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USPSTF Recommendation Child and Adolescent Obesity Screening

July 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final recommendation statement on screening for obesity in children and adolescents. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents age six years and older and offer to refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please click here.

State Health Profiles on HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis, STDs, TB

July 2017

The updated state health profiles that present an overview of the burden of HIV/AIDs, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB in the United States have been released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).  The profiles present the latest nationally representative data, as well as information about prevention and control programs that the CDC supports nationally and in each state.

In Your Hands: An Introduction to Skin Cancer for Outreach Workers

Farmworker Justice’s newest publication, available in Spanish and English, provides basic information about skin cancer and how agricultural workers can protect themselves from sun exposure. Farmworker Justice is a BPHC-funded NCA.

USPSTF Posts Three Final Research Plans Around HIV Screening & Prevention

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has posted three final research plans on topics related to HIV screening and prevention: Screening for HIV infection in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adolescents and adults; Screening for HIV infection in pregnant women; and Pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV infection.  The task force reviewed all the public comments on the draft plans and took them into consideration in finalizing the research plans above.

PA Coalition for Oral Health Listserve

March 2017

As a result of the PA Oral Health Workforce Innovation Summit held last fall, the PCOH has created a listserv email to exchange ideas and share events, initiatives, questions, and other oral health news among our members and others dedicated toward improving oral health across Pennsylvania. The listserv is open to anyone with a vested interest in PA Oral Health.

Subscribe today at https://list.pitt.edu/mailman/listinfo/paoralhealth

Impact to PA of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

February 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative recently released a report intended to help the public and PA’s Congressional delegates understand what the impact of repeal of the Affordable Care Act (AC) would be to residents of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania’s economy, and hospitals. Fact sheets are provided for Pennsylvania, several large counties in Pennsylvania (where information is available), and all 18 Congressional Districts. Sources for information used to compile these fact sheets can be found in the back of the report.  http://www.pahealthfunders.org/upload/ACA%20Report.pdf

A Toolkit to Help Implement CLAS Standards

February 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) contracted with National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to develop a toolkit to help organizations implement National CLAS Standards and improve health equity through better health care access and delivery. A Practical Guide to Implementing the National CLAS Standards: For Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities, People with Disabilities and Sexual and Gender Minorities gives health care organizations, including health plans, provider practices and hospitals, states and communities—including health plans, provider practices and hospitals, states and communities—guidance for applying the National CLAS Standards.

Allowable Fees for Medical Charts or Records

December 2016

In the notice published on December 5, 2015, the PA Department of Health published the guidelines and fees that a health care provider or facility may charge in response to a request for production of medical charts or records. This notice updates the notice. Under 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 6152, 6152.1 and 6155 (relating to subpoena of records; limit on charges; and rights of patients), a health care provider or facility is allowed to charge a fee in response to a request for medical charts or records. The Secretary of Health is directed to adjust annually the amounts which may be charged by the health care provider or facility. The Secretary is directed to base these adjustments on the most recent changes in the Consumer Price Index reported annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor. For the annual period of October 31, 2015, through October 31, 2016, the Consumer Price Index was 1.6%. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2017, the following fees may be charged by a health care facility or health care provider in response to a request for production of medical charts or records.
For more information: http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol46/46-49/2082.html