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News Item - 10/02/2015
Presentations from 2015 National Conference on Health Statistics Now Online
Did you miss the 2015 National Conference on Health Statistics?

Did you miss a particular session because it was scheduled at the same time as another session you couldn't miss?

Did you find some holes in your notes from a session, and want to fill them in?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, then NCHS has you covered.

NCHS has made more than 70 Learning Institute and Scientific Session presentations used at the conference available as free PDF downloads from the 2015 Conference website. Visit for a complete list and links to the documents.
News Item - 10/01/2015
Injuries cost the US $671 billion in 2013
CDC study shows injuries and violence create substantial economic burden

The total cost of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The cost associated with fatal injuries was $214 billion; nonfatal injuries was $457 billion. Each year, more than three million people are hospitalized, 27 million people are treated in emergency departments and released, and more than 192,000 die as a result of unintentional and violence related injuries.

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News Item - 09/30/2015
HCCI Releases New Data to Assess Health Care Markets Across the Country
The Healthy Marketplace Index Report (HMI), released today, shows the economic performance of more than 40 health care markets across the country.

In 2013, Rise in Spending on Inpatient Care and Higher Prices Drove Up Overall Spending, as Use of Prescriptions and ER Visits Declined

In an accompanying data brief and interactive mapping tool, HCCI highlights geographic variations illuminated by the HMI, comparing health care prices and utilization across markets.

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News Item - 09/29/2015
HHS announces $685 million to support clinicians delivering high quality, patient-centered care
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $685 million in awards to 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and reduce costs. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest federal investments designed to support doctors and other clinicians in all 50 states through collaborative and peer-based learning networks.

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News Item - 09/28/2015
Are the ACA Marketplaces Affordable?
The latest Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tracking Survey shows that about 60 percent of consumers with health plans purchased through the new insurance marketplaces pay less than $125 a month for individual coverage. A similar percentage of people with employer coverage reported the same. For complete survey results, read the briefs Are Marketplace Plans Affordable? and To Enroll or Not to Enroll? Why Many Americans Have Gained Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act While Others Have Not, which finds two-thirds of people who bought new marketplace coverage or switched plans in 2015 cited costs as most important when selecting a plan.

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CMS Docket - 09/18/2015
CMS receives 380+ submissions and commentary about Joint Replacement Program Proposed Regulations.
This proposed rule proposes to implement a new Medicare Part A and B payment model under section 1115A of the Social Security Act, called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) model, in which acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will receive retrospective bundled payments for episodes of care for lower extremity joint replacement or reattachment of a lower extremity. All related care within 90 days of hospital discharge from the joint replacement procedures will be included in the episode of care. We believe this model will further our goals in improving the efficiency and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries for these common medical procedures.

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SMA White Paper - 80/31/2015
New Health Analytics, a national  healthcare software developer and data analytics firm, is pleased to announce that it has released a special report with an concise  review of the FY 2016 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule recently posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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SMA White Paper - 80/31/2015
Contents extracted from Health Affairs publication August 2015.
Health spending growth in the United States is projected to average 5.8
percent for 2014-2024.

This paper provides an overview to National Health Expenditures which can be
used as reference data.

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News Item - 01/26/2015
HHS seeks to have 85 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments in value-based purchasing categories 2 through 4 by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018
Improving the quality and affordability of care for all Americans has always been a pillar of the Affordable Care Act, alongside expanding access to such care. The law gives us the opportunity to shape the way health care is delivered to patients and to improve the quality of care system-wide while helping to reduce the growth of health care costs.

When it comes to improving the way providers are paid, we want to reward value and care coordination – rather than volume and care duplication.  In partnership with the private sector, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is testing and expanding new health care payment models that can improve health care quality and reduce its cost.

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