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Working For Health And Growth: Investing In The Health Workforce

The United Nations High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth released a new report “Working for Health and Growth: Investing in the Health Workforce.” The report makes 10 recommendations to strengthen health and social protection systems, including the creation of new jobs in the health sector. The report can be accessed at http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/250047/1/9789241511308-eng.pdf?ua=1...
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The Current State Of Undergraduate Education

The Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education issued a report, “The Primer on the College Student Journey,” which examines the current state of undergraduate education with a focus that includes college preparedness and student loans. The data are from a range of sources, such as the National Center for Education Statistics. The report can...
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Accountable Care Organizations And High-Quality Health Care

According to a study supported by The Commonwealth Fund, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are seen by many as critical to the effort to control costs and improve quality of care. Nevertheless, their early results have been decidedly mixed. Additional information can be accessed at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/in-brief/2016/sep/do-acos-help-or-hinder-primary-care...
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Education At A Glance 2016

Placing educational and economic outcomes in the United States within a global context can help researchers, policy makers, and the public understand how individuals in the U.S. compare to their peers internationally. Education at a Glance, an annual publication of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), provides data on the structure, finances and progress...
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Hospital Patient Access To Electronic Health Information

Seven in 10 hospitals provided their patients with the ability to view, download, and transmit their health information electronically in 2015, a seven-fold increase from 2013, according to a report released from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. About three-quarters of hospitals enabled patients to...
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College Endowments, College Prices, And Financial Aid

The pricing system for college and university tuition is complex and easily misunderstood. The testimony of a senior fellow from the Urban Institute at a hearing on September 13, 2016 of the House Committee on Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight examines college and university endowments, tuition increases, and student debt, presenting the challenges...
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CBO Report On Financial Pressures Facing Hospitals

Changes stemming largely from implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could affect hospitals’ finances significantly. Although the ACA reduces Medicare’s payment updates for hospitals, it also expands insurance coverage, which should reduce hospitals’ costs for uncompensated care. To examine the effects of those and other provisions of federal law, a paper from the Congressional...
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