IPEC Interprofessional Leaders Development Program

The call for applications for the February 6-8, 2019 IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Program (ILDP) is now open.

Applicants for the 2019 IPEC ILDP should either be a dean (and other senior academic administrators with similar institutional responsibilities) and/or administrators who are responsible for integrating IPE in school-wide learning experiences.  For this program, deans and senior administrators from multiple schools at the same institution are strongly encouraged to attend as a team, along with their campus-wide IPE administrator.

For more information, please visit the ILDP site.

Congress Agrees To Increase Funding For Health And Education

Congress reached an agreement on a bipartisan bill that was negotiated by a joint House and Senate conference committee on an appropriations package for FY 2019 that would raise the maximum Pell Grant by $100 to $6,195, increase funding for the Department of Education by $581 million to a level of $71.5 billion, and increase funding for the NIH by $2 billion for a total of $39.1 billion. The legislation, which is packaged with a defense spending bill and other short-term funding legislation, must now be approved by the full House and Senate. Congress has until September 30 to pass the bills. 

The conference report can be obtained at https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20180910/CRPT-115hrpt952.pdf.

CMS Proposes To Lift Unnecessary Regulations And Ease Burden On Providers

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to relieve burden on healthcare providers by removing unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities. Collectively, these updates would save healthcare providers an estimated $1.12 billion annually. Taking into account policies across rules finalized in 2017 and 2018 as well as this and other proposed rules, savings are estimated at $5.2 billion. 

More information can be obtained at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-proposed-regulatory-provisions-promote-program-efficiency-0.

Enhancing Access And Affordability For Medicare’s Low-Income Beneficiaries

Many Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs because of the way the program's benefits are designed. In addition to high deductibles for hospital care and 20 percent cost-sharing for physician visits and other ambulatory care services, there is no limit on out-of-pocket expenses for covered benefits. A new Commonwealth Fund report describes the cost burdens that low-income beneficiaries face, assesses current policies in place to ease them, and presents a new option for reducing cost-sharing and premiums for individuals with incomes below 150 percent of the poverty level.

The report can be obtained at https://www.commonwealthfund.org/sites/default/files/2018-09/Schoen_Medicare_low-income_policy_ib_0.pdf.

2017 American Community Survey Estimates

The U.S. Census Bureau this week released 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, and housing information every year. It is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40+topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, language spoken at home, and disability status. Estimates are available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. 

This resource can be obtained at https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml?refresh=t,

Health Insurance Coverage In The United States

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau presents statistics on health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) and the American Community Survey (ACS). 

The report can be obtained at https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/demo/p60-264.pdf.

Education At A Glance: OECD Indicators

Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in OECD and partner countries. It imparts key information on the output of educational institutions, the impact of learning across countries, and worldwide access, participation and progression in education, along with financial resources invested in education, as well as teachers, the learning environment, and the organization of schools. 

The report can be obtained at http://www.oecd.org/education/education-at-a-glance/.

Hospital Employment Increases In August

According to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the hospital segment of the health workforce increased by 8,200 in August 2018 compared to the previous month. Seasonably adjusted, the number of hospital employees was 5,189,300, which is 94,600 more than one year ago.  

The report can be obtained at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm.

Preventing Heart Attacks And Strokes

Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular events were responsible for more than 2.2 million hospital stays and 415,000 deaths involving adults in 2016, according to a Vital Signs report released on September 6, 2018 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unless there is a more serious effort to address risk factors, U.S. adults could experience another 16.3 million cardiovascular events by 2022.

The report can be obtained at https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/pdf/vs-0918-million-hearts-H.pdf.

The State Of Private Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance (LTCI) can play a role in financing long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs, however, the high cost and complexity of these products and concerns about rising premiums have affected consumer demand. A report from AARP includes facts and figures on LTCI and information on the emerging market for short-term care products.

The report can be obtained at https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2018/08/disrupting-the-marketplace-the-state-of-private-long-term-care-insurance.pdf.

Implementing Disruptive Change In Higher Education

Huron, a global consultancy, recommends that in assessing engagement and communication, an institution should look for communication that fosters a culture of high accountability through aligned goals, behaviors, and processes. It also should look to build a sponsorship structure that will be the driving force behind implementing the vision set by leadership.

Additional points on how to implement disruptive change can be obtained at https://www.huronconsultinggroup.com/resources/higher-education/leading-through-change.

Health Insurance Coverage: January–March 2018

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that in the first quarter of 2018, 28.3 million (8.8%) individuals of all ages were uninsured at the time of interview—not significantly different from 2017, but 20.3 million fewer than in 2010. Among adults aged 18–64, 12.5% were uninsured at the time of interview, 19.2% had public coverage, and 70.0% had private health insurance coverage.

The report can be obtained at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/Insur201808.pdf.

First Annual Report On Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an evaluation report for the first performance year of the agency’s Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, which generated net savings to Medicare of about $62 million while maintaining quality of care for beneficiaries.

The report can be obtained at https://innovation.cms.gov/Files/reports/nextgenaco-firstannrpt.pdf.

IPEC Institute - Interprofessional Education: Advancing & Sustaining Your Program for Collaborative Practice

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will hold its next Institute on October 3-5, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.  The institute will provide participants the opportunity to acquire and utilize knowledge and skills to further advance their existing institutional interprofessional education and collaborative practice program.

Health professions faculty and their IPE colleagues and collaborative practice partners will have both quality time and dedicated space for guided learning, team-based planning activities, and consultation with experts and peers in order to emerge with an advanced programmatic action plan to augment their current IPE and IPC initiatives in program and outcomes evaluation and assessment. The last day for early bird registration is September 13. 

More information can be found here.


Where ACA Marketplace Enrollees Turn For Information Or Assistance When Enrolling

The Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey finds that 54.6% of 2018 Marketplace health plan enrollees nationwide received help from a source other than a website the last time they looked for information or enrollment assistance – down from 63.6% in 2016. A growing minority (39.3%) of Marketplace enrollees relied solely on a website for information or enrollment assistance in 2018, up from 22.7% two years ago.

The report can be obtained at http://hrms.urban.org/quicktakes/55-percent-marketplace-enrollees-turn-others-information-assistance-health-plan.html.

Health Care Employment Data For July 2018

Health care added 16,700 new jobs in July 2018, below the 12-month average of 23,800 new jobs per month. Hospitals added 6,800 jobs in July, under the 12-month average of 7,900. Ambulatory settings such as physician offices added 9,900 new jobs, below the 12-month average of 15,600. Year over year (July 2018 compared to July 2017), health jobs grew by 1.8% while non-health jobs grew by 1.6% and the health share of total jobs was steady at 10.75%.

The report can be obtained at


Prevalence Of Disabilities And Health Care Access By Disability Status And Type Among Adults

One in four U.S. adults has a disability that has an impact on major life activities, including 40 percent of adults age 65 and older, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common disability type – mobility, or serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs – affects one in seven adults.

The report can be obtained at


Changes by Accreditors Could Shift the Status of Higher Ed Institutions

Changes in requirements by accreditors for higher education institutions could encourage them to change their tax status in order to reduce federal oversight.. Public institutions are beginning to purchase for-profit institutions, previously difficult and burdensome to accomplish, and others are considering changing to a nonprofit status. Those changes may no longer face as much scrutiny by the federal government, especially by the Department of Education which has relaxed oversight since the Obama Administration.

Read the full article from Inside Higher Education here.

Computer And Internet Use In The U.S.

A report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides historical context and data from the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey to highlight characteristics that are more current. Differences can be seen by demographic, social, and geographic characteristics across the digital divide between those who have and those who lack access to computers and the internet, which affects the ability of individuals to obtain many forms of health information.

The report can be obtained at https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/acs/ACS-39.pdf..