Tag: Public Health
TFAH report examines public health spending
Posted by Nikki Hurt on April 16, 2013
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released their April 2013 Issue Report, focusing upon public health spending. The study ultimately found an inadequacy in public health financing at national, state and local levels, citing that 29 states decreased their public health budgets between fiscal years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. The report provides several recommendations to ameliorate the implications of varying health outcomes resulting from the underfunded public health infrastructure. These include increasing core public health funds and creating new financing models for public health services.
Commonwealth paper makes recommendations about wellness incentives under the ACA
Posted by Michal McDowell on May 30, 2012
In the United States, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) raised the maximum allowed wellness incentives, which are thought to improve health and reduce costs. Public insurers in Germany operate many such programs. Participation in these programs nearly doubled between 2004 and 2008, reaching one-quarter of the publicly insured population. An evaluation of one large wellness program there found that it reduced costs. However, population-level survey data also suggest that individuals with low incomes or poor health are less likely to enroll. Under the ACA in the United States, the increase in allowed wellness incentives could lead to wide differences in insurance premiums between users and nonusers of programs, and may risk reintroducing a form of medical underwriting. The German case study confirms the cost-saving potential of programs, but also suggests that they should be evaluated rigorously to ensure they do not disadvantage those with health problems or low incomes. A report published by The Commonwealth Fund reviews and provides insight on this issue.
IOM and RWJF release paper on public health system investments
Posted by Michal McDowell on April 11, 2012
Although the United States spends more than any other country on health care, the country continues to lag behind the rest of the industrialized world in life expectancy and child morality. In a report commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and authored by Institute of Medicine (IOM), the authors argue that this discrepancy is attributable to the underfunded public health system.
The report calls for…
Update: Prevention and Public Health Fund
Posted by Michal McDowell on February 27, 2012
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 created the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund) to improve American health through disease prevention efforts. The ACA allotted almost $20 billion over 10 years to the Prevention Fund with the goal of improving wellness and restraining cost growth incurred by the increasing prevalence of chronic disease. This fund is structured as a trust fund, and is not subject to the annual appropriations process.
RWJF releases summary documenting that public health interventions lead to health care cost savings
Posted by Michal McDowell on November 16, 2011
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a 10-year, $15 billion commitment to support programs, medical screenings, and research related to public health and prevention. This national commitment to investment in preventing disease before it occurs is in line with evidence from a variety of recent reports and studies indicating that strategic investments in proven, community-based prevention programs could result in significant U.S. health care cost savings and overall economic cost savings. The Robert Wood Johnson Brief, “Return Investments in Public Health: A Summary of Groundbreaking Research Studies,” summarizes the findings and recommendations from four major studies released between 2008 and 2011.
Public and Allied Health Workforce
Posted by Mark Dorley on September 8, 2011
Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including national workforce policy development (what the law refers to as workforce “innovations”), increasing the supply of primary care physicians and nurses, strengthening the dental health workforce, education and training of the workforce, and expanding teaching health centers. This Implementation Brief focuses on the provisions of the ACA dealing with the education, training, and support of public health and allied health care workers; previous Briefs have focused on the other topics.
HHS issues advanced notice of changes to common rule
Posted by Mark Dorley on July 27, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) soliciting comments on how regulations governing human subject research might be modernized, including making changes to the Common Rule. These regulations have not been have not kept pace with advances in science and human subject research, so updates would be welcome and will apply to all human subject research funded by Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Sebelius announces new prevention and public health investments
Posted by Mark Dorley on February 10, 2011
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $750 million in funding for prevention and public health in the United States. Funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund, this allocation contains $250 million of new money to strengthen clinical and community prevention efforts and public health infrastructure around the country. “This investment is going to build on the prevention work already under way to help make sure that we are working effectively across the federal government as well as with private groups and state and local governments to help Americans live longer, healthier lives,” Sebelius said.
Teaching Health Centers
Posted by Health Reform GPS on January 5, 2011
Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including strengthening primary care, national workforce policy development, increasing the supply of health care workers, education and training of the workforce, and other supports and improvements to the existing workforce. This Implementation Brief focuses on teaching health centers (THCs), a new type of health care entity created by the ACA.
HHS makes available $335 million to community health centers
Posted by Lester Feder on October 27, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced $335 million is available to community health centers nationwide through the Expanded Services Initiative. These funds, provided by the health reform law, are to be used to increase access to preventive and primary care.