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NIH Announced Formal Designation of Sexual and Gender Minorities as Health Disparity Population

On October 6, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the formal designation of sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) as a health disparity population for NIH research. The designation builds on the 2011 IOM report The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

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Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a ruling in July 2015 to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care or “advance care planning,” a term meant to reflect that people should make their end-of-life wishes known as early as when they get a driver’s license and should reevaluate their decisions at different stages of life. The ruling cites the IOM report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, which discussed vulnerabilities in the current health care system related particularly to those who are approaching the end of life, and states that one of the largest barriers in providing efficient, quality end-of-life care is the lack of coordination and communication among different components of the health care system.

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