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CMS Issues New Guidance to State Health Officials to Address Social Determinants of Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has sent a letter encouraging state health officials to find ways to address social determinants of health (SDOH) in order to reduce health disparities, improve beneficiary outcomes and lower overall costs, specifically in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  The U.S. spends more on healthcare than most countries and yet has poorer outcomes than many on key health indicators. 

 

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AHA Comments on CMS Proposed Changes to Cost Report

The AHA has provided comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed changes to the hospital and hospital healthcare complex cost report.
 
“The AHA appreciates CMS’ efforts to improve the quality of the data being reported and eliminate the collection of outdated information,” AHA said.  “However, we have substantial concerns that many of the proposed changes increase hospitals’ regulatory burden, without benefit.”

 

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Resources on Coping and Managing Distress Related to Mass Violence Events

The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center recently released two resources highlighting tips to help individuals cope and survive during a crisis.  The first resource outlines 12 self-help tips for coping in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.  The second is a guide to using grounding and mindfulness techniques with victims, survivors, and family members who are affected by mass violence incidents.

 

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