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News by Topic: Statistics and data

Dec 5, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary released a study on overall national health spending in 2018. Includes growth trends for hospital spending, physician and clinical services spending, and retail prescription drug spending.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dec 5, 2019 - Discusses the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and analyzes how death from opioid overdoses has changed geographically over the past few decades. Includes data on opioid overdose mortality rates by county and rurality, describes the differences in type of substances in rural areas versus urban areas.
Source: City Lab
Dec 2, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration seeking comment on the reinstatement of the Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS) information collection. The HCPS collects information from patients about access and use of healthcare services, sociodemographic characteristics, health behaviors, health conditions, and satisfaction of healthcare received from HRSA-supported health centers. Comments are due January 2, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 27, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the extension of a comment request on an information collection titled National Electronic Health Records Survey (NEHRS). NEHRS will be used to collect data on office-based physicians' adoption and use of electronic health record systems, practice information, patient engagement, prescription of controlled substances, use of health information exchange, and documentation and burden associated with medical record systems. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 26, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeking comment on methodological field tests for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). These tests are used to test the reliability and validity of survey questions and to assess the impact of new sampling techniques on respondent behavior and reporting, among other things. Comments are due January 27, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 26, 2019 - Discusses the latest report on hospitals' operating profitability which found the highest earnings margin among the smallest hospitals for October 2019. Explains possible causes of the jump and highlights a consistent improvement in labor efficiency. (May require subscription to view).
Source: Modern Healthcare