $200 billion in 2012, amounting to an estimated 10 million hospital admissions, 78 million outpatient treatments, 246 million prescriptions, and 4 million emergency department visits annually, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
This amount, representing 8% of the nation’s health care spending that year, “could pay for the health care of more than 24 million currently uninsured U.S. citizens,” said Murray Aitken, IMS Executive Director, in a news release announcing the report, Avoidable Costs in U.S. Healthcare: The $200 Billion Opportunity from Using Medicines More Responsibly.
These avoidable costs arose when patients failed to receive the right medications at the right time or in the right way, or received them but failed to take them, according to the report. Improvement is necessary in six areas: medication nonadherence, lag in adoption of evidence-based treatment practice, misuse of antibiotics, medication errors, suboptimal use of generics, and mismanaged polypharmacy in older adults.
Source: Women’s Refugee Commission – Maternal & Newborn Health
Worldwide, more than 350,000 women die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth—that’s nearly one every minute. For women affected by conflict or disaster, who are displaced from their homes and communities, the risk of maternal death or injury is especially high. In fact, over 60 percent of the world’s maternal deaths occur in 10 countries, nine of which are currently experiencing or emerging from conflict. With the breakdown of traditional social structures during times of war or conflict, women face an increased threat of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence. And sexual violence puts them at high risk of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, especially since they often lack access to emergency contraception and emergency care for pregnancy and childbirth complications.
Access to quality health services can mean the difference between life and death. In crisis settings, this access is particularly limited, increasing the risk of maternal death, the main causes of which are: hemorrhage, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure or prolonged and obstructed labor without access to cesarean section. The lack of access to health care also raises the risk of newborn death, usually caused by preterm birth, infection or asphyxia (lack of oxygen) during childbirth. However, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent maternal and newborn death. Training attendants to assist mothers during childbirth and making cesarean section readily available can prevent mothers and their infants from dying needlessly.
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Source: Fact Sheets « Disability Policy Seminar
The 2017 Disability Policy Seminar is underway! If you were not able to make it, you can access the fact sheets here. Follow live coverage from the event on social media with the hashtag #DPS2017.
Source: Top 10 Changes to Medicaid Under House Republicans’ ACA Repeal Bill
Following the CBO score that found the House Republicans’ so-called “American Health Care Act” would cause 24 million people to lose health care coverage, NHeLP managing attorneys examine the bill’s “draconian changes” planned for Medicaid. Managing Attorney of the DC Office Mara Youdelman and Managing Attorney of the LA office Kim Lewis conclude that cutting $880 billion in federal funding and 14 million individuals off Medicaid “creates significant financial hardship for states and is devastating for low-income people everywhere. No one can afford these changes.”
With all Eyes on AHCA, House Advances 3 Bills that Could Reduce Benefits, Raise Costs for People in Employer-Based Coverage
Source: With all Eyes on AHCA, House Advances 3 Bills that Could Reduce Benefits, Raise Costs for People in Employer-Based Coverage – Center on Health Insurance Reforms
The week of March 6 was a busy one in the world of health care policy. On the Hill, legislation partially repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructuring Medicaid was passed by two key House committees (H.R. the “American Health Care Act” or AHCA). At the Department of Health & Human Services, officials began reviewing almost 4,000 comments on the proposed ACA market stabilization rule that were received by the March 7th deadline.
Receiving far less attention was action in the House Education & Workforce Committee to advance three bills that could, if enacted, have far-reaching repercussions for people with employer-based health insurance.
Three bills that could undermine the security of employer-based coverage
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other?Plans available for comparison:The American Health Care Act as introduced by the House Republican leadership, March 6, 2017 (PDF)The Affordable Care Act, 2010 (PDF)More plans for comparison:Rep. Tom Price’s Empowering Patients First Act, 2015 (PDF)House Speaker Paul Ryan’s A Better Way: Our Vision for a More Confident America, 2016 (PDF)Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Patient Freedom Act, 2017 (PDF)Sen. Rand Paul’s Obamacare Replacement Act, 2017 (PDF)House Discussion Draft, February 10, 2017 (PDF)Click the column header to view available plans to compare. You may compare up to 3 plans.
Source: Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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Source: Bad Hospital Design Is Making Us Sicker – The New York Times
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Research Team Sarah H. Ailey Principal Investigator Rush CON Molly Bathje Co-Investigator Rush CHS Tamar Heller Co-Investigator University of Illinois Award Period 6/1/16 – 5/31/17 Funding Source Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R13 Conference grant
Source: Partnering to Transform Healthcare with People with Disabllities (PATH-PWD) – Improving Acute, Primary and Transitional Health care with People with Disabilities | | Rush University
On March 23 and 24, 2017, leaders on disability rights and disability health care from around the country gathered at Rush University for the Partnering to Transform Healthcare with People with Disabilities (PATH-PWD) conference sponsored by Rush University and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference was funded by grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Special Hope Foundation.
IASSIDD PowerPoint presentation of the “Tackling Health Disparities and Implementing a Best Practices Healthcare Model: Report from (PATH-PWD) Conference” presented at the American Academy on Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (June 5, 2017).
Sarah H Ailey PhD RN APHN-BC CDDN, Tamar Heller, PhD, & Molly Bathje, PhD, OTR/L