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Revised Geographic Adjustments Could Improve Accuracy of Medicare Payments, Will Not Solve Access, Quality Problems
Released: 7/17/2012

Changing the way that Medicare payments are adjusted to account for regional variations in the cost of providing care as recommended by a previous report from the Institute of Medicine would result in payment increases for some hospitals and practitioners and decreases for others, concludes the Phase II report from the IOM study. Geographic adjustments should be used to ensure the accuracy of payments, said the committee that wrote the report, but they are not optimal tools to tackle larger national policy goals such as improving access to care in medically underserved areas.

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Improving Accuracy of Medicare Payment Geographic Adjustments – IOM Report Releases July 17
Released: 7/13/2012

Adjustments to Medicare payments based on geography are intended to account for regional variations in wages, rents, and other costs incurred by hospitals and individual health care practitioners. In a first phase report, the Institute of Medicine recommended changes to the data sources and methods used to calculate these payment adjustments to achieve greater accuracy. Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment, Phase II: Implications for Access, Quality, and Efficiency, the second report from the study, assesses the potential effects of these proposed changes.

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Baby Boomers Likely to Face Inadequate Care for Mental Health, Substance Abuse; IOM Report Recommends Ways to Boost Work Force, Fund Services and Training
Released: 7/10/2012

Millions of baby boomers will likely face difficulties getting diagnoses and treatment for mental health conditions and substance abuse problems unless there is a major effort to significantly boost the number of health professionals and other service providers able to supply this care as the population ages, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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What You're Reading - June 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of June, 2012.

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Mental Health Care for Older Americans - New Report
Released: 7/2/2012

The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands? -- a new report by the Institute of Medicine -- projects the types and level of mental health and substance use care that these older Americans will need and recommends actions to ensure that the U.S. has a competent and well-trained work force to provide this care.

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What You're Reading - May 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of May, 2012.

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What You're Reading - March 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of March, 2012.

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IOM Report Provides Framework and Tools to Deliver Health Care Effectively During Catastrophic Disasters
Released: 3/21/2012

While most areas of the country have systems in place to handle conventional disasters, such as a plane crash or building collapse, the infrastructure and systems to deliver health care during or following catastrophic situations, such as a widespread disease outbreak or a devastating earthquake, are rudimentary at best, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report provides a resource manual to guide health care organizations, public health agencies, first responder teams, and government agencies in delivering care as effectively as possible to the greatest number of people when such disasters occur.

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  • Public Engagement: Downloadable PowerPoint Briefing Slides (HTML)
  • Public Engagement: Guidebook For Table Facilitators and Note Takers (DOC)
  • Public Engagement: Lead Facilitator Guidebook (DOCX)
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  • Public Engagement: Sponsor Guidebook (DOCX)
  • Template 5.1 - State and Local Core Functions for CSC Plan Development (PDF)
  • Template 5.2 - State and Local Core Functions for Implementing CSC Plans (PDF)
  • Template 6.1 - EMS Core Functions CSC Plan Development (PDF)
  • Template 6.2 - EMS Core Functions for Implementing CSC Plans (PDF)
  • Template 7.1 - Hospital Facilities and Providers Core Functions (PDF)
  • Template 8.1 - Out-of-Hospital and Alternate Care Systems Core Functions (PDF)
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Peace Corps Announced a New Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Funded Through PEPFAR

On March 13, 2012, the Peace Corps announced a new Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), which will deploy physicians and nurses to serve as medical and nursing faculty members in developing countries.

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What You're Reading - February 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of February, 2012.

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