Health Care Coalitions: Voluntary groups of people representing diverse interests in the community such as hospitals, businesses, physicians, and insurers, with the principal objective to improve health care cost effectiveness.Public Health: Branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and control of disease and disability, and the promotion of physical and mental health of the population on the international, national, state, or municipal level.Health Status: The level of health of the individual, group, or population as subjectively assessed by the individual or by more objective measures.Health Promotion: Encouraging consumer behaviors most likely to optimize health potentials (physical and psychosocial) through health information, preventive programs, and access to medical care.Community Health Planning: Planning that has the goals of improving health, improving accessibility to health services, and promoting efficiency in the provision of services and resources on a comprehensive basis for a whole community. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988, p299)Delivery of Health Care: The concept concerned with all aspects of providing and distributing health services to a patient population.Health Policy: Decisions, usually developed by government policymakers, for determining present and future objectives pertaining to the health care system.Subtalar Joint: Formed by the articulation of the talus with the calcaneus.Health Surveys: A systematic collection of factual data pertaining to health and disease in a human population within a given geographic area.Health Care Reform: Innovation and improvement of the health care system by reappraisal, amendment of services, and removal of faults and abuses in providing and distributing health services to patients. It includes a re-alignment of health services and health insurance to maximum demographic elements (the unemployed, indigent, uninsured, elderly, inner cities, rural areas) with reference to coverage, hospitalization, pricing and cost containment, insurers' and employers' costs, pre-existing medical conditions, prescribed drugs, equipment, and services.Community Networks: Organizations and individuals cooperating together toward a common goal at the local or grassroots level.Mental Health: The state wherein the person is well adjusted.Foot Deformities, Congenital: Alterations or deviations from normal shape or size which result in a disfigurement of the foot occurring at or before birth.Tarsal Bones: The seven bones which form the tarsus - namely, CALCANEUS; TALUS; cuboid, navicular, and the internal, middle, and external cuneiforms.Community Health Services: Diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health services provided for individuals in the community.Capacity Building: Organizational development including enhancement of management structures, processes and procedures, within organizations and among different organizations and sectors to meet present and future needs.Health: The state of the organism when it functions optimally without evidence of disease.Health Services Accessibility: The degree to which individuals are inhibited or facilitated in their ability to gain entry to and to receive care and services from the health care system. Factors influencing this ability include geographic, architectural, transportational, and financial considerations, among others.Health Education: Education that increases the awareness and favorably influences the attitudes and knowledge relating to the improvement of health on a personal or community basis.Consumer Participation: Community or individual involvement in the decision-making process.Interinstitutional Relations: The interactions between representatives of institutions, agencies, or organizations.Attitude to Health: Public attitudes toward health, disease, and the medical care system.Health Care Surveys: Statistical measures of utilization and other aspects of the provision of health care services including hospitalization and ambulatory care.Health Planning: Planning for needed health and/or welfare services and facilities.Health Personnel: Men and women working in the provision of health services, whether as individual practitioners or employees of health institutions and programs, whether or not professionally trained, and whether or not subject to public regulation. (From A Discursive Dictionary of Health Care, 1976)Primary Health Care: Care which provides integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. (JAMA 1995;273(3):192)Health Behavior: Behaviors expressed by individuals to protect, maintain or promote their health status. For example, proper diet, and appropriate exercise are activities perceived to influence health status. Life style is closely associated with health behavior and factors influencing life style are socioeconomic, educational, and cultural.Cooperative Behavior: The interaction of two or more persons or organizations directed toward a common goal which is mutually beneficial. An act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit, i.e., joint action. (From Random House Dictionary Unabridged, 2d ed)Politics: Activities concerned with governmental policies, functions, etc.Quality of Health Care: The levels of excellence which characterize the health service or health care provided based on accepted standards of quality.Public Health Administration: Management of public health organizations or agencies.Leadership: The function of directing or controlling the actions or attitudes of an individual or group with more or less willing acquiescence of the followers.Health Services Research: The integration of epidemiologic, sociological, economic, and other analytic sciences in the study of health services. Health services research is usually concerned with relationships between need, demand, supply, use, and outcome of health services. The aim of the research is evaluation, particularly in terms of structure, process, output, and outcome. (From Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology, 2d ed)Health Services: Services for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.Health Status Disparities: Variation in rates of disease occurrence and disabilities between population groups defined by socioeconomic characteristics such as age, ethnicity, economic resources, or gender and populations identified geographically or similar measures.Insurance, Health: Insurance providing coverage of medical, surgical, or hospital care in general or for which there is no specific heading.World Health: The concept pertaining to the health status of inhabitants of the world.Urban Health: The status of health in urban populations.Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice: Knowledge, attitudes, and associated behaviors which pertain to health-related topics such as PATHOLOGIC PROCESSES or diseases, their prevention, and treatment. This term refers to non-health workers and health workers (HEALTH PERSONNEL).Oral Health: The optimal state of the mouth and normal functioning of the organs of the mouth without evidence of disease.Talus: The second largest of the TARSAL BONES. It articulates with the TIBIA and FIBULA to form the ANKLE JOINT.Health Services Needs and Demand: Health services required by a population or community as well as the health services that the population or community is able and willing to pay for.Organizational Objectives: The purposes, missions, and goals of an individual organization or its units, established through administrative processes. It includes an organization's long-range plans and administrative philosophy.Synostosis: A union between adjacent bones or parts of a single bone formed by osseous material, such as ossified connecting cartilage or fibrous tissue. (Dorland, 27th ed)Health Expenditures: The amounts spent by individuals, groups, nations, or private or public organizations for total health care and/or its various components. These amounts may or may not be equivalent to the actual costs (HEALTH CARE COSTS) and may or may not be shared among the patient, insurers, and/or employers.Community-Institutional Relations: The interactions between members of a community and representatives of the institutions within that community.Flatfoot: A condition in which one or more of the arches of the foot have flattened out.Community-Based Participatory Research: Collaborative process of research involving researchers and community representatives.Organizational Case Studies: Descriptions and evaluations of specific health care organizations.Environmental Health: The science of controlling or modifying those conditions, influences, or forces surrounding man which relate to promoting, establishing, and maintaining health.Voluntary Health Agencies: Non-profit organizations concerned with various aspects of health, e.g., education, promotion, treatment, services, etc.Social Change: Social process whereby the values, attitudes, or institutions of society, such as education, family, religion, and industry become modified. It includes both the natural process and action programs initiated by members of the community.Occupational Health: The promotion and maintenance of physical and mental health in the work environment.Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Entrapment of the distal branches of the posterior TIBIAL NERVE (which divides into the medial plantar, lateral plantar, and calcanial nerves) in the tarsal tunnel, which lies posterior to the internal malleolus and beneath the retinaculum of the flexor muscles of the foot. Symptoms include ankle pain radiating into the foot which tends to be aggravated by walking. Examination may reveal Tinel's sign (radiating pain following nerve percussion) over the tibial nerve at the ankle, weakness and atrophy of the small foot muscles, or loss of sensation in the foot. (From Foot Ankle 1990;11(1):47-52)Program Evaluation: Studies designed to assess the efficacy of programs. They may include the evaluation of cost-effectiveness, the extent to which objectives are met, or impact.Patient Acceptance of Health Care: The seeking and acceptance by patients of health service.Health Care Rationing: Planning for the equitable allocation, apportionment, or distribution of available health resources.Capital Financing: Institutional funding for facilities and for equipment which becomes a part of the assets of the institution.Public Health Practice: The activities and endeavors of the public health services in a community on any level.Health Priorities: Preferentially rated health-related activities or functions to be used in establishing health planning goals. This may refer specifically to PL93-641.Program Development: The process of formulating, improving, and expanding educational, managerial, or service-oriented work plans (excluding computer program development).Group Purchasing: A shared service which combines the purchasing power of individual organizations or facilities in order to obtain lower prices for equipment and supplies. (From Health Care Terms, 2nd ed)National Health Programs: Components of a national health care system which administer specific services, e.g., national health insurance.Mental Health Services: Organized services to provide mental health care.Delivery of Health Care, Integrated: A health care system which combines physicians, hospitals, and other medical services with a health plan to provide the complete spectrum of medical care for its customers. In a fully integrated system, the three key elements - physicians, hospital, and health plan membership - are in balance in terms of matching medical resources with the needs of purchasers and patients. (Coddington et al., Integrated Health Care: Reorganizing the Physician, Hospital and Health Plan Relationship, 1994, p7)Labor Unions: Organizations comprising wage and salary workers in health-related fields for the purpose of improving their status and conditions. The concept includes labor union activities toward providing health services to members.Women's Health: The concept covering the physical and mental conditions of women.Appalachian Region: A geographical area of the United States with no definite boundaries but comprising northeastern Alabama, northwestern Georgia, northwestern South Carolina, western North Carolina, eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, western Virginia, West Virginia, western Maryland, southwestern Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, and southern New York.Health Care Sector: Economic sector concerned with the provision, distribution, and consumption of health care services and related products.Pacific Islands: The islands of the Pacific Ocean divided into MICRONESIA; MELANESIA; and POLYNESIA (including NEW ZEALAND). The collective name Oceania includes the aforenamed islands, adding AUSTRALIA; NEW ZEALAND; and the Malay Archipelago (INDONESIA). (Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p910, 880)Preventive Health Services: Services designed for HEALTH PROMOTION and prevention of disease.Rural Health: The status of health in rural populations.Health Literacy: Degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.Consumer Organizations: Organized groups of users of goods and services.Social Planning: Interactional process combining investigation, discussion, and agreement by a number of people in the preparation and carrying out of a program to ameliorate conditions of need or social pathology in the community. It usually involves the action of a formal political, legal, or recognized voluntary body.Attitude of Health Personnel: Attitudes of personnel toward their patients, other professionals, toward the medical care system, etc.Child Health Services: Organized services to provide health care for children.World Health Organization: A specialized agency of the United Nations designed as a coordinating authority on international health work; its aim is to promote the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all peoples.Consumer Advocacy: The promotion and support of consumers' rights and interests.Economics: The science of utilization, distribution, and consumption of services and materials.Outcome Assessment (Health Care): Research aimed at assessing the quality and effectiveness of health care as measured by the attainment of a specified end result or outcome. Measures include parameters such as improved health, lowered morbidity or mortality, and improvement of abnormal states (such as elevated blood pressure).Health Benefit Plans, Employee: Health insurance plans for employees, and generally including their dependents, usually on a cost-sharing basis with the employer paying a percentage of the premium.Socioeconomic Factors: Social and economic factors that characterize the individual or group within the social structure.Policy Making: The decision process by which individuals, groups or institutions establish policies pertaining to plans, programs or procedures.Rural Health Services: Health services, public or private, in rural areas. The services include the promotion of health and the delivery of health care.Health Facilities: Institutions which provide medical or health-related services.Health Plan Implementation: Those actions designed to carry out recommendations pertaining to health plans or programs.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.): An agency of the UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE that conducts and supports programs for the prevention and control of disease and provides consultation and assistance to health departments and other countries.Maternal-Child Health Centers: Facilities which administer the delivery of health care services to mothers and children.Interviews as Topic: Conversations with an individual or individuals held in order to obtain information about their background and other personal biographical data, their attitudes and opinions, etc. It includes school admission or job interviews.Regional Health Planning: Planning for health resources at a regional or multi-state level.Health Manpower: The availability of HEALTH PERSONNEL. It includes the demand and recruitment of both professional and allied health personnel, their present and future supply and distribution, and their assignment and utilization.Adolescent Health Services: Organized services to provide health care to adolescents, ages ranging from 13 through 18 years.Financing, Organized: All organized methods of funding.Lobbying: A process whereby representatives of a particular interest group attempt to influence governmental decision makers to accept the policy desires of the lobbying organization.Calcaneus: The largest of the TARSAL BONES which is situated at the lower and back part of the FOOT, forming the HEEL.Health Resources: Available manpower, facilities, revenue, equipment, and supplies to produce requisite health care and services.Carpal Bones: The eight bones of the wrist: SCAPHOID BONE; LUNATE BONE; TRIQUETRUM BONE; PISIFORM BONE; TRAPEZIUM BONE; TRAPEZOID BONE; CAPITATE BONE; and HAMATE BONE.Efficiency, Organizational: The capacity of an organization, institution, or business to produce desired results with a minimum expenditure of energy, time, money, personnel, materiel, etc.Quality Assurance, Health Care: Activities and programs intended to assure or improve the quality of care in either a defined medical setting or a program. The concept includes the assessment or evaluation of the quality of care; identification of problems or shortcomings in the delivery of care; designing activities to overcome these deficiencies; and follow-up monitoring to ensure effectiveness of corrective steps.Administrative Personnel: Individuals responsible for the development of policy and supervision of the execution of plans and functional operations.Community Health Centers: Facilities which administer the delivery of health care services to people living in a community or neighborhood.Organizational Innovation: Introduction of changes which are new to the organization and are created by management.Cross-Sectional Studies: Studies in which the presence or absence of disease or other health-related variables are determined in each member of the study population or in a representative sample at one particular time. This contrasts with LONGITUDINAL STUDIES which are followed over a period of time.Taxes: Governmental levies on property, inheritance, gifts, etc.IraqPublic Health Nursing: A nursing specialty concerned with promoting and protecting the health of populations, using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences to develop local, regional, state, and national health policy and research. It is population-focused and community-oriented, aimed at health promotion and disease prevention through educational, diagnostic, and preventive programs.Qualitative Research: Any type of research that employs nonnumeric information to explore individual or group characteristics, producing findings not arrived at by statistical procedures or other quantitative means. (Qualitative Inquiry: A Dictionary of Terms Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997)Health Occupations: Professions or other business activities directed to the cure and prevention of disease. For occupations of medical personnel who are not physicians but who are working in the fields of medical technology, physical therapy, etc., ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS is available.New York CityReproductive Health: The physical condition of human reproductive systems.Infant Welfare: Organized efforts by communities or organizations to improve the health and well-being of infants.MissouriElectronic Health Records: Media that facilitate transportability of pertinent information concerning patient's illness across varied providers and geographic locations. Some versions include direct linkages to online consumer health information that is relevant to the health conditions and treatments related to a specific patient.Models, Organizational: Theoretical representations and constructs that describe or explain the structure and hierarchy of relationships and interactions within or between formal organizational entities or informal social groups.Maternal Health Services: Organized services to provide health care to expectant and nursing mothers.Social Welfare: Organized institutions which provide services to ameliorate conditions of need or social pathology in the community.Residence Characteristics: Elements of residence that characterize a population. They are applicable in determining need for and utilization of health services.City Planning: Comprehensive planning for the physical development of the city.Fund Raising: Usually organized community efforts to raise money to promote financial programs of institutions. The funds may include individual gifts.Social Values: Abstract standards or empirical variables in social life which are believed to be important and/or desirable.Needs Assessment: Systematic identification of a population's needs or the assessment of individuals to determine the proper level of services needed.Social Dominance: Social structure of a group as it relates to the relative social rank of dominance status of its members. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed.)Prevalence: The total number of cases of a given disease in a specified population at a designated time. It is differentiated from INCIDENCE, which refers to the number of new cases in the population at a given time.MaineTobacco Industry: The aggregate business enterprise of agriculture, manufacture, and distribution related to tobacco and tobacco-derived products.Occupational Health Services: Health services for employees, usually provided by the employer at the place of work.Decision Making, Organizational: The process by which decisions are made in an institution or other organization.Organizational Policy: A course or method of action selected, usually by an organization, institution, university, society, etc., from among alternatives to guide and determine present and future decisions and positions on matters of public interest or social concern. It does not include internal policy relating to organization and administration within the corporate body, for which ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION is available.Lunate Bone: A moon-shaped carpal bone which is located between the SCAPHOID BONE and TRIQUETRUM BONE.CaliforniaHospitals, Military: Hospitals which provide care for the military personnel and usually for their dependents.Questionnaires: Predetermined sets of questions used to collect data - clinical data, social status, occupational group, etc. The term is often applied to a self-completed survey instrument.United StatesHealth Services for the Aged: Services for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the aged and the maintenance of health in the elderly.Public Health Informatics: The systematic application of information and computer sciences to public health practice, research, and learning.Health Services Administration: The organization and administration of health services dedicated to the delivery of health care.National Institutes of Health (U.S.): An operating division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It is concerned with the overall planning, promoting, and administering of programs pertaining to health and medical research. Until 1995, it was an agency of the United States PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE.State Health Plans: State plans prepared by the State Health Planning and Development Agencies which are made up from plans submitted by the Health Systems Agencies and subject to review and revision by the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.Evidence-Based Practice: A way of providing health care that is guided by a thoughtful integration of the best available scientific knowledge with clinical expertise. This approach allows the practitioner to critically assess research data, clinical guidelines, and other information resources in order to correctly identify the clinical problem, apply the most high-quality intervention, and re-evaluate the outcome for future improvement.PennsylvaniaUniversities: Educational institutions providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees.War: Hostile conflict between organized groups of people.Quality Indicators, Health Care: Norms, criteria, standards, and other direct qualitative and quantitative measures used in determining the quality of health care.Catchment Area (Health): A geographic area defined and served by a health program or institution.Reproductive Health Services: Health care services related to human REPRODUCTION and diseases of the reproductive system. Services are provided to both sexes and usually by physicians in the medical or the surgical specialties such as REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE; ANDROLOGY; GYNECOLOGY; OBSTETRICS; and PERINATOLOGY.Women's Health Services: Organized services to provide health care to women. It excludes maternal care services for which MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES is available.Health Services, Indigenous: Health care provided to specific cultural or tribal peoples which incorporates local customs, beliefs, and taboos.Advisory Committees: Groups set up to advise governmental bodies, societies, or other institutions on policy. (Bioethics Thesaurus)Health Records, Personal: Longitudinal patient-maintained records of individual health history and tools that allow individual control of access.Men's Health: The concept covering the physical and mental conditions of men.Health Planning Guidelines: Recommendations for directing health planning functions and policies. These may be mandated by PL93-641 and issued by the Department of Health and Human Services for use by state and local planning agencies.Social Support: Support systems that provide assistance and encouragement to individuals with physical or emotional disabilities in order that they may better cope. Informal social support is usually provided by friends, relatives, or peers, while formal assistance is provided by churches, groups, etc.WashingtonMass Screening: Organized periodic procedures performed on large groups of people for the purpose of detecting disease.Research: Critical and exhaustive investigation or experimentation, having for its aim the discovery of new facts and their correct interpretation, the revision of accepted conclusions, theories, or laws in the light of newly discovered facts, or the practical application of such new or revised conclusions, theories, or laws. (Webster, 3d ed)Family Health: The health status of the family as a unit including the impact of the health of one member of the family on the family as a unit and on individual family members; also, the impact of family organization or disorganization on the health status of its members.Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care): Evaluation procedures that focus on both the outcome or status (OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT) of the patient at the end of an episode of care - presence of symptoms, level of activity, and mortality; and the process (ASSESSMENT, PROCESS) - what is done for the patient diagnostically and therapeutically.Health Maintenance Organizations: Organized systems for providing comprehensive prepaid health care that have five basic attributes: (1) provide care in a defined geographic area; (2) provide or ensure delivery of an agreed-upon set of basic and supplemental health maintenance and treatment services; (3) provide care to a voluntarily enrolled group of persons; (4) require their enrollees to use the services of designated providers; and (5) receive reimbursement through a predetermined, fixed, periodic prepayment made by the enrollee without regard to the degree of services provided. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988)Newspapers: Publications printed and distributed daily, weekly, or at some other regular and usually short interval, containing news, articles of opinion (as editorials and letters), features, advertising, and announcements of current interest. (Webster's 3d ed)Urban Health Services: Health services, public or private, in urban areas. The services include the promotion of health and the delivery of health care.Smoking: Inhaling and exhaling the smoke of burning TOBACCO.Mental Disorders: Psychiatric illness or diseases manifested by breakdowns in the adaptational process expressed primarily as abnormalities of thought, feeling, and behavior producing either distress or impairment of function.African Americans: Persons living in the United States having origins in any of the black groups of Africa.Health Planning Support: Financial resources provided for activities related to health planning and development.Poverty: A situation in which the level of living of an individual, family, or group is below the standard of the community. It is often related to a specific income level.Evidence-Based Medicine: An approach of practicing medicine with the goal to improve and evaluate patient care. It requires the judicious integration of best research evidence with the patient's values to make decisions about medical care. This method is to help physicians make proper diagnosis, devise best testing plan, choose best treatment and methods of disease prevention, as well as develop guidelines for large groups of patients with the same disease. (from JAMA 296 (9), 2006)Schools, Public Health: Educational institutions for individuals specializing in the field of public health.Social Justice: An interactive process whereby members of a community are concerned for the equality and rights of all.Guidelines as Topic: A systematic statement of policy rules or principles. Guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, professional societies, governing boards, or by convening expert panels. The text may be cursive or in outline form but is generally a comprehensive guide to problems and approaches in any field of activity. For guidelines in the field of health care and clinical medicine, PRACTICE GUIDELINES AS TOPIC is available.Allied Health Personnel: Health care workers specially trained and licensed to assist and support the work of health professionals. Often used synonymously with paramedical personnel, the term generally refers to all health care workers who perform tasks which must otherwise be performed by a physician or other health professional.Quality of Life: A generic concept reflecting concern with the modification and enhancement of life attributes, e.g., physical, political, moral and social environment; the overall condition of a human life.Community Mental Health Services: Diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive mental health services provided for individuals in the community.Emigration and Immigration: The process of leaving one's country to establish residence in a foreign country.Population Surveillance: Ongoing scrutiny of a population (general population, study population, target population, etc.), generally using methods distinguished by their practicability, uniformity, and frequently their rapidity, rather than by complete accuracy.School Health Services: Preventive health services provided for students. It excludes college or university students.Patient Education as Topic: The teaching or training of patients concerning their own health needs.Logistic Models: Statistical models which describe the relationship between a qualitative dependent variable (that is, one which can take only certain discrete values, such as the presence or absence of a disease) and an independent variable. A common application is in epidemiology for estimating an individual's risk (probability of a disease) as a function of a given risk factor.Healthcare Disparities: Differences in access to or availability of medical facilities and services.Minority Groups: A subgroup having special characteristics within a larger group, often bound together by special ties which distinguish it from the larger group.Great BritainModels, Theoretical: Theoretical representations that simulate the behavior or activity of systems, processes, or phenomena. They include the use of mathematical equations, computers, and other electronic equipment.Comprehensive Health Care: Providing for the full range of personal health services for diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and rehabilitation of patients.United States Dept. of Health and Human Services: A cabinet department in the Executive Branch of the United States Government concerned with administering those agencies and offices having programs pertaining to health and human services.Cities: A large or important municipality of a country, usually a major metropolitan center.Arthrodesis: The surgical fixation of a joint by a procedure designed to accomplish fusion of the joint surfaces by promoting the proliferation of bone cells. (Dorland, 28th ed)North CarolinaHealth Fairs: Community health education events focused on prevention of disease and promotion of health through audiovisual exhibits.Rural Population: The inhabitants of rural areas or of small towns classified as rural.Health Food: A non-medical term defined by the lay public as a food that has little or no preservatives, which has not undergone major processing, enrichment or refinement and which may be grown without pesticides. (from Segen, The Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)Age Factors: Age as a constituent element or influence contributing to the production of a result. It may be applicable to the cause or the effect of a circumstance. It is used with human or animal concepts but should be differentiated from AGING, a physiological process, and TIME FACTORS which refers only to the passage of time.ArizonaAsian Americans: Persons living in the United States having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.Basketball: A competitive team sport played on a rectangular court having a raised basket at each end.Health Communication: The transfer of information from experts in the medical and public health fields to patients and the public. The study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health.Marketing of Health Services: Application of marketing principles and techniques to maximize the use of health care resources.Sex Factors: Maleness or femaleness as a constituent element or influence contributing to the production of a result. It may be applicable to the cause or effect of a circumstance. It is used with human or animal concepts but should be differentiated from SEX CHARACTERISTICS, anatomical or physiological manifestations of sex, and from SEX DISTRIBUTION, the number of males and females in given circumstances.Financing, Government: Federal, state, or local government organized methods of financial assistance.Educational Status: Educational attainment or level of education of individuals.Craniosynostoses: Premature closure of one or more CRANIAL SUTURES. It often results in plagiocephaly. Craniosynostoses that involve multiple sutures are sometimes associated with congenital syndromes such as ACROCEPHALOSYNDACTYLIA; and CRANIOFACIAL DYSOSTOSIS.Neoplasms: New abnormal growth of tissue. Malignant neoplasms show a greater degree of anaplasia and have the properties of invasion and metastasis, compared to benign neoplasms.

Raising the bar: the use of performance guarantees by the Pacific Business Group on Health. (1/149)

In 1996 the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) negotiated more than two dozen performance guarantees with thirteen of California's largest health maintenance organizations (HMOs) on behalf the seventeen large employers in its Negotiating Alliance. The negotiations put more than $8 million at risk for meeting performance targets with the goal of improving the performance of all health plans. Nearly $2 million, or 23 percent of the premium at risk, was refunded to the PBGH by the HMOs for missed targets. The majority of plans met their targets for satisfaction with the health plan and physicians, as well as cesarean section, mammography, Pap smear, and prenatal care rates. However, eight of the thirteen plans missed their targets for childhood immunizations, refunding 86 percent of the premium at risk.  (+info)

A multiple case study of implementation in 10 local Project ASSIST coalitions in North Carolina. (2/149)

Community health promotion relies heavily on coalitions to address a multitude of public health issues. In spite of their widespread use, there have been very few studies of coalitions at various stages of coalition development. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that facilitated or impeded coalition effectiveness in the implementation stage of coalition development. The research design was a multiple case study with cross-case comparisons. Each of the 10 local North Carolina Project ASSIST coalitions constituted a case. Data collection included: semi-structured interviews, observation, document review, and surveys of members and staff. Some of the major factors that facilitated implementation included: the ability of the coalition to provide its own vision, staff with the skills and time to work with the coalition, frequent and productive communication, cohesion or a sense of belonging on the coalition, and complexity of the coalition structure during the intervention phase. Barriers to effective implementation included: staff turnover and staff lacking community organization skills, dependence on the state-level staff during the planning phase and lack of member input into the action plan. Conflict contributed to staff turnover, reluctance to conduct certain activities and difficulty in recruiting members, all of which had implications for implementation.  (+info)

Identification and assessment of high-risk seniors. HMO Workgroup on Care Management. (3/149)

CONTEXT: Many older adults with chronic illnesses and multidimensional needs are at high risk of adverse health outcomes, poor quality of life, and heavy use of health-related services. Modern proactive care of older populations includes identification of such high-risk individuals, assessment of their health-related needs, and interventions designed both to meet those needs and to prevent undesirable outcomes. OBJECTIVE: This paper outlines an approach to the tasks of identifying and assessing high-risk seniors. Intervention identification of high-risk seniors (also called case finding) is accomplished through a combination of periodic screening, recognition of high-risk seniors by clinicians, and analysis of administrative databases. Once identified, potentially high-risk individuals undergo on initial assessment in eight domains: cognition, medical conditions, medications, access to care, functional status, social situation, nutrition, and emotional status. The initial assessment is accomplished in a 30- to 45-minute interview conducted by a skilled professional--usually one with a background in nursing. The data are used to link some high-risk persons with appropriate services and to identify others who require more detailed assessments. Detailed assessment is often performed by interdisciplinary teams of various compositions and methods of operation, depending on local circumstances. CONCLUSION: The rapid growth in Medicare managed care is presenting many opportunities for developing more effective strategies for the proactive care for older populations. Identification and assessment of high-risk individuals are important initial steps in this process, paving the way for testing of interventions designed to reduce adverse health consequences and to improve the quality of life.  (+info)

Reporting comparative results from hospital patient surveys. (4/149)

Externally-reported assessments of hospital quality are in increasing demand, as consumers, purchasers, providers, and public policy makers express growing interest in public disclosure of performance information. This article presents an analysis of a groundbreaking program in Massachusetts to measure and disseminate comparative quality information about patients' hospital experiences. The article emphasizes the reporting structure that was developed to address the project's dual goals of improving the quality of care delivered statewide while also advancing public accountability. Numerous trade-offs were encountered in developing reports that would satisfy a range of purchaser and provider constituencies. The final result was a reporting framework that emphasized preserving detail to ensure visibility for each participating hospital's strengths as well as its priority improvement areas. By avoiding oversimplification of the results, the measurement project helped to support a broad range of successful improvement activity statewide.  (+info)

HRSA's Models That Work Program: implications for improving access to primary health care. (5/149)

The main objective of the Models That Work Campaign (MTW) is improving access to health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. A collaboration between the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and 39 cosponsors--among them national associations, state and federal agencies, community-based organizations, foundations, and businesses--this initiative gives recognition and visibility to innovative and effective service delivery models. Models are selected based on a set of criteria that includes delivery of high quality primary care services, community participation, integration of health and social services, quantifiable outcomes, and replicability. Winners of the competition are showcased nationally and hired to provide training to other communities, to document and publish their strategies, and to provide onsite technical assistance on request.  (+info)

Early experience with a new model of employer group purchasing in Minnesota. (6/149)

The Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG) in the Twin Cities has implemented a new purchasing initiative that offers employees a choice among care systems with nonoverlapping networks of primary care providers. These systems offer a standardized benefit package, submit annual bids, and are paid on a risk-adjusted basis. Employees are provided with information on quality and other differences among systems, and most have financial incentives to choose lower-cost systems. Generally, providers have responded favorably to direct contracting and to risk-adjusted payments but have concerns about the risk-adjustment mechanism used and, more importantly, the strength of employers' commitment to the purchasing model.  (+info)

The pursuit of quality by business coalitions: a national survey. (7/149)

The extent to which business coalitions and their employer members are catalysts for improving quality of care is of interest to policymakers, who need to know where and under what circumstances the marketplace succeeds on its own in assuring quality. Using data from the 1998 National Business Coalition on Health annual survey, this paper indicates that most coalitions have an infrastructure in place that could be tapped to advance quality goals. Although the survey data cannot tell us the extent to which coalitions are exercising their enhanced market influence specifically to improve quality, interviews with coalition leaders provide insights about how quality considerations can factor into coalition strategies.  (+info)

Beyond cost: 'responsible purchasing' of managed care by employers. (8/149)

We explore the extent of "responsible purchasing" by employers--the degree to which employers collect and use nonfinancial information in selecting and managing employee health plans. Most firms believe that they have some responsibility for assessing the quality of the health plans they offer. Some pay attention to plan characteristics such as the ability to provide adequate access to providers and services and scores on enrollee satisfaction surveys. A more limited but still notable number of firms take specific actions based on responsible purchasing information. Because of countervailing pressures, however, it is not clear whether or not the firms most involved in responsible purchasing are signaling a developing trend.  (+info)

  • The Blunt amendment was particularly egregious because it would have allowed any employer-not just religiously-affiliated organizations-to deny health care coverage to employees for any procedure it had a moral objection to. (
  • The letter to the members of the Senate Finance Committee that details why the Secular Coalition opposes these amendments is below. (
  • In addition, this amendment would allow health care providers and entities to withhold information from patients about their health care status and their treatment options in violation of informed consent and ethical standards. (
  • Since its November 2015 launch, the Conversation Cards have been tested with healthcare providers across the country, with an overwhelming majority reporting the cards helped their AFib patients better understand their condition, according to the press release. (
  • The Enzi Amendment inappropriately places the religious beliefs of medical professionals above the medical needs of their patients, and undermines patients' access to contraception, end-of-life care, HIV care, and any other care to which a health care provider may object. (
  • The 4WARD Coalition is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of experts dedicated to improving the quality and consistency of care for patients needing anticoagulation treatment, according to a Boehringer Ingelheim press release. (
  • While Sen. Blunt and proponents of the bill said the bill would have protected religious freedom, real religious liberty allows Americans to self-determine their own moral and health decisions-even if those decisions may differ from those of a particular church, religious group or employer. (
  • In 2002, a federal Drug Free Communities grant , distributed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provided the initial funds to run the program for several years. (
  • Policy and Practice Change - consists of health department personnel, town officials, law enforcement, and those involved in creating and enforcing policies. (
  • The Coalition is based on the national CTC program , a community-based prevention initiative that aims to reduce youth violence, delinquency, and alcohol and tobacco use. (
  • Right now, schools in Southeastern Wisconsin are meeting youth where they are, using prevention and early intervention programs to combat dangerous substance misuse and addressing directly the heroin/opioid health crisis jeopardizing the future of Wisconsin youth. (
  • The Healthy Youth, Bright Futures Coalition for the Prevention of Youth Addiction in Wisconsin includes Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families , IMPACT, Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Elevate, Inc, Flow One Lean Consulting, and Community Advocates . (
  • STATEWIDE - As Wisconsin faces an increasing public health crisis surrounding heroin, opioid and other substance misuse, today the Healthy Youth, Bright Futures Coalition marks Recovery Month by highlighting efforts underway in Wisconsin schools to curb drug and alcohol misuse by meeting youth where they are. (
  • By treating this issue as the public health crisis it is, the coalition seeks to address the epidemic in ways law enforcement alone cannot. (
  • Addressing Wisconsin's public health crisis of heroin and other substance misuse cannot rely solely on a law-enforcement approach," said Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig . (
  • Showing all the signs of a thriving grass-roots movement, a host of new health-care groups are drawing attention to the perils of a contagious, sometimes lethal virus called hepatitis C," writes Robert O'Harrow. (
  • Medical ethics experts agree that more should be done to educate people about hepatitis C. But some say the Schering-funded coalitions raise troubling conflict-of-interest issues," O'Harrow writes. (
  • THA's emergency preparedness and response resources are designed to assist hospitals and health systems in planning for and reacting to hazards and regional disasters. (
  • Hospitals in emerging countries with the capacity to manage their own equipment are leaders in the development of a strengthened healthcare infrastructure," says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend. (
  • In the immediate aftermath of events of 9-11 and the anthrax attacks, the need for better collaboration and coordination by hospitals, EMS, and public health departments was recognized in lessons learned by those involved communities. (
  • 19 hospitals, 3 free-standing Emergency Departments, a VA hospital, and 4 DoD facilities, providing 3500 acute care beds and providing approximately 750,000 ED visits and 164,000 admissions annually. (
  • Philips was one of the first health technology leaders to join more than 100 companies and hospitals in committing to the Open Data Pledge to make health data interoperable and accessible to clinicians and others responsible for patient safety. (
  • However, expanding PAC services from hospitals to lower levels of the health system is still a challenge in many countries. (
  • The Oregon Code of Cooperation is published by Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, with editorial contributions from member hospitals, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and Oregon Association of Broadcasters. (
  • The communications director or officers or designated staff members of Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) will help the news media get prompt and accurate information on health and hospital subjects. (
  • While those hospitals have triggered the current debate, many safety-net hospitals do more than their fair share to provide charity care to patients in need and should be supported with a fair legislative solution. (
  • The Fair Care Coalition is concerned about adequate Medicaid rates, but the state is not 'doubling down' on hospitals by seeking a real standard for property-tax exemption. (
  • Table top discussion exercises on the impact of winter storms on our healthcare system including assisted living, long term care, skilled nursing, critical access hospitals, public health, stand-alone emergency department and fire/EMS. (
  • Table top discussion exercises on impact of a riverine flood event on our healthcare system including assisted living, long term care, skilled nursing, critical access hospitals, public health, stand-alone emergency department and fire/EMS. (
  • Both Labor and the Coalition support activity-based funding, which means funding hospitals based on the care and services they provide for a set number of patients at a set price. (
  • About Future of Music Coalition Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. (
  • Equally as important as in-person assistance are enhanced resources for targeted outreach to New York's emergent immigrant communities," says J ackie Vimo, Director of Health Advocacy at NYIC . (
  • Advocacy groups supporting CAPriCORN include: Respiratory Health Association, Chicago Asthma Consortium, Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois, Peggy Lillis Mills Foundation, Have a Heart for Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and Next Step/STRIVE. (
  • The community health worker is a resource for the healthcare clinic and the community service program, creating easily accessible advocacy. (
  • NPF's government relations and advocacy team continually works to change the policies that will improve the health of those living with psoriatic disease. (
  • NPF works to achieve this goal in various ways, including coalition work at the state and federal level, state advocacy days, email and social media. (
  • These coalitions work on planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercising and evaluation of healthcare system preparedness in their respective regions. (
  • Funding ensued in the form of HRSA and later ASPR grants, funding the region's Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), allocated to our region through the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association supporting the grant awardee, Virginia Department of Health. (
  • This program and its initiatives, derived from the National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness January 2012, promote whole community collaboration in the Emergency Management cycle (protection, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation) through the establishment of Healthcare Coalitions. (
  • Our region transitioned from the combined preparedness efforts of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System Healthcare Committee and the Eastern Region Hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinating Group to the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition (EVHC) with the approval of a charter on August 1, 2013. (
  • This planning tool is intended to assist health care coalitions and their partners in assessing their preparedness for an influenza pandemic. (
  • This checklist can help healthcare coalitions assess, create, and improve their pandemic preparedness and response plans. (
  • Provides technical support to assist with coalition efforts through the preparedness delegation issued by Nevada State Health Officer. (
  • The Douglas County Healthcare Coalition serves as the meta-leader that brings everyone together for everyday healthcare and emergency preparedness activities. (
  • In June 2009 the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events held a workshop with the goal of convening many of the best minds in health preparedness for a wide-ranging update on preparations for a major public health threat. (
  • As Gerry Parker, principal deputy assistant secretary for Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), explained to workshop attendees: "The country stands at a moment in history in which we face continued and complex challenges, but also ample opportunities. (
  • Ultimately, this effort comes down to preparedness and efficiency-health systems must develop a disaster medical capability that is rapid, flexible, sustainable, integrated, and coordinated, and that can deliver appropriate treatment in the most ethical manner with the resources and capabilities available. (
  • The original Medicare Act of 1965 declared: "Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to preclude … any individual from purchasing or otherwise securing, protection against the cost of any health services. (
  • Single-payer advocates point to the contrast between government-run health care systems, such as Medicare, which has only 3 percent overhead, and the private insurers. (
  • The CCPCA is NCCS' top legislative priority as it would increase access to comprehensive cancer care planning for millions of Medicare beneficiaries. (
  • The major parties agree on the principle of universal healthcare provided through Medicare and believe in the twin pillars of a public and private health system. (
  • The Amputee Coalition is working with advocates to ensure that prosthetic devices and custom orthotic devices are included in every state's EHB which would go toward achieving insurance fairness for amputees by ensuring adequate and affordable prosthetic care. (
  • Join us at #HCH2019 as we explore what it means to be "Working Together for Justice" through sintensive trainings in health care and homelessness in the heart of Washington, D.C. Register to learn and network with hundreds of colleagues from across the U.S. at this singular annual gathering of clinicians, consumers, administrators, advocates, and policymakers. (
  • NPF staff continues to identify patients who are interested in working with us, lawmakers, providers and fellow patient advocates to increase awareness and influence policy change leading to better access to care. (
  • New Mexico's assisted suicide bill was the most extreme bill I had ever seen, Deleware's bill redefines assisted suicide as palliative care while Oregon's assisted suicide bills expand the definition of terminal and eliminate the waiting period. (
  • According to a Future of Music Coalition poll, 44 percent of musicians go without insurance, almost three times the national average. (
  • Always keep in mind that when selecting a health plan to try to select a plan that provides the best coverage for your current and future health needs. (
  • Health insurers are withdrawing coverage from rural areas and refusing to provide insurance to many who are seriously ill. (
  • The same factors that lead to musicians lacking health coverage also make it particularly challenging to collect important and meaningful data on how musicians, of all varieties, interact with the healthcare system. (
  • It also explains eligibility rules for different types of health care coverage based on immigration status. (
  • He pointed to politicians such as former Gov. Terry Brandstad, R-Iowa, stirring up resentment by contrasting "public employees getting these Cadillac benefits and paying virtually nothing - $20 per month - and the taxpayers in some cases are paying over $23,000 per year for health insurance…it's not fair," and campaigning to strip the public workers of coverage. (
  • The AHCA singles out some immigrants, including people fleeing from violence applying for asylum, and makes them ineligible for health coverage. (
  • We must rally the opposition of our New York senators and senators around the country to stand strong against this attempt to steal health coverage from more than 24 million people. (
  • Currently, the federal government pays each state "a certain percentage of the cost of care for anyone eligible for health coverage. (
  • Clarification: The Reporters Committee and media coalition are asking the Court to allow live audio and video coverage of the release of the opinion in the health care cases. (
  • A new report released yesterday by the New York State of Health (NYSOH) highlights successes and challenges in enrolling racial and ethnic minority and immigrant communities in health coverage through the Official Health Plan Marketplace. (
  • Protect the access of those with serious and life-threatening illnesses and chronic conditions to health insurance coverage. (
  • Guarantee that health insurance coverage is adequate for delivery of quality cancer care. (
  • Instead of protecting people with pre-existing conditions and safeguarding their ability to purchase adequate and affordable health insurance coverage, the revised AHCA offers an inadequate patchwork of risk pools and financial assistance. (
  • It is devised cooperatively to facilitate accurate, ethical, and timely news coverage of medical and other health-related events. (
  • The law mandated that nearly every resident of Massachusetts obtain a minimum level of insurance coverage, provided free health care insurance for residents earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and mandated employers with more than 10 "full-time" employees to provide healthcare insurance. (
  • However, to be truly universal, universal health coverage schemes must be designed in ways that address the specific needs of women, adolescents, and marginalized communities. (
  • What are the implications for public health practice? (
  • Our study shows that HCV interventions can be used by public health and medical professionals interested in controlling HCV and related diseases such as liver cancer. (
  • The National Cancer Coalition is pleased to partner with MediSend," says Tom Roane, Senior Vice President of Alliances for the National Cancer Coalition, "The strategic and complementary alignment of our programs in this country will significantly improve care for Peruvian cancer patients and will help provide opportunities for complete healthcare solutions at Peru's principal public cancer hospital. (
  • There is strong public support for reforming the health-care system. (
  • The coalition will hold public forums throughout the state, where people can share their health-care experiences and their basic values in regard to health care - what is most important to them and how the health care dollar should best be spent. (
  • Within a few years after fluoridating its public water system, Wichita would reduce the incidence of new decay by approximately 25 percent, saving citizens more than $4.5 million annually in restorative care. (
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has created a daunting series of challenges for our country: not only are people facing a national public health emergency, but they are struggling to feed their families, as the economy hemorrhages millions of jobs. (
  • The public is increasingly aware that they must assume a greater role in health care issues but they need tools, strategies and support to assist them in becoming informed and engaged medical consumers who are able to make a positive impact on health care safety. (
  • See how the Coalition and its partners are working to educate the public and reduce medical errors. (
  • The coalition requests "the Court allow the American public the opportunity to learn contemporaneously or near-contemporaneously how it resolved one of the most significant issues to come before it in many years," the letter stated. (
  • How would healthcare institutions, public health and first responders coordinate their efforts for a unified response to future events? (
  • This paper first presents background information about unsafe abortion as a preventable public health problem, demonstrating its relationships to maternal mortality and morbidity and to unmet contraceptive need. (
  • Many violations were found when York Public Health inspected the illegal home daycare in Vaughan, following the death of Eva Ravikovich in July. (
  • Andrea Calver, coordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care says the unlicensed daycare is "a public health nightmare", and the province should license all home daycares. (
  • By setting forth and maintaining a vision for high-value care, CMS can continue to incent change and expand participation in both the public and private sector. (
  • Among its many effects, the law established an independent public authority, the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, also known as the Massachusetts Health Connector . (
  • Provides insight, policy guidance, and leadership through meeting participation, planning support and communications to promote, attain and sustain Public Health. (
  • Regional School Health Task Force - connects the Coalition to the 9 public school districts in the area. (
  • How do the medical system, public health system, and emergency management system provide care to those who need it with limited resources and staff? (
  • HPP's mission is to help prepare the nation's healthcare system to respond appropriately to mass-casualty incidents, whether due to bioterrorism, natural disaster, or other public health emergencies. (
  • NLIHC is co-sponsoring a new webinar series, "Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing," in partnership with the National Center for Healthy Housing and the Center for Public Health Law Research at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. (
  • An annual public policy forum for everyone from lawmakers to educators gives us new ammunition in the fight for improved access to care. (
  • We are excited to let you know about new health resources that are available through the New York Immigration Coalition and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)! (
  • The New York Immigration Coalition applauds the state for providing important racial, ethnic and preferred language information in its report on 2013-2014 Open Enrollment" says Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) . (
  • We give thanks especially for the doctors and nurses and other health care workers who serve the reproductive health care needs of women. (
  • A collection tools to help you accomplish reproductive health supplies-related goals. (
  • The lack of access to affordable health insurance has been a persistent problem among artists for decades. (
  • This work is just our latest in an ongoing effort to gauge the ability of musicians to access healthcare and provide information catered to musicians' special needs. (
  • But the success of this program suggests that replicating this model may be an important step toward a future where every musician can access the health care they need. (
  • The coalition approach has already shown success in San Diego County and Marin County and has the potential to help local leaders support safe prescribing practices, expand access to medication-assisted addiction treatment, and increase access to naloxone - three approaches the federal government has identified to address the epidemic. (
  • The Enzi Amendment inappropriately places the religious beliefs of medical professionals above the medical needs of their patients, and undermines patients' access to contraception, end-of-life care, HIV care, and any other care to which a health care provider may object. (
  • Our experience working with New York's immigrant communities, however, shows that there still is much more that can be done to ensure that immigrants are not denied access to the health care they need. (
  • We believe strongly that policy fixes exist to ensure robust insurance markets and reduce premiums and deductibles, without losing the critically important patient protections that allow cancer patients and survivors to access health care. (
  • Pre-existing condition protections will only be meaningful if cancer survivors also are protected from medical underwriting and have access to plans that will cover the critical elements of cancer care. (
  • Ensure access to health insurance that is affordable. (
  • Cost-sharing protections are critical, to protect access to care without bankruptcy. (
  • The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care was formed to protect access to the best quality health care for all people. (
  • You have to wonder why, in the age of easy internet access to physicians' contact information, legislators have decided that conscientiously objecting health care professionals must provide effective referrals for MAiD even though it would be very easy to connect patients to MAiD-positive physicians directly, without the forced effective referral. (
  • Rather, the governor, the Fair Care Coalition and others are looking for a solution that increases access to care for patients in need and fairly distributes the burden of free and discounted care. (
  • its long form title is An Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care . (
  • This [grant will] help NOVA Specialty Access to expand our abilities to place more patients from free clinics with the specialty care they need when they need it. (
  • As the medical director of these local clinics, I see firsthand the overwhelming need for access to specialty care. (
  • President Trump has signed an executive order intended to allow individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance across state lines and bolster access to association health plans (AHPs). (
  • As an active member of the coalition, we work in states across the country to advance laws and regulations that protect and improve patient access, allowing us to amplify NPF's mission and work on step therapy and out-of-pocket costs . (
  • Employers increasingly refuse to provide health insurance to their employees. (
  • Based on IHI's learning from work with employers to improve health care , this article offers five strategies to help employers - like the 20 corporations that recently formed the Health Transformation Alliance - achieve better care and better health for their employees, while also lowering costs (the Triple Aim). (
  • Musicians may not have steady employers to provide health insurance. (
  • The basic effect of this year's bill is the same as last year's proposal: to grant independent health care practitioners the right to agree on the fees and other terms that they will accept from insurers, employers, and other third party payers, and to boycott payers who refuse to accept their demands. (
  • Efforts by private employers and government health care programs to address rapidly increasing health care costs have transformed health service markets. (
  • This coalition will be able to ultimately touch upon millions of lives and make a positive impact on disease prevention and improving health outcomes. (
  • Each week throughout May, NCCS published a blog post written by cancer survivors looking at the significance of physical and mental health, exercise, and nutrition during and after cancer treatment. (
  • We have made great efforts to ensure that service users are at the heart of our vision for mental health. (
  • In May 2011, Labor announced a $2.2 billion mental health package to be rolled out over five years. (
  • The National Mental Health Commission would do the review and the Coalition says it's not about saving money. (
  • The Coalition has the backing of former Australian of the Year and mental health expert Patrick McGorry. (
  • The Coalition would also spend $18 million on a new Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health. (
  • The bill, introduced by Rep. John Sullivan R-OK and Rep. David Scott D-GA, provides much needed clarification and resources to address patient confusion in the health care marketplace. (
  • You may also contribute by mail at the following address: Coalition on Human Needs, 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 411, Washington, DC 20006. (
  • Most DFC coalitions reported targeting efforts to address use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco products, and misuse of any prescription drug. (
  • The term 'Coalition Website' is used in these Terms and Conditions (the 'Terms') to refer to all websites, web pages, applications, and widgets operated by the Coalition and all Content (defined below) and functionality available through these websites, web pages, applications, and widgets. (
  • and provide exemptions to data-protection requirements for health and research purposes. (
  • We are so happy to provide this grant to Southcoast Health to help in creating greater awareness for colon cancer and highlighting the importance of being screened," said Brian Shelly, local volunteer event director for Get Your Rear in Gear - Boston. (
  • Failure to inform a terminally ill adult who requests additional information about available end-of-life treatments including medical aid-in-dying, or failing to refer the terminally ill adult to another health care provider who can provide the information, shall be considered a failure to obtain informed consent for subsequent medical treatment. (
  • Funding will help provide specialty health care to low income residents. (
  • The SNHC, comprised of the Philippine Medical Association of Nevada, Philippine Nurses Association of Nevada, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, and Shots4Tots, in coordination with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) partnered with the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce to provide free flu shots to Asian American residents of Las Vegas and neighboring cities. (
  • A properly informed patient will be better prepared to make health care decisions. (
  • They have the right to consider their own religious beliefs in determining what medical decisions they make for their own care, but their personal religion should never infringe on the right of a patient to seek products or procedures that they have a legal right to obtain. (
  • These representatives have voted to make it more difficult for newborn babies, people with chronic conditions, people with disabilities, older people, and low-income people to obtain health insurance and care. (
  • Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. (
  • As we await the details of that plan, we wanted to share this Kaiser Health News article that examines what such a plan may, or may not, include. (
  • Policy and Practice Change - consists of health department personnel, town officials, law enforcement, and those involved in creating and enforcing policies. (
  • The American Health Care Act (AHCA), as revised to include the MacArthur amendment and the Upton-Long amendment, remains inadequate to meet the needs of cancer survivors. (
  • Philips' membership in the IHI/NPSF coalition advances an existing commitment to patient safety, which Philips is accelerating through a holistic and collaborative approach involving a combination of people, processes, and technology. (
  • We are encouraged by the ideas outlined by CMS and urge the agency to use this opportunity to allay stakeholder concerns about the possibility of slowing government leadership in the transition to outcome-based payment," said Ann Greiner, President and CEO of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. (