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Census Bureau: Innovations for Public Opinion Research Federal Register
Dec 10, 2018 - The Census Bureau is requesting comments on innovations in tracking public opinion towards the 2020 Census and the Census Bureau. They would also like comments on innovations for tracking information-seeking and sharing behaviors that could affect participation in the decennial census or public opinion or knowledge regarding the census or the Census Bureau. The Census is particularly interested in public opinion research based on internet searches and social networking sites and may be interested in collaborating on research with a nonprofit or government agency. Comments are due February 8, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2017 National Health Expenditures
Dec 6, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary released details related to overall national health spending in 2017. Breaks down spending into three categories: hospital spending, physician and clinical services spending, and retail prescription drug spending.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Five-Year Trends Available for Median Household Income, Poverty Rates and Computer and Internet Use
Dec 6, 2018 - The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) five year estimates. The ACS data release includes statistics for every county in the country on more than 40 social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. This press release specifically highlights data on median household income, poverty, and broadband subscription.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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Low-Income, Rural Kids at Higher Risk for Second- or Third-Hand Smoke Exposure
Dec 6, 2018 - Press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a recent study which looked at second- and third-hand smoke exposure in children in rural North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The study found that infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk than previously reported.
Source: National Institutes of Health
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Rural Health Expert Weighs In On Latest CDC Report Of U.S. Decrease In Life Expectancy Rate
Nov 30, 2018 - Radio interview with Ted Matthews, a psychologist with Minnesota's Department of Agriculture who provides mental health services to farmers around the state. Discussion focuses on the recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documenting a decrease in the life expectancy rate in the U.S. attributed in part to drug overdose deaths and suicides. In Minnesota, there has been a 40% increase in suicide in the last 20 years.
Source: NPR
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AHRQ: Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection Federal Register
Nov 29, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces the availability of Common Formats for Surveillance—Hospital Version 0.2 Beta for patient safety and healthcare quality reporting. Comments are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Source: Federal Register
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Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women
Nov 29, 2018 - Discusses a recent study documenting increased use of amphetamines among pregnant women in recent years. The study found disproportionate growth of the use of these drugs in the South, the Midwest, and the West, with rural areas having a higher rate than cities. Also touches on the not-uncommon trend of women using both amphetamines and opioids simultaneously, and the difficulty associated with stopping use of both while pregnant.
Source: NPR
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Nov 29, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment regarding revisions to an information collection for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2020 Contracts and a new information collection to evaluate the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) current focus on Medication Safety and Adverse Drug Event Prevention, including opioid misuse and overdose. Comments are due December 31, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge
Nov 26, 2018 - Discusses the rampant resurgence of methamphetamine use which has largely gone unreported due to the national focus on the opioid crisis. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped approximately 245% from 2008 to 2015 which the largest increases in Western states.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Nov 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on an information collection to measure the prevalence and cause of food security, food insecurity, and very low food security for the U.S. population and selected subgroups. Comments on the information collection are due by December 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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