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In This Issue
Report Assesses Inpatient Drug Costs
HIDI HealthStats — Adverse Childhood Experiences
CMS Hosts Rural Health Solutions Summit
state and federal health policy developments
Staff Contact: Daniel Landon
A new report assesses price increases for drugs used in inpatient care. Among other findings, it estimates that drug spending for inpatient care increased an average of 23 percent annually between fiscal years 2013 and 2015. The report was commissioned by the Federation of America’s Hospitals and the American Hospital Association. It was accompanied by an infographic.
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead
The October issue of HIDI HealthStats reviews the importance of building resilience around trauma and adverse childhood experiences. The issue identifies high-risk communities in Missouri and Kansas. A child that experiences abuse, neglect, a troubled home or toxic stress can carry the burden for a lifetime. The direct and indirect effect of these experiences can influence physical and behavioral health, and even result in premature death. Mitigating the harm of these adverse childhood experiences requires that communities identify the drivers of long-term health and social problems, and build communitywide systems to better serve children at risk for ACEs.
No community is completely immune from families or circumstances that contribute to ACEs. However, using data from several different sources, researchers are able to identify communities where children have a potentially increased risk of ACEs. This risk analysis allows stakeholders to develop initiatives to address the upstream social determinants of downstream physical and emotional health outcomes for children experiencing adverse events.
One approach to reducing the harm of ACEs is to build community resilience — a system defined as “the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand and recover from adverse situations.” Resilience initiatives align and leverage assets across multiple sectors of local economies to maximize residents’ ability to cope with adversity.
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Staff Contact: Jim Mikes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a day-long meeting to discuss ways to improve access to care in rural America and support local solutions and innovation in care delivery. CMS is offering three ways to participate. Interested individuals may attend the summit in person at the CMS headquarters in Baltimore; by satellite link at the Kansas City regional office; or by live streaming on a computer. The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Registration is required for all meeting formats.
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October is also National Healthy Lung Month. The human body breathes in and out anywhere from 12 to 15 times per minute at rest.
Source: American Lung Association