2018 Health Center Program Data Released

The new Uniform Data System (UDS) data are out and show that health centers continue to provide increased access to high quality, value-based, comprehensive primary care for their communities. Health centers treat one in 12 people nationwide, one in every nine children, and are increasingly well-positioned to meet the nation’s most common and pressing health care […]

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Executive Order Issued to Protect and Advocate for Vulnerable Pennsylvanians

On July 31, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged the long-standing issues with existing state systems and announced — by executive order — an overhaul of the state systems and services to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. Gov. Wolf’s “Protection of Vulnerable Populations” executive order establishes the Office of Advocacy and Reform to be maintained by […]

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Responding to Human Trafficking: Developing Infrastructure and Multisystem Approaches

The risk of human trafficking is higher for children and youth in foster care, and the child welfare field has increased its efforts to develop an effective response. With funding from the Children’s Bureau, grantees across the nation have been developing programs to address human trafficking that leverage available resources and form partnerships in local […]

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Comments Requested: Current Use of Telemental Health for Suicide Prevention in Emergency Department Settings

This request for information (RFI) jointly issued by several Federal offices, including Health and Human Services’ National Institutes for Health, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense, seeks information about the use of telehealth in hospital emergency medical care settings to facilitate the care of individuals with suicide risk.  Topics of interest include what telehealth […]

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A Quarter of the World’s Population Faces Water Crises 

Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk: the prospect of running out of water. From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water they have, the World Resources Institute said in […]

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Sigounas Steps Down, Engels Steps Up into HRSA Administrator Role 

Thomas Engels was named Acting Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on August 1, 2019 and will oversee the execution of HRSA’s $11.7 billion annual budget, including the Health Center Program, the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and more. Before joining HRSA six months ago […]

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Pennsylvania Launches Helpline for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 

The Pennsylvania Departments of Human Services and Aging have announced a helpline for families in kinship care situations, including grandparents raising their grandchildren because of the opioid crisis. The helpline is staffed by Kinship Navigators – compassionate, knowledgeable social service professionals prepared to help families locate, understand, and access resources that may be able to […]

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CDC: Naloxone Prescriptions Up but Still Fall Short in Rural Areas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined trends and characteristics of prescriptions for naloxone, a drug that can help prevent overdose deaths by reversing the effects of opioids.  By analyzing data from retail pharmacies across the U.S., the CDC found that the number of naloxone prescriptions increased substantially from 2012 to 2018 with […]

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HRSA Awards Over $111 Million to 96 Organizations to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities

On August 8, 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announced awards of over $111 million to 96 rural organizations across 37 states as part of its multi-year Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative.  These funds, which also include support for an evaluation of the initiative, will […]

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“At the Core of Care” Podcast Preview Available Now

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition published a seven minute preview for the “At the Core of Care” podcast series, which features stories of innovative nurses and the people and communities they serve. Season One launches this September. Subscribe now on Apple, Google, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.  Subscribe now The post “At the Core […]

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Pennsylvania Governor’s New Executive Order Focuses on the Most Vulnerable  

During the week of July 29, 2019, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf by executive order announced that an overhaul of the state services and systems to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians will begin. Governor Wolf’s “Protection of Vulnerable Populations” Executive Order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform, maintained by the governor’s office with an executive […]

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CMS Releases More Payment Increases

During the week of July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released rules finalizing Medicare payment adjustments for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), hospices, and inpatient rehabilitation (IRFs) and psychiatric (IPFs) facilities for FY 2020. Under the final rules, Medicare payments to SNFs will increase by 2.4% in FY 2020 relative to […]

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CMS Finalizes Inpatient Payment Bump

During the week of July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for fiscal year (FY) 2020, which aims to address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technology and therapies. The 2,273-page final rule will affect […]

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Researchers Estimate Societal Costs of the Opioid Epidemic

New supplement to The American Journal of Managed Care explores how the opioid epidemic affects society. July 30, 2019 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. Penn State researchers recently collaborated to address the issue […]

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