Proposed Rules Issued For Health Insurance Marketplace Plans In 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued proposed rules for plans sold on the Health Insurance Marketplaces for the 2020 benefit year. Comments are due by February 19, 2019. 

The proposed rules can be obtained at They are scheduled to appear in the Federal Register on January 24, 2019.

Electronically Matching Patients’ Records Across Providers

Accurately matching patient health records is a barrier to health information exchange and that inaccurately matched records can adversely affect patient safety or privacy. A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifies recent or ongoing efforts to improve the data and methods used in patient record matching. 

The report can be obtained at

Policy Recommendations For Informatics-Enabled Evidence Generation Across The US Health System

A new white paper from the American Medical Informatics Association describes possibilities for generating new data to inform evidence-based medicine, thereby enabling learning health systems. Improved public policies could better harmonize data standards allowing organizations to accelerate biomedical discovery, facilitate translation of findings to improve the health of individuals and populations, and share research data sets and findings more easily. 

The paper can be obtained at

Politico: Georgia State University's Utilization of Data Analytics to Eliminate Student Equity Gaps

Politico examines Georgia State University’s use of data analytics to improve student outcomes (link). The leader of Georgia State University’s Student Success program is Vice Provost Dr. Tim Renick, who delivered a well-received presentation at ASAHP’s 2018 annual conference. You can find the slides from his presentation here.  

Preceptors in the Nexus: May 2-3, 2019

Preceptors in the Nexus is a two-day workshop in Minneapolis intended to inspire and engage teams in developing the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes needed to facilitate interprofessional learning IN practice.

The key philosophy of this fast-paced workshop is to positively impact the culture of practice settings to become more team-based, including engaging patients and their families, by intentionally integrating interprofessional learners into the care process.

Click here for more information and to register.

Goal Of Having More Americans Complete College Falls Behind Schedule

According to the Hechinger Report, 10 years after seeking to have more Americans complete college or obtain a certificate, the nation is far behind schedule in attaining this goal. Federal and state budget cuts, spiraling tuition, political distraction, and increasing public skepticism about the value of a higher education are implicated in contributing to the lack of desired progress.  

The report can be obtained at

Final Call: IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Program (deadline 1/18)

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is issuing its final call for applicants to participate in the 2019 IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Program (ILDP).

The 2019 IPEC ILDP is a three-day, interactive professional development experience mean to provide deans, senior academic administrators, and academic champions across the health professions with the opportunity for professional enrichment in the area of interprofessional leadership and engagement. This unique program will engage both senior leaders and administrators responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a campus-wide interprofessional education (IPE) program. Facilitated by faculty from the Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL), the IPEC ILDP will be held February 6-8, 2019 at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learning Center in Washington, DC.

Size And Characteristics Of Residents Living In Wireless-Only Households

Health surveys today need to include data obtained from both landline and wireless telephones to avoid coverage bias. A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) furnishes demographic differences and data from inhabitants of residences with one or the other of these two kinds of telephones involving measures, such as alcohol consumption, perceived health status, health insurance coverage, and experiencing financial barriers to obtaining health care. 

The report can be obtained at


Integrating Health Care And Social Services For Patients With Serious Illness

The Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a public workshop on July 19, 2018 to explore the challenges and opportunities related to integrating health care and social services for people with serious illness. Following the workshop, a set of Proceedings was published.

The Proceedings can be obtained at

How Accountable Care Organizations Use Population Segmentation To Care For High-Need, High-Cost Patients

A brief from the Commonwealth Fund explores how a group of mature ACOs are seeking to match patients with appropriate interventions by segmenting high-need, high-cost patient populations with similar needs into smaller subgroups. 

The brief can be obtained at

Reasons Why Students Do Not Complete A Free Application For Federal Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an important tool to help students find financial assistance. Not only do students fill out the FAFSA to apply for federal aid for postsecondary education, but also to be considered for aid by states, institutions, and private funders. A report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) indicates why some students fail to apply. 

The report can be obtained at

Final Snapshot For The 2019 Federal Exchange Open Enrollment Period

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final snapshot for the Federal Health Insurance Exchange 2019 Open Enrollment Period, showing steady enrollment with more than 8.4 million consumers enrolled.  By comparison, 8.7 million individuals had enrolled at the same time last year.   

The Final Snapshot can be obtained at

Improving Health Care Worldwide

Crossing the Global Quality Chasm: Improving Health Care Worldwide is a new publication from the National Academies Press. Its focus is on one particular shortfall in health care affecting global populations: defects in the quality of care. This study reviews the available evidence on the quality of care worldwide and makes recommendations to improve health care quality globally while expanding access to preventive and therapeutic services, with a focus in low-resource areas.

The report can be obtained at

Faculty Attitudes On Technology

A new report presents findings from a quantitative survey research study that Gallup conducted on behalf of Inside Higher Ed to understand the views of college and university faculty members and the administrators who oversee their institutions’ online learning or instructional technology efforts.

The report can be obtained at

Education Secretary DeVos Discusses Ways to Rethink Higher Education

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addressed the American Council on Education emphasizing the need to change the traditional track of attending college or universities for postsecondary education. There is a disconnect between industry needs and education. She also discussed changes to accreditation and whether the Department previously played too large of a role in the process. The Department of Education released two white papers about these issues: Rethinking Higher Education and Accreditation Reform.

Read her full remarks here

2019 Enrollment

Nearly 8.5 million individuals selected a health plan through during 2019 open enrollment, down from 8.8 million at the same time last year. according to preliminary data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In Week Seven of the 2019 Open Enrollment, 4,322,450 individuals selected plans using the platform or were automatically re-enrolled in a plan. 

More information can be obtained at

Postsecondary Students’ Persistence And Attainment Rates

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) examines postsecondary students’ persistence and attainment rates using data from the 2006 and 2014 administrations of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Studies. The focus is students who enter postsecondary education with the intention of earning a credential, looking at the rate at which these credential-seeking students remain in school or attain a credential within three years. 

The report can be obtained at

Increase In Master’s Degrees

According to a report from the Urban Institute, master’s degree programs enroll a more diverse set of students than ever and offer a more diverse set of program fields. They also increasingly are online, with more than 50 percent of master’s students reporting at least some online coursework in 2015–16. Although master’s degrees are more popular and more readily available to a wider cohort of students, the net price for these programs has risen. 

The report can be obtained at