Students Eligible For Financial Aid Fail To Receive It

Last year alone, more than 900,000 low-income students who applied for and were found eligible for state financial aid for college never received it because states ran out of money, according to a new analysis of data by The Hechinger Report. The number is likely much higher and it’s not just a few states that have a severe shortage. In ten states. More than half of eligible students didn’t receive a grant.

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Findings From Hospital CIO Cloud Perspectives Survey

Despite growing interest in cloud storage and applications, many healthcare organizations are holding back due to concerns about compliance, security, and privacy, according to a new Datica survey of hospital CIOs. In all, 17.7% of respondents said their organizations have more than half of their existing software infrastructure remotely hosted or in the cloud and 15% said a quarter to half of their infrastructure is cloud-based. Nearly a third (32%) called cloud hosting for existing applications a top five priority while 60% ranked it as a top 10 priority.

A report about the survey can be obtained at

The Federal Budget: Overview And Issues For FY 2019 And Beyond

After a decline in budget deficits over the past several years, the deficit is projected to increase significantly in FY2019, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. Each fiscal year, Congress and the President engage in a number of activities that influence short- and long run revenue and expenditure trends. This report offers context for the current budget debate and tracks legislative events related to the federal budget.

The report can be obtained at

Department of Education Insights on Accreditation

In drafting a regulatory agenda for the oversight bodies for higher education institutions, the U.S. Department of Education is paying special attention to previously published recommendations that suggest reorienting accreditation toward its original focus of academic quality, a key adviser to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.

Diane Auer Jones, a special adviser to the secretary, offered the remarks in a briefing before the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which oversees the country’s higher ed accreditors, on how the department is looking to reduce the regulatory burden on those organizations. 

The article may be accessed here. 

Income-Based Third-Party Payment Programs

A new Issue Brief from the Commonwealth Fund examines the potential of third-party payment programs to help low-income consumers obtain marketplace coverage. Funded by local hospital systems and run by independent nonprofits, these programs pay premium costs not covered by tax credits.

The Issue Brief can be obtained at

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Care Workforce Shortages

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a Full Committee hearing today, “The Health Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care”, which examined how to address health workforce shortages, giving particular attention to workforce shortages in rural areas. Testimony was provided by Dr. Kristen Goodell, of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Julie Sanford of James Madison University, and Dr. Elizabeth Phelan of Elizabeth Phelan of the University of Washington. 

A memo on the hearing may be accessed here

Federal Regulations on the State Authorization of Distance Education Delayed

The U.S. Department of Education has delayed the effective date of the state authorization of distance education and correspondence education regulations by two years. The federal regulation, which was published on December 19, 2016, was to be effective July 1, 2018. The Department has proposed another round of negotiated rulemaking. 

The latest rule on the delay may be accessed here and the rule on the negotiated rulemaking may be accessed here



Addressing Current Health Crises

A new issue brief from The Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust highlights actions that the health care system – including hospitals and health systems – can take to help address issues like drug overdoses, alcohol-related deaths and suicides.

The issue brief can be obtained at

2018 Scorecard On State Health System Performance

A new Commonwealth Fund scorecard that measures health system performance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia shows that the combined death rate from suicide, alcohol, opioids, and other drugs increased by 50 percent nationwide between 2005 and 2016. Mortality rates for treatable medical conditions also rose, reversing a decade-long downward national trend. Gaps in mental health care are pervasive as well. On the plus side, the ability to obtain affordable health care improved, with states that expanded eligibility for Medicaid experiencing the biggest gains from 2013 to 2016.

An interactive state scorecard digital report can be obtained at

IPEC Webinar on Promoting Health and Wellness through Collaboration

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will host their fourth event in their 2018 IPEC Webinar Series aimed at highlighting trends and activities in interprofessional education (IPE) and practice. The Webinar "Promoting Health & Wellness Through Collaboration"will take place Thursday, May 24 at 2:00 pm ET and feature  panelists Drs. Lisa Desai (Screening for Mental Health, Riverside Community Care) and Aviad Haramati (Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education, Georgetown University Medical Center). Drs. Desai and Haramati will share remarks on strategies and approaches that can enhance the capacity for resilience among teams of health students and practitioners. This free, dynamic webinar is open to deans, faculty, staff, and students from IPEC member schools, as well as non-members, communities of interest, and practice representatives.

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Five Rules Of The College And Career Game

The postsecondary landscape has become increasingly complex, and as a result, has diminished transparency around student outcomes.  A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce untangles today's college and career maze and shows that workers with a bachelor’s degree have median earnings nearly double that of workers with no more than a high school diploma. It also finds that the difference in annual median earnings between the highest and lowest paying majors is $39,000.

The report can be obtained at

CMS Unveils Enhanced “Drug Dashboards” to Increase Transparency on Drug Prices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a redesigned version of the Drug Spending Dashboards, which include year-over-year information on drug pricing and highlight which manufactures have been increasing their prices. The dashboards are interactive online tools that allow patients, clinicians, researchers, and the public to understand trends in drug spending with data reported for both Medicare and Medicaid. 

Additional information can be obtained at

Alternate Federal System For Apprenticeships

A task force produced a report in the form of a "roadmap" for alternative federal system for apprenticeships. A 20-member task force of experts, including the secretaries of education, labor, and commerce participated in the development of recommendations.

The report can be obtained at

Foreign Students Graduating And Working In STEM Fields

According to a report from the Pew Research Center, the number of foreign college students staying and working in the U.S. after graduation has surged. Federal training program experienced a four-fold increase in foreign students graduating and working in STEM fields from 2008 to 2016.

The report can be obtained at

A Decade Of Developments In Health IT

In a new interview on the AHRQ Patient Safety Network website, Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., talks about progress in health information technology in the decade since passage of the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act and reflects on his time serving as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The interview can be obtained at

Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services Rural Health Strategy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Rural Health Council released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues and to ensure that individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.

The Strategy can be obtained at

Healthcare Costs In Canada

A report made available at the end of April 2018 discusses how preliminary figures show faster growth in the amounts governments in Canada are budgeting for healthcare over the past three years. These figures likely understate the acceleration, since later figures typically reveal that provinces and territories have overshot their budget targets. These budgets have tended to grow faster than Canada’s economy, raising concerns about the fiscal sustainability of that country’s healthcare system.

The report can be obtained at file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/SSRN-id3157955%20(1).pdf.

Improving Oversight Of Schools’ Default Rates

Schools may lose their ability to participate in federal student aid programs if a significant percentage of their borrowers default on their student loans within the first 3 years of repayment. A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines (1) how schools work with borrowers to manage default rates and how these strategies affect borrowers and schools’ accountability for defaults; and (2) the extent to which the Department of Education oversees the strategies schools and their default management consultants use to manage schools’ default rates.[TE1] 

The report can be obtained at


Methods For Evaluating Natural Experiments In Obesity

An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health outlined several recommendations to improve research to end the obesity epidemic, emphasizing the need for an expanded approach to obesity research. Additional methods are needed to assess obesity prevention interventions occurring at the community level. The panel’s report includes recommendations to enhance data systems and integration, standardize measurement of obesity-related outcomes, and improve methods for study design and analysis.

The report can be obtained at