Making Health Insurance Auto-Enrollment Work

A new report from the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy discusses how to build on the Affordable Care Act and achieve coverage gains using a tool known as “auto-enrollment,” i.e., policies that enroll individuals in coverage without requiring them to seek out or submit an initial application. 

The report can be obtained at


US Dept of Ed Request for Comments on State Authorization & Student Notifications

The Department of Education is requesting public comment on their proposed regulations from their Negotiated Rulemaking sessions focusing on accreditation and state authorization. Topics include accreditation for distance education, reciprocity agreements, disclosures for educational programs, and licensure notifications for students. All comments must be received by July 12, 2019.

For more information or to submit a comment, click here.

Webcast: The Secretary's Advisory Committee For Healthy People 2030

Profile Of Recently Arrived U.S. Immigrants

Recently arrived U.S. immigrants represent a growing part of the nation’s foreign-born population, which reached a record 44.4 million in 2017. According to a report from the Pew Research Center, their profile differs from immigrants who have been in the country longer

The report can be obtained at

The Health Plan Of Tomorrow

According to a report by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, as the health care industry transforms, health plans also will need to broaden their focus beyond enrollment and risk to managing health and well-being for members and collaborating across traditional and nontraditional players. A relevant question is whether health plans are ready to flip current business models on their heads?  

The report can be obtained at

Reducing Administrative Burdens For Providers And Patients

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requested new and innovative ideas for reducing administrative burdens for health care providers and patients as part of its Patients over Paperwork initiative. CMS will publish a request for information in the June 11, 2019 issue of the Federal Register. Comments will be due by August 12.  

The contents of the request can be viewed at

New Rules On Health Information Technology Interoperability

New federal rules have the potential to help consumers access their personal health data more easily and improve the interoperability of health information technology, according to six key individuals who had the task of implementing the latest advances in health IT and electronic information exchange nationwide. They signed a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in support of the new regulations. 

The letter can be obtained at


Persistent Digital Gap Between Rural And Non-Rural America

According to the Pew Research Center, despite improved broadband availability over the past decade, rural Americans continue to lag behind urban and suburban adults in tech adoption. 

Additional information can be obtained at

Use Of Home Visits By Accountable Care Organizations

In a study reported in the journal Health Affairs, researchers describe how many accountable care organizations (ACOs) are employing home visits as a strategy to improve care management, identify patients’ needs, and reduce hospital use. They found that 80% of ACOs use home visits within 72 hours of hospital discharge for at least some of their patients. 

The study can be obtained at

Federal Report On Pain Management Best Practices

A federal task force created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 to recommend updates to best practices for managing chronic and acute pain issued its final report, addressing the following pain treatment categories: medications, restorative therapies, interventional procedures, behavioral health approaches, and complementary and integrative health approaches. 

The report can be obtained at

Overall Enrollment In Higher Education

According to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the number of students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country continued its downward trend this year. Enrollment overall fell by 1.7 percent in the spring compared with last year. 

The report can be obtained at

Cancer Death Rates Continue To Decline Overall

The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer Overall that was released yesterday indicates that cancer death rates continue to decline for U.S. men, women and children. Death rates for all cancers and ages combined decreased an average 1.8 percent per year for males and 1.4 percent per year for females between 2012 and 2016.  

More information can be obtained at

Apply for the George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award by 6/7

The George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award celebrates exemplary interprofessional collaboration between health systems, clinics, educational institutions, and/or community organizations whose thinking and acting has redesigned healthcare education and delivery. They will be awarding in two categories: local, single-system implementation and broader, multi-system implementation. Application deadline is June 7, 2019.

View more info and apply here.

Opinions Of Generation Z On Top Issues

Millennials couldn’t be the youngest generation forever. The oldest of them turn 38 this year. So how will the next generation change U.S. national discourse? A report from the Pew Research Institute explores Gen Z's opinions on today's top issues, from education to the economy. 

The report can be obtained at

CMS Modernizes Care For Frail, Elderly Individuals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule today to update and modernize requirements for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This  program provides comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, elderly individuals who qualify for nursing home care but, at the time of enrollment, still can live safely in the community. 

The final rule can be obtained at

Amounts Spent On Health Care By U.S. Households With Employer Insurance

A data brief from the Commonwealth Fund analyzes what individuals in every state spend on premiums and out-of-pocket costs for medications, co-payments, and dental and vision care. 

The data brief can be obtained at

Interoperability Among Office-Based Physicians in 2015 and 2017

According to a data brief from The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, physicians have not made significant progress in data-sharing. The percentage of physicians who sent, received, found, and integrated health data barely grew between 2015 and 2017, going from 9 to 10 percent. Rates were markedly higher for physicians using certified EHRs than for those using non-certified ones, and for those physicians who are part of large practices.  

The data brief can be obtained at

Department of Education Expands College Scorecard

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that they are providing more comprehensive data to their College Scorecard, an online consumer toolkit that originated in the Obama administration. The Department added new information for non-degree granting institutions (those that only award certificates) and is releasing new preliminary loan debt data by individual fields of study. The Scorecard now also includes data on graduation rates for non-first-time and non-full-time students and the percentage of students who transferred or were still enrolled in school. "We committed to students that we would continually improve the College Scorecard so that they could access relevant, accurate and actionable data as they make decisions about their education after high school," said Secretary Betsy DeVos in a statement. "The updates released today are another step in fulfilling that promise. We look forward to seeing how students, parents, institutions and researchers utilize this important information."

More information may be accessed here and here. The College Scorecard website may be accessed here.

Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Today, the Division of Health Careers and Financial Support at HRSA released the 2019 Application and Program Guidance for the Faculty Loan Repayment Program. The application cycle closes on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Program aims to increase recruitment and retention of faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing loan repayment to those who have an interest in pursuing a career at an eligible health professions school. 

More information about the program can be obtained at